The Doctors at TSO Shadow Creek want to make sure that you receive all of the information that you need to make educated decisions about your eye health. We are always available to answer your questions.
Q: What can I do to prevent dry eyes?
A: Dry eyes are caused by many factors. If you know you have dry eyes, try to pay attention to what makes them feel better or worse. For example, do not blow your hair dryer directly towards your eyes. Add moisture to the air with a humidifier. Use eye protection outdoors like wrap around sunglasses or other protective eyewear. Be mindful of changes in your environment (traveling). Position your computer screen below eye level. Stop smoking and avoid smoky areas. Supplement with lubricating eye drops and Omega 3 (orally).
Q: I suffer from Dry Eyes. Are there contact lenses that would be helpful for my condition? Are these “specialty fit” lenses?
A: There are specialty lenses specifically made for patients who suffer from conditions that cause severe forms of Dry Eye Syndrome, including Sjogren's Syndrome, although some may benefit from simply switching to newer and healthier soft contact lenses or changing replacement schedules. Your eye doctor can determine which choice is right for you based on your needs and the severity of DES.
Q: I see fine. Why do I need to see an Eye Doctor?
A: Regular eye exams are the only way to catch “silent” diseases such as diabetes, glaucoma and other conditions in their early stages, when they’re more easily managed or treated. Many conditions can be discovered in a carefully planned eye exam. Those who consider mass-produced, over the counter reading glasses are truly doing themselves a disservice, both financially and medically. One-size-fits-all reading glasses not only do not work well for most people who have a different prescription in each eye, and/or astigmatism, or whose lens and frame parameters are not measured correctly, they bypass the opportunity to have their eyes checked for early detection of many manageable diseases or conditions. For those insisting on selecting glasses not measured specifically for their eyes, headache and eye fatigue are common symptoms.