Healthy Lives, Healthy Eyes

is creating health information that's easy to understand for everyone.
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About Healthy Lives, Healthy Eyes

Hi! Welcome to my Patreon!

My name is Melissa Flagg, and I have always had a love of medicine, specifically the eyes. I started wearing glasses at about five years old, and I was always fascinated by the optometrist’s office. The photos they took of my retina in the back of the eye I found particularly interesting.

That led to my career as an ophthalmic technician for the past 23 years. Throughout this career, I have focused on how systemic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure affect the eye and our vision. I have participated in several research studies to develop new technologies and medications for treating things like glaucoma and macular degeneration, diseases that cause blindness if left untreated.

One of the things I truly enjoy about my career is my opportunity to educate patients and other ophthalmic personnel about the eye, and systemic disease. Helping patients to understand their diagnosis helps them stay compliant with their treatment plans and can help alleviate anxiety because they know what’s wrong and why. I wanted to reach more people, so I started writing patient information articles about 7 years ago here

So, why am I on Patreon?

I want to write a book: The Eye: An Owner’s Manual, that is completely comprehensive but in layman’s terms that everyone can understand. I also want to write more articles about systemic diseases like diabetes to help people understand how these diseases work so that they understand their treatments, and why it’s important to be compliant.

But the most important thing I want to do is teach people how to be their own healthcare advocate. Most people take what their doctors say as gospel, but in reality, doctors are just human. They make mistakes, and those mistakes can be costly. But most people don’t have a medical background so how do they know what questions to ask to ensure their getting the appropriate treatment?

But this isn’t medical advice. I’m just here to help you understand the medicine and help you figure out what questions to ask your doctor and help you be a more informed patient.
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