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COVID-19 Office Protocol

At Eyeland Vision caring for our patients, staff, and community is our primary concern. Our office will be open again on Monday May 4th. We will have limited appointment times and strict guidelines to keep doctors, patients, and staff safe and healthy. We would like all our patients to know what to expect at their appointment during this pandemic.

Precautions Our Eye Clinic Is Taking to Limit COVID-19: We employ a strict office policy that mandates that all eye doctors, opticians, office staff, and patients not enter if they are feeling unwell or have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19.

Please allow 90 minutes for this visit. All patients, staff and doctors will be required to wear a face mask to the office. We will be utilizing a paperless system whenever and as much as possible. Please email or text our office a copy of your insurance cards, front and back, as well as your picture identification. All patients to complete all sign in forms and health screening online prior to your appointment. All prescriptions that are issued and all payment receipts will be accessed by patients via the online patient portal. A staff member will set up your portal and email or text you the access information. Please complete an online frame wish list and submit to us so we can have your eyewear choices ready and available for you. The links for these forms are listed below and can also be found on our website www.eyelandvision.com

Wellness screening link: https://book.getweave.com/2218d701-6097-49ec-95c3-e4a3b7e0bbb4/wellness

Online sign-in form link: https://www.crystalpm.com/index.jsp?crystalpmid=2752&pageid=2

Frame wishlist link: https://www.framesdata.com/mfg/EYELAND-VISION

Upon arrival for your appointment, we are asking all patients to please wait in their vehicle for a staff member to greet you. We will be taking temperatures on all patients at that time. Anyone that has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, will be kindly asked to reschedule for another time. Our staff may ask you to wait outside rather than in the waiting area in order to protect yourself and others from any circulating germs. Only the patient with the appointment will be permitted into the office, unless that patient is a minor or requires assistance. Upon entering the building all patients will be wearing a mask and will be taken to wash their hands.

During your eye exam: The doctor may use a special plastic barrier called a slit-lamp breath shield to block the exchange of breath between patient and doctor. The doctor will wait for your slit-lamp eye exam to be over before speaking with you or answering any questions you may have.

We disinfect all equipment and patient contact surfaces before and after every use.

We disinfect all surfaces and equipment (front desk counters, telephones, pens, door handles, waiting room chairs).

All staff members wash their hands before and after contact with each patient and throughout the day.

If we don’t shake hands with our patients during this time, please don’t take it personally.

Once your exam is complete we will have you visit our optical team. In order to follow rules of social distancing and reduce the spread of the virus our opticians will bring frames to you. Please send in your online frame wish list as stated above so we can have your eyewear choices ready and available for you.

All frames that have come into contact with patients will be cleaned with antibacterial soap and hot water.

Once your glasses order arrives at our office you will receive a text message for curbside pick up. All contact lens orders will be shipped directly to you.

 

Please call or text our office at 915-821-6800 with any questions or concerns you may have. If you feel it’s best for you or a member of your family to reschedule your appointment, please feel free to do so.

FAQ Page

When will you be open?

  • Due to the COVID-19 and current “stay in place” issued by the City of El Paso we are currently closed and have no projected date until the order is lifted. Please check back for current updates.

How may I contact your office if I have a medical emergency?

  • If you have a medical emergency please call our office and leave a voicemail or send us a text message and we will contact you as soon as possible.

I have an upcoming scheduled appointment, when will I be able to reschedule?

  • At this time all appointments are cancelled and patients will be moved to a priority list. Once the office is open, staff will call patients to reschedule based on date and time of scheduled appointment.

May I still make an appointment for a future date?

  • Patients may still make an appointment online for routine eyecare, medical visits…etc for a future date. Please keep in mind our office is monitoring on a week by week basis during the current situation. Our office will let our patients know if their appointment might have to be moved to a later date and time.

I have ordered glasses or contact lenses to be picked up at your office, how will I receive my order?

  • If you have a current order pending at our office please call or text to verify your address and we will gladly ship them to your home at this time at no cost.

