John E. Musick, O.D., F.A.A.O.

John E. MusickDr. Musick attended Florida State University and received his doctor of optometry from the School of Optometry, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Upon graduation in 1976, he received the Dean's Award for the highest academic record in the school's history and was selected as the ODK Most Outstanding Professional Student in the UAB Medical Center. He was also the recipient of the AOA Outstanding Clinician Award and Bausch and Lomb Outstanding Contact Lens Clinician Award.

Dr. Musick has practiced in Kentucky since 1976 and provides primary eye care services with special interests, training, and credentials in low vision rehabilitation. He was the nation's highest scorer on the National Board of Examiners in Optometry's Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease in 1994. He has previously chaired the NBEO Exam Council and presently serves on the NBEO PMP Exam Construction Committee. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and currently one of fifty doctors internationally to achieve diplomat status in the AAO's Low Vision Section. He chairs the Section's Ocular Disease Exam and is a member of the Executive Council. He has authored several nationally published articles on ocular disease and low vision rehabilitation including a book chapter in Remediation and Management of Low Vision. In 1997, he received the Kentucky Rehabilitation Association's Charles McDowell Education and Advocacy Award. He has served on the Continuing Education Committee of the Kentucky Optometric Association for several years, receiving the President's Award for outstanding service to the profession in 1996.

Dr. Musick is married to Helen Denmark Musick and they have three children, Nathan, Laura and Will. He is a member of the professional staff of the Kentucky Eye Institute, practicing primarily in Nicholasville and also conducting low vision clinics in Louisville.

Primary Eye Care is providing for "most" of the vision and eye problems that "most" people have "most" of the time. It is the foundation for maintaining good vision and healthy eyes through one's lifetime. This care protects us in regards to acute eye problems such as "pink eye" or eye injuries; long term eye conditions such as "lazy eye" or cataracts; and refractive errors such as near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism.

While acute eye problems, such as eye infections, usually cause symptoms and alert us to seek prompt care, certain long-term conditions, including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and ocular tumors, may go unnoticed until late in the disease process. Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of such conditions often greatly reduces the risk of vision loss and blindness. In some instances, you will need to be referred to other eye care or health providers, such as ophthalmologists, for additional care or surgery.

People who have difficulty seeing fine detail or have reduced side or peripheral vision even with the best conventional glasses, contact lenses or medical or surgical care are said to have Low Vision. These patients have difficulties with ordinary activities such as reading their mail or newspaper, watching TV, driving a car or even recognizing faces.

The goal of low vision rehabilitation services is to achieve the maximum visual efficiency possible for the patient's personal, social, vocational, and educational needs. In many cases, a consultation with a doctor with specialized training in low vision can result in the prescribing of devices that will help the patient meet their needs.

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