Why did you become an optometrist?
Once I realized that my chance of having a career being Batman or Superman wasn‘t going to happen I decided to look elsewhere for career inspiration. My Grandfather, Phillip Freitag, was an eye doctor in our community. He led a great life providing vision care and was able to give many underserved people access to proper healthcare. Thanks to him, I enjoy what I do for a living and can't stress enough how lucky I feel some days!
What don‘t people know about optometry?
Optometry is more than glasses and contacts. Modern day optometry deals with various medical conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and dry eye. We also provide emergent eye care for red painful eyes along with removing metal and other debris that may find their way into your eyes.
Proudest practice moment?
A few potential life saving events along with those special moments where patients are able to see clearly for the first time really make my profession worthwhile.
Most important thing people can do for their eye health and vision?
Getting your eyes checked yearly or at the interval your eye care practitioner recommends. Additionally, give your eyes a break every so often. We live in an age of technology and it's good to give our visual system a rest.