Happy Birthday, Dr. Wells!

Today is Dr. Wells birthday and we definitely did some celebrating this week! We enjoyed lunch, cupcakes, and presents to celebrate this amazing woman’s birthday. Our team thought you might want to learn a little more about Dr. Wells so we asked her some fun questions to post about this week. Enjoy!!


Q: Where did you go to dental school?

A: I went to West Virginia University School of Dentistry, or as we liked to call it WVUSOD!!

Q: What is the best part of being a dentist? 

A: I love helping people! Also, I love how dentistry is a combination of art and science.

Q: Dentistry is a stressful job – how do you deal with this?

A: Simple answer – exercise and wine!

Q: What do you do in your free time? 

A: I enjoy working out and spending time with my family on the lake!

Q: How did you meet your husband?

A: We met on Match.com. We had our first date at Boardwalk Billy’s. We have been married since September 19th, 2015!

Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

A: I have ran five half marathons and one full marathon!

Please join us in wishing Dr. Wells the happiest birthday yet!!



$200 Amazon gift-card giveaway!

Pens, chap-sticks, cups and merchandise… join us in sharing your favorite First Impressions Family Dentistry gear for a chance to win a $200 Amazon gift-card!

How to enter –
1. Follow us on Instagram or like us on Facebook
2. Take a selfie in your First Impressions swag and tag us on your story or post.

**Bonus: Take your picture with a team member or at our office & tag our location!

We love to give out our First Impressions goodies and we know you love to grab a chap-stick on your way out! Here’s your chance to put those to good use and also be entered to win a $200 Amazon gift-card! Get to posting those pictures!!!

We will announce the winner on September 19th!

National Eye Exam Month

During an exam, each eye is examined for signs of serious eye issues such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and detached retinas, among other conditions. Receiving regular eye exams regardless of vision acuity can help detect serious eye problems at the earliest stage ─ when they are most treatable.

Recommended Eye Exam Frequency

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) suggests the following frequencies for adult eye exams based on age:

  • 20s and 30s: every 5-10 years
  • 40 to 54: every 2-4 years
  • 55 to 64: every 1-3 years
  • 65+: every 1-2 years

Individuals with the following conditions are exceptions to the prior recommendations:

  • Exhibit serious vision trouble or eye discomfort
  • Wear corrective lenses
  • Have a family history of eye disease
  • Have a chronic disease that increases the risk of eye disease

For children, the AAO recommends:

  • Initial screening between 6 and 12 months of age
  • Routine eye health and vision screenings throughout childhood to help detect any abnormalities as their eyes develop
  • Visual screening and ocular alignment evaluations every 1-2 years for school-aged children

Eye Exams Can Help Identify Other Health Problems

A licensed doctor will use your eye evaluation to indicate your overall health. Close evaluation of the blood vessels in the eye can help detect major health problems, including:

  • Diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is identified by blood vessels in the retina of the eyes leaking blood or yellow fluid.
  • Hypertension. Tears or bends in blood vessels in the eye may identify high blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol. A yellow tint or ring around the cornea may signify high cholesterol.
  • Thyroid disease. Graves Disease, or bulging or protruding eyeballs, is a sign of thyroid problems.
  • Autoimmune disorders. Eye inflammation can be a sign of an autoimmune disorder such as lupus.
  • Cancer. Unusual eye structure can be a sign of ocular melanoma (eye cancer), and close observation of the eyelids can detect basal cell carcinoma (skin cancer).
  • Tumors. Irregular shaped pupils or droopy eyelids could signify a neck tumor or an aneurism.

Regardless of how keen your eyesight is, scheduling regular eye exams according to the AAO’s recommendations is a great way to stay on top of your overall health.