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Don’t Overlook Eye Care

As I sit waiting for my sister in the surgical waiting room at the Wilmer Eye Institute at John Hopkins medical center in Baltimore, Maryland, I am reminded of the importance of eye care. This is especially important for individuals with sickle cell disease (SCD) because of the potentially serious eye conditions that can occur.

If you have SCD you should be seen annually by an ophthalmologist. Be sure that you aren’t only seen by an optician. You must be examined by an ophthalmologist who is skilled to test for and detect serious eye conditions. This is why it’s important to know the differences between ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians.