Eyecare Because We Care
-Lisa McCool, Director of Operations, Vision Source Eyecare
The leaves on the trees.
If you ask me why I serve in eyecare, that is the short answer.
I remember the day well, sitting across the dispensing table from a little boy, about 6 years old. His parents hovered above him- expectant, nervous, and still wracked with guilt that they did not realize their son needed glasses. He put on the new glasses, and smiled into the mirror. As we did some frame fitting and acuity testing, he continued to smile. His parents relaxed. Then he looked out the window- his eyes got wide, and his smile widened with wonder…
“Oh wow!” he said softly…” I never knew you could see the leaves on the trees.”
As his parents’ eyes met mine, we shared a misty-eyed nod. Seeing the leaves on the trees sway individually in a collective dance is a beautiful sight…and one not to be taken for granted, though many of us have. (I sure had. But I never will again.)
Through my years in eyecare, I have had the opportunity to be a part of many miracles. Each one as special as the next; but I will never forget that little boy’s face when he first saw the leaves on the trees.
(And by the way-as a mother of four, boy do I know parent guilt. There’s lots of it to go around… But I assure you- the “OMG! My Kid Needs Glasses” guilt does not apply. You took your little wonder to the eye doctor, whether that doctor determines they need glasses, or not-you just rocked parenting- that’s the whole point of the exam. You’re nailing this! )
Regular, comprehensive eye exams are an important part of everyone’s overall health. In addition to vision itself, eye exams can detect a number of serious health problems. An eye care provider can detect macular degeneration, and glaucoma, even before they develop. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, risk of stroke, risk of heart disease, and many other health issues can also be detected.
A close family member of mine took my advice to go his eye doctor (the next day) after he complained about a “floater.” That eye exam led him to be diagnosed with leukemia, 24 hours later. The battle was fierce and short, but we all believe it was prolonged by his treatment. And we are all so very grateful for the extra time with him…and for that eye exam that set his treatment in motion.
Every one of our staff could share with you the reasons they serve in this industry, because every one of them is passionate about eyecare. (Full disclosure: we look for that passion when we hire.) #eyecarebecausewecare is more than just a clever hash-tag to us.
In my years as an eyeglass wearer, (okay, yeah, it’s forty-plus…shhh…) optical technology has advanced tremendously. I am thankful to have a front-row seat-and even more thankful to be a part of an organization that continues to invest in the latest technologies to provide the best care for their patients.
We’ve developed a newsletter to keep you up-to-date with our latest technologies, the latest products, our services, our successes, and our passion. Skim it, file it, read what interests you twice, forward it to a friend. We may only see your family once a year, for an annual exam, but your eyes are important to us all through the year. And the next year. And the next.
Thank you for letting us be a part of your health.
See you soon! In the meantime, get lost in those leaves on the trees…it truly is a beautiful dance.