Dr. Selinda Van Dell directs the Dry Eye Center at EyeSymmetry Vision Center, in addition to providing comprehensive eye care. A deep interest in dry eyes, led her to seek training with two of the top dry eye specialists in the world, Dr. Amy Nau and Dr. Donald Korb (the researcher and clinical who published the first paper on the reason why dry eyes develop). Dr. Van Dell brought the ideas, techniques, and treatments of the top researchers in the field to Nashville. She studied Pharmaceutical Product Development at West Chester University in Pennsylvania.
Upon graduation, Dr. Van Dell worked as an optician before attending Optometry school at Salus University in Philadelphia. While studying at Salus University, Dr. Van Dell gained clinical experience at the Veterans Hospital in Philadelphia and the low vision clinic at The Eye Institute. Dr. Van Dell consults with companies who treat dry eyes.
Outside of the office, she enjoys hiking, cooking, traveling and keeping up with her two small children. One of the most memorable patients I ever had the pleasure of seeing in the dry eye clinic was a woman who owned a cattle farm with her husband. She had spent most of her life waking up at the crack of dawn, going outside, helping her husband tend to the cattle, but by the time she came to see me, she had endured years of systemic inflammatory issues that had caused her to develop really severe dry eye symptoms.
When she first came to see me, she was actually unable to even go outside and help her husband with the farm work anymore because just being in that morning air was so painful for her eyes, that she couldn't stand it. She couldn't do it at all.
Once I saw her, we put together a plan. Over the course of a few months, we found a regimen and a treatment plan that allowed her to get back out on the farm with her husband. She was just so thankful just to restore a bit of normalcy to her day, and I'll really never forget that it was a valuable lesson not only how much dry eye can affect a person's day-to-day life but really how rewarding it can be to help a patient deal with those symptoms and get back to doing the things that they love to do.