Dry Eye Treatment for Dysfunctional Visual Acuity
If you are a caring and compassionate doctor, one of your primary tasks every day is to educate your eye patients on proper hand hygiene and to prevent infection of the eye. One way that this can be accomplished is by using a simple but effective visual display that tells your patient to rinse their hands with warm salt water before they touch the eye area. According to Dr. Sood-Mendiratta, “Rinsing your hands with saltwater immediately prevents dry eye because when the skin is dry, it contracts tightly around the eyes.” It should be noted that this same simple reminder is also given to patients who wear contact lenses. According to Dr. Sood-Mendiratta, “You may need to ask your optometrist to explain the importance of this information to you and the appropriate method of implementing it.” You can make this point even more clear by pointing out the frustration that some eye patients face simply because they do not understand or take advantage of visual aids which help them to make the point that it is important to wash their hands right before touching the eye area.
According to Dr. Sood-Mendiratta
“vision is an essential part of our lives and without good eyesight, we are unable to enjoy the joys of life.” This fact has been realized by the American Ophthalmology Association and the American Optometric Association which have set up and created the Eye Care Campaign to promote good eye care among all qualified ophthalmologists. The campaign has been very effective in its endeavor. However, there has been a complaint about some doctors regarding their marketing policies. According to the Optometric Association, “The most unfortunate situation has been the occurrence of physician promotion or advertising that is contrary to the standards of the profession.”
When it comes to promoting eye care
the American Optometric Association has made a rather stringent set of guidelines for ophthalmologists. According to these guidelines, an ophthalmologist cannot advertise the prevention or cure of certain eye diseases or disorders. These diseases include glaucoma, cataract, and diabetic retinopathy. They also specify that ophthalmologists cannot make claims that they can increase vision clarity or resolution, restore eyesight or prevent the development of cataracts, etc. Despite this, there have been cases where some ophthalmologists have marketed certain types of eye-care products to patients who could not afford to pay for them.
One case in point relates to a doctor who advertised contact lenses
to people who were not candidates for glasses. There have been instances in which some eye patients have ended up wearing contact lenses instead of glasses or contact lenses. Such violations of the eye doctor’s fiduciary responsibility have caused conflict between the eye care professionals and the public. The American Optometric Association has warned its members not to make claims in their advertisements that are not supported by the medical community. For example, they have reminded ophthalmologists and optometrists not to claim that they can reverse the effects of cataracts on the eye.
Another issue that comes up
is the use of special laser devices that are said to improve the ability of the eye to focus light. Studies conducted by health organizations like the Royal Society of Medicine have warned ophthalmologists and optometrists not to push this technology too much because it can cause visual distortions. Some patients even end up losing their eyesight because of the use of such devices. Moreover, laser vision correction does not last for a lifetime and results mostly in visual discomfort after several sessions of treatment. About 80 percent of patients who wear glasses end up wearing contact lenses after the treatment is completed.
The treatment of dry eye patients
involves addressing the underlying problems of poor ocular surface conditions, focusing artificial illumination on the eye itself, and treating any visual deficiencies. These improvements are most beneficial if they address functional visual acuity and low visual field loss. The majority of ophthalmologists can’t do all these things, and the field is now seeing the birth of a new discipline known as refractive surgery. This form of ophthalmology addresses problems associated with the refractive surface, focusing artificial lights on the eye and treating any visual deficiencies.