TrueVision Eyecare 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.
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.