I get this question at least once a week from my patients, so I thought this might be an appropriate medium to share. If you are looking for more eye care tips and info, look forward to next Month’s article on Dry Eye Syndrome.
I will approach this chronologically:
|Examples of color deficiency. Dr. N sees the fruit on the right side.|
|Notice the bulge on the right eye|
Second Grade: My own eyes had apparently changed very quickly. I had been able to see 20/20 the year before, but was unable to see the “big E” during our school’s annual vision screening in the school nurse’s office. I remember the nurse thinking that I was malingering, or pretending to not see. I can still vividly remember how clear everything was once I got my first pair of glasses later that week.
|Contact Lenses are very popular in Middle School|
Mid College: I was pursuing my Pre-Med requisites at the University of Kansas, and was visiting and interviewing at various Medical Schools around the country. I had a chance run-in with an old acquaintance at a graduation party that was about to start the Optometry program at Indiana University that coming Fall. I came to visit and fell in love with the University and the Optometry program. This individual, by the way, is Dr. Andrew Bateman who has a wonderful private practice back in my hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska.
My Doctoral studies proved that the eye and visual system are much more complex than I ever imagined. I became focused on primary care and early ocular disease intervention that involves lots of technology and specialty imaging systems.
A few years back, I had the absolute pleasure of meeting and getting to know Dr. Jerome Agrest, the founder of what would eventually become Carillon Vision Care. Dr. Agrest and the wonderful staff already established at Carillon have ultimately brought me to where I stand today.
But that is a story for another time. Thanks for reading. -Dr. N.
Dr. Andrew Neukirch is an Optometrist and CEO of Carillon Vision Care located in Glenview, Illinois. You may contact him directly here.