Jim Oliveri, 53, went in to Dr. Elkins’s office for a routine eye exam last week when his doctor noticed something unusual. Jim’s retinal exam showed multiple areas of dot-, blot-, and flame-shaped hemorrhages in the right eye. In addition, he had some arteriovenous crossing changes, cotton wool patches, and dilated veins. These symptoms, known to be associated with controlled hypertension, can lead to extremely high blood pressure and stroke.
Dr. Brad Elkins immediately notified Jim about the problem and sent him to his medical doctor. By the time his medical doctor examined him, his blood pressure was 246/146. Jim was quickly sent to the emergency room. The early diagnosis allowed Jim to prevent the potential stroke from occurring. “Dr. Elkins practically saved my life during my last visit,” says Jim. “I was a walking stroke waiting to happen and thanks to Dr. Elkins we caught this issue before it got more serious.”
Dr. Elkins believes this case highlights the scary nature of hypertension and how its symptoms can be virtually unnoticeable, yet cause severe problems if left untreated. According to Elkins, Jim’s out-of-control blood pressure could have caused an anterior ischemic optic neuropathy or central retinal vein occlusion, which is Dr. Elkins’s main ophthalmologic concern. In this case, it could have been fatal.
Today, Jim has become more aware of his high blood pressure and is happy to continue going to Dr. Elkin’s office for his ophthalmology needs. “Of course, I would recommend Dr. Elkins to anyone.” Jim goes on to thank Dr. Elkins for his professionalism and “basically helping to save [his] life!”
Dr. Brad Elkins performs LASIK surgery and other vision correction procedures in his two offices located in West Hills and Encino.