The human eye; nature’s priceless gift to man that he may enjoy the beauties of form, color, and motion; made possible by light…
‘I’ Care is ‘different’ from Eye Care and in our never ending mission to provide you with health care information to better assist you in making better health care choices, we provide you with clear information. ‘I’ care is the ‘inner you’ while ‘Eye’ care is your sight. (Get the pun? ‘I’ care)
OPHTHALMOLOGIST – A primary care physician qualified to give a complete diagnostic eye exam for eye diseases and can medically treat those diseases. Trained as a doctor of medicine or osteopathy they can do everything from prescribing corrective lenses to delicate eye surgery. They are at the top of the ladder of eye care doctors.
OPTOMETRIST – A limited practitioner who is qualified to perform eye exams to include looking for eye diseases. They can do everything from prescribing corrective lenses to some drug treatment of eye diseases. More serious eye diseases or surgical needs are referred to an Ophthalmologist.
OPHTHALMIC TECHNICIAN – Trained to work side by side with Ophthalmologists, they are the ‘physician assistants’ in the world of eye care.
OPTICIAN – Trained to fill the Ophthalmologists’ and Optometrists’ prescriptions for corrective lenses. They are the ‘pharmacists’ in the world of lenses.
“Freedom was given to humanity by God. But, governments, if they can help it, never give freedom. They just hand out slavery with slogans.” —Taylor Caldwell
Dr. Sirota has ‘retired’ from his practice of optometry and Dr. Asinoff has ‘not’ been trained as an eye doctor (optometrist or ophthalmologist) and ‘I’ Exams deal with light modulation not vision correction which is why we say that ‘I’ Exams are ‘NOT’ Eye Exams and are ‘not’ a substitute for the eye care of an eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist).
THE IMPORTANCE OF EYE DOCTORS IN ‘YOUR‘ LIFE
Most people don’t realize how important a regular eye exam is! They just go in when they have a vision problem or if it’s just been a long time since their last exam and perhaps they have even been ‘quilted’ into it.
But eye doctors can diagnose eye diseases which can blind (or partially blind) you yet you will have NO symptoms. For example, macular degeneration and glaucoma. Glaucoma is the #1 ‘serious’ cause of blindness today and the #2 cause overall and chances of getting it only increases with age!
Eye doctors can also see signs of other diseases in your body that have yet to show any symptoms by use of their special instruments used to look into your eyes. For example, diabetes, high blood pressure or potential blood clots that could cause a stroke.
So putting aside the light therapy theme of this website we want you to know that we consider your eye doctor an unsung hero. We have observed that some of the finest of human beings are eye doctors and we have yet to find one not dedicated to preserving and restoring sight and we are truly respectful and appreciative of this noble profession.
Hey; we too appreciate the heart surgeon or brain surgeon but what about that ophthalmologist who saves you from a life of blindness with their surgical skills or the optometrist who is so conveniently located in all the department stores and malls ready to check your eyes for potential diseases of either your eyes or elsewhere in your body? All this before they even get to the need for glasses part!!!
It was thru the study of light therapy that much of this (pardon our pun) ‘came to light’ so we understand the lay persons mindset when it comes to eye doctors. So when you think of your eye doctor remember this: ‘They’re not just for eyeglasses anymore!’ So we’ll end our pun making in saying that hopefully we have en-lightened you!
Obviously we encourage you to see them for regular eye exams. As for what constitutes a ‘regular’ eye exam we defer to them. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (www.eyenet.org) they recommend the following: Newborn thru teens: as per your family doctors recommendation 20 – 39 years of age: Blacks every 3 – 5 years and others a little less frequently (Blacks are at greater risk for glaucoma) 40 – 64 years of age: Every 2 – 4 years 65 years of age or older: Every 1 – 2 years If you have any eye problems then more frequently as per your eye doctors instructions.
The very worst thing we could think of to say about eye doctors is that they are bad at public relations so we here want to do our part in giving them a well-deserved plug. Hmmm, but on the other hand, not being good at PR may be in part due to them being so good at what they do! We’ll let you decide…….
As for the ‘I’ Exam, it is ‘subjective’ and deals with emotions and feelings both in mind and body so you can be the judge if and when you need it! It is a concept who principles involve ‘adjusting’ the spread of light for the purposes of ‘Light Therapy‘. Nature has decreed the eye to be the organ that receives and processes light; and lenses can effectively aid in Light Therapy when chosen using a different and innovative concept. We just want you to understand the differences and not confuse them.
Next to life itself, Gods most precious gift to you is your sight…