How may I order a new pair of glasses or contact lenses?

  • At this time a patient may not be able to order glasses but you may visit our virtual boutique shop and create a wish list of frames you would like. Once the office is open we will be happy to help you order your new glasses.
  • For contact lens orders you may visit our online webstore https://yourstore.wewillship.com/?account_id=6529 and place an order to be shipped right to your home at this time. Our office currently offers competitive market pricing and yearly rebates.

How may I get access to my current prescription or other medical documents from your office?

  • Our office offers an online portal where a patient may access not only their medical documents, but prescriptions as well. It also features secure messaging if the patient is more comfortable communicating in that manner. Simply verify your email address you would the office to send you online portal link and we will provide you with your username and password to access the portal.

My current prescription is about to expire and I need to order glasses or contact lenses, what can I do at this time?

  • If you have prescription that is about to expire please call or text the office about an extension at this time.

November 10 is World Keratoconus Day

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November 10 will be the fourth annual World Keratoconus Day. Keratoconus is an eye disease in which the eye bulges and its shape becomes less spherical, leading to potentially significant loss of vision. Symptoms can also include sensitivity to light and red, puffy eyes.

Sometimes, a cornea transplant is required in order to treat the eyes. Often, however, patients will make use of specialty lenses (such as scleral lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses, and hybrid lenses) or cross-linking (a minor procedure involving eye drops and ultraviolet light) to obtain the clearer vision. Regular contact lenses are often too ineffective and uncomfortable for patients with keratoconus to use.

Modern research is showing that keratoconus may be far more common than we had believed. It affects those of all ethnic groups and genders, usually manifesting itself in early adulthood. People from communities worldwide experience life with keratoconus, and El Paso is no different.

At Eyeland Vision, we offer treatment to keratoconus patients from the greater community. Being very familiar with the challenges of life with keratoconus, we join together with friends around the globe in celebrating Keratoconus Day. This annual event is a great opportunity to raise awareness of keratoconus and the treatments available to those who have it.

If you or a loved one would like to be examined for keratoconus and other eye conditions or to discuss treatment options, call us or schedule an appointment. Click here to learn more about keratoconus and the treatments we offer for it.

Allergy Testing at Eyeland Vision

teenager wearing sunglasses in El Paso, TX
Our eye care practice is pleased to offer a new allergy testing service to help our El Paso, Texas, patients. These skin scratch tests, also called a skin prick test, can check for 80 different sensitivities. It’s an effective way to confirm whether or not a specific substance you eat, inhale, or touch leads to symptoms.

What are some reasons to do allergy testing?

The results of your skin scratch tests may help our El Paso, Texas, eye doctor to know which allergens affect you. This information is helpful for diagnosing and treating eye allergies, and for providing guidance about allergen avoidance.

Allergy scratch tests are most accurate for diagnosing allergies to airborne substances, such as dust, pet dander, and pollen. However, they are also sometimes used to detect bothersome conditions such as:

  • Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
  • Food allergies
  • Allergic asthma
  • Latex allergy
  • Dermatitis (eczema)
  • Penicillin allergy
  • Bee venom allergy

Is allergy testing safe?

In general, skin tests are safe for adults and kids. However, our El Paso, Texas, eye doctor may not recommend taking this test if you’ve ever had a serious allergic reaction to a substance, take medicine that could skew the results, or have certain skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis.

Are there any risks to allergy testing?

The most typical side effect of skin scratch tests is red, itchy bumps. These swollen patches may not appear for a few hours after the test, and they can last up to a few days.

What happens during allergy testing?

To begin, our El Paso, Texas, eye doctor will question you about your medical history, symptoms, and treatments. Your answers can indicate whether an allergic condition may be the cause of your symptoms.

The actual test takes about 20 to 40 minutes, and uses lancets that barely scratch your skin’s surface. In adults, the testing is usually done on the forearm, and children are generally tested on their upper back. Only mild discomfort is felt, with no bleeding. The lancets are used to prick allergen extracts into your skin’s surface, and a new lancet is used for each allergen. We will watch for an immediate allergic reaction to each respective extract. If you are allergic, a response – a red, itchy bump similar to a mosquito bite – should appear within 15 minutes after the skin pricks.

When are the results of allergy testing ready?

You will know the results of our skin scratch tests before you leave Eyeland Vision. If your test is positive, it means you may be allergic to a specific substance. Larger red bumps usually mean that you have a higher level of sensitivity. If your test is negative, means you probably do not have allergies to any particular allergens.

As useful as these results are, our El Paso, Texas, eye doctor cautions that skin tests are not 100% accurate. Both false positives and false negatives can occur.

How can I find out if my eye irritation is caused by allergies?

If you have red, swollen, itchy, or painful eyes, you may be suffering from allergies to common airborne agents, such as tree or grass pollen, dust, or pet dander. Eye allergies can also be caused by a sensitivity to chemical sprays, such as hairspray and air fresheners. To help you pinpoint what’s causing your annoying eye symptoms, allergy testing may offer a solution.

In addition to diagnosing your allergies, our eye doctor can guide you about medication and nutrition so you experience relief! One available option is to take sublingual therapy drops, which facilitate developing an immunity to the allergen within 1-1 ½ years. Contact our eye doctor in El Paso, Texas, to book an eye exam and consultation.

woman holding eyeIs It Eye Allergies or Dry Eyes?

Eye Allergy and Dry Eye symptoms tend to be very similar. They both include redness, itchiness, tearing, and a gritty or burning sensation in the eyes.

 

Is it really an allergic reaction, or could it be Dry Eyes? Before running to the pharmacy for some antihistamines, it would be worth digging into the cause of these reactions in order to assure that you’re choosing the right treatment option.

If you’ve been using artificial tears, prescription allergy medication, or other over the counter medicine to relieve the itchy, dry feeling, but see no improvement— it may be worth visiting the Eyeland Vision's Dry Eye Center and speaking with Dry Eye Expert, Dr. Kerry Holt, who can provide a diagnosis and solution for your condition.

What’s the Difference Between Eye Allergies and Dry Eyes?

Eye allergies, also known as allergic conjunctivitis, occur when the eyes react to elements that irritate them (allergens). One can develop eye allergies from pet dander, dust, pollen, smoke, perfumes, or even certain foods. To fight off the allergen, the eyes produce a substance called histamine, which causes the eyelids to become red, swollen and itchy — and at times to tear and burn. Those with eye allergies tend to experience nasal allergies as well, which include an itchy, stuffy nose, along with frequent sneezing.

People with Dry Eyes suffer from eyes that feel dry, itchy, swollen, irritated, and at times very painful. Dry eye syndrome can be developed as a result of genetics, age, environment, lifestyle, medications, and the overall health of your eyes. When one has dry eyes, the eyes are either not producing enough tears to keep your eye lubricated, or the tears are not composed of the correct balance of water, lipids, and mucous to maintain proper lubrication.

How Are Eye Allergies and Dry Eyes Treated?

eye drops

Eye allergies can be treated using artificial tears, medicated eye drops, decongestants, antihistamines, or anti-inflammatory medications. Depending on your specific case, Dry Eye Expert, Dr. Kerry Holt may recommend a combination of treatments.

However, if it is determined that you have dry eyes, Dry Eye Expert, Dr. Kerry Holt may suggest artificial tears or lubricant eye drops to alleviate the discomfort, and in some cases, may even prescribe drops or steroids. For patients with more acute cases of dry eyes, the doctor might suggest alternative treatment options, such as LipiFlow, True Tear, TearCare or scleral lenses.

If you’re suffering from any of the above symptoms, speak with , who will examine and thoroughly assess the source of these reactions, determine whether they are caused by allergies or Dry Eyes, and provide the right treatment.

The Eyeland Vision's Dry Eye Center services patients from El Paso, North Hills, Pleasant Hills, Apollo Heights, and throughout Texas.

