Posted by: juliegriffey | June 19, 2011

What Your Eye Doctor Won’t Tell You

Recently a coworker at Amcon, told me about a recent Readers Digest article called “13 Secrets Your Eye Doctor Won’t Tell You.” Some of the points are fairly obvious but a few are fairly surprising. For example, after getting your eyes dilated – you might find it difficult to concentrate for a few hours. And, dark green veggies are better for your eyes that carrots.

However, one of the most useful suggestions in the article was for the over 60 population.  If you are wanting lasik surgery but also have cataracts, you can sometimes have your vision fixed with the cataract surgery.  And as a result, insurance may cover it completely.

Enjoy these and other interesting facts and suggestions in the article. 



  1. Cataract surgery definately improves sight. My mom always wore glasses for distance. I never remember a time growing up that she didn’t wear them. Several years ago mom needed to remove her growing cataracts. After the surgery she no longer needed glasses. To this day she is glasses free. It was a wonderful benefit!

  2. To the reply above me, it’s great to hear you’re doing extensive research on your eye doctor. I also checked out the link you provided of Alan Carlson at the Duke Eye Center – he seems like a fantastic find. Decades of experience, peer approval, and a strong background in research. I’m sure you won’t need luck; just be sure to make the most of your consultation.

  3. How common is it for a doc to tell you they “Suspect Glaucoma”, only to find out they want to run extensive testing in addition to the tests already done? I have no family history. I asked if my optic nerve was damaged in any way, and he reluctantly says no, but can’t be sure. I feel like I’m being scammed!

    • Mzko,

      Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the western world. It is not a disease that is easy to diagnose in it’s earliest stages. It’s not like we have blood test that says you have it or you don’t. There are no symptoms from glaucoma until you have lost much of your vision already. If you’re doctor can tell you right away that you have it, you’ve probably had it for years and have already suffered vision damage. Let you doctor do the necessary testing. If he determines you don’t have it know, he may recommend regular testing to catch it starting before you suffer vision damage.

      Dr. C

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