Envision​ ​Eyecare​ ​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.

Envision​ ​Eyecare​​ ​in​ ​Asheville,​ ​North​ ​Carolina,​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​our​ ​first​ ​recipients​ ​of​ ​the​ ​award.​ ​Here’s​ ​what​ ​Dr. Larry​ ​Golson​ ​had​ ​to​ ​say​ ​about​ ​receiving​ ​the​ ​award​ ​and​ ​about​ ​treating​ ​patients​ ​with​ ​dry​ ​eye.

What​ ​were​ ​your​ ​thoughts​ ​when​ ​Envision​ ​Eyecare​ ​received​ ​the​ ​Eye​ ​Eco​ ​Outstanding​ ​Dry​ ​Eye Practice​ ​Award?
We​ ​were​ ​really​ ​excited​ ​to​ ​get​ ​the​ ​award.​ ​We​ ​devote​ ​a​ ​good​ ​deal​ ​of​ ​our​ ​resources​ ​into​ ​treating dry​ ​eye.​ ​The​ ​Envision​ ​Eyecare​ ​team​ ​is​ ​trained​ ​on​ ​the​ ​condition​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​the​ ​many​ ​different treatments​ ​available.​ ​Then,​ ​after​ ​a​ ​comprehensive​ ​eye​ ​health​ ​evaluation,​ ​we​ ​design​ ​treatment plans​ ​for​ ​our​ ​patients​ ​individual​ ​needs.​ ​Finally,​ ​we​ ​spend​ ​adequate​ ​time​ ​educating​ ​our​ ​patients on​ ​his/her​ ​treatment​ ​plans​ ​and​ ​the​ ​products​ ​we​ ​are​ ​prescribing.​ ​We​ ​find​ ​our​ ​patients​ ​”buy​ ​in” and​ ​are​ ​more​ ​likely​ ​to​ ​be​ ​compliant​ ​when​ ​they​ ​understand​ ​their​ ​condition​ ​and​ ​why​ ​they’d​ ​benefit from​ ​the​ ​treatment.​ ​We​ ​have​ ​dry​ ​eye​ ​products​ ​on​ ​display​ ​in​ ​our​ ​reception​ ​area​ ​so​ ​patients​ ​are aware​ ​of​ ​the​ ​level​ ​of​ ​care​ ​we​ ​provide​ ​in​ ​this​ ​area.​ ​Our​ ​doctors​ ​research​ ​new​ ​technologies​ ​and then​ ​invest​ ​in​ ​the​ ​ones​ ​which​ ​will​ ​have​ ​the​ ​most​ ​benefit​ ​to​ ​our​ ​community​ ​of​ ​patients.​ ​We​ ​were surprised​ ​and​ ​honored​ ​when​ ​we​ ​received​ ​Eye​ ​Eco’s​ ​Outstanding​ ​Dry​ ​Eye​ ​Practice​ ​Award,​ ​as​ ​we are​ ​grateful​ ​to​ ​receive​ ​recognition​ ​for​ ​our​ ​care​ ​in​ ​this​ ​area.

Envision​ ​Eyecare​ ​receives​ ​the​ ​Outstanding​ ​Dry​ ​Eye​ ​Practice​ ​Award
From​ ​left​ ​to​ ​right:​ ​Suzanne​ ​Paulson​ ​of​ ​Eye​ ​Eco,​ ​Dr.​ ​Larry​ ​Golson

Please​ ​tell​ ​us​ ​a​ ​little​ ​about​ ​Envision​ ​Eyecare:
Envision​ ​Eyecare​ ​opened​ ​in​ ​2008​ ​with​ ​two​ ​employees​ ​in​ ​Asheville,​ ​North​ ​Carolina.​ ​We understand​ ​the​ ​difference​ ​between​ ​eye​ ​care​ ​which​ ​is​ ​executed​ ​as​ ​a​ ​transaction,​ ​versus personalized​ ​eye​ ​care.​ ​​ ​Therefore,​ ​the​ ​focus​ ​is​ ​on​ ​personal​ ​eye​ ​care​ ​because​ ​we​ ​believe​ ​in​ ​living life​ ​to​ ​the​ ​fullest​ ​through​ ​the​ ​best​ ​eyesight​ ​and​ ​health.​ ​We​ ​take​ ​the​ ​time​ ​to​ ​educate​ ​our​ ​patients to​ ​ensure​ ​they​ ​leave​ ​with​ ​an​ ​in​ ​depth​ ​understanding​ ​about​ ​their​ ​eyes​ ​and​ ​the​ ​condition​ ​of​ ​their eyes.​ ​The​ ​Envision​ ​Eyecare​ ​Experience​ ​is​ ​provided​ ​in​ ​a​ ​beautiful​ ​space​ ​with​ ​well​ ​trained​ ​team members​ ​so​ ​our​ ​patients​ ​can​ ​gain​ ​a​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​what​ ​sets​ ​us​ ​apart​ ​from​ ​conventional​ ​eye​ ​care.

Do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​a​ ​story​ ​you​ ​can​ ​share​ ​about​ ​how​ ​your​ ​practice​ ​helped​ ​a​ ​patient(s)​ ​find​ ​relief​ ​from dry​ ​eyes?​ ​Please​ ​share.
We​ ​had​ ​a​ ​patient​ ​who​ ​had​ ​been​ ​suffering​ ​for​ ​years​ ​from​ ​debilitating​ ​dry​ ​eye.​ ​She​ ​was​ ​a​ ​local acupuncturist​ ​who​ ​had​ ​rheumatoid​ ​arthritis​ ​and​ ​Sjögren’s​ ​syndrome,​ ​which​ ​she​ ​was​ ​treating holistically​ ​with​ ​acupuncture.​ ​Since​ ​she​ ​wasn’t​ ​getting​ ​her​ ​dry​ ​eye​ ​symptoms​ ​under​ ​control,​ ​she was​ ​willing​ ​to​ ​try​ ​anything​ ​to​ ​get​ ​relief​ ​from​ ​her​ ​dry​ ​eyes.

After​ ​trying​ ​several​ ​treatment​ ​modalities,​ ​a​ ​huge​ ​improvement​ ​was​ ​derived​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Lid​ ​Pro​ ​and Meibo​ ​Pro​ ​devices​ ​in​ ​conjunction​ ​with​ ​lid​ ​scrubs,​ ​artificial​ ​tears,​ ​and​ ​warm​ ​compress​ ​goggles. We​ ​were​ ​able​ ​to​ ​get​ ​her​ ​dry​ ​eye​ ​symptoms​ ​under​ ​control​ ​for​ ​the​ ​first​ ​time​ ​in​ ​over​ ​a​ ​decade.​ ​At one​ ​point,​ ​she​ ​actually​ ​texted​ ​me​ ​personally​ ​and​ ​said,​ ​”This​ ​is​ ​the​ ​best​ ​my​ ​eyes​ ​have​ ​felt,​ ​ever!”

What​ ​advice​ ​or​ ​tip​ ​do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​about​ ​treating​ ​patients​ ​with​ ​dry​ ​eye?
Many​ ​of​ ​our​ ​patients​ ​have​ ​become​ ​accustomed​ ​to​ ​having​ ​dry​ ​eye​ ​and​ ​don’t​ ​realize​ ​there’s​ ​an issue.​ ​Every​ ​person’s​ ​dry​ ​eye​ ​symptoms​ ​are​ ​different​ ​and​ ​there​ ​are​ ​many​ ​causes.​ ​It​ ​could​ ​be environmental,​ ​medication​ ​use,​ ​associated​ ​with​ ​a​ ​systemic​ ​condition​ ​or​ ​due​ ​to​ ​lifestyle​ ​habits.

For​ ​instance,​ ​do​ ​they​ ​get​ ​enough​ ​sleep;​ ​do​ ​they​ ​drink​ ​enough​ ​water?​ ​Could​ ​the​ ​problem​ ​stem from​ ​too​ ​much​ ​caffeine​ ​or​ ​alcohol​ ​intake.​ ​Ask​ ​how​ ​often​ ​and​ ​for​ ​how​ ​long​ ​are​ ​they​ ​using devices​ ​on​ ​a​ ​daily​ ​basis.​ ​Look​ ​at​ ​their​ ​medications​ ​and​ ​consider​ ​medical​ ​conditions.​ ​Also​ ​age and​ ​gender​ ​demographics​ ​plays​ ​a​ ​role​ ​in​ ​who’s​ ​at​ ​risk​ ​for​ ​dry​ ​eye​ ​syndrome.​ ​​Good​ ​dry​ ​eye​ ​care starts​ ​with​ ​asking​ ​enough​ ​questions​ ​and​ ​asking​ ​the​ ​right​ ​questions​.​ ​Then​ ​really​ ​take​ ​time​ ​to develop​ ​a​ ​customized​ ​plan​ ​for​ ​the​ ​individual.​ ​Some​ ​patients​ ​just​ ​want​ ​to​ ​do​ ​the​ ​minimum​ ​and other​ ​patients​ ​will​ ​want​ ​to​ ​try​ ​everything.​ ​Compliance​ ​is​ ​key​ ​to​ ​success,​ ​so​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​the patient​ ​understands​ ​how​ ​important​ ​it​ ​is​ ​to​ ​follow​ ​the​ ​prescribed​ ​treatment​ ​plan.

