Expert: Eye docs can do more to help patients

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- We hear a lot of talk about over-prescribing antibiotics. Now an expert says we may be over-medicating our eyes.

Angela Bruno first noticed a problem with her eyes in late 2010. This was only the beginning, she was diagnosed with Graves disease which caused an overactive thyroid along with changes in her eyes. She was prescribed Tapazole and eye-drop steroids.

When asked if she tried all of the traditional routes to treat what was causing her eye problem, Bruno responded, "8 endocrinologists, 3 ophthalmologists, 1 neuropathologist, 1 retina specialist, and 2 graves disease surgeon."

According to Bruno, her situation got worse.

Swelling started to cause pressure on her optic nerve, and she could not see color. Bruno says, "I was blind in the left eye and about 80 percent blind in the right eye."

So after a year she met Homeopathic Ophthalmologist Dr. Edward Kondrot of the Healing the Eye & Wellness Center. He took a different approach. He helped her wean off the steroid eye drops and started a homeopathic regimen. Angela also started an organic and raw diet to help prevent further thyroid issues.

Dr. Kondrot believes most eye doctors don't actually take steps to treat the eyes. In fact, he says eyes become dependent on certain medications. Dr. Kondrot says, "I think that so many eye doctors rush into prescribing pharmaceutical eye drops or treatment and prescribe surgery when in fact they are not looking at the underlining cause of the disease."

He says the focus needs to shift towards strengthening the body along with the visual and neurological system. This will cause the body to start to heal itself.

Dr. Kondrot says, "So if it's the allergy, take steps to reduce the allergy. Many of these eye drops contain toxic petrochemicals and they give a short-term relief, but long-term I believe they can cause more damage. Especially the steroid eyedrop."

Dr. Thomas Johnson of The Retina Group of Washington says it's dangerous to distrust medications prescribed by most doctors, "The claim that eyedrops can cause toxicity to the eye is somewhat dubious in nature."

He says all treatments have the potential for side effects, which is why they are always given under the care and supervision of a board-certified physician.

Dr. Johnson says, "Treatments that protect vision are very important and when people lose that vision, it's often very hard to get it back. It's always a shame to see patients who may go off the standard track and inadvertently cause significant harm."

"Any procedure or therapy that hasn't been subjected to carefully controlled trials, one always have to be a little bit cautious about the results from those claims and obviously patients need to be informed about what the evidence of any decision is," adds Dr. Johnson.

Fortunately for Angela Bruno, Dr. Kondrot's regimen worked. 6 months after starting the micro-current therapy, color therapy, cold therapy, and non-medicated oxygen drops her vision is back. She can see color and she no longer has swelling in her eyes.

"I wanted to go back to the other ophthalmologist and tell him, I told you about Dr. Kondrot and you said 'well, that's just hearsay', and say 'look at me now,'" adds Bruno.

Angela still sees Dr. Kondrot twice a year for several days and is undergoing treatment for cataracts. Many doctors advise against strictly homeopathic regimens, for some it's better to work with a mix of pharmaceutical and homeopathic regimens..

Dr. Kondrot says if your doctor strongly recommends traditional treatment or surgery to save your vision, it is best to heed that advice.


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