Ophthalmology: Live from the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Orlando, FL

This Mayo Clinic Medical Edge Weekend program features interviews from the annual meeting of the American Academy of Opthalmology in Orlando, FL.

Medical Edge Weekend 10-22-11


  1. Mary Jo Dahling
    Posted October 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    For the past several months, every evening at around 9 or 10:00, both of my eyes get so dry I can hardly even watch the news. I have tried drops (artificial tears, clear eyes), but nothing seems to work for very long. I have to put artificial tears in before I go to sleep, otherwise they are so uncomfortably dry, I can hardly stand it. I do not wear contacts. Is there anything you could suggest I do or use to make this condition better? What would be the cause of this?

    • Tracy
      Posted October 26, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

      Dr. Garrity says, “The big question here would be: How often do you use the artificial tears? Dryness that gets worse toward the end of the day is typically “dry eye” related. Try using the artificial tears once an hour beginning in the mid afternoon until you go to bed…..see if this helps. A warm compress might also help. There are other things that one could try and a visit with a corneal specialist might be a good idea.”

  2. Bob Em
    Posted October 22, 2011 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Taking questions for the Opthamology show? I have a *severe* fear related to eyes. I can’t bear the thought of anything touching my eyes, and even have to look away when a mascara commercial comes on TV. Seriously. Glaucoma test is always an ordeal. I can’t have that machine with the blue-ish dot touch my eyes, and I can’t get eyedrops. So I avoid the ophthalmologist, and even the optometrist usually can’t get a glaucoma reading with the “puff” machine (I hyperventilate when they try). Problem is, I’m 51 with bad myopia and family history of glaucoma and cataracts. Any advice for how to overcome this fear or get myself to a point where I’m seeking appropriate eye care? (It’s my only phobia, so it’s not like I’m a total psychiatric patient).

    • Tracy
      Posted October 26, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

      Dr. Garrity says, “This might be similar to ‘fear of flying’ that some people have. There are some folks who get very anxious when anything is close to their eyes……..it might be worthwhile to seek advice of a counselor.”

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