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Optometrist in St. Louis, MO

Dr. Bob and Alverta Smith
Formerly Affordable Eyecare, we've changed our name to more accurately reflect the mission of our practice.

On our website you will find a wealth of information about vision and eye health. Explore our site and learn about the many services we have to offer new and current patients.

Regular eye examinations are an important part of maintaining your best possible vision and health. Many potentially fatal diseases are often detected during an eye examination (examples include diabetes, certain cancers, high blood pressure, lupus and thyroid disease).

Call today for an appointment or click on "Appointment Scheduling" to make your appointment online 24-7/365. We are here to meet your eyecare needs. Whether you need an exam, glasses or contacts or are suffering from itching, burning or tearing eyes, we can help. We also treat eye infections.

At Smith Optometry our mission is enhancing and preserving your vision.

Dr. Bob and Alverta

PS: Save time; click on the "Patient Forms" link to use our welcome and medical history forms.
 

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While we see patients of all ages, ethnicities, social and economic backgrounds, we are passionate about the vision and health needs of underserved individuals.
Members of this group are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, elevated cholesterol and heart disease.  These illnesses frequently lead to changes in eye sight – from blurry vision to blindness.  Of these conditions, diabetes is the most frequent cause of devastating vision loss.
 
Not a day goes by that I don’t see someone with visual problems from diabetes.  These patients often have other common symptoms such as slow healing wounds and a loss of feeling in the arms, fingers, legs and toes.   Vision changes result from changes in the lens in the eye.  These changes result in a patient being more near sighted or farsighted.  When the diabetes is stabilized, the vision frequently returns to normal.  Diabetes can also cause the formation of cataracts.  The worst effect of diabetes is bleeding in the back of the eyes.  This is called “diabetic retinopathy”.
 
Diabetic retinopathy and its treatment can lead to the formation of scar tissue in the retina, individual nerves that form the optic nerve.  It’s been pretty cold this winter.  Think of the retina as the individual gas lines that extend from the main supply line.  If a bunch of gas lines in an area are damaged then all the houses in that area will be without heat and some customers could get sick and die from the lack of heat.  Likewise, if a group of nerves in the retina are damaged, vision in that area will be destroyed. 
 
Diabetic vision loss can be prevented as can many side effects of this disease.  Watching your diet, exercising, taking your medicine and following your doctor’s advice are the steps necessary to keep diabetes under control and in some cases eliminate it.   Your most effective means of detecting and preventing diabetic eye disease is through regular eye examinations.  If you are not diabetic, but have a family history of the disease, keep in mind that diabetes is frequently diagnosed during an eye examination.  Persons with hypertension, elevated cholesterol and heart disease should also have regular eye examinations. 
 
Call today or while here on our website you can schedule an appointment.  At Smith Optometry, our mission is preserving and enhancing your vision.  
 
Questions or comments? Email me:
smith315@gmail.com
 
Dr. Smith

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