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#FYiCares Guest Blogger: Jessica Van Gaalen

As part of our FYidoctors Decade of Care celebration, a series of guest bloggers will be featured on our pages to talk about their thoughts and personal experiences at our clinics, including the comprehensive eye exam process and the frame and style selection we carry. This #FYiCares series will highlight the unique lifestyles and perspectives of these bloggers from across the country. Here’s Jessica’s!

 

No other place I’d rather spend my Friday morning than at FYidoctors in Woodstock. No seriously, because without them I would still be getting headaches + eyestrain from the hours spent on the computer everyday. I’ve been saying to my husband for the past year that I need to make an eye appointment and well… better late than never, right?
 

In addition to getting my eye exam and picking out the most gorgeous pair of frames [stay tuned y’all are going to die] Lincoln also had his first comprehensive eye exam. When I was contacted by FYidoctors to check out their Woodstock clinic and book an eye exam for both Lincoln and I, I had questioned his age and wondered if he was too young. However, upon a little research I learned that it’s recommended to start bringing your littles in as early as 6 months old and then continue on an annual basis, so I guess I was technically late to the game LOL #firstmomproblems.
 

I’ll be honest Lincoln wasn’t overly cooperative during his comprehensive eye exam but Dr. Matt Michniewicz did a wonderful job while he was trying to get up and down the chair eighteen hundred times. After a cookie + distraction from a couple finger puppets he was able to perform all 4 tests. I was happy to hear that besides Lincoln being a little far sighted, which is very normal for a 2 year old, he had zero concerns. I couldn’t leave the office without grabbing something for Lincoln [it’s like leaving Disney World without a pair of Mickey Mouse ears… you just C A N T]  and because he doesn’t require prescription glasses, I went with the cutest pair of sunnies that have UV protection.

 


My eye exam was a little different than Lincoln’s, I didn’t try and grab all the equipment, I didn’t need a cookie to stay still however I did require a prescription. Nothing crazy, I wasn’t blind as a bat, but I did find out that I had a slight astigmatism in my right eye. Dr. Matt Michniewicz was extremely informative during the entire exam and explained exactly what and why he was doing everything. Once I found out I needed glasses, he recommended that I go with the anti fatigue blue light lens coating due to the fact my job requires a lot of screen time. The colour difference between a regular lens and the blue light is barely noticeable however the benefits are great. Not only has blocking blue-violet light been shown to decrease the risk of tired eyes but also helps with premature aging and has the potential to aid the onset of some eye diseases. All I can say is SIGN ME UP!

 

 

Another thing besides the blue light lens coating that sets FYidoctors apart from other clinics is the Optomap ultra-widefield retinal imaging device that is used during your pre-opt exam prior to meeting with the doctor. This device captures more than 80% of your retina in one image, compared to traditional methods that typically only reveal 10-45% of your retina at one time. The Optomap ultra-widefield view enhances your eye doctor’s ability to detect even the earliest sign of disease that appears on your retina, for example [stoke, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes] … I should mention that the machine might look intimidating and the fact you stick your eye in this hole a little weird however the process only takes seconds to perform and isn’t painful.


 

 

 

The frame selection at FYidoctors is phenomenal for both adult and children. They carry I went in thinking I wanted black full frames but after receiving help from one of the ladies at FYidoctors I left with brown + gold ones and couldn’t be happier with my decision. 
 

 

Have you ever visited a FYidoctors clinic? I highly recommend you do so if you haven’t already! XO 

 

 

 

To learn more about Jessica’s adventures with Lincoln, visit her blog.

To book your next appointment at FYidoctors, visit our website to find your nearest location and book online.