Article Date: 10/1/2005

Leaving the Red-eye Roller Coaster
Already sold on contact lenses, this patient was plagued with chronic red eye until his eyecare practitioner uncovered an undiagnosed problem.
By Chris Morford, Bellville, Ill.

I wear contact lenses to correct nearsightedness and astigmatism. I prefer them to spectacles for aesthetic reasons, but also so I can see when I'm wearing my firefighting breathing apparatus. Contact lenses are convenient, but for a long time, no matter which lenses I tried, I kept having the same problem: Bloodshot eyes.

Many of the doctors I'd seen over the years said my eyes were red because they weren't getting enough oxygen. They tried various types of contact lenses, but none of them helped my red eyes. My friends told me to see Dr. Kelly Kerksick. They said, "If she can't help you, nobody can."

 

 
 

The whole experience — from the exam to the new lenses and the eye drops — has been a revelation to me. I'm very grateful for Dr. Kerksick's caring and expertise.

SEEING BEYOND THE RED

When I first saw Dr. Kerksick, I was wearing daily disposable contact lenses and constantly putting drops in my eyes. She examined my eyes and listened to everything I had to say. She even found something I'd forgotten to mention — a piece of glass in my eye from when I was 10 or 12 years old. She agreed with the previous doctors who'd decided not to remove the glass because it wasn't giving me any problems. But I was impressed that she'd found it without my telling her about it. From everything she did, I could tell Dr. Kerksick was determined to solve my red-eye problem.

A CLEAR SOLUTION

Dr. Kerksick gave me a pair of continuous-wear silicone hydrogel contact lenses to try. She also determined that allergies were contributing to my problem, so she prescribed eye drops, advising me to keep them in the refrigerator so they would refresh my eyes when I used them.

 

My new lenses have made a real difference in my work routine. ...I've already recommended these contact lenses to several fellow firefighters.

I can't say enough about how comfortable these new contact lenses are. I see clearly, and my eyes aren't red anymore. I used to be embarrassed because everyone always asked why my eyes were so red. Now they're clear.

My new lenses have made a real difference in my work routine. Now, when I wake up, I just put in a few eye drops, and go out the door — no more wearing eyeglasses when I'm on call. I've already recommended these contact lenses to several fellow firefighters and paramedics.

The whole experience — from the exam to the new lenses and the eye drops — has been a revelation for me. I'm very grateful for Dr. Kerksick's caring and expertise. She solved years and years of vision problems.

 



Contact Lens Spectrum, Issue: October 2005