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Med Center Health’s response to COVID-19.

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Visitation restrictions are in effect at all Med Center Health hospitals and Cal Turner Rehab & Specialty Care.


Eye Care

Taking care of your eyes is an important part of your overall health. Med Center Health Eye Care offers advanced eye care for patients who have a wide range of eye conditions. Ophthalmologist Christopher Areephanthu, MD, specializes in treating cataracts, glaucoma and retinal disorders such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. Optometrist Russell Heltsley, OD, brings decades of experience to expert eye exams, glasses and contacts, as well as the treatment and management of eye disease.

If you are experiencing an eye emergency (sudden vision loss, pain or double vision), call 911 or seek emergency care immediately.

Med Center Health Eye Care offers a wide range of services, ranging from eye exams to treating complex eye diseases and conditions with the most advanced eye surgery and technology available in our area.

Regular eye exams are recommended for most people—how often you get an eye exam depends on your age and overall health.

  • People with diabetes should have a dilated eye exam every year.
  • Anyone at high risk for glaucoma should have a dilated eye exam every two years. This includes African Americans 40 years and older, all adults older than 60, and people with a family history of glaucoma.

Because ophthalmologists are medical doctors, they can recognize the symptoms of other disorders because of how they affect your eyes. Among these are:

  • Aneurysm, a bubble-shaped, weak wall in a blood vessel that can leak or rupture
  • Brain tumor
  • Cancers of blood, tissue or skin
  • Diabetes
  • Giant cell arteries, an inflammation of medium-sized arteries that affects the arms, upper body and neck
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Lupus, an inflammatory disease
  • Lyme disease, an infection spread by ticks
  • Medication toxicities
  • Multiple sclerosis, a degenerative disease of the nervous system
  • Myathenia gravis, an autoimmune disorder
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease
  • Stroke
  • Thyroid disease
  • Vascular disease
  • Vitamin A deficiency

(source: American Academy of Ophthalmologists)

Russell Heltsley, OD, joins Med Center Health Eye Care

As an optometrist with over 20 years’ experience, Dr. Heltsley joins ophthalmologist Christopher Areephanthu, M.D. in providing expert vision care to residents of Southcentral Kentucky.

Dr. Heltsley’s focus is on his patients. He practices the full scope of optometry, including examinations, glasses, contact lenses and the treatment and management of eye disease.

Make an appointment with Dr. Heltsley by calling Med Center Health Eye Care at 270-796-3533.