Issue:  Optometry

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Position Statement:  I consider myself blessed to be a member of what I consider to be the greatest profession.

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Optometry is a great profession and I enjoy serving patients as an Optometrist. Every Optometrist I have ever met has been outstanding. Optometrists are always willing to give advice and to learn how to serve patients best. Providing quality eye care has been an exciting and rewarding career.

My experience in the health care field will play a vital role in serving the citizens of West Virginia. Once elected, I will work to help Medicare recipients get eye health care coverage as a preventative measure. As all Optometrists know, the sooner we can diagnose and commence treatment the easier and more successful the treatment will be. And more cost effective! The early detection of diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration allows for better treatment and hopefully prevention of vision loss. As these and other related eye diseases progress the cost to treat that disease increases. Prevention and early detection is a key ingredient in reducing health care costs for everyone.

The new Medicare benefit of one 'preventative doctor visit' is a great step in the right direction. Optometrists should be utiilized aggresively for eye care referrals when feasible as a cost reducing measure. Ophthalmologists should be referral recepients when the diagnosis is warranted, otherwise patients should be directed to Optometrists for monitoring eye conditions and for preventative eye care.

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Zane Lawhorn
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Princeton, West Virginia 24740
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