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Most of You Like to Create Your Own Luck… But a Good Luck Charm Doesn’t Hurt

Here are some of the things you guys turn to when you’re looking for good fortune to go your way.

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THIS MONTHS’S QUESTION: Do you have a good luck charm? What is it?

  • Money clip that I gave to my groomsmen 44 years ago this week. — Bob McBeath, Edina Eye, Edina, MN
  • We do… it is plant that we were told is called “the money tree.” It was given to us when we opened six years ago. We have repotted it a couple of times. Everyone in the store treats it with extreme love and care.. for it is The Money Tree. — Steve Nelson, Eye Candy Optical, Westlake, OH
  • Yes, my wife! But do not tell her. — Dennis Iadarola, OD, Center For Vision Care, LLC, Monroe, CT
  • Obviously it’s the Poop Emoji bank on my desk. How could that NOT be good luck?! — Frances Ann Layton, Eye Associates of South GA, Valdosta, GA
  • My mom and I did fung shui in my store when I first opened and I continued it to this day trying to keep positive energy in my business. And just being positive has been a good luck charm for me, and positive affirmations daily. — Julie Uram, Optical Oasis, Jupiter, FL
  • Short pants. — Dave Schultz, OD, Urban Optics, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • We have a bobble head in the lab. We all hit the head on full moons, crazy days and when we need an extra boost to make goal. We can be a little superstitious. — Nicole Leonard, Custom Eye Care, San Antonio, TX
  • I carry a religious symbol in my pocket every day. It is not luck but it is something I always have. — Zachary Dirks, OD, St. Peter and Belle Plaine Eyecare Centers, Saint Peter, MN
  • Picture of my dog. — Laura Trudeau, Cornea and Contact Lens Institute, Edina, MN
  • I have an angel pin that a coworker/friend gave me when I changed locations about 20 years ago that I hang on the rearview mirror of my car. I’ve NEVER had a car accident since I’ve had it and I drive for work A LOT! — Kim Hilgers, Monson Eyecare Center, Owatonna, MN
  • No good luck charm, but we always start the day with a “magic sales total” that we need/want to reach and we set the time of day we’ll hit it. Spooky how it’s worked for us actually. — Yen Nguyen, Black Optical, Desoto, TX
  • I have had pretty good luck since I stopped using my good luck charm. — Andrew Romeril, OD, Torrey Highlands Optometry, San Diego, CA
  • But of course…..that would be my wife. — Jeff Grosekemper, Casa De Oro Eyecare, Spring Valley, CA
  • Antique paper weight. — Scott Keating, OD, Vision Trends, Dover, OH
  • I always have a jade Buddha in my car to keep me safe. — Selena Jachens, Urban Eyecare & Eyewear, West Des Moines, IA
  • Does my favorite screwdriver in the lab that can unscrew anything count? — Angel Miller, Cynthiana Vision Center, Cynthiana, KY
  • Necklace grandmother gave me. — Amy M. Farrall, OD, Vision Center of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • A necklace of my mom’s. I’d like to think of it as a good luck charm. I wear it when I think she might like to be with me in spirit when I’ve got something special going on. — Julie Kubsch, Specs Around Town, Bloomington, IL
  • When I travel I wear my St. Christopher medal. — Jim Williams, Eye to Eye, Mexico, MO
  • I have a religious pendant that my mom wore for many years. — Mitchell Kaufman, Marine Park Family Vision, Brooklyn, NY
  • My wife, for the cheering and encouragement to keep on keeping on. — Mickey Bradley, Patrick Optical, Fort Worth, TX
  • I have pens that I get very attached to. If I lose them, my day just does not seem to go as smoothly. — Angie Patteson, OD, Sunset Eye Care, Johnson City, TN
  • My grandmother’s jewelry. — Danielle Doniver, Heritage Optical, Detroit, MI
  • Can’t tell you but I think it works. — Susan L. Spencer, Council Eye Care, Williamsville, NY
  • A coin-like gift I got from a co-worker/friend after my father passed away. I always have it in my pocket! — Judy Scheuerell, Fox Valley Family Eye Care, Little Chute, WI
  • My cat Verdelle. I have an entire wall of pictures in the optical lab dedicated to pictures of my cat and when I need a little positivity or good luck I go back and admire his handsome face. — Tiffany Firer, Lifetime Eyecare, Jenison MI

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Finding Good Help Is Hard … Especially When Their Expectations Are Outrageous

Brain Squad members share some of the surprising questions and demands made by job candidates.

