LASER VISION CORRECTION | OPTICAL DEPARTMENT ....... Charlotte (704) 364-7400 ........Huntersville (704) 895-8200

PREVENTION OF EYE DISEASE

We welcome patients for routine eye exams. For over forty years, people in the Charlotte community have been trusting our physicians to evaluate the health of their eyes. Many of our patients return to our office each year for their annual eye examination. At this visit, our experienced ophthalmic assistants and physicians will work together to check your vision, determine whether your vision could be improved with glasses or contact lenses, and examine your eyes carefully with specialized technology for the presence of any eye conditions or diseases that might threaten your eyesight.

We are strong advocates of the helpful role good nutrition can play in preventing disease. According to FDA studies, you should consume 9 to 13 one half cup servings of fruits and vegetables each day to reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and many other conditions. Fruits and vegetables are excellent natural sources of antioxidants and these phytochemicals have been shown to play an important role in disease prevention. In fact, we routinely recommend that our patients who have cataracts, macular degeneration or glaucoma increase in their diet the amount of fruits and vegetables they eat each day to reduce the risk that their condition will worsen. And, we have them consider taking a natural supplement like Juice Plus, a capsule containing the nutrients from 17 different fruits and vegetables, available at www.foodforsight.com. This helps them avoid the risk of toxicity from synthetic vitamins which was demonstrated in a large scientific study published in the February, 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Many people do not realize that some conditions like glaucoma and retinal disease may create few or no symptoms, especially in the early stages of the disease. Early detection of conditions like this allow for more effective treatment and a better prognosis. Every day our physicians protect and improve our patients' eyesight by treating conditions they have detected on an annual eye exam.

Remember, a comprehensive eye exam takes time. Waiting to complete paperwork, obtain pre-authorizations for insurance coverage, then be screened by our certified ophthalmic technician for a refraction, and then waiting for your pupils to be medically dilated can be frustrating. During the visit, our ophthalmologists, Drs. Branner, Cook, Vaziri or Whiteside, will take the steps necessary to use their technology and expertise to examine your eyes as well as discuss any findings or recommendations. This can take considerable time. Many patients will be at our office for an hour or so to complete the entire process. But it is worth it.

You should call us to arrange for an annual eye exam if:

  • you require glasses or contact lenses to see better
  • you have medical conditions like diabetes, hypertension or collagen vascular diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus
  • you are 50 years old or older
  • you have not had an eye exam by an opthalmologist in over two years
  • you have had previous eye surgery
  • you have a family history of eye diseases like glaucoma or macular degeneration
You will find our friendly staff and physicians will do a thorough exam, explain all findings, discuss ways to protect your eyesight and prevent disease, and recommend any necessary follow-up care.

Thank you for allowing us to help you protect your eyesight with an annual eye exam at Charlotte Ophthalmology Clinic Center for Sight.

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