From the book:
"Create your day in advance by thinking the way you want it to go, and you will create your life intentionally."
If the freckle worries me in any way, or if I see changes in a freckle from a previous visit, then I will send the patient to a specialist for further evaluation. The specialist may do a scan of the eye or sometimes a biopsy.
Healthy living time! Regular screenings with your eye doctor can assure that your eyes stay healthy. If we see a freckle, we will document everything we see so that we can make future comparisons. Knowing exactly what a freckle looks like at a certain point in time can make it much easier to properly diagnose your condition.
By the way, I just had a patient with a choroidal nevus. His wife was in the exam room, and since the nevus was in the left eye, she named the freckle “Lefty.” An appropriate name, I suppose.
Hope everyone found this helpful... my next topic I think will be something on either sports or sun protection... Have a BEAUTIFUL week!
In this post, we will discuss just allergic conjunctivitis, and will leave other types of allergic eye responses (such as eyelid swelling from contact with a new soap or eye product) for another time.
I'm supposed to tell you to avoid the allergen that is causing the allergy. However, this is often very difficult to do, since usually eye allergies are caused by something in the environment. Living in a bubble would be a great way to get rid of your allergies, but who wants to do that? Also, pet allergies are very common and can cause allergic reactions, but please don't get rid of Fido, he needs a good home like many of the other dogs and cats in this world. Did I mention I'm a bigtime animal lover? We actually have hypo-allergenic dogs that don't shed because the dude I married suffers from pet allergies.
The last part, the patient care stuff... Not sure exactly how this is going to work, but was thinking of doing like one topic per week of the most common questions I get from patients. I always ask my patients at the end of the exam if they have any questions; I plan on writing down these questions for the next 2 weeks and then doing a new topic every week... And they could be based on whatever is going on in the world right now... summertime will talk about the consequeces of sun damage to the eyes... Fourth of July could be eye injury topic week.... you get the idea. I definitely want to cover sports and nutrition because those things interest me personally...
So there you have it, my first optimist optometrist blog. More to come later!