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Houston optometrist reccomends regular eye checks

October 1, 2018

Dr. Skeekha Sethi, the lead optomestrist at Cohen Eye Associates in Houston, wants adults to know the importance of keeping their eyes healthy.

Dr. Sethi recently took over Cohen Eye Associates in the place of her retired mentor, Dr. Larry Cohen. The business has been in place since 1949.

“Dr. Cohen and his family before him have created a reputation of providing premier care and service to their patients and I plan to uphold this standard,” Sethi said in a Cohen Eye Associates press release.

“Part of Dr. Sethi’s mission in taking over the practice is to educate Houstonians on the importance of visiting an eye doctor regularly, regardless of whether or not one has eye complications,” the press release continues.

“I wanted to go a place where I could make a positive impact on community, What better place than a high-tech practice that shared my passion for innovation in eye care. It has been a great experience so far,” Sethi said.

Sethi notes that there are misconceptions about eye health, and that people may think they only need to see an eye doctor if they need vision correction lenses.

“Our eyes change as we get older,” Sethi said. “It is important to monitor our eye health.”

According to Sethi, eye diseases like cararacts and glaucoma happen over a gradual period of time. There are no symptoms at the start. If they are not treated in time, it can lead to permanent vision loss. And these diseases can start earlier in an adult’s life, too.

“They can start as early as age 40. When they become seniors, by that time, there is little to almost nothing that can be done. It is very important to catch these diseases in early stage,” Sethi said.

At Cohen Eye Associates, a comprehensive eye exam includes the latest retinal imaging technology. Two different machines are used, a Cirrus High Definition Optical Coherence Tomographer, which provides a high resolution ultrasound, and a Optos Daytona Ultra-widefield Retinal Imager, a highly specialized retinal imaging device.

“This technology can detect diseases in the first stages in a matter of seconds,” Sethi said.

The machines can even detect early signs of diabetes and high blood pressure by assessing the arteries and veins for any malformations.

Perhaps the best thing about this technology, for people who may be apprehensive about going to an eye exam, is that they do not need eye drops to have their eyes dilated.

“My patients absolutely love this. They can go right back to work and not have their eyes stinging or blurring,” Sethi said.

There are quite a few things that people can do to promote healthy eyes, such as taking supplements like Omega-3 fatty acids.

Sethi also reccomends having UV protection, even on cloudy and rainy days.

“All of our lenses come with a UV protection coating at no extra cost,” Sethi said.

There is also an option to get a blue light protective coating on lenses as well, which Sethi reccomends, noting that blue light from phones and computers could damage retinas over time.

Another thing that can entice a patient to get regular eye checks is the option for ever changing customizable eye wear.

“We have updated some of our eyewear frames to keep up with current trends. I travel across the world to find out about these trends. We are starting to see that patients like customization of the color, shape and material. There are modern materials being used like air titanium, buffalo horn and 18 karat white gold,” Sethi said.

Sethi enjoys being a part of the Houston community and getting to meet the patients.

“I hope to keep providing quality eye care for the future,” Sethi said.

Cohen Eye Associates is located at 1000 Main Street, The Main Rotunda. For more information, visit www.coheneye.com.

rebecca.hazen@chron.com

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