Business Spotlight: Moore Vision SourceMar 16, 2020
Just because you can see well doesn’t necessarily mean that your eyes, and the rest of your body, for that matter, are healthy. That means it’s crucial for Moore residents to have an optometrist they can trust with their health status with 20/20 vision. Moore Vision Source offers local patients a unique blend of experience and fresh enthusiasm that ensures the highest level of eye care.
Dr. Max Venard has been practicing optometry in Moore for around 40 years. He is joined at Moore Vision Source by Dr. Melanie Newcomer, another local resident who has worked in the field of optometry since 2011 and just graduated from optometry school in 2018.
Dr. Newcomer says that her passion for taking care of a patient’s eyes is what drove her to go back to school and become an optometrist.
“The eyes were fascinating to me,” said Dr. Newcomer. How much information you can get from the eyes, including a person’s overall health. High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, an autoimmune disease. All of that is detectable inside the eyes.”
Newcomer spent her childhood in the Norman and Moore area and says it’s a privilege to be able to come back and work in the community where she was raised.
“I think what’s really great is being able to work here with Dr. Venard as well as with our staff down at the Norman office,” said Dr. Newcomer. “We have a great team and work well together to provide great care for all our patients.”
Dr. Venard is a Moore native who, like Dr. Newcomer, came back to the area after finishing optometry school.
“I married a Moore gal and moved away to college and then taught for a while,” said Dr. Venard. “Then I went back to optometry school myself, was in Memphis, Tennessee, and then moved back here to start practicing with Dr. Ledbetter.”
Dr. Venard and Dr. Ledbetter shared a practice for about 22 years. They built the Moore Vision building in 1981, and Dr. Venard continued to practice after Dr. Ledbetter retired. He brings a tremendous legacy of excellent eye care to the practice.
“Over the years, I’ve seen so many patients,” said Dr. Venard, “I’ve seen their children, and now I’m seeing their grandchildren. One of the things that I’ve experienced is the changing technology in eye care, and Dr. Newcomer brings with her some great exposure to the very latest ways to help people live healthy lives.”
Dr. Venard says the presence of Dr. Newcomer has been invigorating.
“Having her here makes my job easier just in the fact that I have someone to discuss things with,” said Dr. Venard. “She comes to me for advice, and I can go to her with questions about things we can do in this new era of eye care and trust that she has answers.”
One of the things Dr. Newcomer wants patients to understand is that just because you can see well is not an excuse to have your eyes checked regularly.
“The biggest misconception is just that good vision isn’t necessarily an indication that you’re healthy,” said Dr. Newcomer. “A lot of eye disease has no pain associated with it, and as I mentioned before, we can get clues about things like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol from the eyes.”
The key to good health is to catch all those conditions as early as possible. Dr. Venard and Dr. Newcomer both agree that the blend of his extensive experience and her acquaintance with all the new technology creates a great foundation from which to meet all of the needs of their patients.
“There’s such a great advantage to having someone fresh out of school paired with someone who has decades of experience,” said Dr. Venard. “You can put those two things together and come up with some really great outcomes for patients.”
“It’s the best of both worlds,” said Dr. Newcomer. “We have the experience, and we have the technology, and we offer a full range of services to our patients that allows us to tap into those resources.”
Moore Vision Source offers all the services patients expect from an optometrist, including eye exams, glasses, and contacts, as well as help managing issues like glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachments, and macular degeneration. They also have a referral network for assistance in dealing with any of those issues as well.
“We’re able to manage those issues up to a certain point, and then we can engage a specialist,” said Dr. Venard. “We consider optometry as a kind of primary care field of medicine, and we work with all ages of patients, including kids. We really enjoy working with kids.”
Dr. Newcomer also brings experience in the creation of scleral contacts, a unique way to help treat patients dealing with specific corneal issues like injuries or transplants.
“The whole point of scleral lenses is to create what is basically a new surface on the front of the eye,” said Dr. Newcomer. “This is especially helpful to patients who have scarring on their corneas that scatters the light as it enters the eye, causing the patient to lose focus. You put that larger, hard lens on the eye, and it creates a nice, normal surface for the light to be focused.”
Dr. Venard and Dr. Newcomer invite local residents to call their office at 405-794-2020 to set up an appointment for an eye exam.