Enlighten Optometry
Enlighten Optometry
ocular wellness & precision nutrition
  • Ocular Nutrition

    Uncover your precision nutrient needs based on genetics and individual biomarkers

    Targeted support for chronic eye conditions with an integrative evidence-based approach

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"I had no idea that a nutrient deficiency was causing my problems, I thought my muscle pain and blurry vision was just something I had to live with.  Now I can run longer, I sleep better, and I see better at night"

"Once I found out how certain foods were causing my inflammation, all my other dry eye treatments seemed to work better and I needed less drops during the day"

"The doctor was so helpful and the program is amazing.  After just the first week my brain fog was gone.  Knowing that I had certain genetic variants was key, and she explained everything so I could understand"

Genetic variation and biomarker testing as 
a tool to achieve optimal cellular function
Foods, nutrients, and botanicals  
as targeted ocular support
On-going support for lasting success and 
eye wellness

​How does the process work?

20 min free consult

Meet the Functional Nutrition Optometrist in secure telehealth session, discuss goals, health challenges and your current eye health regime.  If you decide to move forward, the doctor coordinates with your primary eye care provider

Complete Questionnaires or Lab tests

Send in your samples (per kit instructions), go online to register the barcodes with the laboratories.  Or you may opt out of the lab testing or prefer to use existing 23andme results.  Fill out detailed questionnaires on your secure online portal

In-depth 60 min 
nutritional analysis

The Doctor reviews the results with you in telehealth session to  discuss any implications of the symptom patterns, lab markers & genetic variation, focusing on how it may affect your eye health

Personalized plan of
targeted foods & nutrients

Together as a team, we discuss your options to target and support nutrient, inflammatory and/or metabolic pathways that may be affecting your eye health, based on your unique biochemistry.    Meal plans and recipes can be provided during the 4 month customized program

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​Dr. Celia Futch, OD

Hello, I look forward to meeting you!  My name is Celia Futch, and I am an eye doctor specialist in functional medicine and nutrition.  After practicing in medically-focused eye care offices post-graduation, I founded Enlighten Optometry in 2014, located at Tiburon, CA.  Soon after, I pursued master's level training in nutrition (food as precision medicine) and CNS certification.

My husband I live in Orinda, CA with our two daughters.  I am a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Optometry, and completed volunteer medical trips to Costa Rica and Kenya. 

Optometrist  Ocular Nutrition Clinic

​Frequently Asked Questions

How could the precision nutrition approach benefit me and improve my eye symptoms?

Precision nutrition incorporates functional medicine principles to treat each patient as a unique individual, instead of a cookie-cutter approach.  Nutrients as supportive therapy to increase healthspan is an important new paradigm in medicine.  Here are some reasons you may want to pursue these services with our clinic:

1. Your eye doctor told you that you have an eye condition that could develop slowly over time, such as cataracts, dry eye, macular degeneration, or glaucoma.

2. You have non-specific visual or eye symptoms that have not been easily managed with glasses or contacts, such as difficult night vision, dark adaptation, glare, fatigue, eyestrain, or others. 

3. You would like the most specific and targeted therapies to address the condition proactively, and are open to nutritional changes or supplement changes to address it.

Are you going to tell me to buy and take a bunch of supplements?

Supplements could be an integral part of a personalized treatment plan, but food nutrients are the preferred therapeutic tool when possible.   Other aspects of a treatment plan might include:

1. Following certain dietary patterns

2. Including or excluding certain foods or types of foods, usually on a trial basis

3. Vitamin forms and doses most appropriate (this could include design of a personalized multivitamin or comprehensive herbal supplement)

4. Technologies such as photobiomodulation, heart rate variability training, or ionization therapy.

4. Lifestyle aspects that affect ongoing health

Is it the same as a 23 and me or other consumer genetic test?
In addition to being more comprehensive than the commonly used direct-to-consumer genetic tests, the platform we use focuses on evidence-based variants (studied in research and clinical testing). Used alongside lab testing and analyzed by a practitioner that is fully trained, this ensures the highest relevance to biological function that can be achieved. 

We do not "treat" or "fix" any genetic variant in isolation (there is rarely enough evidence to do so, and purely computer-based recommendations based on genetic variants alone may not be the best option), but use integrative knowledge and consult to tailor the nutritional options to modulate the pathways identified.
How do I know if its working?

Nutrition advice is meant to support health, not treat or "prevent" disease.  But we know from scientific research that nutrients and bio-active molecules ingested through foods or supplements can have significant effects on the disease process, similar to pharmaceutical medications. 

When based on genomic and biochemical individuality discovered in our lab tests, the plan is meant to target the support to where the body needs it most.  This saves time and has the potential to be more effective than generic recommendations and supplement formulations .

When we have significant clues that ocular problems could be rooted in a certain pathways, our goal in addressing that pathway is to modify the course of that problem by restoring and re-balancing cellular and metabolic function with nutritional interventions.

What is the cost? Does insurance cover it?

As seen on the services menu, the core service itself only costs $249, with on-going support on an hourly basis.  This includes the 20 minute introductory consult and a 60 minute video visit that discusses the results and plan.  Tests ordered run between $199-549 (you may choose one, both, or no tests to enhance the accuracy of the analysis).   Or you can choose a 4 month package that is inclusive of all testing and visits, which is the best option to reach lasting results.  You have the option of billing an insurance plan for the lab test (through the Genova Diagnostics laboratory portal), but our office does not bill directly or coordinate the billing process.  We can also use the data from an existing 23andme instead of ordering a new genetic panel.

Do I need a referral? Will you contact my eye doctor to get records or do I need to request them?

Yes, a referral from your primary eye care provider (optometrist or ophthalmologist) is important, so that we can work as a team in your care and treatment plans.  But I will reach out to your doctor if you book with me directly first, so you don't need to worry about coordinating that.  

It is crucial to continue your regularly scheduled visits with your primary eye doctor who is monitoring and managing your ocular conditions.  A personalized nutrition consult is meant as an adjunct to those visits and treatments, not in any way a substitute or alternative.

What is the doctor's specialty training? Why is she qualified to prescribe food plans and custom supplements?

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 3 years of graduate work at UWS in the Human Nutrition & Functional Medicine accredited program.  The courses include Nutritional Biochemistry, Evidence-based Nutrition, Whole Foods Nutrition, Gastrointestinal Imbalances, Detoxification Systems, Immunology, Energy Dynamics, and Hormonal Imbalances.  The doctor also earned Nutritional Genomics Certification with the American Nutrition Association, and currently on track for CNS (certified nutrition specialist) designation, a rigorous program that incorporates 1000 supervised hours of nutrition experience.