TrueVision Eyecare Proudly Introduces their New Dry Eye Clinic
In March, TrueVision Eyecare moved across the street, next to Mellow Mushroom. The new, beautiful 4,500 square foot practice allows for many exciting changes to the office including a new Dry Eye Clinic.
When asking Dr. Shara Draper the reason for starting the clinic she explained that she began noticing that dry eye was an issue in many of the patients she was seeing. She was also being affected by dry eye and was searching for a better and more effective treatment. Dry Eye has a variety of symptoms, however the most common are a gritty and dry feeling in the eye but it also can simply make contact lenses difficult to wear for a full day, or intermittent blurred vision through contacts and glasses.
The more people utilize electronics, the more our eyes are affected. Dry Eye can make it difficult to wear contact lenses comfortably, see well with or without a prescription and in some cases an underlying autoimmune disorder can also contribute. Common medications in teens, such as Accutane can cause a temporary but very uncomfortable dry eye. Women on hormone replacement therapy can have dry eye issues as well. Additionally, thyroid issues, chemotherapy and radiation alter the tear quality and production and often result in dry eye.
Video: What is Dry Eye Syndrome?
Watch the video below, and listen to Dr. Rachel Bishop from The National Eye Institute explain dry eye and how to treat the condition. For more information, visit www.nei.nih.gov or www.lighthouse.org.
A lot of times people don’t know that they have dry eyes. One day they may realize that their eyes feel dry and gritty and can barely keep their eyes open. Signs and symptoms of dry eye is a result of the lack in ability to produce enough tears and/or quality tears.
Tears help keep the eyes moist, sharp in vision, and wipe away particles and bacteria so that they stay healthy from infections. People in Columbus, OH can suffer from dry eyes throughout the year and although anyone can suffer from it, it usually affects senior citizens, especially women.
The good news is there is help! But leaving untreated could lead to other problems with your vision so it’s important not to neglect.
If you feel like your eyes are burning, itchy, scratchy, and as if something is in your eyes all they while your vision is blurred, make an appointment to visit an optometrist that specializes in dry eye exams and treatment. And if you’re not suffering from dry eyes, you should still ask your optometrist how you can take preventative measures to maintain your healthy vision.
According to Dr. Draper, “Until the last few years, we had no real definitive testing to determine how to treat dry eye. We could determine the eye is dry, but usually tried different artificial tears, drops and ointments to help with the symptoms without ever knowing the real cause.
With new diagnostic testing, we can determine the underlying cause of dry eye (Meibomian gland dysfunction, aqueous deficiency or both) and treat each very specifically.
At TrueVision the dry eye evaluation starts with an extensive history that includes symptoms, day to day activities, medications, hormone therapy and past medical treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy. We then begin diagnostic testing in our office including Inflamadry which has made a huge difference in our diagnosis and treatment.
Inflamadry is a very easy, quick and painless test that collects the patient’s tears and determines if inflammatory cells are present. We then can quickly determine a plan of action based upon the results. Each patient receives a customized plan that fits their dry eye causes and symptoms.
We also evaluate and suggest easy lifestyle solutions such as removing ceiling fan use at night or adding a sleep mask or humidifier for comfort”.
Most visits and treatments are covered by your medial insurance and TrueVision’s insurance team works to determine any prior authorizations needed for your exam and prescribed medications. Please call our office today to have any questions answered and to schedule a dry eye appointment with Dr. Draper.