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Health Spot: Ophthalmology

Maintaining good eye and vision health is essential to your overall health and wellbeing. From in-depth eye exams to injury treatment to care of serious eye conditions, visiting an ophthalmologist is the best way ensure your eyes are in good health.

My name is Dr. Leslie Moskowitz-Elfenbein and I am a board-certified ophthalmologist at Gunnison Valley Health.

While both ophthalmologists and optometrists provide primary care for your eyes and aid in vision correction, ophthalmologists are medical doctors who have advanced training to take a deeper look at one’s eyes.

One common reason to visit an ophthalmologist is to be screened for glaucoma. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, this disease is the second leading cause of blindness, AND over 3 million Americans have glaucoma yet only half are diagnosed.

However, only certain demographics are at high risk for glaucoma. The CDC says that “African Americans over age 40, all people over age 60, people with a family history of glaucoma, and people who have diabetes” should visit an ophthalmologist annually for a medical eye exam.

If this sounds like you, don’t wait set up your appointment with an ophthalmologist. It could save your vision.

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