Ask the Expert: A Word on Eye Fitness from Dr. Martin Wilkes 1

The eye is a unique organ that fortunately the majority of people are able to take for granted long into their adult life. However, many of us learn at an earlier age that not all eyes are created equal. My introduction to glasses and contacts for the correction of near-sightedness (myopia) began at age 9. Fortunately, myopia and other refractive errors are entirely correctable for most individuals.

With a new year upon us, I encourage new, renewed conviction to eye health and health and fitness of the entire body in general. As with most things, prevention is much more valuable than treatment, and eye disease is no different. Many causes of vision loss, including diabetes, hypertension, and glaucoma are preventable or able to be limited, if care is taken early in the disease course. Blood sugar and blood pressure optimization through diet, exercise, and regular cardiovascular activity can pay dividends later in life. Glaucoma screening is of the upmost importance, especially in African-Americans with a family history (first-degree relative) of glaucoma. Consult your primary care provider or eye care provider if any of the above is applicable to you. Your future self will certainly thank you.

About Atlanta Eye Consultants

Atlanta Eye Consultants, P.C. is an ophthalmology private practice started in 1983 by doctors Jettie M. Burnett, MD and Shelby R. Wilkes, MD. Dr. Burnett is an ophthalmologist specializing in Corneal and External Disease, while Dr. Wilkes specializes in diseases of the Retina and Vitreous. Both doctors completed their fellowship at the Massachussetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and obtained their medical degree at Johns Hopkins Medical School, where they met.

This family-oriented practice has been serving the greater Atlanta area for over 30 years. Drs. Burnett and Wilkes recently welcomed the addition of their son, Martin F. Wilkes, MD who is also an ophthalmologist specializing in diseases of the Retina and Vitreous, after finishing his fellowship at the Cincinnati Eye Institute in 2013. This practice has always prided itself on taking the time to treat patients with both care and compassion, oftentimes lacking or absent in patient care today. With locations in Midtown Atlanta and College Park, patients from most parts of greater Atlanta are accommodated with relative convenience. More information is available at the practice’s website

6170 Old National Highway

CollegePark, GA 30349

Appointments:  770.996.0700

830 WestPeachtreeStreet

Atlanta, GA 30308

Appointments:  404.881.6417