We received a warning this time, so let’s do something about it….

When schools were abruptly shut down due to COVID-19 in March it caught all of us by surprise.  Who would have ever thought that we were going to have to go from “home schooling” to now “virtual schooling?”  No one was really prepared for this turn of events last time.  We, as eye care providers were no different.  I have fielded a number of questions regarding screen time and blue light exposure since we reopened and schools shut down.  As we face the start of the school year in the fall we know it is going to be virtual.  While there are still some questions about what is going to happen and the logistics, one thing is certain, our school aged children will be spending an enormous amount of time in front of computer screens, tablets and various devices.  Let’s get these eyes prepared with a “Back to (virtual) School Kit” for the eyes!

First off, some rules of thumb, for every 20 minutes of screen time the child should take a 20 second break to look at an object at a distance.  Secondly, we all need to make a conscious effort to make complete blinks and make them frequently.  This is something we should all incorporate into our daily routine as computer/device users.

As part of our “Back to (vitural) School Kit” I am recommending a warm compress called the Bruder mask.  The way a Bruder masks works and benefits device users is that it helps warm up and heat the glands of the eyes named meibomian glands.  These glands contain a component of tears that help prevent the evaporation of tears that ultimately leads to dry eye syndrome.  By using this mask you help keep these glands open and restore essential components of the tear film.  I recommend using this nightly before going to bed.

The second part of the “Back to (virtual) School Kit” is a pair of computer glasses.  These glasses will provide relief from hours of staring at a computer screen.  They will have a minimal power in them to ease the accommodative stress (focusing at near) that is required for the working distance between the student and the screen.  The glasses may be worn alone, over contact lenses or the power may be incorporated into an existing glasses prescription if the student currently wears glasses.  In addition to helping ease the strain, these computer glasses will have a blue light treatment on them to help protect the student from the harmful blue light that is emitted from computer screens and devices.  I recommend using these glasses when there is dedicated time in front of a computer screen.

 I truly believe every student would benefit from this and we are pleased to provide this benefit for only $110.  The glasses and mask would normally cost around $250.  No appointment is needed.  Feel free to contact us for a “Back to (virtual) School Kit.”  You can also purchase it on our web store at http://www.gee-eye-care.square.site/s/shop.

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I was wrong, I’m sorry…

…I don’t ‘sponsor,’ I ‘support’

If I was ever wrong, then I stand corrected especially now. If I ever said that I ‘sponsored’ an event—I was wrong, evidently. My efforts in the community are to ‘support,’ events, organizations, individuals, in anything I put pen to check.

I want to make it very clear that the efforts that I contribute to are because I believe in them and what they stand for, NOT for marketing/advertising. As a matter of fact we have a hashtag (#CommunityMatters) in the office and that’s what it is all about.

As a business person it’s a fine line on how this is viewed, both by myself and by the public. Those that are out there working hard to get sponsorship money from other establishments may take heed of this, for me it is not about ROI (return on investment) but merely just giving back. You know it’s not always about business. I have to make the right decisions based on financials but I budget for the major schools in our community and it’s usually flexible but the thought, “what am I going to get out of this?” rarely ever crosses my mind.  Rather, whether it fits in the budget, who is asking (whether a patient or just a cold call) and of course value (how is the money going to be used) all are considered more heavily.

I opened the office in 2007 and also dropped a stake in the ground in Waters Lake of Sienna Plantation to build a home. I wanted a place to call home, not just a house. I wanted to be a part of the community. As a result, I’ve been around to see two elementary schools develop, a high school and soon to be another middle school. I’ve supported all of them and intend to do the same for the up and coming. I remember when Ridge Point, in its infancy came to ask for assistance with their band and athletics programs. I’m honored that I was asked and even more honored to be able to participate. I am honored that many have remembered that and continue to give me the opportunity. Fast forward to 2017, 10 years later, we were fortunate enough to be able to move the office to an updated and larger location. One thing for sure, #CommunityMatters is even more important and I will not back down from supporting community efforts.

So, while I’ve probably been using the incorrect word all these years, I stand corrected, the intent has ALWAYS been to support the community that I live and am a part of.

 

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Dr. Hunter’s Rave Reviews!

I appreciate Dr. Hunter — Bac V.

Dr. Hunter is an exceptional addition to your staff. I have had three visits/exams with her, and I am very pleased.

Mar 10, 2014

Great first experience for eye care in Houston — Luke M.

Was in intense pain from a sharp object scratching my eye. The staff was great and put me at ease.

Mar 9, 2014

Rue was a great assistant and big help at my visit.  — Caro G.

Rue was a great assistant and big help at my visit. Dr. Hunter dedicated enough time and explained everything making sure I understood my health plan. 🙂 Awesome job!!!

Mar 9, 2014

 

Dr. Kevin Gee — Helsea J.

Dr. Kevin Gee is approachable, confident, intelligent, interesting, compassionate and caring regarding to eye health. He takes time to listen and communicates his thoughts honestly and effectively with during visits. He’s competent and extremely knowledgeable which enables a better eye health regime for details which he’s provided.

Mar 11, 2013