4. It takes time
Although I always had informed my patients that dry eye is a disease that takes time to get under control, I had never quantified this for them. With all new patients, this doctor advised them that it typically takes 4 to 6 months for them to experience relief, maybe longer. Putting this time frame out there gives the patient, as well as the doctor, release. When they come back at their 6 to 8 week follow up, they aren’t expecting a drastic improvement. Any improvement now becomes a victory.
Knowing that the timeframe was this long really took the pressure off of me. Previously, at their first follow up I felt frustrated if they were not showing some improvement. Knowing this is normal gave me breathing room to not be stressed out and to allow time to tweak the treatment plan so it can ultimately work. I have experienced much more confidence since gaining this understanding.
5. Some cases are difficult
In my experience, I found myself frustrated when I could not get my patients to the point of perfect control of their disease. I felt that it was due to a shortcoming on my part.
At this practice, I observed many patients in re-treatment for severe diseases. One patient was getting his ninth amniotic membrane placed.