Dr. Cynthia Payne is a board certified optometrist specializing in the treatment and management of ocular disease and the owner of Trendsetter Eyewear. She enjoys working with people to improve their vision, assess the health of their eyes and treat eye disease. She also provides pre- and post-operative care for patients at LASIK of Nevada in Las Vegas and Reno. Motivated by the freedom optometry provides, from the ability to practice anywhere, choosing to be self-employed or work for another doctor full time- or part-time, to working in research and teaching; Dr. Payne chose the field of optometry. Dr. Payne has been practicing in private optometry since 1997 and opened Trendsetter Eyewear in 2011.
Dr. Payne attended the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, where she earned her Doctorate of Optometry. A graduate of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, she received a Bachelor of Science with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. She also completed one year of graduate study at the University of Tennessee, Memphis in neuroscience and worked for an additional two years as a research assistant in cancer pharmacology at the University of Tennessee, Memphis.
What are some of the current technical advances in the field?
Optometry is somewhat unique in that there is both an optical component and a health care component. For example, in the optical field, some of the newest options are digitally designed eyeglass lenses (computer designed for optimized vision, i.e. sharper vision in all parts of the lens and better night vision) and more options of contact lenses that are healthier to wear (more oxygen transmission, stay cleaner, better for dryness). In the health care field, one of the newest concerns is protecting against the damage from blue light emitted by LED sources such as TV, computer screens and smartphones. There are new lenses and coatings specifically to block blue light from entering the eye and damaging the retina. Also, optometry is utilizing Epigenetics as a method to help decrease our risk for macular degeneration or other autoimmune mediated diseases that impact the health of our eyes.
How can someone protect their eyes and eyesight?
One of the healthiest choices a person can make for their eyes is ultraviolet protection. Ultraviolet increases the incidence of cataracts, macular degeneration, pterygium and skin cancer. Choosing sunglasses or eyeglasses with UV protection helps decrease the risk of these diseases of the eye (and wrinkles). All the things that are good for the rest of the body also apply to the eyes; like not smoking (smoking increases the risks of macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma, diabetes, dry-eye syndrome, thyroid disease); maintaining a balanced nutrition (antioxidants, omega-3, lutein and zeaxanthin for the macula); and routine exercise. Genetic wellness testing can help someone eat foods that work with their DNA to optimize their health.