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To schedule a consultation at Boston Foundation for Sight, please contact Nancy Lemist, New Patient Affairs Coordinator for more information. Nancy can be reached by phone at 781-726-7501 or you can email New Patient Inquiries here. Please allow 2-3 business days for a response.
To find your local PROSE Provider and schedule a consultation today, visit www.bostonsight.org/providers.
Some additional helpful information: Before you can schedule a consultation for PROSE treatment, your local Provider will need to gather information about your health insurance and the last note from your eye doctor.
Additional information regarding the PROSE treatment process may be found here.
In 2010 almost 80% of BFS patients receiving PROSE treatment were covered by insurance and/or financial assistance. Financial, travel and lodging resources are also available.
This question and answers come from our patient community.
Q: How do I get my doctor to give me a referral for BostonSight™ PROSE treatment?
A1: Make it easy for your doctor to say “yes”. I got my referral by asking. My doctor encouraged me to exhaust all avenues before submitting to another eye surgery.
I went to the BFS website and printed out the Physician Referral Form and handed it to my doctor so all he had to do was fill in a few boxes, sign it, and hand it off to the tech. The doctor faxed it while I was in the exam room along with my EHR records. Amazing! I also had printed a couple of pages about PROSE so that if the doctor wasn’t aware of this treatment, he could learn more. It showed him I was serious and had done my homework.
You may also want to fill out the Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI) and hand it to your doctor - because it is “clinical” doctors may accept this more readily — I fill one out every few months to see how I’m progressing. Keep a copy for your records, too.
Good luck! — Linda S.
A2: If you don’t have obvious signs, you will probably have to explain exactly how your eyes are impacting your day to day life. For example: I need to use drops every ___ minutes/hours otherwise my eyes feel like ___ . I can’t do ___or ___, because it makes my eyes too painful (or however you’d describe it). I feel some level of discomfort in my eyes all the time, most of the time, or occasionally etc.
I think unless we spell it out, it’s hard for them to know exactly how bad we are, especially if our eyes appear to be in pretty decent shape to them.
Also, worst case, if your doctor isn’t aware of the role of PROSE in the treatment of dry eye, you could bring a copy of the Dry Eye Workshop report.
Good luck! — Sheralyn G.
“Despite her rheumatoid arthritis and the impact on her joints, Melissa always greeted me with a smile. Her story is one of perseverance and not letting physical limitations take over her life. After PROSE she wants to go hiking and ski again! Her determination reminds me of one my favorite books — Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull: “Break the chains of your thought, and you break the chains of your body, too.”
— Dr. Karen Carrasquillo
Read Melissa’s story