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  • They’ve asked for time off for personal non-religious holidays, such as “I am tired” or “I am going to a party tomorrow.” I also asked a potential employee how they dressed for work and they said “casual” … meaning shorts and a T-shirt. — BJ Chambers, Carrera Optical, McQueeney, TX
  • Yes, they want benefits but they only last two days and they’re out. Not sure why they commit in first place. — Kaleena Ma, MK Vision Center, Forest Hills, NY
  • No Saturdays or weekends. No evenings. Umm, this is a service profession and around here evenings and Saturdays are very normal. — Elizabeth Atkinson, OD, Atkinson Eye Care, Algonquin, IL
  • Refuse to work on weekends. — Paula Hornbeck, Eye Candy & Eye Candy Kids, Delafield, WI
  • We hired a girl that demanded more pay on her second day before even proving herself. Paid her the standard rate and explained that she is eligible for monthly bonuses and pay increases if she is good at her job. But she didn’t like that we are small and sometimes have to step in and help someone else do their job. She didn’t work out. — Nytarsha Thomas, OD, Visionelle Eyecare, Zionsville, IN
  • I had an employee ask for double what he made down the street since our store was more successful and “We could afford it.” — Adam Ramsey, OD, Socialite Vision, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • Guarantee not to work past 5pm … ever. — Neil Notaroberto, OD, EyeCare 2020 Retina & Vision Center, Slidell, LA
  • We have recently hired and it’s ridiculous. Literally had someone with no experience respond she “Doesn’t get out of bed for less than $20/hour.” — Cynthia Sayers, OD, EyeShop Optical Center, Lewis Center, OH
  • This is a sign of the times. People don’t want to work Saturdays and evenings and this is a Saturday and evening business. — Steve Nelson, Eye Candy Optical, Westlake, OH
  • If the potential employee is more concerned about what we can do for them than offering information about what they can do for us, they are not considered. — Pam Peters, Midwest Eye, Downers Grove, IL
  • More vacation time is a must for a lot of new hires. — Andrea Schall, Armstrong Eye Care, Kittanning, PA
  • Demands for a tech position were no evenings, no Saturdays and demanded more pay than my opticians who have been with me for five years or longer … and we pay very well! — Cindy Bruner, Professional Family Eyecare, Coldwater, OH
  • There are almost never any experienced eyecare or opticians in our area, so our standard mode is to hire a barista or a server and train them from the ground up. But at our new location, all of our decent applicants were nursing assistants or medical professionals looking for a career change. I had this set conversation so many times: “I know you are worth way more than what we are going to offer you, but we are going to have to start almost from scratch if we hire you. There is so much training that goes into working in this industry. Are you okay with that?” Answer was yes. Cue interviews, screening test, etc., and then, inevitably, they didn’t want to take a pay decrease. We had one lady that had managed a hospital nursing division in a different state. We told her repeatedly that we could not pay her what she’d be used to and urged her not to waste her (or our) time if she wasn’t ready for at least a $10/hour pay cut. When the doctor offered her the job, she laughed at him. Then she called back, still laughing, referring to him by his first name — “Really, Jim? Really?” — and tried to negotiate after talking to him like a child. — Jen Heller, Pend Oreille Vision Care, Sandpoint, ID
  • We don’t close for lunch and pay thru employee lunches. A candidate wanted to go home at lunch daily to relax and then come back for the afternoon. Direct quote from another: “Can my dog come to work with me. I can’t leave her all day.” — Maury Kessler, OD, Eyecare Plus Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ
  • We are in a college town so we get a lot of younger applicants, some of which have turned into our best employees. The last time we hired was about a year ago and for the first time we saw a lot of younger kids negotiating their salary, nothing outrageous but if they can sell themselves well enough to start out at a higher wage they should be able to sell a high end pair of glasses. — Travis LeFevre, Krystal Vision, Logan, UT
  • It’s harder than usual to get interviews to show up. — Heidi Hipsher, Northland Eye Care, Flagstaff, AZ
  • It always surprises me how few applicants out there, in general, meet our qualifications for an interview. Even less it seems, understand the basics of an interview: show up on time, dress professionally, be polite and put your best foot forward. We look for sincerity, empathy, drive, and innovativeness — everything else can be taught on the job, but personality must walk in the door. — Tiffany Firer, Lifetime Eyecare, Jenison, MI
  • Not by new employees, but some of the younger current employees have started wearing headphones while working at their desks. I am worried it could be hurting their productivity and focus, but they insist it helps them. — Elizabeth Knaus, A to Z Eye Care, Arcata, CA
  • Saturdays off, outrageous salary demands for candidates with no experience in the field, literally $50,000 a year! Two girls we hired lasted less than two weeks. It is extremely difficult to find good help. — Maureen Garbis, Compass Eye Care, Oak Park, IL
  • After identifying as full-time, they asked what pay expectations were, then asked for more money in the interview, and at the eleventh hour said they can only work 32 hours a week. — Robert McBeath, Edina Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Edina, MN

