Other Interesting Facts
Allied Health Professionals
The Ohio Optometric Association has selected Lifetime Eye Care as an AEP office of the month. Advocacy for vision and eye health is an important aspect of our everyday concerns for our patients. In addition, Lifetime Eye Care provides vision and eye health education not only to our patients, but to the community, too. At Lifetime Eye Care, we believe that AEP membership is important to promote staff education, support the profession of optometry, network with other eye care professionals, and acknowledge the team concept within the office.
Dr. Schultz has been selected by CibaVision as one of seventeen doctors nationwide to serve as a consultant to other eye care professionals in the fitting of new contact lens designs. He has received the CibaVision New Contact Lens Technology Award, and serves on the CibaVision Speakers Bureau.
Dr. Schultz has been appointed to the Alcon Laboratories Global Medical Education Speakers Alliance. In this capacity, Dr. Schultz has traveled around the country on behalf of Alcon Laboratories lecturing on new product introductions and various contact lens related issues. Visit the Interactive Video Center on our Home Page to view the Optifree Replenish videos.
In addition to lecturing for Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Alcon Pharmaceuticals, and CibaVision Contact Lenses, Dr. Schultz has also appeared on Good Company on WKYC-NBC Channel 3 and Health Matters on WEWS-ABC Channel 5.
Specialty Educational Programs
A firm believer in continuing education, Dr. Schultz will attend over 100 hours of education classes every year. In addition to these regularly attended programs, he has recently completed special in-depth programs detailing "Ocular Surface Disease and Dry Eye Management" and the Chief Executive Optometrist sponsored by Wharton School of the University Of Pennsylvania and the Vision Care Institute.
America's Top Optometrists
The Consumers Research Council has listed Dr. Schultz in the Guide to America's Top Optometrists.
Wave Contact Lenses
These custom designed contact lenses are offered at Lifetime Eye Care. Wave contact lenses are designed using a special video camera to map every minute curve of your cornea. Wave designs are available for distance vision, near vision, bifocals, astigmatism, keratoconus, post-surgery, and Orthokeratology.
Astigmatism Contact Lenses
Recent surveys by several contact lens manufacturers have shown that many contact lens wearers were not aware that contact lenses available for patients who have astigmatism. Correcting the astigmatism, an out of round condition of the cornea, would greatly enhance the visual comfort of these patients. Many patients would benefit from the increased clarity created by these lenses. Dr. Schultz has been prescribing astigmatism contact lenses for over 30 years, and he actually took part in a 1977 Wesley Jessen research study of astigmatism lenses.
Your comprehensive vision and eye health examination at our office can often detect health problems long before your vision id affected. For example, patients with glaucoma or diabetes may not recognize any vision loss until the diseases are very advanced. Often, only by having an eye examination, can these diseases be detected early. By 2020, 43 million Americans will be at risk for significant vision loss or blindness from age-related eye diseases, a 50% increase over the current numbers.
Choosing Flattering Eyeglass Frames
Eyeglasses have become a fashion accessory, and choices are endless. Let our dedicated staff at Lifetime Eye Care help you carefully choose a frame that complements your face, coloring and lifestyle.
Glaucoma and Vision Loss
Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible vision loss. It affects over three million Americans, half of which aren't even aware that they have the disease. Early detection is essential to preventing permanent vision loss. Your medical insurance often covers advanced testing and treatment of glaucoma and other eye diseases.
AOA Recommends Yearly Eye Exams
People who are farsighted (hyperopia) may need eyeglasses if they can see far away objects, but have difficulty seeing close up. Other symptoms of hyperopia include eyestrain, headaches and excess blinking. Myopia (nearsighted) is just the opposite, as these people can often see things that are close, but have difficulty seeing objects at a distance. While not all vision problems warrant glasses or contact lenses, the American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends yearly vision and eye health examinations to keep prescriptions current and effective.
Americans are Skipping Medications
More Americans are skipping medications and proper treatment due to the poor economy. Nearly half of the U.S. population have postponed healthcare either by not filling a prescription, skipping a medical test, or immunizations. Cutting back on healthcare without consulting your doctor can be very risky, and in the case of eye care, can lead to loss of vision, or worse, blindness.
Allergan has received FDA approval for Latisse, a beauty treatment that increases the length, thickness and darkness of eyelashes. Using a drug that was originally developed to treat glaucoma, this beauty aid will be applied daily to the base of the upper lashes with a disposable applicator. Full results occur in three months, but results will vary between patients.
Vision Tests for Elderly Drivers
A Florida law passed in 2004, requiring drivers over age 80 to have their vision tested appears to have reduced the number of driving deaths among older Americans. The fatality rate actually declined by 17% after the law was enacted, even though the overall driving death rate increased by 6%.
Protect your eyes and wear goggles! Severe and visually devastating eye injuries can be caused when a paintball hits a player's eye. Traveling at almost 200 mph, the paint pellet can cause significant damage such as a detached retina.
Senior Citizens and Eye Care
Annual vision and eye health examinations are an important part of health care for all of our patients. More vision and eye health problems occur as we age. Senior citizens are more in need of eye care than any other age group, although the American Optometric Association does recommend annual eye examinations for people of all ages.
Contact Lens Lifestyle Choices
Think about your lifestyle and what you'd like from a contact lens. There are three basic options for contact lens wear: One day disposable lenses, Two week disposable lenses, and One month disposable lenses. And at the end of the year, all three choices will have approximately the same cost---some are just lenses, while the others are lenses plus solution.
Proper Contact Lens Wearing Cycles
Remember, contact lenses are designed for specific wearing cycles. Never wear your lenses longer than has been approved by the FDA. This applies to the number of hours per day and to the total number of days before discarding. Over the short term you may not appreciate any problems, but over the long term, abuse could lead to infection, scarring, or even loss of sight.
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