For my fourth episode in the multi-pair vs. multi-purpose blog series, I’m making it real by relating a true life example from one of my patients. For privacy reasons, let’s refer to her as Patty.
Patty is a new patient referred to our office for two reasons. First, she was tired of struggling with over-the-counter “readers” for the more than 10 hours each day she spends on her computer. Second, her grandmother was recently diagnosed with Macular Degeneration and the doctor treating her grandmother suggested telling relatives to have their eye health checked as this disease is hereditary.
Patty took her grandmother’s warning seriously, and on the day of her appointment when I introduced myself, she said, “it was time to get a real exam and take care of my eyes.”
Patty is in her middle 40’s, so we talked about the sobering reality that damage may have already occurred since she’s never regularly worn sunglasses or taken any steps to protect her vision.
Too often, adults don’t think about the value of their vision and eye health until they are reminded that it could be taken away at any moment. Fortunately, it’s never too late to start. Like smoking, you can’t reverse time or undo damage, but you can take steps to preserve eye health that remains by becoming pro-active from this day forward.
Good news for Patty — no early signs of Macular Degeneration. And her overall eye health is excellent!
To help her keep excellent eye health, I prescribed two ways for her to protect her eyes from all sources of High Energy Violet (HEV) Blue Light: 1) Sunglasses with protection from Ultra Violet (UVA & UVB) plus (HEV) filtering for her outdoor activities and 2) Indoor glasses with (HEV) Blue Light protection lenses for her computer work.
Patty is an avid outdoor lover, so her sunglasses need to have the best UVA/UVB and HEV protection. For indoor protection and to relax eye strain during 10 hours of daily computer work, she needs clear lenses with a treatment that blocks the most damaging spectrum of Blue Light that all electronic devices emit.
So, did Patty fill her eyewear prescriptions?
I make it a habit to check with my staff on whether each patient has purchased the eye wear that is prescribed for them. On the day of her exam, Patty made the decision to purchase a prescription pair of Maui Jim sunglasses, plus a pair of (HEV) Blue Light protected office lenses in a fashionable set of Tiffany frames.
Two weeks after each eye wear purchase, our Stylists phone patients to ask how they are enjoying their new glasses. Patty told us that she loves both pair, and she can’t believe she waited so many years to get “real glasses!”
These are prescriptions that I write for all of my patients because it’s vital for each of us to protect our eyes from the multiple sources of potential damage.