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THE GIFT OF SIGHT | Long Island Eye Doctor

Joel Kestenbaum, OD

It’s the holiday season again and almost 2011.  Where did this year go?  There have been some positive changes in 2010.  The stock market is up.  Employment is up and people are starting to feel good about themselves again.  The election is over.  Fox is back on Cablevision and we can watch our favorite football games on Sunday again.  We have not heard or read about Lindsay Lohan in a while and that’s good news.

And the best thing that people are doing for themselves again is taking care of their healthcare. Vision care is a big part of the healthcare picture as it is widely accepted that the eyes are the windows to the body.  So many disease processes can be discovered from examining the eyes.  These include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, blood disorders, thyroid disease, brain tumors, skin cancer, HIV, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and a host of other problems. Of course, testing your vision quality so that you can see at your best is a primary focus of an eye examination.

Some people think that an eye exam can be very intimidating but of course, most of us know better.  If you want a good laugh, there is a very funny video of comedian Brian Regan talking about his eye exam experience on

Probably the best gift you can give for the holiday season is the gift of sight.  Think about what you spend on frivolous gifts that are either put in the closet, re-gifted or returned.  An eye care or eyewear gift certificate will be used with enthusiasm as your family or friend chooses that sunglass or contact lenses they always wanted or gets the great news from their optometrist that their eyes are healthy.

How long has it been since your family members have had their eyes examined?  Has it been more than a year or two?  Likely you have gone to the dentist perhaps even twice a year.  Why is that?  You have over thirty teeth but you only have two eyes.  Many insurers will cover or partially cover the fee for an eye examination and some will even give you some money towards eyeglasses.

Flexible Spending Accounts can also be used for eye examinations, eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Remember to use yours in 2010 so your benefits don’t go to waste.



Dr. Joel Kestenbaum

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