By J.M. Copeland
For Hometown News
Chuck Seibold is greeted with a "Happy Birthday" as he arrives for his appointment at Riverside Eye Clinic. Mr. Seibold had celebrated his 95th birthday a few weeks before.
The personal touch is important to the staff, whether it's remembering a milestone birthday or helping a new patient with their insurance.
"We try to spend time with our patients," said Dr. William Gilmer. Something he admits can be a challenge for all doctors.
While the patients coming to Dr. Gilmer are predominately older, he does treat patients of all ages, including children.
"Most eye diseases are age related, but we see children," he said.
Prevention is as important as treatment and Dr. Gilmer gives his patients three important eye health tips.
"First I tell them to quit smoking. There are eye diseases caused by smoking. Second, wear sunglasses and third, eat fruit and vegetables."
When it comes to sunglasses expensive is not necessarily better.
"UV protection is what you want," Dr. Gilmer said. "Polarization provides nice color and maybe a crisper view of what we see, but it is not protective like the UV sunglasses are."
A graduate of Washington & Lee and Georgetown Universities, residency at New York Medical and fellowship at the University of California San Francisco, Dr. Gilmer has always been focused on the community.
After graduation, he served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, West Africa. Currently he donates his medical services to the Jesus Clinic, an outreach program his parents, Dr. Bill and Pam Gilmer, run in Daytona Beach for individuals who are not covered by health insurance. Dr. Gilmer performs cataract surgery for their clients.
The Riverside Eye Clinic accepts most insurance plans and also is part of a group of ophthalmologists who provide on call services for each others evenings, weekends and holidays.
The clinic is at 5111 S. Ridgewood Ave., Suite 104, Port Orange. Call (386) 256-1212 or visit riversideeyeclinic.com.