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Comparison Between DO and OD
Susan and I are fortunate to have three great kids. (They obviously take after their mother!) I just returned from the Virginia College of Medicine (VCOM) where our youngest, Kelli, will enter osteopathic medical school in the Fall. One of the things that struck me was the level of similarity between the osteopathic approach to medicine and our optometric approach and care. I’ll use the principles of DO care to highlight these similarities:
1. A focus on treating the whole person. So do we. While we may “focus” on the health of the eye, it all starts with our history and physical examination of your complete body systems. “The eyes are a window to the body.”
2. A focus on preventive medicine. So do we. Children should be exposed to daylight 1-2 hours per day to minimize nearsighted progression. Nutritionals and genetic testing help us minimize vision loss for high risk patients.
3. DOs use manipulative treatments to cure and help the body heal. So do we. Our Performance Vision Therapy center, headed by Dr. Jana Crim, helps improve muscle strength and coordination of the eyes, strengthen weak eyes, and improve reading and learning skills. The Competitive Edge Sports vision training is another example of our treatments to help the eyes and body function at peak performance.
4. DOs are trained as generalists first and specialists thereafter. So are we. We evaluate all parts of the eyes and visual spectrum from your prescription to muscle balance and eye health.
All of our doctors are general primary care eye doctors first. Most of our doctors moved into specialty areas. I (JLK) limited my practice to the treatment of eye disease for the first 15 years. Dr. Boerman specializes in laser and refractive cataract surgery. Dr. Crim, specializes in children and vision therapy. Dr. Dow is our expert in GVSS, a fantastic method to slow the progression of nearsightedness.
Dr. Andrew Still, the founder of osteopathic medicine, said, “Disease is the result of anatomical abnormalities followed by physiological discord.” As your eye doctors, we would agree. -- Dr. Keg