Some say the eyes are the window to your soul, but did you know they are also a window to your overall health? Signs of high blood pressure and other conditions which can indicate an increased risk of heart disease and stroke can be seen with an eye exam.
As February is American Heart Month, Drs. Richard Driscoll and Alycia Green of Total Eye Care are encouraging residents of Keller and Colleyville to take this opportunity to protect their vision and heart health by having an eye exam and an optomap retinal exam.
Dr. Driscoll comments: “Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day.”*
Most people don’t realize that by visiting their optometrist for an eye examination, and in particular by having a simple optomap, signs of hypertension can be detected, which if left untreated, can lead to heart problems and stroke.
An optomap is one of the most advanced technologies in eye care technology. It is the only technology currently available that provides an ultra-wide 82% view of the retina (the back of the eye) in one image – including the all-important periphery for successful diagnostics of both eye and non-eye related conditions and diseases.
“Viewing the retina during an eye examination allows me to see the retinal blood vessels and detect any changes to their size and pattern,” Says Dr. Green. “Such changes can be indicative of changes in blood vessels in other parts of the body, such as the heart, and they highlight that further medical investigation and treatment may be required.”
To book an eye examination and optomap call 817.416.0333 or schedule an appointment online.
For more details on American Heart Month 2013 and further information about heart disease visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/
* Source: www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/ (online, 2013)
We are happy to announce that Total Eye Care is growing and Dr. Thuy Tran has joined our practice. Dr. Tran is an honor graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. A native of Arlington, Dr. Tran will hold office hours at both the Colleyville and Keller locations.
When Dr. Diana Driscoll was struck with a disabling invisible illness, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome with Dysautonomia, her quest for answers and compassion for other sufferers began. As both a patient and a doctor (therapeutic optometrist), Dr. Diana has been working tirelessly researching a cure for those inflicted with these invisible illnesses such as CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or “M.E.”), Chronic Lyme Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome with Dysautonomia and Endometriosis. Through collaboration, research and personal experimentation, she has found some answers to these debilitating diseases that have left many puzzled and without hope for so long.
In her desire to reach out to those who are suffering worldwide, Dr. Diana began the website www.Prettyill.com. Here, you can view much of her research and gain support from a community of fellow patients. While currently on professional disability, she is dedicating all of her available time and resources to the goal of providing hope to patients in discovering a cure.
Current clinical testing is being completely funded by Drs. Diana and Richard Driscoll. This is not how science has traditionally worked, but this reflects their level of commitment to help individuals suffering from these chronic illnesses. Traditionally, applying for research grants and paying for large administrative costs not only slows research efforts, but can mean that the research is never completed. Drs. Rich and Diana Driscoll knew that it was time to instigate a change. With great excitement, we are pleased to announce that Prettyill.com, run by Dr. Diana Driscoll, is currently partnering with Total Eye Care to begin preliminary clinical trial testing.
The initial patient testing consists of a blood test ($800 value), a questionnaire and ocular fundus photos ($125 value) and will be administered at NO COST to you, the patient. The deadline for participating in this clinical trial pretesting is November 31, 2012. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with one or more of the diseases listed above, please contact us at Clinical_Trials@prettyill.com.
Total Eye Care will be conducting clinical trials for patients with dysautonomia, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis. As a part of the study, participants will receive an eye exam at no charge. Currently, we still have some openings for patients with relapsing remitting MS. If you would like to be a part of the study please contact us at Clinical_Trials@Prettyill.com.
A book has been swimming around my head for quite a while and it is finally out. The blog posts have been pretty scarce over the last 10 months as my wife Dr. Diana Driscoll and myself were each putting the final touches on our books. My first book, An Eye Doctor Answers: Explanations to Hundreds of the Most Common Questions Patients Wish They Had Asked Their Eye Doctor, was the last to make its debut and was just published last month on Amazon.
It is very exciting to see something that I have wanted to do for a long time finally become a more than just an idea. When I first set out to write this book I thought I would cover the top fifty questions patients asked their eye doctors. The list of questions patients either wanted to know, or I thought they should know, about their eyes quickly grew. In An Eye Doctor Answers you will find the explanations to almost 400 questions.
