Comparison Between DO and OD
Jeff and I are fortunate to have three great kids. I just returned from the Virginia College of Medicine (VCOM) where our youngest, Kelli, will enter osteopathic medical school in the Fall. One of the things that struck me was the level of similarity between the osteopathic approach to medicine and our optometric approach and care. I’ll use the principles of DO care to highlight these similarities:
1. A focus on treating the whole person. So do we. While we may “focus” on the health of the eye, it all starts with our history and physical examination of your complete body systems. “The eyes are a window to the body.”
2. A focus on preventive medicine. So do we. Children should be exposed to daylight 1-2 hours per day to minimize nearsighted progression. Nutritionals and genetic testing help us minimize vision loss for high risk patients.
3. DOs use manipulative treatments to cure and help the body heal. So do we. Our Performance Vision Therapy center, headed by Dr. Jana Crim, helps improve muscle strength and coordination of the eyes, strengthen weak eyes, and improve reading and learning skills. The Competitive Edge Sports vision training is another example of our treatments to help the eyes and body function at peak performance.
4. DOs are trained as generalists first and specialists thereafter. So are we. We evaluate all parts of the eyes and visual spectrum from your prescription to muscle balance and eye health.
All of our doctors are general primary care eye doctors first. Dr. Andrew Still, the founder of osteopathic medicine, said, “Disease is the result of anatomical abnormalities followed by physiological discord.” As your eye doctors, we would agree. -- Dr. Susan
Posted on 04/28/2014 10:53 AM by Dr. Susan Kegarise
Special Drift Eyewear Event May 1!
We have a special event coming up on Thursday, May 1, 2-6 pm. If you want a frame that doesn't look like everyone else, then you really need to see it. We are introducing Drift Eyewear which has not been carried anywhere else in Tennessee. We saw this line at our recent trip to Vision Expo in New York and fell in love. Drift is completely custom and hand-made in the USA from re-purposed materials such as wood from a sunken ship. You can see the entire line in our practice next week. Stop in or make an appt to meet the owner, Jon Harting from Chicago. For that day only, we will be giving a $50 giftcard toward any Drift purchase. Refreshments are served and we open up the wine about 4 pm. More info? click here. We would love to see you there! -- Dr. Jeff
Posted on 04/24/2014 1:03 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise
Special Event May 1 at our Cool Springs location
We have a special event coming up at our sister practice, Cool Springs EyeCare in Franklin. Both of our practices will be carrying Drift Eyewear, in the next few weeks. Drift has not been carried by anyone else in Tennessee. We saw this line at our recent trip to Vision Expo in New York and fell in love. Drift is completely custom and hand-made in the USA from re-purposed materials such as wood from a sunken ship. You can see the entire line in Cool Springs on Thursday, May 1, 2-6 pm. Stop in or make an appt to meet the owner. More info? click here. We would love to see you there!-- Dr. Susan
Posted on 04/11/2014 2:51 PM by Dr. Susan Kegarise