Clinic Blog: 2012 Atlanta Clinic Blog
January 12, 2012
Thanks from Atlanta, this is because of you!
We are a group of individuals from different Brands all in one amazing company- Luxottica Retail. We are all here to support one cause, OneSight. To help children receive the gift of sight- truly changing lives. Our group would like to say many personal thanks to all of those who made this possible for us.
My LC #184 Team. Those guys are amazing! Thanks to my wife Veronica. I hope that some members of my team can come and see this clinics in person next year. I will show them what this clinics are all about.
-Ruben Beitia (AKA "Sugar Cookie")
My Wife, Crystal. It is because of you I am able to share my time and skill for this wonderful cause called OneSight. Thank you for your love and dedication for life and for our family. I LOVE YOU!
My husband, for understanding my need to serve and supporting me in this beginning. My son for being awesome and trustworthy so I can leave home for a week. Marguerite, for sharing the same passion for OneSight and working extra time to hold down the fort while I'm away. Monique, for your enthusiasm and picking up extra shifts this week.
-Michelle Marks Target Optical
Randi Fried and my Team at SGH 5254 for holding down the store when I'm gone.
Brooklyn, New York
My family (Adriana, Brian, and Lisa)and all my fellow EPAGans at EyeMed. Thanks for taking care of everything at home so I could immerse myself in the experience in Atlanta!
Cincinnati, Ohio (CSC)
My Staff at my store in Chicago(Angie/Josh)Managers for working long hours for me to take the week away from the office and help children in need! :)
LensCrafters Store #20
Thank you to all of my Family and Friends who made generous monetary donations to my OneSight fundraising campaign. Without their support, I would not be able to reach my goals and the clinics would not be nearly as successful. Thank you also to my Oakley co-workers who donated the awesome products to our Silent Auction. They always bring in top dollar for the kids! I am grateful to my parents, who have always been and continue to be encouraging in all that I do. And finally, I would like to give an extra special Thank You from the bottom of my heart to my fabulous husband, whose multitude of love, support and dedication makes me who I am. I am honored to have all of the wonderful Family and Friendships that surround me and fulfill my life!
Foothill Ranch, California
First, my husband, James, who supports my passion for OneSight 100%. He not only takes care of everything at home while I'm away for a clinic, he does everything the week before as well. He cooked special meals for me last weekend because he wanted me to feel special and know he's proud of me. He's fantastic and I share my clinic shirts with him because without him I would not be here. Second, my boss, Pedro. No matter what is going on at the office, Pedro is always supportive of my OneSight activities. He makes it possible for my work schedule to be flexible enough to incorporate OneSight activities. Thanks to James and Pedro, I can concentrate on giving the gift of sight.
Atlanta Service Center (DC)
I just want to thank my family first of all who I love beyond measure. Without them taking care of the day to day home things, it would not be possible to be part of such an EYE-MAZING program. I love and miss you all! I encourage everyone to do their part on some level. Reach out and support OneSight in some way - it takes all of us to do this! Special thanks to my awesome Sales Team - Josh, Elizabeth, Abbie, Brian, and Stephanie - for running a great show while I am gone. You guys ROCK!
-Lance Partin (AKA "Teddy Graham")
Sunglass Hut 2189
I would like to thank Christy Sheets, my Regional Manager for sending me to my one week clinic with One Sight. Also, my team over at Target Optical for the effort of covering my work hours that help me to participate. My husband Paul for his positive and motivated attitude during this week, for his donation and his words..."Thanks doing this event." My family for their excitement and emotional words..."it is so wonderful to give and see the happy faces at the end." Also for their donations. My brother Daniel for helping as a volunteer and showing his happiness while he was pre-testing kids, doing VA and helping in any task. My friends for their words of support and donation. To the OneSight team, thank you for sharing every moment on this clinic, I'm taking so much with me from you opening up your giving hearts. To friends, family and co-workers- do not miss this opportunity to be a volunteer to OneSight. At the end you will realize how much you'll receive when you give.
Janet Duke- Who asked and coerced me to be lead doctor at an Atlanta clinic while I was on a global clinic in South Africa 2010.
Store 408 & those helping in our lab this week. You rock!!
W. Dundee, Illinois
Andy Zook (GM), Karen Erickson, Lynda Pealer, Dr. Forrest, Edwin Soto, and Tammy Moreno.
Thank you for encouraging me and helping me become a part of this amazing OneSight team.
Lux & OneSight for providing the opportunity- Bethany & Jeanna for their support.
My family! I know you are all old enough but it is still hard to be away from you! My store, LensCrafters 617. Absences are hard to fill right now. Thanks to you all for filling in for me this whole week. I've had an awesome time. And of course OneSight! Thanks for the opportunity I'll definitely be applying again!
Just wanted to say I loved being with you all! I've had a great week so far! Being in the lab all week I don't have any stories about the kids, but I have a lot of good memories from my experience with the team!
Rochester, New York
My Co-workers and staff and staff at 873. Thanks guys- you are THE BEST STAFF!
LC RGM's 109, 4, & 59, LC 256, Sears Optical Regional, SGH Regional, local volunteers, Dekalb County Schools. All participating doctors, most of all too, the team- Go Atlanta Team 2012!!
I would like to give a huge thanks to my husband and kids for supporting me on my OneSight mission. You've been flying solo with the babies and I'll be home soon to give you some back-up. LOL. I love and miss all of you.
To everyone at LC#1666, Thank you for the support and encouragement on my OneSight mission!