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You’re Having a Dinner Party … These are the Three People – Dead or Alive – You’d Invite

Some of you just want to laugh … others want some answers to life’s most existential questions.

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  • Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly from Step Brothers! — Caitlin Wicka, San Juan Eye Center, Montrose, CO
  • Neil Armstrong (tell me the truth), Margaret Cho, and my bestie who passed away. — Sherry Berry, Eye against Eye and Ardmore Eye Care, Ardmore, PA
  • Jesus, Moses and Ghandi. — Richard Frankel, OD, Atlantic Cape Eyecare, Wildwood, NJ
  • My dad and my grandmothers. I miss them and I would like to learn more about our family history. They had some great stories they shared with us. — Dawn Christman Munoz, North Valley Eye Medical Group, Indian Hills, CA
  • My dad, mom and sister – all deceased. — Susie Phillips, Dr. Brendon Johnson, O.D., Pekin, IL
  • Chris Farley, Nelson Mandela and David Beckham. — Sarah Jerome, OD, Look + See Eye Care, Minneapolis, MN
  • Robin Williams, Queen Esther and Ludwig van Beethoven. — Nikki Griffin, EyeStyles Optical and Boutique, Oakdale, MN
  • Simon Sinek, Ayn Rand and Malcolm Gladwell. — Selina McGee, OD, Precision Vision of Edmond, Edmond, OK
  • Chester Bennington, Tom Hiddleston and Kate Hudson. — Selena Jachens, Urban Eyecare & Eyewear, West Des Moines, IA
  • My mother, father and sister. — Alexander Saper, Great Glasses, Houston, TX
  • Steve Martin, Ani Difranco and Amy Winehouse. — Nancy Revis, Uber Optics, Petaluma, CA
  • My spouse (of course), then Crazy Horse and Geronimo. — Jeff Grosekemper, Casa De Oro Eyecare, Spring Valley, CA
  • Ugh, I can only pick three?! I would love to have dinner with Ellen Degeneres, Dwayne Johnson and Jimmy Fallon. Although I’m not sure any eating would actually occur because there’d be way too much laughter! — Christine Howard, Attleboro Vision Care, Attleboro, MA
  • My father, grandfather and brothers. — William Chancellor, Eye Can See Eyewear, McDonough, GA
  • My great grandfather Hollis (great business sense), Jesus (obvious reasons) and Martin Luther King (wisdom and vision). — Blake Hutto, OD, Family Vision Care, Alma, GA
  • INVISION staff. (Editor Note: You’re on Dan! What can we bring?) — Daniel R. Wolfe, OD, Discerning Eye, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • First will always be my grandmother. I would love to share a conversation with a leadership driven explorer type person like Ernest Shackleton, I could only imagine the things he could share. For the third, perhaps someone just incredibly FUN like Robin Williams, just to have the most fun dinner ever! — Carissa Dunphy, Monroe Vision Clinic, Monroe, WA
  • Trump, George Patton and my father. — John LaShorne, Brown County Eye Care, Nashville, IN
  • Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin and Marie Salomea Sklodowska (Marie Curie). — Leisa Lauer, Dr. H. Michael Shack, Newport Beach, FL
  • Jesus, Abe Lincoln and Albert Schwitzer. — Dennis Iadarola, OD, Center For Vision Care, LLC, Monroe, CT
  • Tom Hanks, Abraham Lincoln and Ralph Fiennes. — Kevin Count, Prentice Lab, Glenview, IL
  • My mom who has been gone for 12 years, my poodle that I just lost in April and Mother Theresa. — Julie Uram, Optical Oasis, Jupiter, FL
  • Mary, Pope Benedict and Urban. — Bethany Cassar, Complete Eye Health, Holland, MI
  • Dave Chapelle, Charles Barkley and Neil Degrasse-Tyson. — Chris Lopez, OD, Roberts Eyecare Associates, Vestal, NY
  • Can they be fictional too? My Granny, The Rock and Superman. — Frances Ann Layton, Eye Associates of South Georgia, Valdosta, GA
