Are You At Risk for The Silent Thief of Sight?
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month
It can come with no warning and no noticeable symptoms. It is the second most common cause of blindness in the United States. “IT” is Glaucoma, the Silent Thief of Sight, according to Dr. Elaine Happ, Therapeutic Optometrist.
“January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month and we encourage all people, especially those at higher risk for this disease, to familiarize themselves with the potential symptoms and need for regular eye examinations” Dr. Happ said. “A regular eye examination is especially critical since a person with early-stage Glaucoma may not notice any symptoms at all.”
Dr. Happ added that while the early stage symptoms may not be noticeable, persons with more advanced Glaucoma may notice blurred vision, the presence of halos around lights, loss of peripheral vision and difficulty focusing on objects.
“Glaucoma affects an estimated 4 million Americans,” Dr. Happ said. Some people are more at risk than others. Those at higher risk include:
- People over the age of 60
- African-Americans over age 40
- People with diabetes
- Individuals that have experienced a serious eye injury
- Anyone with a family history of glaucoma
“While there is no cure for Glaucoma, early detection and treatment can slow or prevent further vision loss,” Dr. Happ said. “First and foremost in the process is a comprehensive eye health exam by your family eye doctor.” If you are concerned about your risk for Glaucoma, The Silent Thief of Sight, please don’t hesitate to Schedule An Appointment with us.
Dr. Happ owns and practices at Uptown Eye Care located at 560 Cedar Street in Monticello, MN and is a member of Vision Source, the nation’s number one network of private practice optometrists. Founded in 1991, The Vision Source network includes more than 3,000 offices in all 50 states and in Canada.
Uptown Eye Care’s Dr. Elaine Happ was featured in Vision Monday this month as one of the Optometric Business Innovators of 2012. Vision Monday is the optical industry’s leading news website, covering all things eye care and vision care related, including eyewear, lenses, technology and management. Vision Monday and the Review of Optometric Business teamed up in the process of selecting and presenting this year’s innovators. Both organizations solicited input from their readers and also formed a Professional Advisory Panel. The selections were made by recommendations from both groups based on the candidate’s innovation in the following areas: Marketing, Digital Media, Business Management, Optical Dispensing, The Patient Experience, Influencers and Contact Lens Dispensing.
Dr. Elaine Happ
Dr. Happ was chosen as one of five innovators from across the country in the category of Optical Dispensing. Uptown Eye Care was recognized for its growth and expansion throughout its 22 years of practice, its use of the latest technology, and quality of service. Dr. Happ was also commended for giving back and her mission to Guatemala.
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Uptown Eye Care’s Dr. Elaine Happ featured in Vision Monday as one of the Optometric Business Innovators of 2012 in Optical Dispensing (OD).
There are different causes of Dry Eye Disease, and, not surprisingly, there are different ways to treat Dry Eye Disease.
Individualized Treatment for Dry Eye Disease
Dry Eye Disease
Dr. Elaine Happ, OD owns a vision center center for Dry Eye Therapy. Uptown Eye Care offers comprehensive treatment for dry eye disease. “I have developed a treatment protocol that takes into account that each individual will respond differently to treatment.”
On your initial visit for a dry eye evaluation we will do thorough testing to determine the severity of your condition. Based on your test results we will know if you have mild, moderate or severe dry eye disease. We will then discuss treatment options that will give you the best results. The options could include artificial tear therapy, Omega-3 supplements, punctal plugs, anti-inflammatory drops or prescription strength artificial tears.
We schedule a follow up visit approximately 30 days after we implement the original treatment plan where we can again use the TearLab to see if you are getting positive results with our chosen treatment plan. If necessary, we adjust the therapy to maximize your results.
If you suffer from red, burning or itching eyes or if you get a sandy or gritty feeling, excessive tearing and are sensitive to light you may have dry eye disease. If you have had refractive surgery, or spend long hours in front of a computer or suffer from allergies the symptoms of dry eye disease can be intensified.
Don’t put up with the discomfort of dry eyes. Call our vision center or Contact Us and schedule a dry eye evaluation with Dr. Happ.
A Vision Center for Dry Eye Therapy
We often hear the question, “what is the most under-diagnosed eye disease?”
While people routinely describe their symptoms of dry eyes to their eye doctor, Dry Eye Disease is one of the most under-diagnosed ocular diseases.
Dry Eye Disease
Dry Eye Disease is quite common, especially in older adults and particularly in women. Yet, the symptoms of stinging, burning, tearing, blurred vision and tired eyes are often mistaken for allergies or attributed to environmental conditions. While these conditions may aggravate dry eyes, the cause stems from the body’s inability to produce sufficient tears to properly lubricate and nourish the eye. The root of the problem could be that an inadequate amount of tears are being produced and the tears evaporate too quickly from the surface of the eye. It is also possible that it is the quality of the tears is unbalanced.
Only your eye doctor can determine the nature of your dry eye disease. Optometrist Dr. Elaine Happ does this by evaluating the osmolarity of your tear film using the TearLab Osmolarity Test.
According to Dr. Happ,” It is important to have an accurate diagnosis of Dry Eye Disease since proper treatment can keep your eyes healthy, comfortable and prevent your vision from being affected.”
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms contact us immediately so we can test you and diagnose the problem so that we can stop your discomfort and better yet keep your eyes healthy.