My intent was to write a book that was easy to understand, that would read as if you and I were sitting and talking at the end of the exam. Sometimes, nothing makes a point more clearly than a picture or a diagram thus I have included a lot of both. Most good reference books list the sources of their information, An Eye Doctor Answers is no different. I have included a lot of references plus a detailed index to make it easy to find the answers to your questions.
In almost 25 years of practice I have naturally answered a lot of questions, after all that is a big part of what we do, helping patients understand their condition and the associated treatment. Of course, I included the common questions that center around what is myopia, astigmatism, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration, but I didn’t stop there. Many patients are very curious about a wide variety of questions such as how do 3D glasses work, what are my refractive surgery options and risks, or how do I keep my kids from getting more nearsighted. To make it easier to quickly find what you need there is a complete list of questions at the back of the book.
An Eye Doctor Answers: Explanations to Hundreds of the Most Common Questions Patients Wish They Had Asked Their Eye Doctor is published by the Physician’s Publishing Group as a 254 page paperback or as a Kindle eBook both of which are available on Amazon.com.
It seems that no contact lens manufacturer has been immune to a recall of their contact lenses. CooperVision announced a global recall of selected lots of their Avaira® Sphere and Avaira® Toric contact lenses.
The recall is due to the amount of residual silicone oil left over from the manufacturing process. The symptoms reported range from blurry vision to pain and irritation. Only a small number of Avaira contact lenses are affected. To see if your lenses are affected enter your lot number on the CooperVision Contact Lens Recall Website. If your contact lenses are on the recall list CooperVision recommends returning them to the point of purchase for replacement.
We are very pleased to announce that Total Eye Care will start its first clinical study next month. The title of the study is Vascular Fundus Changes in Patients With High Probability of Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI). Check out the video below for more information. We are recruiting patients with either Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome or Multiple Sclerosis so please spread the word. The video has a lot of good information on the study so please do check it out.
Dr Driscoll, Dr. Green and our entire staff welcome Dr. Lilaram, a 2007 Graduate of the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, to Total Eye Care.
Dr. Lilaram specializes in sports vision and rehabilitative eye care. Says Dr. Lilaram “My optometric and post doctoral training have allowed me to aid the sports performance of athletes and rehabilitate the vision of both children and adults alike. It is wonderful to see the improvement in my vision therapy patients.”
With the addition of Dr. Lilaram Total Eye Care has expanded it’s available services to include;
- Sports Vision Therapy
- Treatment of learning-related disabilities such as dyslexia & ADD
- Amblyopia Treatment “Lazy Eye”
- Strabismus Therapy “Wandering Eye”
- Computer Vision Syndrome
You can read Dr. Lilaram’s entire bio on the Total Eye Care website.
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Total Eye Care and Optos partner in using scanning laser technology for children’s back to school eye exams.
COLLEYVILLE, TEXAS – August 1, 2010 – In conjunction with Back to School time, Dr. Richard Driscoll and Dr. Alycia Green, eye doctors at Total Eye Care in Keller and Colleyville, are working with Optos to launch a program aimed at educating parents about the importance of regular eye examinations for children. It is estimated that 80 percent of what children learn during their first 12 years is related to sight, yet unfortunately 86 percent of children in the U.S. start school without first having a comprehensive eye exam. Read more…..
Total Eye Care unveiled OrthoKDoctor.com a new website designed to answer patient questions about Orthokeratology, a safe and effective alternative to refractive surgery
Orthokeratology is known by numerous terms, the most common of which are Gentle Vision Shaping System, OrthoK, Corneal Refractive Therapy and Overnight Vision Correction. Total Eye Care introduces the new website OrthoKDoctor.com to inform patients about this exciting technology.
“Orthokeratology is a safe and gentle method where contact lenses temporarily reshape the cornea while a patient sleeps. The beauty of OrthoK is that it is temporary. As long as a patient wears a retainer lens the effect remains, much like wearing a retainer after orthodontic braces are removed” says Dr. Richard Driscoll, clinical director at Total Eye Care. Read more…….