  • Stephen King, Maya Angelou and Michelle Obama. — Paula Hornbeck, Eye Candy & Eye Candy Kids, Delafield, WI
  • The Pope, Flip Wilson (as Geraldine) and my husband. — Kathy Maren, Comb EyeCare & Eyewear, Western Springs, IL
  • Bob Marley, JFK and Marilyn Monroe. — Amy Pelak, Proview Eyecare Optometry, Corona, CA
  • Outside of my family, Mother Theresa, Katherine Johnson and Amelia Earhart. — Pam Peters, Midwest Eye, Downers Grove, IL
  • Donald J Trump, Melania Trump and my wife. — Robert M, Easton Jr, OD, Oakland Park, FL
  • I don’t like hypotheticals like this. I am happy with the people I have dinner with now and the one many people want to eat with, Jesus, I know I will see someday when the time is right. — Zachary Dirks, OD, St. Peter and Belle Plaine Eyecare Centers, Saint Peter, MN
  • John Lennon, Tom Ellis and Edward Norton. — Tim Gray, Visual Eyes, Huntingdon Valley, PA
  • Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres and Kevin Costner. — Jennifer Leuzzi, Mill Creek Optical, Dansville, NY
  • My grandmother. — Jocelyn Anderson, National Vision, Riverdale, GA
  • Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and my grandmother. — Adam Ramsey, OD, Socialite Vision, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Johnson, and Freddie Mercury. Then I’d leave and let Edgar Allen Poe have my place. If Robert really sold his soul at the crossroads, I’d have to substitute. — Angel Miller, Cynthiana Vision Center, Cynthiana, KY
  • Joe Montana, Dwight Clark and Jerry Rice. — Texas L. Smith, OD, Dr. Texas L. Smith & Assoc., Citrus Heights, CA
  • Barack and Michelle Obama. Maybe with Terry Gross so she can ask all the good questions. I also have really gotten into the podcast “My Favorite Murder” with Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgareth, but I would want those ladies over for cheesecake, wine, and murder conversations that go on crazy tangents. — Jenna Gilbertson, McCulley Optix Gallery, Fargo, ND
  • Thomas Jefferson, Walter Cronkite and Robin Williams. — Judith Whitelaw, Dr. Gregory Char, OD, Orange, OR
  • Caesar, Thomas Jefferson and Stephen Hawking. — Michael Martorana, OD, Falls City Eye Care, Louisville, KY
  • Abraham, Martin and John! If unavailable, I’ll settle for Morrison, Lennon and Dylan. — Dave Schultz, OD, Urban Optics, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Jimi Hendrix, Albert Einstein and Hugh Hefner. — Rick Rickgauer, Vision Associates, Girard, PA
  • Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln and Prince Harry. — Pam Neagle, Austin Eyeworks, Austin, TX
  • Barak and Michelle Obama, Nina Simone and Sandra Bullock. — Kim Hilgers, Monson Eyecare Center, Owatonna, MN
  • That’s a hard one. Robin Williams, Ronald Reagan and of course my wife. — Scott Felten, Fox Valley Family Eye Care, Little Chute, WI
  • Do the New Kids on the Block count as one even though there are 5 of them? — Deanna Phillips, Clemmons Family Eye Care, Clemmons, NC
  • Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes and Joe Bonamassa. — Katie Root, Latham Family Vision, Latham, NY
  • Don Knots, Jerry Lewis and Sean Connery. — Scott Keating, OD, Vision Trends, Dover, OH
  • Andy Cohen, Dave Grohl, Gillian Pensavalle … this is assuming my husband and daughter are already coming. — Jessika Arena, The Eye Center, Asheville, NC

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From Across the Country to Across the World, Some of Your Patients Travel Pretty Far to See You

It just proves that when patients find an ECP they love, they will travel far and wide to see you.

