Enlighten Optometry
Enlighten Optometry

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I refer patients for consult and how does it work?

Let your patient know about our services and how it might help them, the first 20 min video consult is free of charge and is used to introduce them to Dr. Futch, talk about goals and motivations, decide which tests to order.

Fax over a referral form to (415) 621-9290.  It is helpful to know background such as current medications, supplements, ocular history and current diagnoses, best corrected vision, etc.  If a copy of your last exam has the bulk of the information, you can send a copy.  Include the patients email address/contact information and they will get an invite to book the 20 minute initial video consult, which they can book online.  At the end of the initial video consult, should the patient decide to go forward, we take payment and order a genetic test kit and urine analysis, which gets sent directly to the patient's address.  They collect samples and mail them off.  They have the option to bill the urine lab test to their medical insurance.

Once testing has arrived back from the laboratories (6-12 weeks later) we schedule a 60 minute dedicated video consult to go over the results and discuss a plan.

Do you bill medical insurance?

No, the consult is a specialty service, however I have made the price very reasonable, and do not make any profit from testing (I simply pass on the wholesale charge).  On the genova laboratory portal, the patient can enter their medical insurance information and there is a way to submit a claim, however we do not coordinate claims directly. If your patient has financial hardship, a monthly payment plan can be arranged.  We discuss with each patient that depending on how "aggressively" they would like to address eye function support, the cost of supplements can vary widely.

Are you just pushing supplements?

Wherever possible, the food nutrients are the first choice as therapeutic tools.  However, there is considerable research based on supplementation.  These could be nutrients that cannot reach therapeutic levels on food intake alone, or bio-active agents not available from food sources.  So supplement recommendations can be integral to our plan, depending on each individual.   Dr. Futch's goal is to provide as much information to the patient as she can to guide them and let them decide whether they want to buy supplements based on cost, goals, and their life factors.  It is not her desire nor goal to "sell" and make money on supplements.

What's your specialty training?

In addition to the optometry degree, Dr. Futch has completed more than 30 hours of training in genetic analysis, 40 hours in functional immunology, and 1.5 years of graduate work at UWS in the Functional Medicine and Nutrition program.  The courses include Nutritional Biochemistry, Evidence-based Nutrition, Whole Foods Nutrition, Redox Biology, Gastrointestinal Systems, Detoxification and Elimination, Immunology, Energy Production and Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Hormonal Imbalances, etc.

20 min free consult

Meet Dr. F in secure telehealth session, discuss goals, health challenges and your current eye health regime.  If you decide to move forward we take a deposit and order lab kit(s) to your address

Use testing kits

Send in your samples (per kit instructions), go online to register the barcodes with the laboratories.  Fill out a symptom survey in your portal

In-depth 60 min
nutrigenetic analysis

6-12 weeks later, Dr. F reviews the results with you to  discuss any implications of genetic variation and how it may affect your eye health.

Personalized plan of
targeted nutrients

Learn your options to target and support inflammatory and metabolic pathways that could affect your eye health, based on your unique genome.