Lastly,​ ​invest​ ​in​ ​products​ ​to​ ​help​ ​your​ ​patients,​ ​both​ ​retail​ ​and​ ​treatment​ ​devices.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​have​ ​the retail​ ​products​ ​on-hand​ ​(instead​ ​of​ ​sending​ ​them​ ​to​ ​the​ ​pharmacy)​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​higher​ ​chance​ ​of compliance​ ​using​ ​the​ ​highest​ ​quality​ ​products.​ ​It’s​ ​also​ ​convenient​ ​for​ ​the​ ​patient​ ​and​ ​adds​ ​to the​ ​practice’s​ ​revenue.​ ​Show​ ​them​ ​how​ ​to​ ​use​ ​the​ ​products​ ​and​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​they​ ​leave​ ​with​ ​a firm​ ​understanding​ ​on​ ​how​ ​to​ ​achieve​ ​relief.​ ​It’s​ ​amazing​ ​how​ ​grateful​ ​these​ ​patients​ ​become once​ ​relief​ ​is​ ​achieved.

What​ ​advice​ ​do​ ​you​ ​have​ ​for​ ​someone​ ​who​ ​is​ ​experiencing​ ​dry​ ​eye?
So​ ​many​ ​patients​ ​think​ ​their​ ​eyes​ ​are​ ​normal​ ​and​ ​don’t​ ​realize​ ​they​ ​are​ ​suffering​ ​from​ ​dry​ ​eye. It’s​ ​not​ ​until​ ​a​ ​doctor​ ​asks​ ​the​ ​right​ ​questions​ ​or​ ​has​ ​the​ ​right​ ​clinical​ ​assessment​ ​for​ ​the diagnosis​ ​to​ ​be​ ​made.​ ​Find​ ​a​ ​practice​ ​that​ ​takes​ ​the​ ​time​ ​to​ ​sit​ ​down​ ​with​ ​the​ ​patient​ ​to​ ​get​ ​the right​ ​info.​ ​So​ ​often​ ​the​ ​exam​ ​is​ ​rushed,​ ​which​ ​doesn’t​ ​allow​ ​time​ ​to​ ​assess​ ​the​ ​condition​ ​and adequately​ ​explain​ ​a​ ​treatment​ ​plan.

Is​ ​there​ ​anything​ ​else​ ​you’d​ ​like​ ​to​ ​say​ ​about​ ​Envision​ ​Eyecare,​ ​this​ ​award,​ ​or​ ​dry​ ​eye​ ​and treatment?
Dry​ ​eye​ ​treatment​ ​is​ ​a​ ​dynamic​ ​field​ ​and​ ​advances​ ​in​ ​treatment​ ​protocols​ ​are​ ​constantly​ ​being developed.​ ​It’s​ ​easy​ ​for​ ​eye​ ​doctors​ ​to​ ​get​ ​in​ ​a​ ​place​ ​in​ ​their​ ​head​ ​where​ ​they​ ​think,​ ​’I​ ​am​ ​so​ ​tired of​ ​hearing​ ​about​ ​this.’​ ​​ ​Could​ ​I​ ​possibly​ ​sit​ ​through​ ​another​ ​dry​ ​eye​ ​lecture​ ​or​ ​article?​ ​It​ ​is important​ ​to​ ​look​ ​at​ ​dry​ ​eye​ ​treatment​ ​with​ ​a​ ​’beginner’s​ ​mind.’​ ​Look​ ​at​ ​it​ ​as​ ​though​ ​it’s something​ ​you’ve​ ​never​ ​seen​ ​before.​ ​Educate​ ​yourself​ ​on​ ​the​ ​new​ ​products​ ​and​ ​technologies.​ ​​ ​It is​ ​an​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​help​ ​a​ ​huge​ ​patient​ ​population​ ​and​ ​differentiate​ ​yourself​ ​from​ ​the competition.

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​ ​a​ ​recommendation​ ​for​ ​a​ ​recipient​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Outstanding​ ​Dry​ ​Eye​ ​Practice Award,​ ​please​ ​send​ ​us​ ​an​ ​email​ ​at​ I​​nfo@EyeEco.com​.