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Your Child’s Eye Exam & Their Future

Preparing for school means new school supplies, meeting new friends and teachers, and ensuring your child visits their eye doctor for an eye exam. Although schools may offer vision screenings within a few weeks or days of the new school year to ensure a child doesn’t struggle with poor visual acuity, none of the staff or even trained nurses check for visual problems, such as binocular vision and accommodative eye skills that play a significant role in near vision. Children who develop reading problems may have passed vision screenings yet were never examined by a professional optometrist.

Another benefit of coming to our practice is that we specialize in myopia management. Traditionally, the only way to handle nearsightedness or myopia progression in a child is to increase the prescription, often resulting in thicker glasses. Over a few years, a child will end up jumping from a low prescription of -.5 or -1 to a high prescription of -3 or worse! Unfortunately, high myopia has been identified as a lead cause for eye disease in old age, such as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and even retinal detachment. A person can be 3-4x at risk for eye disease from having a prescription of -4 compared to someone with a low prescription.

Why does myopia cause eye disease?

Although LASIK surgery can help you see without eyeglasses, once a person’s eyes have worsened to a low prescription, the shape of their eye has elongated to a point that leaves the retina in a precarious state. Laser vision correction merely corrects the surface of the eye, but without preventing myopia progression, the damage has already been done. Therefore, the only way to safely secure one’s vision from greater risk is myopia management, in other words, taking steps to stop progression in its tracks.

What should a parent consider for their child’s next year at school?

Come to our practice and schedule an eye exam with our eye doctor, Myopia Management Specialist, Dr. Kerry Holt. We’ll not only evaluate the child’s complete eye health, but we’ll guide on the proper steps to slow myopia progression. We have methods through specialty contact lenses to stop advancing myopia, but often we’ll educate parents on how to slow progression through good habit building.

  • Children need 2 hours of outside play. Build their long-vision muscles!
  • Reduce screen time
  • Practice the 20-20-20 Rule.
    • Take a break from close vision work every 20 minutes,
    • Then look at something 20 feet away (or further)
    • Spend at least 20 seconds doing this before returning to your close-up work.

We look forward to seeing you and your children and getting the entire family prepared for the new school year with confidence & healthy vision.

Top 4 Eyecare Tips for Summer

This summer, whether you’re headed across state lines on a family road trip, flying off to Europe, grabbing a quick weekend getaway, or taking a vacation in your own backyard, don’t forget to protect your eyes!

Summer Eye Care Near You

Check out our top 4 tips for ensuring healthy eyes this summer, and remember, your eye doctor is here to help make the most out of your vision. Dr. Kerry Holt sees patients from all over the El Paso, Texas area. Let us give you the top-quality eye care you and your family deserve, not only during the summer, but all year long.

  1. Don’t Leave Home Without It

If you have a chronic illness and need to head out of town for a few days, you would never leave home without your medications, right? That’s because you know that if something happens and your meds aren’t with you, you could suffer discomfort or complications to your health.

The same is true for your vision. If you suffer from dry eyes, make sure to take artificial tears or medicated eye drops with you when you travel. Preservative-free eye drops are a traveler’s friend. They’re also available as individual strips, which are recommended since there’s less risk of contamination.

Running low on disposable contact lenses? Include an extra pair in your carry-on suitcase and stock up on new lenses ahead of time. If you wear eyeglasses, bring a spare set and a copy of your prescription along with you, just in case they get lost or broken.

We recommend speaking to Dr. Kerry Holt before you leave for vacation to make sure your vision needs are all set.

  1. It’s Getting Hot Outside

Usually, most people think of protecting their skin from sunburns when they’re at the beach, by the pool, or just spending time outdoors.

Did you know that your eyes can get sunburned, too?

This happens when the cornea is exposed to excessive UV rays. When the sclera (the white part of your eye) looks red, that’s a sign that you’ve got sunburned eyes. You might also notice symptoms like a sudden sensitivity to light, or your eyes may feel like something is stuck in them, or they could feel sore.

