I would like to thank The Health and Wellness Coalition for Runnels County and those individuals responsible for initiating this network. Runnels County truly has an exceptional team of healthcare providers, and supporting organizations.

I would like to thank The Health and Wellness Coalition for Runnels County and those individuals responsible for initiating this network. Runnels County truly has an exceptional team of healthcare providers, and supporting organizations.

I am Dr. Stewart Robbins. My role for the past 12 years has been the doctor and owner of City Eye Care here in Ballinger. I took over a small but successful optometry practice in the summer of 2005. With a wonderful, caring, and hard-working staff my practice has grown to the point we are treating twice as many patients. We have even expanded and see Coleman patients at our satellite office on Wednesdays.

I practice what is known as “full scope” as a Therapeutic Optometrist and an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. This allows me to diagnose ocular disease and prescribe oral as well as topical antibiotics, steroids, and most other medications to manage any ocular condition. I take after hours and weekend emergency calls. Here in Runnels County we are also very fortunate to have an exceptional network of referral doctors in San Angelo and Abilene when eye surgeries are required. We even have Dr Matt Goldman come to City Eye Care, and are working to establish a similar relationship with an Abilene Ophthalmologist to Winters patients.

If there is any single eye topic I want this county to be more aware of and proactive with, it would be diabetic eye disease. It is vital for the long term health of any diabetic to have an annual, comprehensive eye exam. Without getting too detailed, Diabetes damages the smallest, most delicate vessels in the body. These are found in the eyes. If found in time, we can often treat and stop this breakdown and frequently save a person’s sight.

One additional note to parents for this October. Kids often want Halloween themed contacts. They can be obtained illegally at several stores without a prescription, but they are a very bad idea. Often these contacts are not sterile when first opened, and never cared for or cleaned properly. Kids think of them as a costume or makeup instead of a prescription vision device. Please avoid these unless obtained through a doctor.

As I wind up this article, I would like to thank all the wonderful people of this great county for all the support and trust I have received here over these past years. It has been my pleasure to practice and live here. From Dr Stewart Robbins, and all of us here at City Eye Care, Thank You!

The Health and Wellness Coalition of Runnels County is comprised of health care providers throughout the county and they meet on the first Thursday of the first full week of the month. The next meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. tonight at Winters Assisted Living at 616 Truett St. in Winters.