July 19, 2004

Eye Center opens new shop in Clinic B building


By Joy Bell

Emory Eye Center has enlarged its comprehensive ophthalmology service with a 4,300-square-foot expansion on the first floor of the Emory Clinic B Building. Housing the vision and optical services sections, the new suite will include clinics for vision care, low-vision rehabilitation and a new state-of-the-art optical shop. Previously, these services were housed on the fifth floor of the clinic, where the eye center's comprehensive and specialty contact lens sections remain.

"We are fortunate that we can continue to enlarge our offerings to our patients," said Theresa Kramer, director of comprehensive ophthalmology, a section that now comprises medical eye disease care, a low-vision clinic, routine eye care and specialty contact lenses, along with an optical shop.

For those needing routine "healthy eye" exams, prescriptions for eye glasses or contact lenses and other basic services, the new location will be a welcome addition for Emory Eye Center staff and patients alike. Its high visibility--right off the atrium of Clinic B's first floor--will help University employees realize that superior vision services are right on campus. A new optical shop allows customers to browse the most current fashion eyewear and high-quality lens selections. Visitors to the shop can find coupons good through Sept. 30 for $10 off a first pair of glasses.

There also will be a new vision rehabilitation (low-vision) clinic where those who are visually impaired and who require special assistance will be served. Low vision is defined as a condition in which even with regular glasses or contact lenses, medicine or surgery, people find everyday tasks requiring vision difficult. The new space will have two exam rooms and two training rooms to help patients learn to use low-vision devices.

"We are thrilled to be able to serve our patients and customers with a spacious new facility," said Susan Primo, director of optical services. "In addition to serving our basic patients better than ever, the additional rooms will allow us to serve our low-vision patients in a space designed just for them."

"There isn't a universal knowledge of the resources of Emory Eye Center in our Emory community," said Kristin Conklin, clinic administrator. "Our vision services combine highly trained optome-trists and expert opticians who provide quality eye exams, eyeglasses and contact lenses that go a step beyond what one gets on the outside. We are cost competitive within the community while offering superior treatment. At Emory Eye Center, we are aware of the latest research and product offerings and can take the time to suggest what would be best for each individual patient."

Ninety percent of eyeglasses purchased at the center are ground in-house, which provides quality control over the product. "We are proud to offer our patients and customers the highest quality of spectacles and lenses, tailored to their individual needs," said optician Richard Jefferson. "Because we do virtually all the work here, we can assure the quality of each set of glasses for our customers."

"It is always exciting to see our center grow, and this new location for our Vision Services will allow us to more completely offer our basic services to a wide array of patients and customers," said Thomas Aaberg, director of Emory Eye Center. "Our four excellent optometrists and three opticians can now provide the highest standard of service with the most comfortable, state-of-the-art space."