Total​ ​Eye​ ​Care​ ​New​ ​Mexico​ ​Receives Outstanding​ ​Dry​ ​Eye​ ​Practice​ ​Award

At Eye Eco we are dedicated to finding solutions that provide relief from dry eyes, and we’re not the only ones.

Dry eyes affect more than 40 million Americans, but less than 5% of people have been properly diagnosed with Dry Eye Disease. Dry Eye Disorder can cause many health issues including obscured vision, dry skin, and even blindness. It can be caused by many things – including time looking at screens. For most of us that activity isn’t going away anytime soon.

At Eye Eco, we believe the best thing that can be done to keep eyes healthy and comfortable is regular visits to an eye care professional.

Because dry eye can have several causes, figuring out the cause is an important step in finding the best treatment option. Optometrists and Ophthalmologists do incredible work to make sure we can clearly and comfortably see everything in our lives.

We want to highlight some of the doctors who are as committed as we are to helping dry eye patients find relief. That is why we are starting a new campaign to acknowledge doctors by presenting them with Eye Eco’s Outstanding Dry Eye Practice Award.

Total ​Eye ​Care ​New ​Mexico ​is ​one ​of ​our ​first ​recipients ​of ​the ​award. ​Here’s ​what ​the ​team, ​led ​by ​Dr.

Daniel ​J. ​Dieterichs, ​had ​to ​say ​about ​receiving ​the ​award ​and ​about ​treating ​patients ​with ​dry ​eye.

What​ ​were​ ​your​ ​thoughts​ ​when​ ​Total​ ​Eye​ ​Care​ ​New​ ​Mexico​ ​received​ ​the​ ​Eye​ ​Eco​ ​Outstanding Dry​ ​Eye​ ​Practice​ ​Award?
It​ ​was​ ​an​ ​honor.​ ​​ ​We​ ​never​ ​get​ ​recognized​ ​for​ ​treating​ ​our​ ​patients.

Please​ ​tell​ ​us​ ​a​ ​little​ ​about​ ​Total​ ​Eyecare:
Total​ ​Eye​ ​Care​ ​is​ ​a​ ​small​ ​1-1/2​ ​OD​ ​practice​ ​in​ ​central​ ​New​ ​Mexico.​ ​​ ​We​ ​serve​ ​a​ ​wide​ ​range​ ​of patients​ ​from​ ​infants​ ​to​ ​the​ ​elderly.​ ​​ ​We​ ​have​ ​a​ ​rural​ ​practice​ ​so​ ​we​ ​are​ ​the​ ​only​ ​eye​ ​care​ ​for​ ​a 40​ ​mile​ ​radius.​ ​​ ​A​ ​few​ ​years​ ​ago​ ​we​ ​decided​ ​that​ ​dry​ ​eye​ ​should​ ​be​ ​treated​ ​and​ ​not​ ​ignored.

Do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a​ ​story​ ​you​ ​can​ ​share​ ​about​ ​how​ ​your​ ​practice​ ​helped​ ​a​ ​patient(s)​ ​find​ ​relief​ ​from dry​ ​eyes?​ ​Please​ ​share.
This​ ​story​ ​is​ ​true​ ​in​ ​most​ ​offices…​ ​a​ ​lady​ ​shows​ ​up​ ​for​ ​her​ ​appointment​ ​and​ ​has​ ​a​ ​list​ ​of​ ​all​ ​the treatments​ ​that​ ​she​ ​has​ ​tried​ ​over​ ​the​ ​last​ ​few​ ​years.​ ​​ ​She​ ​has​ ​seen​ ​5​ ​other​ ​doctors​ ​and​ ​her friend​ ​said​ ​that​ ​we​ ​could​ ​help​ ​her.​ ​​ ​After​ ​examining​ ​her​ ​we​ ​diagnosed​ ​severe​ ​demodex blepharitis​ ​in​ ​all​ ​4​ ​lids.​ ​​ ​We​ ​scrubbed​ ​her​ ​twice​ ​with​ ​BlephEx​ ​and​ ​started​ ​her​ ​on​ ​EyeEco advanced​ ​lid​ ​scrubs.​ ​​ ​She​ ​complained​ ​that​ ​her​ ​eyes​ ​sting​ ​a​ ​little​ ​when​ ​she​ ​uses​ ​the​ ​scrub,​ ​but her​ ​lashes​ ​have​ ​been​ ​clear​ ​for​ ​three​ ​months​ ​and​ ​her​ ​eyes​ ​look​ ​normal​ ​again.

What​ ​advice​ ​or​ ​tip​ ​do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​about​ ​treating​ ​patients​ ​with​ ​dry​ ​eye?
Don’t​ ​just​ ​give​ ​out​ ​artificial​ ​tears​ ​and​ ​ask​ ​them​ ​to​ ​come​ ​back​ ​on​ ​their​ ​own.​ ​​ ​Start​ ​a​ ​therapy​ ​and then​ ​have​ ​them​ ​return​ ​in​ ​two​ ​weeks​ ​to​ ​see​ ​if​ ​it​ ​helped,​ ​then​ ​if​ ​needed​ ​change​ ​the​ ​treatment. Then​ ​reschedule​ ​for​ ​more​ ​follow​ ​up.

What​ ​advice​ ​do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​for​ ​someone​ ​who​ ​is​ ​experiencing​ ​dry​ ​eye?
See your optometrist to ensure that your eyelids are healthy first of all, then together we can work on producing healthy tears.

Is​ ​there​ ​anything​ ​else​ ​you’d​ ​like​ ​to​ ​say​ ​about​ ​Total​ ​Eye​ ​Care,​ ​this​ ​award,​ ​or​ ​dry​ ​eye​ ​and treatment?
We​ ​really​ ​could​ ​not​ ​have​ ​accomplished​ ​our​ ​goals​ ​without​ ​the​ ​help​ ​of​ ​Suzanne​ ​Paulson​ ​[from​ ​Eye Eco],​ ​she​ ​is​ ​a​ ​dynamo​ ​and​ ​is​ ​extremely​ ​supportive​ ​and​ ​truly​ ​cares​ ​that​ ​our​ ​patients​ ​achieve success.

Total​ ​Eye​ ​Care​ ​New​ ​Mexico​ ​receives​ ​the​ ​Outstanding​ ​Dry​ ​Eye​ ​Practice​ ​Award
From​ ​left​ ​to​ ​right:​ ​Barbara​ ​Dieterichs,​ ​Dr.​ ​Daniel​ ​J.​ ​Dieterichs,​ ​Suzanne​ ​Paulson​ ​of​ ​Eye​ ​Eco

At Eye Eco, we are very fortunate to be able to work with some of these passionate helpful people who are  improving the lives of others. We plan to highlight more of these practices that are dedicated to providing relief. If you have an recommendation for a recipient of the Outstanding Dry Eye Practice Award, please send us an email at