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Roadrunner Eye Care Puts Precision And Care Into Every Eye Exam

By Jake Levin

There's nothing more important than your vision.

"Seeing clearly and comfortably is the most basic need that all people have," Optician Erik Lawrence said.

As General Manager of Roadrunner Eye Care in Albuquerque, N.M., Lawrence has made it his goal to make sure that you're seeing clearly and not just in the literal sense, but in a manner that enlightens people as to just how important eye care is for their general health.

"There is so much more to your eye exam than just the prescriptions for glasses or contacts," Lawrence said. "Since your eyes aren't replaceable, catching problems early is vital. There are a number of health issues that can affect your vision, or physically affect your eyes. Some is repairable, some isn't. Examining the inside of your eye can show signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, tumors, and many other issues. It's not uncommon for some diseases to be seen during an eye exam."

A full optometry practice, Roadrunner Eye Care treats patients of all ages from children who are going for their first eye exam, as well as older patients who are dealing with glaucoma, cataracts and the like.

A master of his craft, Lawrence points out that while contact lenses can be a great substitute for glasses, they are not replacements. He acknowledged the appeal of contact lenses for a lot of people, but also warned that they can't be the only vision correction device they use.

"As great as contact lenses are, it's still not a great idea to leave your eyes covered in plastic 24/7," he explained. "It isn't healthy, and can lead to serious issues."

Lawrence recommends that all contact lenses wearers give their eyes a break at least one full day a week and 6-8 hours per day.

Beyond the medical aspect of the eye care industry, Lawrence is also concerned with the corporate aspect. He believes patients have taken a back seat in favor of profit margins and optimizing insurance billing. He promises there's none of that at Roadrunner Eye Care.

"We wanted to bring the focus back on the patient and making it the best experience possible," Lawrence said.

"We only carry independent frame lines [including] a few made here in the US," Lawrence said. "We only use lenses that are not only the best on the market but aren't available at the chains and discount warehouses. They are only the best products for our patients."

Lawrence knows his patients may not be able to stay on top of everything going on in the eye care industry, which is why he believes he owes it to them to stay on top of it all.

"Reasonable prices, high quality products, service that we would expect our own family members to receive," Lawrence said. "It's our passion to provide that clear, comfortable vision in the best way possible."

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