We have exciting news!

Alpine Vision is pleased to offer Macula Risk PGx testing for our Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) patients. This DNA test provides prognostic and pharmacogenetic information for patients who suffer from early or intermediate stages of the disease. A cheek swab is conducted in office

and the results are available within weeks. The test assesses risk for progression to advanced forms of ARMD within 2, 5, and 10 years and provides a genetic profile of the specific genes carried. Additionally, the results include information about the appropriate eye vitamin therapy recommended for maximum preservation of the patient’s vision. As new treatment options become available, the information provided by this test may allow doctors to tailor treatments based on the patient’s genetic profile.

If you are interested in learning more about Macula Risk please schedule an appointment with one of our providers or visit the website, http://www.macularisk.com.

Back to school is such an exciting time! There’s school supplies to bought, outfits to pick out, and friend to be made. This time of year for us is busy with annual exams and back to school check ups, we love it. It’s especially exciting to help pick out glasses with kids.  

So when do you have your kid’s eyes checked, how old should they be, and how frequent should they be seen? American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Ophthalmology state that infants should have their eyes checked at every well baby checkup. At 6 months infants should have their eyes checked by their Pediatrician or their General Practitioner then each year following. An emphasis should be placed on visual health for a child as soon as they are old enough to complete the exam, typically this is around 3-4 years of age. What if your kid is younger? Our doctors are happy to see them too!

There are signs too that can indicate that it might be time for a kid to be seen. Is your child squinting at the TV or sitting really close? Do they hold a book close to their face? Other things that are not as visual would be your child complaining of their head hurting or getting frequent headaches. Your kid might say things are blurry or they look funny. For kids who are a little older maybe they are seeing words jump around on pages or the board.

Some kiddo’s back to school isn’t as exciting because their eyes are struggling or they do have glasses and they’re uncomfortable. We have ways to help! Not sure where to start? Stop by either one of our locations and we can show you all the options, we know we’ll find one that works for you as a parent and works for your kiddos.

While you’re here with us, check out some the frames we have in perfect for Back to School. Also if you haven’t see what we’ve been up to this week there’s photos of Dr. Polito talking to a preschool and some really cute kiddos in glasses!  To stay up to date be sure to check back next week and follow us daily on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Happy Back to School, Hope to SEE you soon!

iGive, what does that even mean?

In our offices we wanted a way to give back. In January one of our doctors, Dr. Nathan Wilson, accompanied one of our optician’s, Jason Vallad, to Dominica where they completed numerous eye exams and fit more than 1800 pairs of glasses to the public there. This trip gave birth to our iGive program.

Medical conditions like glaucoma, diabetes, cataracts, and pterygium are easily treated in the United States, but in countries like Dominica, if not for organization’s like VOSH and volunteers like our own Wilson & Vallad these conditions would go undiagnosed and untreated. Often patients believe their blindness is a result of a terminal condition, but in majority of patients all they need is a pair of glasses. Patients that need assistance with medical conditions are referred to ophthalmologists on the island or to Cuba. Cuba has one of the best medical facilities in the world. Typically there are around 100 patients that require this kind of referral, and the cost is usually covered by Dominica’s Ministry of Health.

It is truly amazing that in 4 days a team of people were able to examine, diagnose, and fit glasses for over 1800 patients. During the short trip there were many firsts for everyone involved including practitioners, opticians, and patients. For many of the patients not only was this their first pair of eyeglasses but also their very first eye exam, sometimes after decades of poor vision. Dr. Wilson also observed a rare ocular condition he mentioned only being familiar with from textbooks. The team overcame obstacles as well. Obstacles such as one original clinic location being in disrepair after the damage caused by recent tropical storm Erika resulted in an impromptu venue change to sub-optimal conditions. Despite the venue, the team carried a “can-do” attitude and gratitude showed by patients helped the team see more than 400 patients.

Tropical storm Erika brought great devastation to Dominica which was clear when the team split in two and went to Grand Bay & St. Joseph. In Grand Bay there were abandoned vehicles, washed out roads and bridges which will likely serve as reminders of the devastation for years to come. Rebuilding on the island is a slow process. That day patients walked for hours over difficult terrain to seek care at the clinics. After being split in two the last day the team joined together again to see over 700 patients. Towards the end resources waned a bit and glasses supplies were exhausted. Dr. Wilson and Jason Vallad came back feeling full and determined to have a plethora of glasses for the next trip.
iGive came to be after the trip.

Now you know our why. Our doctors, opticians, and office staff all care so deeply about giving back and this trip is one of the reasons. With iGive you get to choose glasses at our locations that are quality made, stylish, and fit you + you get to give to someone who might not otherwise have access to seeing the world around them. There’s no better moment than when a kid gets to see for the first time, it’s the same for kids and adults in Dominica. It truly is moving and the reason we do what we do here and abroad.