The best way to prevent sunburned eyes? Always wear sunglasses with 100% of UVA and UVB light blocking protection.

  1. Watch Out for the Pool

Swimming is one of summer’s greatest pastimes. There’s nothing quite like a dip in a pool or ocean to cool off from the sweltering summer heat. While you’re slicing through the water, remember to protect your eyes.

Remove contacts before going swimming, wear goggles while underwater, and rinse your eyes with cold water when you get out of the pool (it helps get the chlorine or salt out). If your eyes feel dry or scratchy after a swim, use some moisturizing eye drops to lubricate your eyes.

  1. Back to School is Sooner Than You Think

Your kids will be back in school before you know it. Help them prepare for the upcoming school year by scheduling an eye exam now. If they need new glasses because their prescription has changed or your teen simply wants a new look for the new school year, come in to Eyeland Vision for a consultation and take a look at the newest selection of frames and contact lenses.

Have you had a sudden eye injury or emergency while on vacation? Don’t wait until you’re back home to handle it — seek immediate care today. Certain eye injuries can damage your vision or lead to ulcers, so if you notice symptoms like redness, eye pain, changes to your vision, or flashing light, contact your eye doctor right away.

At Eyeland Vision, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision this summer and throughout the year.

Spring Dry Eyes

woman applying eyedroppers, close upSpring is a time of renewal, when the harsh winter is just a memory and the outdoors seem to beckon us to go outside. While spring may be in the air, so are allergens. Allergies during the spring season can cause dry eyes and have a particularly severe effect on people with Dry Eye Syndrome.

During the spring months, pollen, pet dander, mold, and dust can be found in the air. These airborne allergens can trigger uncomfortable reactions like itchy, red, and watery eyes, as well as sneezing and sinus congestion. At The Practice Name Dry Eye Center, we can offer you long-term relief for your seasonal dry eyes.

How Do The Seasons Affect Dry Eyes?

Although certain people with sensitivities to allergens may be more prone to allergic reactions, the seasons of the year can trigger these responses, too. In the winter, for instance, dry eyes can develop in people who live in climates with a lot of dry, cold air or strong winds. Sitting in direct aim of a heater may feel wonderful when it’s cold, but it can also dry out the eyes. In the summer when the heat is intense and people run their air conditioning systems regularly, dry eyes can develop from being in the direction of cold air.

A 5-year study found that 21% of the 3.4 million visits to an eye doctor during that time were related to dry eyes. Each year, there was a peak during April, proving that there is a likely correlation between allergens and dry eye cases.

Common Symptoms Of Seasonal Dry Eyes

The most common symptoms of dry eyes in the spring are:

  • Blurry vision
  • Burning
  • Gritty feeling
  • Itchiness
  • Redness
  • Stinging
  • Soreness
  • Watery eyes

It may seem odd, but watery eyes are a frequent symptom of dry eyes. It’s the body’s way of trying to self-heal the dryness by releasing excess tears, a condition called Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS). This condition gives some relief, but because these tears contain an inadequate amount of water, the relief is temporary and more long-lasting options are needed.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with The Practice Name Dry Eye Center. We have the knowledge, years of experience, latest technologies, and effective solutions to give you relief for your dry eyes this spring season.

Relief For Dry Eyes In The Springtime

Close up of blue eyeDry Eye Doctor Name treats patients from all over CITY 1, State who are suffering from seasonal dry eyes. Depending on your specific case and the intensity of your symptoms, the doctor may recommend daily artificial tears or lubricant eye drops to alleviate the pain. These can stimulate your eye’s natural tear production to moisturize the eyes and provide comfort. In some cases, prescription drops or steroids can produce similar results.

For patients with severe types of dry eyes, the doctor may talk to you about punctual plugs. These are tiny devices that are inserted inside the tear duct. They block your tears from draining out, which forces them to stay in your eye, coating and moisturizing the area.

