All of our GJO optometrists are therapeutically endorsed ophthalmic medicines prescribers, which means we prescribe medications for the eye where necessary. Our practice has expertise in contact lenses and your eye health, and our access to eye medication means we can respond to your eye health concerns efficiently. What do we prescribe eye medications for?
Eye Infections. Whether it is the common bacterial conjunctivitis, or a less common infection affecting the eye health, GJO optometrists can diagnose this by thoroughly examining your eyes with a slit lamp microscopic examination and prescribing the appropriate eye drop. Without the appropriate technology it may be difficult to diagnose and appropriately treat the problem. If you are a contact lens wearer, it is particularly imperative that you see your optometrist promptly if you develop any discharge, redness, pain or other changes to your eyes to resolve this and protect your eyesight.
Eye Inflammation. Eye conditions such as uveitis may be associated with inflammation. ‘Inflammation’ is a reaction from the body that may cause redness, swelling, heat and/or discomfort. Conditions such as uveitis may be treated with steroid eye drops (1).
Dry eye. There are multiple prescription drops available for dry eye where necessary. Your optometrist will discuss this with you when your eye health would benefit from these.
Chronic eye diseases - Glaucoma. We co-manage eye diseases such as glaucoma (the “silent thief of sight” condition that leads to side vision loss (2), and prescribe eye pressure-lowering drops for glaucoma, in conjunction with an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon).
As well as protecting your health and treating eye problems with eye medication drops when needed, our optometrists often work with your general practitioner and other health specialists if you have any general health conditions, as these may affect your eye health as well. Conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and more may often affect your eyes without obvious signs or symptoms (3). If there are any significant changes to your general health, make sure to let your optometrist know during your thorough eye examination at GJO.
- Babu K, Mahendradas P. Medical management of uveitis - current trends. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2013;61(6):277-83.
- Pinazo-Durán MD, Zanón-Moreno V, García-Medina JJ, Arévalo JF, Gallego-Pinazo R, Nucci C. Eclectic Ocular Comorbidities and Systemic Diseases with Eye Involvement: A Review. Biomed Res Int. 2016;2016:6215745.
Natalie Buckman is a clinical optometrist, educator, professional leader and ophthalmic medicines prescriber, who enjoys exploring the world and hitting the dance floor in her spare time.