The Doctors at TSO Champions want to make sure that you receive all of the information that you need to make educated decisions about your eye health. We are always available to answer your questions.
Dr. Ayesha Butt answers frequently asked questions:
Q: How do I know that I have dry eye disease (DED)?
A: Most common dry eye disease symptoms are stinging, dryness, foreign body sensation, itchy eyes and blurred vision. Patients can fill out a questionnaire such as Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI) to determine the severity of their DED. At TSO Champions, Dr. Butt is managing dry eye disease aggressively. Please see the OSDI in our forms section, fill it up and bring it to your next appointment so that we can discuss causes and treatment options with you.
Q: Why can’t I see my phone with my contact lens and glasses that I have worn for years?
A: Most of the patients above the age of 42 need some sort of reading correction in their glasses and contact lenses. This condition is called presbyopia. Multifocal glasses and contact lenses provide you with a good vision at distance, intermediate and near. Please call our office to schedule an exam and try our multifocal contact lenses.
Q: Why do my eyes feel dry and irritated?
A: Proper diagnosis of dry eye syndrome is only possible after comprehensive eyelids examination and careful analysis your tear quality and quantity. Most of the dry eye conditions are due to poor eyelid hygiene and blocked glands. Some medications including the ones for allergies can cause dry eyes as their side effects. Some of the patients with dry eyes may also have an inflammatory component. Dry eye disease can affect vision and cause significant scarring of the cornea if left untreated. Please schedule an appointment today for a dry eye evaluation.
Q: Spring is starting and my eyes are feeling itchy and red. What can I do to relieve this feeling?
A: Itching is the most common symptom that comes with ocular allergies (eye allergies), but some patients may also feel that their eyes are dry, gritty and red. It is important to get a proper diagnosis before using any OTC drops as some of the drops can actually have an averse effect and cause your eyes to feel more irritated. Once we exclude any other bacterial or other causes of red eyes we can prescribe proper drops to relieve the effects of your allegies in your eyes. Schedule an appointment with our office as soon as you can, since spring, which is the high season for allergies, is just starting.
Q: I’ve always had great eyesight but I recently turned 45 and I’m having trouble reading small print. Should I be concerned?
A: After age 40 your natural lens inside the eye starts to change making it harder for you to read small print up close. This is a normal condition for people of your age and not a cause for alarm as it occurs even for patients who never needed glasses before. There are wonderful products including multi focal glasses and contact lenses to help you with your condition. Please come in for a consultation so we can discuss the best treatment option for you and your lifestyle.
Q: Can I wear contact lenses at the beach?
A: I would not recommend wearing your contacts at the beach or in a swimming pool because there are chemicals and other contaminants in the water that can cause adverse reactions in the eye. In any case never re-insert contacts that you have worn in the ocean or in a pool..You can wear daily disposables at the beach or when swimming in a pool however you should remove them as soon as you leave the beach or pool. If you feel irritation or redness in your eyes call our office for a consultation.
Q. Why does my 5 year old child squint at the TV screen?
A: Squinting at the TV might be an indication of blurry vision. Your child needs to have an eye exam, before they even start to complain since this condition can get worse if not treated in time, and may cause lazy eye and amblyopia. Please contact our office as soon as possible to schedule a consultation with one of our eye doctors.
Q. Can my child have an eye exam without having to put drops in their eyes?
A. Eyedrops are required to relax their ability to focus up close. Diagnosing your child’s ocular condition requires us to accurately measure their refractive error without their objective input and this can only be done after eye drops have been applied. An eye exam with out drops may result in an incorrect glasses prescription. We make every effort to ensure that your child has a positive an enjoyable visit to the eye doctor. Call our office to schedule a comprehensive eye exam for your child.