I would like to take a moment to discuss the greater optical community – all of us: opticians, optometrists, ophthalmologists, optical technicians, and all professional assistants; brand and lab representatives, lab technicians and fabricators; frame designers, designers, and their representatives. Think about everyone you know in these various positions. It might take a while, because there are so many.
These are the moving cogs that form the machinery of your practice. These are the people you count on to deliver the goods and services you provide to patients. Every now and again, something goes wrong. These are times to utilize your community to ensure that errors are corrected. Share and support one another and the community will become stronger. This is how the community gets better. After all, isn’t our shared goal to provide a patient with the best possible vision? We achieve this not as individuals, but as a collective.
I picked up some of these fine nuggets of knowledge, among many others, while attending a variety of classes at Vision Expo West (my very first time!). I feel a much stronger sense of community after spending a thrilling weekend among some of the best and brightest from across our discipline, from across the United States, and even from across the globe. The empowering feeling left after a fun and amazing weekend still resonates weeks later, and I hope to see more of the DailyOptician contributors next year!
Special thanks to Peter and Tim Slapnicher for covering the event live (see the many interviews on DailyOptician!), for agreeing to show me a little bit of Vegas, and for just being two cool guys.