ARE WE ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS . . . YES!
We often hear the question in the exam room, "Wow, I really love the friendliness of your staff, the thoroughness of the exams, and how you explained my family member's eye condition. Are you accepting new patients?" The short answer is yes! We see patients from 2 days old all the way to 105+ years old. We work very hard on our access to be able to see more patients who are interested in the quality eye health and vision care our offices and doctors provide.
The notion of "not accepting new patients" seems to stem from some general physicians who limit their personal panel size of patients. I'm not questioning this because as a practice, the addition of extra patients requires more thought. If the business has the capacity, it's an easy decision to add more patients. If however, the business is maxed out, the doctor and managers have to decide what it would take to provide care to more new patients. We want to meet each and every patient's needs now, and in the future, even if that requires adding to our doctor and staff team.
In essence, we're always open for new patients! One of the greatest compliments you can give us is to come as a patient yourself and recommend us to other family members and friends.
Posted on 11/25/2014 9:42 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month
Did you know more than 25 million Americans are living with diabetes and 79 million more are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes? Uncontrolled or long-standing diabetes can cause damage to your blood vessels, especially the small vessels in the back of the eye. Retinopathy is when these fragile vessels begin to leak and cause a negative effect on your vision. In the United States, diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Severe vision loss can usually be prevented with early detection, diagnosis and treatment. To reduce your risk of visual complications from diabetes, remember your ABCs:
- A A1C Get your A1C checked at least twice a year and set a goal with your physician (typically < 7).
- B Blood pressure Monitor your blood pressure closely and keep it under 140/80.
- C Cholesterol Exercise and eat less saturated fat and trans fat eat more fiber
If you have diabetes, our doctors recommend comprehensive eye examinations at least once a year. More frequent eye exams may be necessary if you are diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy. Your exam will include a thorough retinal evaluation with either dilation or Optomap photos. We work closely with your primary care physician or endocrinologist to keep them updated on your eye health.
Early detection of diabetic retinopathy is the best protection against loss of vision. Our doctors are proud to participate in National Diabetes Awareness Month to promote diabetes prevention and control. We are committed to keeping your eyes healthy and your vision clear. Be sure you and your family have had your eyes checked this year.
Posted on 11/06/2014 11:44 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise