A story from my childhood.
When I was ten, my mother noticed that I was unable to read the signs inside the Sears department store, in which she worked, at 21st and Yale in Tulsa. I’ll tell you more about my mom, another day. I remember it kind of caused her some anxiousness because as soon as possible, she took me to Dr. Phillip Cook, THE optometrist, in my home-town of Collinsville. As some of you know, I enjoy telling this story because it had such an impact on my life and I share it, occasionally. Dr. Cook very carefully examined my eyes (I thought it was fun!) and his refraction determined that I was near-sighted and needed some glasses. Probably a week later, we returned to Dr. Cook’s office and he presented me with my new eyewear. These weren’t just any glasses, either. Some of you might actually be old enough to remember glasses like my first pair. I think the brand was probably “Indestruco” or something similar because they were virtually unbreakable black nylon frames. Perfect for a ten year old boy living in the country. And they were uhhg-lee. They were ugly in 1969. Today, they’re “retro cool”. Regardless, Dr. Cook had this huge, floor to ceiling, twenty foot long window in his reception area that looked out onto Main Street which had recently been “beautified” by the planting of trees in the sidewalks. Dr. Cook took me to the front of his office, drew back the curtains and instructed me to look across the street. I was amazed and reported that, “The trees have leaves!” Of course I knew that the trees had leaves but for however long, I hadn’t been able to see the individual leaves from any distance away from the trees. If it sounds kind of dramatic, I’ll bet that was just the effect he was going for because it worked! I think my mom was about to cry she was so relieved and at the same time, perhaps, embarrassed that she had somehow allowed her first born baby to be so neglected. Dr. Cook just chuckled but I’m sure he was proud of the impact that his professional care had made on both of us.
But that’s not why I became an optometrist.
That’s another story.
Next week, I'll explain why this story is relevant to you. It's about technology. It's about Hoya.
Jay Johnson, OD
I have been providing primary vision care since my graduation from Northeastern State University College of Optometry (now known as, Oklahoma College of Optometry) in 1984. I have recognized my status as a Child of the living Lord, Jesus Christ since 2013. Previous to that, I was my own shepherd.