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March Eye Care Madness | Long Island Eye Doctor

Joel Kestenbaum, OD

Hello Fans,

It has been a while since I posted so it’s time to fill you in on what’s been happening and what is on the horizon for you and me and Optix Family Eyecare.

Firstly, we have a new intern, Lori, who is an aspiring optometrist.  One of the things I love most about my profession is the ability to teach and inspire young people to follow in my footsteps.  I have seen two interns go on to attend optometry school and I am proud to have had an influence on their lives.

The optometric profession has been good to me and my family.  Thirty one years ago I graduated from the New England College of Optometry in Boston.  In that time I have seen tens of thousands of patients and have hopefully affected most of them in a positive way.  In addition to just examining someone’s eyes, I know I have saved many lives over the years.  As a primary care eye care provider, I am often the first doctor that a patient sees with the complaint of headache, double vision, dizziness, or just plain blurry vision.   These symptoms may be normal for many people.  But for others they can be signs of diabetes, hypertension, tumors, glaucoma, heart disease, stroke and more.  As a primary care giver, it is my job to determine normal from abnormal.  It is often not my job to make the final medical diagnosis, but to get the patient to the correct specialist so that they may receive the proper medical care and treatment.  Going to the optometrist is not just to get eyeglasses or contact lenses.

This week is Vision Expo in New York.  It’s an opportunity to see most of the world’s eye care technology under one roof.  Frames, lenses, equipment, and most importantly continuing education are provided at Vision Expo.  This is where may staff and I learn about new products for our patients and where we get the tools to provide quality services to them.   Every year, I truly look forward to this week.  I learn, my staff learns, and you benefit.

2011 will be the best year for Optix Family Eyecare.   2011 will be the best year for our patients with new products and services.   2011 will be the best year for my wife and me personally, as our son Evan is getting married to a beautiful woman, Paula, and our son Brett will be starting school to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Be healthy, be happy and come and enjoy our services at Optix.  You will be glad you did.

Dr. Joel Kestenbaum

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