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Spotlight: Tom Chang MD and Acuity 360

Any physician will tell you that it can be difficult to get healthy patients to come in for their checkups on a regular basis. People are even less inclined to have their vision checked as often as is necessary. Many patients don’t have an ophthalmologist, and they only make an appointment when it’s referred by another physician. Often, patients won’t make an eye appointment until they’ve noticed some symptoms that tell them there is an issue with their vision. This poses a major concern for eye health because often problems are far more advanced by the time that symptoms are noticed by the patient. Tom Chang MD and the team at Acuity Eye Group intend to provide a solution to this problem via their Acuity 360 Initiative.

Reasons People Don’t Get Regular Vision Screenings

There are a number of reasons that people don’t get their vision tested regularly. Depending on the type of impairment, many won’t notice that they have any vision problem at all until it’s advanced. As people age, they often notice that their eyesight is not as good as it once was, but they attribute this to aging, which can be a cause.

The truth is, it’s best to see an ophthalmologist for a full exam to rule out serious issues on a regular basis. There are a few reasons that people don’t schedule their appointments regularly.

Many people simply don’t realize they need to get their eyes checked. If they’ve had a healthy vision for most of their lives and don’t need prescription glasses, they may not realize they need to go for an eye exam because it’s never been part of their health regimen the way the physician and dental visits are.

Eye appointments can be inconvenient. Many patients dislike the process of having someone look in their eyes. Having your eyes dilated is uncomfortable and often means that another person will need to drive you to and from the appointment.

The cost and insurance might be an issue. In today’s era of rising healthcare costs, many people worry over the cost of a visit or whether their insurance will cover their eye appointment. If they’re not experiencing an issue, they may not think it’s important enough to go.

Many people don’t have regular ophthalmologist. If you don’t wear glasses, you may not have a regular eye doctor that you’re comfortable seeing.

Well, care is shown to improve the health and quality of life in every area, but patients don’t always consider their eyes in their proactive health regimen.

About the Acuity 360 Initiative

The Acuity 360 Initiative was developed by founder Tom Chang MD and the Acuity Eye Group in California. This initiative was developed to make comprehensive eye screenings more convenient and less invasive for patients. The wait time is minimal, and the entire procedure takes 30 minutes, so patients can have the full exam without the hassle of having their eyes dilated or spending long hours at a doctor’s office.

Using new technology, the Acuity 360 Initiative can vision issues that include macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and tumors, among other possible diagnoses. With this technology, Tom Chang MD at the Acuity Eye Group can quickly assess a patient’s vision, provide a diagnosis, and recommend treatment options. They can also refer the patient to specialists when there is a need.

Tom Chang MD is one of the founders of the Acuity Eye Group and a world-renowned speaker, educator, surgeon, and clinician. He believes that technology is paving the way for the future and that new advances mean that machine learning can diagnose patients more efficiently than human physicians were able to do in the past.

The idea behind the Acuity 360 Initiative is to use that technology to provide an in-depth diagnosis for patients at a fraction of the time in a more convenient manner. This test can pinpoint various issues with vision but can also determine a possible diagnosis for other health issues, including diabetes, tumors, and hypertension, to name a few. This means that patients will be able to see a specialist prior to even experiencing symptoms, making treatment options for those health issues far more likely to have positive outcomes.

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