Randall Burggraf, an optometrist for nearly 40 years, heads Third Street Eyecare in Geneva, and likely believes the eyes are more than just the windows to the soul.
The eyes can tell you so much more.
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That's why he decided to start offering genetic wellness tests for patients.
Doctors in a variety of states, including New Jersey, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, California, Maryland, Massachusetts and others, have offered these tests, he said.
"I recognize the value and importance of personalized health care that is backed by science," Burggraf said. "It stands to reason, that your own genetic makeup requires an individual approach that is tied to your own biochemistry. The health care industry as a whole is now taking a new approach to medical care and optometry is a key entry point into the health care system."
He started offering the tests in mid-June and, so far, eight patients opted for the tests. The tests focus on Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, diabetes, immune diseases, among other diseases and conditions.
Burggraf graduated as doctor of optometry, magna cum laude, at the Illinois College of Optometry. He said he is like other doctors who are dedicated to the latest innovations in technology, health, and patient care.
Burggraf believes the tests offer a proactive approach to health care, so patients could get early detection and prevention of diseases that are caused, or a part of, inherited genetic problems in a person's DNA, he said.
"As an optometrist, I deal with cellular health in the eyes but I am passionate about my patient's overall general health and well-being," Burggraf said.
"My goal in providing genetic testing is to optimize the health and wellness of my patients and the Fox Valley communities," he said.
Quinn honored for pro bono work
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