I want to thank Leona and Scott for their leadership. It was a pleasure to return to the Dekalb County Schools and work with nurse Patterson and their great staff.
My family and co-workers who are picking up the slack while I am gone. Thanks for making this mission possible!
Thank you Tessa Lee (Store Manager Sunglass Hut 5169 Portland, OR) for truly being an inspiring person to me. This is something I have always wanted to do and I appreciate your passion and support, I truly believe it is because of you that I am here and I can't thank you enough. My RM Brian Meadows-Region 10, and my RVP Jackie Culp- Zone 1 for both of your continued support in everything I do. Thank you so much for believing in me and supporting me, it means so much! My husband Logan for being my best friend and supporting me with OneSight and everything my job entails. My family for always being there for me with support and always cheering me on. My friends for following our Team Atlanta Facebook and our blog I've been working on! My team 1568 'Rocking Rogue Valley!' in Medford, Oregon, without all of you I wouldn't be here. Thank you for your passion with OneSight and picking up the slack, including the crazy schedules! Luxottica Retail for being awesome to work for and giving me this amazing opportunity. And of course my Team Atlanta- long hours, hard work, coming together as a team. What we have done this week is incredible. I could totally get all mushy on you, but I will save that for another time!
Its has been a fun filled last couple of days for us! Lets catch ya'll up on Clinic day 3 and 4! Notice how I said ya'll- that's what happens when you come to the South!
Before I get into all of our incredible stories from the past couple days, on behalf of the Atlanta team we would like to thank:
LensCrafters Region 59 & 109 for lunch from Joe's Catering on Wednesday.
Target Optical for lunch from Papa Johns, and a fun raffle on Thursday.
We're so thankful for the both of you filling our bellies while we work!
We were so busy on Wednesday and Thursday because...
On Wednesday we got the opportunity to help 169 children in which 87% needed glasses.
On Thursday we got the opportunity to help 175 children in which 96.8% needed glasses.
What an incredible feeling to know the lives we are changing- that is what this hard work is all about! It's sooo worth it!!
Here are those amazing stories ya'll have been waiting for!
Two children were examined at the clinic Wednesday and one was found to have a sight threatening disease and one was found to be severely visually impaired:
David, a 5 year old, was examined by Dr. Ingrid Ellison to have congenital glaucoma. He had intraocular pressures of 50 in each eye. The ideal range of eye pressure is 10-21. David was found to see 20/80 in each eye with glasses. He is being referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist for treatment of his eye pressure as soon as possible. His vision will degenerate quickly unless the extremely high eye pressure is brought down.
Josh is a quiet 8 year old who was brought to the clinic by his counselor Cassandra Davis and to the attention of Dr. Steven Warstadt. He was not on the schedule to be seen but Ms. Davis was extremely concerned about his declining vision and requested that he be seen. We happily welcomed him in. Josh was born in a Burmese refugee camp and brought to the United States with his family, all refugees. He has six fingers on one hand and six toes on one foot. Ms. Davis told us that his father has some sort of visual degeneration and it is believed that Josh has the same. On examination Josh was found to have best corrected visual acuity of 20/200 in one eye and 20/100 in the other. He is legally blind in one and considered severely visually impaired in the other. Josh exhibited a mild case of nystagmus which is a jerky involuntary ocular movement. This is a neurological condition which he probably has had since birth. No retinal pathology was found so his vision loss is probably related to a neurological condition and one that cannot be improved with glasses. In fact a new prescription was not found to help. However Josh was given a new pair of glasses to replace his current pair which were in poor condition. He is being referred to a low vision center where he will be fit with specialized spectacles to enable him to function better than he can with conventional glasses. He is also being referred to a neuro-ophthalmologist to investigate the cause of his visual degeneration and see if there is any way to prevent further vision loss.
"I saw a high school student who had been without glasses since middle school. She told me she was constantly having to get out of her seat and walk up to the board at school to see what the teacher was writing. The other kids in her class would make fun of her for doing this. After examining her I found that she was very nearsighted. I told her that she would get a pair of glasses so she could see the board without having to get up. She was so happy that she started to cry. I know these glasses will make a big difference in her life."
-Cynthia Cieszko, O.D.
Heather Bissell had the opportunity to dispense on Wednesday. A girl in middle school sat down, Heather opened the case and her expression went from nothing to excitement when she saw her glasses. She put them on and said, "Do you realize how great this is? It's been so long since I've had glasses and now I can see!!!"
"I personally got the opportunity to dispense on Thursday. it gave me goosebumps to hear simple things coming out of the kids mouths like: "I can see so clear!" "I can see now!" "Woah!" and just the smiles on the kids faces and how their eyes get big just gives you goosebumps.
Earlier in the day I was in the frame selection room and we had this little boy full of energy, about 9 years old and Jeff Smudski was measuring his pupils. Not only was he very interested in exactly what Jeff was doing but he looked over at Jeff and I and said, "I like to rock and roll!!!" while he did a little jig. He was so excited to be there he was just so cute! When he found a pair he liked he asked how much they cost in a very concerned manner. I told him we were going to give them to him with his special lenses just for him. He got a huge smile- did a fist pump and said "YESSS!!" On the way out, I like giving all the kids high fives. After he gave me his high five, he had a smug little smile on his face and told me, "My dad said not to give girls high fives that are too hard!"--TOO CUTE!!"
I can't believe we only have one day left, this week has gone by so quickly! I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to read our blog. Again, feel free to share with your family and friends!