Our Town Charleston: Lifetime Eye Care


Tim: WELL, YOU MIGHT THINK THAT ALL EYE EXAMS ARE THE SAME. BUT TRUST ME, YOU’D BE WRONG. WHAT IS UP? I’M AT LIFETIME EYE CARE WITH DR. MARK ESSERAY. I’M GOING TO MOVE THIS, BECAUSE IT’S BLURRY AT THE MOMENT. THIS IS QUITE THE PLACE. MY FIRST FEAR IS AS SOON AS I SAT DOWN, EVEN THOUGH WE WERE PRETENDING YOU’RE GOING TO PUFF MY EYES WITH THE AIR, YOU DON’T DO THAT ANYMORE. Guest: WE CHOOSE NOT TO DO THAT. THAT’S OUTDATED TECHNOLOGY. WE HAVEN’T DONE THAT FOR 15 YEARS. Tim: I’M NOT GOING TO SAY I HATED IT, BUT YOU PRIDE YOURSELF ON TECHNOLOGY AND DOING YOUR JOB BETTER. TALK ABOUT THE THINGS AT LIFETIME THAT YOU HAVE INCORPORATED. Guest: SURE. THE MAIN THING WE WENT THROUGH ALL THIS IS NOT ONLY TO HELP US DO A MORE THOROUGH AND COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAMINATION AND UNCOVER THINGS THAT MIGHT GO UNDETECTED, BUT IT HELPS US EXPLAIN TO THE PERSON SITTING IN THE CHAIR, WHY THESE PREVENTIVE EXAMS AND LIFESTYLE CHANGES MIGHT BE MORE IMPORTANT. SO SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE CHAIRSIDE WILL BE ABLE TO SHOW YOU THE TECHNOLOGY THAT YOU EXPERIENCED IN THE OTHER ROOM ON YOUR WAY TO THE EXAM ROOM. Tim: TALK ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE OF GETTING AN EYE EXAM AT A RUN-OF-THE-MILL, CHAIN PLACE AND WHAT YOU GUYS AT LIFETIME DO? WHAT IS THE EXPERIENCE FOR THE PATIENT? Guest: MORE COMPREHENSIVE AND THOROUGH, MORE TESTS, MORE COMPUTER INTEGRATION. WITH THE EQUIPMENT WE USE, C.T. SCANS AND ULTRASOUNDS, ET CETERA, IT’S GOING TO ALLOW US TO PICK UP DETAILS OF OUR EYE HEALTH, NOT JUST YOUR VISION. Tim: THAT’S IMPORTANT. BECAUSE FOR ME, I WOULD SAY I NEED TO GO TO THE EYE DOCTOR IF THINGS ARE BLURRY. IF I CAN’T READ THE BOOK OR DRIVE AT NIGHT, GETTING HEADACHES, WHATEVER. BUT THERE’S MORE TO IT, EVEN FOR THE OVERALL HEALTH OF THE EYE, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE. Guest: ABSOLUTELY. IT’S IMPORTANT TO COME IN IF YOU NOTICE THE BLURRED VISION. WE THINK IT’S MORE IMPORTANT TO COME IN REGULARLY, EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT NOTICING PROBLEMS. Tim: TALK ABOUT. SO THINGS YOU GUYS ARE DOING TO CHECK EYE HEALTH THAT YOU WOULDN’T FIND AT A LOT OF PLACES. Guest: ONE OF THE THINGS WE INCORPORATED 10-12 YEARS AGO WAS THE C.T. SCAN FOR THE OPTIC NERVE AND RETINA FOR MACULAR DEGENERATION, GLAUCOMA. WE ADDED A DRY EYE IMAGINING, SIMILAR TO WHAT YOU SEE ON THE M.R.I. OF THE GLANDS THAT LINE THE UPPER EYELID. WE HAVE A SPECIALIST AND WE GET REFERS FROM A LOT OF DOCTORS, INCLUDING SPECIALISTS. WE HAVE MUCH MUCH THE EQUIPMENT THAT EVEN THE SPECIALISTS DON’T HAVE. Tim: THERE’S MORE TO THE COMPLEXITY THAN EYE DROPS FROM WALGREENS AND YOU’RE BETTER? Guest: YOU’RE RIGHT. Tim: THAT’S A QUICK-FIX BUT NOT GETTING TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM. Guest: COULD MAKE IT WORSE IF YOU’RE NOT CAREFUL, TOO. Tim: YOU HAVE BEEN HERE A GOOD, LONG TIME IN CHARLESTON. I UNDERSTAND YOU HAVE A NEW LOCATION. Guest: YOU BET. BEFORE HERE 32 YEARS. ADDED A SECOND AND NOW A THIRD DOCTOR IN THE OFFICE. WE’RE OPENING A MATOON LOCATION IN THE SUMMER. Tim: ARE YOU GOING TO BE DOING THE SAME THINGS AS HERE? IS IT A SPECIALTY OFFICE? Guest: WE’LL START NOT QUITE AS THOROUGH AS HERE BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF EQUIPMENT HERE. WE’LL BE STILL SOME OF THE MOST COMPREHENSIVELY EQUIPPED EVEN IN THE MATOON AREA. Tim: WHAT SHOULD SOMEBODY LOOK FOR WITH THEIR OWN EYES THAT I NEED TO GO TO LIFETIME? IS IT SOMETHING YOU NOTICE? WHAT ARE SOME OF THOSE THINGS? Guest: HAVEN’T HAD AN EXAM, BEEN A LONG TIME. IF YOU HAVE RISK FACTORS, SUCH AS DIABETES, EVEN IF IT’S UNDER GOOD CONTROL, DIABETES IS THE LEADING NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF BLINDNESS, EVEN WITHOUT SYMPTOMS. SOME OF THESE THINGS CAN BE DETECTED THROUGH A COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAMINATION WITH THE EQUIPMENT MORE EASILY. Tim: DRY EYES, BLURRINESS, HEADACHES, ALL THOSE THINGS ARE REASONS TO SEE YOU AS WELL? Guest: ABSOLUTELY. ABSOLUTELY. WE RECOMMEND EYE EXAMS AS YOUNG AS BIRTH. DEFINITELY NO LATER THAN AGE THREE AND REGULARLY THROUGHOUT YOUR ADULT AND MORE FREQUENTLY WHEN WE GET OLDER WHEN MORE THINGS HAPPEN. Tim: THE DENTIST SAY EVERY SIX MONTHS. YOU GUYS SAY WHAT? Guest: IT VARIES BY PERSON. USUALLY EVERY YEAR. SOME PEOPLE, AT LOWER RISK, TWO YEARS. OR OTHER PEOPLE SIX MONTHS. WHICH THEY CAN FIX SOMETHING QUICKLY. Tim: LIFETIME EYE CARE IS THE PLACE YOU WANT TO GO. WE’LL CONNECT YOU ON www.CILiving.tv. WHEN YOU COME IN, THEY DON’T

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