Patience, Persistence And a Full Toolbox
by her symptoms, this patient finally found an eyecare practitioner who sorted them
out and worked with her to find the best contact lenses.
By Dana Buhs, Fairview Heights, Ill.
I had good vision all my life, so I was surprised
when I became farsighted after I had my first child. I tried wearing eyeglasses,
but they were always in the way. I didn't like the way they looked, and they certainly
didn't suit my active lifestyle as a new mom and a sales assistant at a brokerage
I put up with eyeglasses for a year until I decided
to try contact lenses. I still wasn't happy, even after trying several different
lenses. I had trouble focusing and looking between papers and the computer screen
at work. But the worst problem was a burning sensation in my eyes.
Most of the symptoms were annoying,
but the burning sensation was a real problem. I went from doctor to doctor, buying
a 1-month supply of contact lenses. If I didn't like the lenses, I never went back
to that doctor. None of the doctors I saw became invested in my case. One doctor
even said, "Your eyes are a little dry," but he didn't offer a remedy. By the time
I saw Dr. Kelly Kerksick, my eyes were burning constantly.
I went from doctor to doctor, buying a
1-month supply of contact lenses. If I didn't like the lenses, I
never went back to that doctor.
AT FIRST, SHE DIDN'T SUCCEED
The first time I saw Dr. Kerksick, I was confused
about my burning eyes. I thought I was having a reaction to my makeup or maybe eye
allergies were the problem. After completing some tests, Dr. Kerksick suggested
punctal plugs and contact lenses made from a special material for dry eyes. Right
from the start, she said, "If you're not satisfied with how your eyes feel, don't
live with it. Keep coming back until we get it right."
I did have more tears and less burning
with the punctal plugs, but I wasn't crazy about the contact lenses. They were much
better than any lens I'd tried before, but they still weren't right. I used a lot
of rewetting drops, and I could wear my lenses for only a short time each day. Also,
they were supposed to last 2 weeks, but they became very uncomfortable after 1 week.
I definitely needed to try a different kind of contact lens.
SHE TRIED AGAIN
Next, Dr. Kerksick prescribed silicone hydrogel
contact lenses, which helped enormously. Now, I apply them at 8 a.m. and forget
I'm wearing them. I still use rewetting drops about once a day, but I don't have
that burning "sand-in-the-eyes" feeling anymore. My night vision also improved.
The silicone hydrogel lenses don't
wear out too quickly, either. They last 1 month, just like they should. I have to
mark my calendar to remind myself to change to a new pair. These lenses are easy
to apply, too. They go right on my eyes the first try no sticking to my finger
and they tear less easily than other lenses.
I feel like I've finally found the
convenient contact lenses I was looking for all along. I love these lenses.
Contact Lens Spectrum, Issue: October 2005