Dr. Tracy Wright on What Eye Health Can Reveal About Overall Health

(gentle music) – My name is Tracy Wright,
I’m a glaucoma specialist. I did my residency at New York University, was in medical school before
that at Yale University, and I did extra training in glaucoma as a glaucoma specialist at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Florida. I became a glaucoma specialist
because I really valued the patient relationship
aspect of medicine. People come in all the time
with very high eye pressure and there’s no symptoms until
you start losing vision. And then you can’t reverse glaucoma, so the treatment is to lower the pressure by any means necessary. And I do, frequently, glaucoma surgery to lower eye pressure
to prevent that patient from having further damage. People are very thankful,
it’s like putting out a fire almost and at a certain point, when people are stabilized, they realize that they were at risk for going blind. So, I see that all the time. As an eye doctor, we can screen for several different diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure,
issues with rheumatology, so for example, arthritis. If we see a certain eye
finding, we may know that this patient’s at a high-risk
for having other disease. And, the fact that you have those other specialists
right down the hall from you makes it really
easy to coordinate care, rather than having to send out, if you’re in a private practice, you have to make sure their insurance works, find out the right doctor to send them to, where they can be accepted, whereas here, all I have to do is click a button and the rheumatologist
down the halls knows what’s going on and why that
patient’s coming to see them. Well here, I feel like
my sole objective is to do what’s best for the patient. I do what’s right for them and what they need, that’s number one. ♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪ ♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh ♪

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