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  • I have a very loyal and dedicated customer, a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines, who has since relocated to Florida. She hasn’t let that deter her from maintaining her vision needs with me; I stay in contact with her and her sons who also wear glasses. — Jocelyn Anderson, National Vision Inc., Riverdale, GA
  • The mountains, Eagle, CO. — Beth Seidman, Eyecare Center of Ken, Littleton, CO
  • West Virginia. A couple that was in Saint Petersburg on vacation last year decided to drive down to get their glasses with me again and ended up staying a few days in Saint Petersburg. They still keep in touch via email and have invited us to come stay with them at their farm. — Anja Jakupovic, OPTIK! European Eyewear, Saint Petersburg, FL
  • We have a family that comes back for a month every year from Germany and we are a part of that visit. — Heather Harrington, Elevated Eyecare, Denver, CO
  • Mostly out of state patients are ones that I have seen since they were kids and they moved but still come back each year for their exam. — Kimberly Riggs, OD, Ligonier, PA
  • Turkey! One of our patients told their parents how great we were, so they came to the office and purchased glasses the last time they visited. — Frances Ann Layton, Eye Associates of South Georgia, Valdosta, GA
  • Texas. — John LaShorne, Brown County Eye Care, Nashville, IN
  • On a regular basis, two hours. Also, a few that travel for business, but have addresses in Kentucky, Missouri, etc. — Susie Phillips, Dr. Brendon Johnson, O.D., Pekin, IL
  • Australia, exotic more like bush country. — Leisa Lauer, Westcliff Optometry, Newport Beach, FL
  • We have a couple from Missouri (2 hours away) that come to us for their annual exams and even emergency visits. — Selena Urban, Eyecare & Eyewear, West Des Moines, Iowa
  • Four hours away from rural Pennsylvania. — Chris Lopez, OD, Roberts Eyecare Associates, Vestal, NY
  • Just sold a Wissing frame to a man from Anacortes, WA, while he was on the golf course. He’d seen a CBS Sunday Morning segment featuring our client in a square/round frame that he knew he had to have! Have a woman coming back to us after relocating to Atlanta. She’s lived there 3-4 years and said she can find nothing that has our selection, service or smiles. — Julie Kubsch, Specs Around Town, Bloomington, IL
  • I had a woman come in recently who stopped in before she sailed back to Bermuda! I also had someone hunt down a specific frame from Australia a couple years ago. — Siobhan Burns, The Eyeglass Lass, New London, CT
  • California to Minnesota. — Kim Hilgers, Monson Eyecare Center, Owatonna, MN
  • Various people passing through from other countries but one couple who lives in Arizona and comes back every summer to visit their mom wait to get here to have me make their glasses. — Jennifer Leuzzi, Mill Creek Optical, Dansville, NY
  • Israel every few years, Chicago next farthest and then a bunch of snowbirds from Florida. — Marc Ullman, OD, Academy Vision, Pine Beach, NJ
  • Thailand is the furthest a patient has traveled to our practice. — Doreen Erbe, Snyder Eye Group, Ship Bottom, NJ
  • We have had people from other countries come in to get their eyes checked while on vacation. We are in a very popular vacation spot. — Caitlin Wicka, San Juan Eye Center, Montrose, CO
  • Portugal. — Rick Pascucci, Towpath Vision Care, Clinton, NY
  • Some act like they’re from another planet. — Richard Frankel, OD, Atlantic Cape Eyecare, Wildwood, NJ
  • I had a couple that had been my customers where I did my apprenticeship over 20 years ago in Jupiter, FL, and then I finally opened my own business and they came from the other coast of Florida. I did have another customer that move the US Virgin Islands and came back to me. — Julie Uram, Optical Oasis, Jupiter, FL
  • We have customers from all over the US. — Paula Hornbeck, Eye Candy & Eye Candy Kids, Delafield, WI
  • Sweden. We have a patient who lives there and comes home to visit family every year and doesn’t want to give up “The best optical care for my eyes.” — Jeff Grosekemper, Casa De Oro Eyecare, Spring Valley, CA
  • Sweden, Africa, Germany. Our patient from Sweden calls multifocal contacts autofocals. She also brought Dr. Cassar a three headed troll at her last visit. — Bethany Cassar, Complete Eye Health, Holland, MI
  • Our office is in MA so we have many “snowbirds” that have moved to Florida, but will book their appointments with us on their annual summer trip back up to New England. — Christine Howard, Attleboro Vision Care, Attleboro, MA
