Joel D. Messner, OD
Looking for a pediatric and family eye doctor in Montgomery County? At CHDC, we provide residents from Boyertown to Pottstown, and everywhere in between, with comprehensive eye exams that include:
- A proper evaluation of your eyes and a review of any history of eye problems in your family
- Check of your near vision and distance using an eye chart
- Examination to find if there are any signs of astigmatism, farsightedness, nearsightedness, and presbyopia
- Near vision testing to decide if progressive lenses or bifocals are necessary.
- Tests that determine your eyes ability to work in tandem
- Examination of the optic nerve and eye pressure tests to rule out glaucoma
- Interior examination of your eyes to rule out cataracts and macular degeneration
Most family eye doctors recommend that you have a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years, depending on your age, risk factors, and whether you currently wear corrective lenses.
In order to maintain a lifetime of healthy vision, organizations such as the American Optometric Association recommend that individuals ages 18 through 60 should go for an eye exam every two years, while seniors 61 and older should go annually for exams.
If you are an “At Risk” adult, you are implored to schedule more frequent eye exams. Risk factors to look out for include:
- A history of eye disease in your family (macular degeneration, glaucoma, etc.)
- Health concerns such as high blood pressure or diabetes
- A job that is visually demanding and could cause harm to the eyes
- Side effects from non-prescription or prescription drugs
- Injuries to the eye in the past or previous eye surgery
To help make sure children are able to properly learn in school, it is recommended that children receive regular eye exams to detect any problems. At CHDC, our current eye doctor treats children ages 5 and above, but CHDC can also assist if a referral is needed to a pediatric eye doctor for children younger than 5 years old.
If your child has risk factors contributing to potential vision problems, you may need to schedule an eye exam from a pediatric eye doctor at earlier than 6 months. This also means that it may be necessary to go for frequent eye exams during your child’s early years. Risk factors for children include:
- Low birth weight or family history of premature birth
- Infections such as rubella, or diseases such as HIV occurring during pregnancy
- Slow development process
- History of eye disease in family
- Crossed eyes or turned eyes
At CHDC it is our mission to provide integrated care to the community we serve. We have many resources to assist families in understanding health literacy and what you need to live a healthy lifestyle.
We all need good vision to function in life. Having your vision checked by a family eye doctor is just as important as going to the medical doctor, dentist and getting immunizations. If you live in Boyertown, Pottstown, or anywhere else in Montgomery County and want to learn about our family eye care, discount medical dispensary, or any other services we offer, call us today!
Meet the Doctor
Dr. Joel Messner joins CHDC with over 30 years of experience practicing Optometry in both private and commercial settings. Dr. Messner owned and practiced Optometry at Family Eye Center in North Huntingdon, PA from 1984 – 2015. We welcome Dr. Messner to Community Health and Dental Care and are pleased to have him as part of our team and our community!
- Doctor of Optometry, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, 1982
- Bachelor of Science in Biology, Pennsylvania State University, 1978