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A Grateful Patient

BostonSight PROSE patient Mary Rengifo

The following is a letter written by Mary Rengifo (pictured). Mary, who suffers with severe dry eye related to Sjogren’s syndrome, recently traveled from Peru to Florida to complete BostonSight PROSE treatment at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. The letter was translated from Spanish by Priscilla Sotomayor, Mary's BostonSight PROSE Clinician, who is fluent in both English and Spanish.

I have suffered with primary Sjogrens Syndrome and severe dry eye for eight years. In my country I received treatment with different types of eye drops. Each time I felt worse because my eyes would get very dry and would not produce tears. Red eyes that felt as if there was sand in them, blurred vision, and droopy lids all prevented me from being able to work.

When I was referred to Bascom Palmer and they spoke to me about PROSE devices, I had hope that this would be the appropriate treatment. I was seen by excellent medical staff; they helped me and gave me information.

Now that I am using PROSE devices, my symptoms have decreased. My lids that were very droopy upon waking up are now almost normal. I have learned to use the PROSE devices, and my quality of life has improved greatly. Now I can do the things I could not do before. Because of this I would like to make others in Peru aware of PROSE.

A special thank you to Dr. Priscilla Sotomayor and her assistant, who in all moments would cheer me on to apply and remove my PROSE devices.

En Espanol:

Padezco Sindrome de Sjogren primario y ojo seco severo desde hace 8 años, en mi país vine recibiendo tratamiento con diferentes tipos de gotas pero cada vez me sentía peor puesto que mis ojos se ponían muy secos y no producían lágrimas, la sensación de arenilla, visión borrosa, ojo rojo y párpados caídos no me permitía trabajar adecuadamente.

Cuando me recomendaron acudir al Bascom Palmer y me hablaron de los lentes PROSE, tuve la esperanza que iba a ser el tratamiento adecuado, fui atendido por un excelente personal médico y asistencial dándome la información y la confianza adecuada, ahora que estoy usando los lentes PROSE las molestias han disminuido, mis párpados que estaban muy caídos al momento de despertar ya están casi normales, ya aprendí a usarlos con mayor destreza, y mi calidad de vida ha mejorado grandemente, ahora ya puedo hacer las cosas que no podía hacer antes, así mismo asumo el compromiso de difundir el uso de estos lentes a muchas personas que padecen el mismo problema en mi país.

Un especial agradecimiento a la Dra. Priscila Sotomayor y su asistente que en todo momento me alentaron para poder colocar y retirar el PROSE.

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