dry eyes and blurry vision

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dry eyes and blurry vision

Postby Betty39 » Tue Feb 13, 2007 6:14 am

I have read how so many people have dry eyes and they have to use the artificial drops to see clearly. My eyes are very dry, mild to moderate burning most of the time, and yet I see very well. How come? How can my eyes feel so dry and yet I see so well? So is the burning related to actual dry eyes or something else. This has always puzzled me. Any thoughts anybody???
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Postby LasikExpert » Tue Feb 13, 2007 6:42 am

Your doctor can determine if you have poor quality and/or poor quantity tears. It is possible to have irritation symptoms from sources other than dry eyes.
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Postby Betty39 » Tue Feb 13, 2007 6:55 am

Maybe my doctor can tell what's up with my tears but he won't. He says whatever the tears tell him the treatment would be the same, he'd give me plugs. Which he did and it didn't help. He scratches his head when I come in. Apparently, although very hard to believe, I am the ONLY patient he has ever seen in 15 years of practice whose had this severe of dry eye symptoms. I see the corneal specialist on Wednesday. I am paying out of pocket anywhere from 97 to 168 dollars, or so they tell me. Of course any additional treatments will be at my expense. Hmmm...let's see, $5000.00 for the surgery, at least a few hundred dollars on eye drops and now a specialist!
And at 4 months I am slowly coming to the conclusion that if I still have dry eyes this bad this may not ever get any better.
I keep humming the tune "If I could turn back time"
Oh well.
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Postby LasikExpert » Tue Feb 13, 2007 4:21 pm

Dry eyes can occur naturally. A naturally occurring medical condition would normally be covered under a medical insurance plan. You should consider submitting the cost of your corneal specialist examination to your insurance company for reimbursement.
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Postby Betty39 » Tue Feb 13, 2007 11:10 pm

The only way to get this covered would be first to go to my primary care doctor ( I have an HMO) then have him refer me to an opthamologist that is in my medical group. And this would most likely be just a run of the mill opthamologist not a specialist of any kind.
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Postby LasikExpert » Wed Feb 14, 2007 6:25 am

You may be underestimating your insurance plan and your primary care physician.

Many managed care plans allow you to use any "out of plan" provider, however they will pay a smaller amount toward the fees.

Your primary care provider (PCP) may make the referral over the phone and may even refer you to the doctor you have decided to see. It is worth the call to your PCP to check about referral and a call to your health plan to check about out of plan provider coverage.
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Postby Betty39 » Thu Feb 15, 2007 3:12 am

Thanks for the tips Glenn...I will give those a try :)
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