Allergan’s TrueTear Device, Warby Parker’s Prescription Check, & VA Optometry Threatened

Welcome to what’s trending in eye care, brought to you by IntroWellness.com and 20/20 Glance! I’m Dr. Ryan Corte, here to bring you the news!

Have you ever wonder why your nose runs after you cry?

TrueTear™ Intranasal Tear Neurostimulator from Allergan
Credit: Truetear.com

Well, if you didn’t know already, the two are directly connected! Hence the research and development of the TrueTear™ Intranasal Tear Neurostimulator from Allergan.

This device delivers an effective way for you to temporarily increase your tear production and recently was granted marketing authorization by the US FDA!

Model using TrueTear™ Intranasal Tear Neurostimulator from Allergan
Credit: Truetear.com

Now you may be wondering, exactly how does it work? The handheld device is designed for you to stick it up your nose and directly stimulate the nerve in your nasal cavity.

From there, this stimulation increases your tear production AND is the first drug-free, non-invasive way to do so. Therefore, if you have dry eye diseaseTrueTear™ will be a real game changer!

Just don’t start picking your nose and expecting the same effect. That would be bad…

Do you buy your glasses online through Warby Parker?

Warby Parker prescription check
Credit: Techcrunch.com

The online glasses company now offers their customers a way to check their glasses prescription anywhere via their new Prescription Check app.

Now telemedicine refractions (also known as the process used to determine your glasses prescription remotely) are nothing new. Just ask 1-800 Contacts, Opternative, Smart Vision Labs and Eyenetra.

The major concern from eye care professionals is that the general public may actually think they’re getting an eye exam during this process. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth.

A vision assessment is only one piece of the puzzle during an eye exam. Warby Parker is also aware of this and has some MAJOR disclaimers in their terms of use section.

As of right now, only residents of California, Florida, New York and Virginia who already purchased glasses through Warby Parker are eligible for the test. You also have to be between the age of 18 and 40 years old.

Last time I looked up my heartburn symptoms online, I almost diagnosed myself with throat cancer. Yikes! So I guess there that for trusting in a computer over a doctor.

Seal of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Credit: Wikipedia.com

Are you a veteran that gets your eye care at the VA? 

Better book an appointment soon! A story from DisabledVeterans.org reported the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David Shulkin, recently suggested getting rid of VA optometry and audiology services.

Because seeing and hearing are overrated?!

Dr. Shulkin referenced that there’s a LensCrafters on every corner! Therefore, by contracting out these services to community care clinics, his team feels the VA could reallocate money saved to upgrade outdated facilities.

Shocked by this news, legislative optometry organizations are being as proactive as possible to ensure US veterans don’t lose this service!

Stay tuned to SEE or HEAR any updates on how this unfolds.

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Ryan Corte, O.D.

Dr. Ryan Corte was born and raised in Novi, MI where he attended Novi High School. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science in 2008. He also attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry where he graduated with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2012.

Dr. Corte completed an Optometric Residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2013. During his residency, he obtained advanced clinical competency to practice optometry at the highest level as well as provided educational assistance and supervision of third and fourth year students as a clinical faculty member. He now practices just north of Charlotte, NC at Northlake Eye.

In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Corte has contributed to optometry through multiple leadership roles. He is a former Executive President of the American Optometric Student Association and is currently serving on the Young ODs and Membership committee of the North Carolina Optometric Society Optometric. He also was a senior journalist for NewGradOptometry.com and is a co-founder of CovalentCareers.com. Dr. Corte thrives on involvement and looks forward to remaining very active throughout his professional career.

Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, family and friends as well as continuing to stay active in his community and in life.