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Posted on 07-14-2014

Chronic Dry Eye

Chronic Dry Eye is estimated to affect over 5 million people in the United States!  5 million.  That's a lot of people!  Are you one of them?

Allergan has a new website and Iphone app that goes over symptoms of Chronic Dry Eye, treatment options, and how to talk to your eye doctor about your dry eye.  The website is pretty informative and seems to be user friendly but my favorite part is the quiz section! Click here to go and take the quiz!  Afterwards, print off your results and bring them to me to talk about your results!

Remember, an examination for dry eyes falls under your medical insurance, not vision insurance.  Allergan does a good job of explaining this below:

"Don't wait until your annual vision exam! If you think you may have symptoms of Chronic Dry Eye (CDE) disease, your first step should be to schedule a medical exam with your optometrist or ophthalmologist. Since Chronic Dry Eye disease has potential health consequences for your  eyes, it's important you take action now to get diagnosed and treated.

There's another good reason to keep your Chronic Dry Eye medical exam separate from your annual vision exam. Many people have both a medical health insurance plan and a supplemental routine vision insurance plan, and each plan covers different things relating to your eyes.

Vision insurance generally will pay only for routine vision exams that measure your eyes' visual acuity (how well you can see) and whether you need to wear, or get a stronger prescription for, eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Medical insurance generally will pay only for medical exams that occur because 1) you have an eye complaint or symptom, 2) you make an appointment with your eye doctor to assess it, and 3) your exam results identify a condition or disease related to your complaint or symptom. Getting your dry eye symptoms checked would be considered a medical exam, not a routine vision exam.

So remember: Don't wait for your annual vision exam—schedule an eye doctor appointment now to get your dry eye symptoms evaluated.When you call to make the appointment, make sure the office staff identifies  it as a Chronic Dry Eye medical exam. And when you arrive for your visit, remind the receptionist that you're there to be evaluated for Chronic Dry Eye disease."

My next blog topic will focus on Back to School for all my patients that are students or teachers, like my mom and husband!  If you have any suggestions on topics you would like us to blog about, please leave them in the comment section below.

Dr. Sarah S. Lunsford

Optometric Physician

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