Have you heard about scleral lenses? These are contact lenses that are made from rigid materials and contain a tiny pool of water, which provides moisture to dry eyes. Scleral lenses have a large diameter that covers the entire sclera (white part of the eye) without touching the cornea, so they can fit more comfortably. Because each person’s eye is unique, scleral lenses must be custom-fitted for each patient.

When It’s More Than Allergies

If your symptoms persist long after spring is over, and especially if they worsen, this may indicate signs of a more serious eye condition.

Examples can include any of the following:

  • Blepharitis (inflamed eyelids)
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Corneal Abrasions
  • Dry Eye Disease
  • Styes (an oil gland infection that causes a bump in the eyelid

We hope you take the time to enjoy this spring season. Should you experience any visual discomfort or are naturally prone to dry eyes, contact Dry Eye Doctor Name and the caring staff at The Practice Name Dry Eye Center. We’ll examine your eyes and discuss your personal needs to create an action plan that’s right for you.


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Prevalence of Keratoconus & Likelihood of Detection

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Ever wonder how common is keratoconus in El Paso, Texas?
Do people simply develop keratoconus overtime? Is it genetic?

Keratoconus has been a very complex and elusive eye disease that continues to baffle the world of eye health. Still, recent advanced surgical procedures and specialty contact lenses can help keratoconus patients achieve relatively normal vision, although the costs are generally high.

In severe cases where a cornea transplant is required, a patient will need to recover at home for weeks or longer placing strain on the rest of the family and finances.

How likely is someone to end up with keratoconus?

Estimates suggest that 1 out of 2000 people suffer from keratoconus.
Some optometrists who work with keratoconus patients speculate the rate is far more common nearing 1 out of 1000. Keratoconus, regardless, is considered rare, and there aren’t many indications that pinpoint which person is more likely to develop keratoconus.

Keratoconus is most commonly diagnosed with:

  • African Americans
  • Males
  • Teenagers/Early 20s

Keratoconus means that the cornea has developed an irregular shape, often leading to light sensitivity, blurry vision, and the inability to wear soft contact lenses.

These symptoms can indicate keratoconus, but further examination by an eye doctor will best assess whether you have keratoconus. An optometrist would need to use digital imaging to assess the health of the eye’s surface. Some forms of digital imaging check inside the eye to review blood vessels, the retina, or macula to ensure the critical aspects of the eyes structure is healthy. A patient with keratoconus who skips digital imaging or receives the wrong form of assessment will often go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for years.

In order to ensure the best care and earliest detection for keratoconus or any corneal irregularity, schedule your next eye exam with one of our eye doctors in El Paso, Texas, today.

Using a flex benefits and health spending account on Orthokeratology | , Texas

Do you visit your eye doctor every year to simply replenish your supply of contact lenses or find the most affordable pair of frames? Eyewear costs can vary anywhere from $500 to even $1,000 on average per year. But, did you know that some eye doctors can help you achieve true vision correction throughout the day without the need of glasses or contacts?

Flex Benefits in El Paso, TXFor decades, the only form of vision correction that people knew about was laser vision correction or LASIK. However, some aren’t candidates for LASIK, while others don’t want to brave the risks associated with eye surgery. Therefore, many patients decide to spend their end of year benefits towards another pair of designer eyewear or contact lenses.

Fortunately, an effective form of non-surgical vision correction exists called Orthokeratology. Not only do you have the same benefits as LASIK, but ortho-k is a 100% safe alternative for adults and even children.

Discover Orthokeratology at Eyeland Vision's Myopia Management Center

Plus, research has shown that orthokeratology effectively slows the progression of myopia in children and young teens keeping their level of nearsightedness stable. This ensures healthier eyes for years to come as well as a lower risk for ocular diseases, such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.

Because flex benefits or health spending accounts typically include an expiration date, many people feel rushed when making a decision about their eye care needs. We encourage our patients to schedule an ortho-k consultation or even a routine eye exam early on so that they can learn about the available vision correction options and make an informed decision.

The ability to see perfectly throughout the day is an incredible change that brings better eyesight, enjoyment, and freedom. Use your benefits for something special like Orthokeratology, today.