  • Our office gets visitors from all over the country due to our location and visibility from movies and TV shows. — William Chancellor, Eye Can See Eyewear, McDonough, GA
  • Madolvia, it’s by Russia. — Kristina Swartz, The Eye Site, Mishawaka, IN
  • Mexico. — Alexander Saper, Great Glasses, Houston, TX
  • We actually had patients that would come from Australia when I started here. Now, I guess my sister and BIL from Dallas! — Angel Miller, Cynthiana Vision Center, Cynthiana, KY
  • We have a few regulars that live or work overseas; Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia. — Jen Heller, Pend Oreille Vision Care, Sandpoint, ID
  • I think the farthest was NYC. It happened to be because they follow me on Instagram and they were traveling through CA. They told me that due to my photos of Petaluma and our eyewear that they made a special trip to see our town! — Nancy Revis, Uber Optics, Petaluma, CA
  • Nowhere exotic, but I do have patients that drive over 100 miles to see me. — Selina McGee, OD, Precision Vision, Edmond, OK
  • We have people stumble in from all over the world. We have sold customers as far away as China, UAE, South Africa and the UK. Not bad for some little shops in Cleveland. — Steve Nelson, Eye Candy Optical, Westlake, OH
  • Houston: 18O miles and McAllen: 24O miles. — BJ Chambers, Carrera Optical, McQueeney, TX
  • We had a patient come in a helicopter. — Jocelyn Mylott, D’Ambrosio Eye Care, Inc., Lancaster, MA
  • Seattle, WA, to Columbus, OH. — Cynthia Sayers, OD, EyeShop Optical Center, Lewis Center, OH
  • A patient comes from Kenya. — Amy Pelak, Proview Eyecare Optometry, Corona, CA
  • We had a military family that would still have their eye exams here even though they lived in Germany. — Judy Scheuerell, Fox Valley Family Eye Care, Little Chute, WI
  • Almost three hours. He moved and didn’t want to change providers because he has always trusted our personal service and great products. — Susan Frein, Ames Eye Care, Ankeny, IA
  • Switzerland. — Scott Keating, OD, Vision Trends, Dover, OH
  • I had a guy drive from Topeka. That’s nine hours away. I ask why he was visiting Denver. He said, “our custom made shooting glasses.” We also have glasses on all seven continents. — Bret Hunter, Sports Optical, Denver, CO
  • Seoul, South Korea. My Grandmaster in Tai Kwon Do referred his family members to me. They came to me each year when they visited his family. — Robert M Easton Jr., OD, FAAO, Oakland Park, FL
  • From Europe, he comes here every time he is in the states because he wants our Silhouettes. — Pam Neagle, Austin Eyeworks, Austin, TX
  • Abu Dhabi. — Texas L. Smith, OD, Dr. Texas L. Smith & Associates, Citrus Heights, CA
  • Bahamas, my patients come over by yachts. — Adam Ramsey, OD, Socialite Eye Care, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • NYC. — Chris Mark, OptiMark, Des Moines, WA
  • We have numerous patients who now live out of state but will come back to see us. One of our doctors has a patient from WY another from Texas and many from far northern Minnesota. — Zachary Dirks, OD, St. Peter and Belle Plaine Eyecare Centers, Saint Peter, MN
  • We have a fair number of patients that have moved away and return for their eyewear. — Bob McBeath, Edina Eye, Edina, MN
  • Other side of the world, China. They are a long time patient that makes sure to schedule time out of their trips back here to stop by to get new glasses. — Travis LeFevre, Krystal Vision, Logan, UT
  • We have patients from across the US who come to see our doctors who have followed their eye health for many years. One patient works in the Ukraine and comes back to see us each year for his exam! — Deb Jaeger, Eye Center of the Dakotas, Bismarck, ND
  • One of the family’s we’ve seen for two years now, still comes to us after moving from Denver all of the way to Germany! — Heather Harrington, Elevated Eyecare, Denver, CO
  • Chicago to NJ for a dry eye evaluation because he wasn’t getting satisfaction and heard about me through a friend. — Marc Ullman, OD, Academy Vision, Pine Beach, NJ
  • Finland. Since relocating my business from Phoenix to Duluth, I still maintain some of my Phoenix clients. — Kat Leek, Kat’s Eyes Optical, Phoenix, AZ
  • I see a patient from the Philippines yearly for his eyecare. — Dennis Iadarola, OD, Center For Vision Care, Monroe, CT
  • Louisiana to Washington. — Caitlin Bruno, Binyon Vision Center, Bellingham, WA
  • Different states. Africa, Nigeria. — Tabitha Fuller, Thomas Eye, Palmetto, GA

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