I’ve just launched our official YouTube channel for the practice. Its at: http://www.youtube.com/user/WarrenEyeCare I’ve seeded it with a few of our podcasts and presentations. Look for more video content in the near future. If you come across a video that you think I’d find interesting or that other patients would find interesting, please send me the link and we’ll share it with others.
Dr. Nicholson has chosen to pursue a full time position with Pearle Optical in the Oak Creek area. We have really enjoyed having her with us the past few years, but understand her desire to be in a full time position. She will certainly be missed!
We wish Dr. Nicholson all the best in this new chapter in her career and will be staying in close contact with our friends the Nicholsons!
My family and I were fortunate enough to enjoy the Raider vs Threat game. What a great scene and event for Racine. Over 4,000 people attended and the game was incredible. There were no seats available in either set of bleachers and the entire field was ringed at least one person deep!
On Sunday, the car show at the Racine Zoo was a great success. We decided to enjoy another day at North Beach, taking advantage of the sunny skies and relatively warmer water temperatures. We are truly blessed to have such a great place to spend time with friends and family.
Tour de Cure
It’s Tour de Cure time again. For the last decade I’ve been riding in a great Diabetes fund raising ride. Well, I’m doing so again. June 19th is the date for the ride this year. I’m flying home from the American Optometric Association meeting in Orlando a day early to insure that I make the ride!
I’m hoping that my patients will once again make me write a big check out to the American Diabetes Association. I will match dollar for dollar every patient donation to the ride. Over the last few years I’ve donated over $3,000 matching my generous patients’ donations.
You can sponsor me by following this link: Sponsor Dr. Warren
Last night I had a “man I’m really getting old” moment. One of my long time patients was in the office and mentioned that he’s expecting the birth of his first child next month. After congratulating him, it hit me….. I’ve been taking care of this guy since he was 9 years old and he’s having his own child!
Then today I open up the local paper (Ok, I was reading it on my iPhone) and see that one of my patients is the athlete of the week! What a great thing to see, someone that I take care of is now excelling in her favorite sport.
I’ve known for years that these situations happen all the time, but its one of the great things about being part of a community for almost 20 years. My patients are my friends and neighbors…….
Back to my mocha at Dunn Brothers and more work……
Its been a brutal spring as far as allergies go. Right now its the tree pollen that is at very high levels with the grass pollens to soon follow. Here’s a link to the current Racine pollen counts.
If you’re suffering from allergy symptoms or you’ve found your contact lenses to be less comfortable or your vision blured, don’t suffer. Come on into the office and we’ll fix you up!
In an effort to stay connected to our patients as well as provide information to you in an easy and convenient fashion, we are offering a new way to communicate. We’ve always actively embraced technology and this it just one more step in that direction.
Dr. Warren is now providing online consultations for patients interested in specialty contact lenses as well as Vision Shaping Treatment. This is just a first step in the program however. Starting in May, he will also be delivering online seminars on common eye care and eye health topics. Topics such as Cataracts and Cataract Surgery, Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Eye Disease, Children’s vision etc will be covered.
Look for more information on the seminars soon, but if you would like to have a personal one on one consultation with Dr. Warren, just send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to set one up. We will be adding a direct link to this service on the office website soon.
These consultations are available for current and future patients so feel free to pass the information along.
The details of how the House of Representative’s actions last night won’t be known for a long time (I can guarantee you that no one who voted “yes” last night knows them for sure. However, I am very concerned on several levels.
Personally, my HSA is going to go away in three years. Our premium for 4 healthy people is now $760 per month, for a $5,000 annual deductible. That premium and potentially the deductible will go up for sure.
I know that my cost of doing business will go up due to increased health care premiums for my employees. Do I pass that along to the employees or do I pay it from my personal funds (the money left after I pay all of my expenses)?
I know that payments for medical services will go down. There’s no way that insurance plans will be able to operate under the current legislation without cutting doctor’s payments. Medicare will more than likely be cutting physician payments significantly, a 21% cut is pending already.
So, higher personal expenses, higher business expenses and reduced income. Not a good equation for any health care providers.
I can assure you that its not getting any less expensive to provide the care that my patients have come to enjoy and expect. I will not cut corners on the quality of care and patient experience that I provide. This will mean some hard decisions in the months and years to come.
The details are still to be learned, but I am sure that we as Americans are worse off today than we were before 9:47pm Central time last night…..
From Facebook to Yelp and Twitter, the manner that we communicate is constantly changing. I can remember when having an email address was somewhat unique. Now many of us have a Facebook account, Twitter about current events and use Yelp to find businesses to visit.
We’ve been working with various social media formats over the last few years and now concentrate on our blogs, Facebook, Twitter and Yelp. Myspace has somewhat faded into the background, and Bing hasn’t caught on yet, but the rate that social media changes and morphs is pretty stunning so who knows what we’ll be doing next year!
Diabetes is on the rise, some public health experts even refer to the “Diabetes Epidemic”. One of the first things that physicians tell their newly diagnosed Diabetic patients to do is have their eyes examined. While it is rare to find Diabetic Retinopathy in a newly diagnosed patient, it is critical to set a baseline for their ocular health.
From then on, we can tell if there has been any change in ocular health status or visual functioning. Traditional examination techniques include evaluation of the external and internal eye as well as checking the intraocular pressure. We have been performing Retinal Thickness Analysis on all of our Diabetic patients for over two years now. It is amazing how often we will find subtle yet important areas of retinal thickening (one of the very first stages of Diabetic Eye Disease) with the Retinal Thickness Analyzer when we cannot visualize this change with traditional examination techniques.
If you or a loved one are Diabetic, be sure that you/they are having at least an annual dilated eye examination, and even better yet including Retinal Thickness Analysis in their annual Diabetic Eye Care.