Dr. Parker
Dr. Parker

This holiday season is one like no one could ever imagine. COVID-19 has taken us from what used to be a joyful, family-oriented time of the year, to an uncommon season. But in all things, we still have to be thankful and give thanks for ALL things — including being thankful for healthy eyes and good vision.

Eye health is one of the health conditions that many take for granted. We assume that just because we can see well and our eyes do not hurt, our eyes are fine and healthy. Well…, this is not always true. Vision is a gift, and we are responsible for making sure that our bodies (including the eyes) stay healthy. Therefore, an eye examination should be on your list of annual examinations.

At least once a year, even if you are in excellent health, you should have a comprehensive eye examination. And if you have medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, cholesterol, allergies, arthritis, and other conditions, more than one eye exam may be required. Your comprehensive eye examination should include not only the assessment of your vision, but also a dilated eye examination to confirm the health of your eyes. Knowing (not assuming) your eyes are healthy helps to ensure that you will have the potential for good vision in the future.

This month, I have written about diabetes and the importance of making sure you are aware of this condition. In the African American community, this topic cannot be ignored because it affects not only adults but children too.

So, when was your last eye examination? If it has already been greater than one year, you have time before the end of this year to have your eyes checked. Don’t lose sight of what is important in life. Close your eyes and imagine a world without your vision…

In the coming days, don’t just reflect on what COVID-19 has done to our world and how it’s changed our lives, but instead recite the things that you are thankful for…, and remember to also include being thankful for your eyes. If you are in need of an eye care provider, I invite you to visit EnVision Eye Care.



321 W. Montgomery

Crossroads, Savannah (near Hunter Golf Course) For appointments, call (912) 927-0707 and visit us at www.envisionsavannah.com

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