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What are the Doctors' professional credentials?

Dr. Carol Mendez-Orwasky received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in 1988 and was her class recipient of the award for clinical excellence in pediatric vision. She also has a Dispensing Optician degree and an AA degree from Hillsborough Community College. Dr. Carol is board certified for the management of eye diseases and is a member of the American Optometric Association.

Dr. Michael Orwasky received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in 1985 and was his class recipient of the award for clinical excellence in pediatric vision. He also has a BA degree from West Liberty State College and a BS degree from Southern College of Optometry. Dr. Michael is board certified for the management of eye diseases and is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Optometric Extension Program, the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, and is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.

About the Doctors

The Doctors are a husband and wife team who started the practice in 1990. Dr. Carol grew up in New York and later Florida, while Dr. Michael grew up in West Virginia. Together they’ve raised two children, Alexandra and David and have a Cocker Spaniel, Bella. Dr. Carol enjoys exercising and reading, while Dr. Michael is an avid golfer.

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Why did you open your own eye care office?

We started a private practice with the desire to provide each patient with personal care and attention. Our goal was to have a practice where we could build relationships with families and where the needs of the patient was a priority.

During our training we both did an externship at offices specializing in the treatment of visual difficulties through vision therapy. We saw the positive impact it can make in a person’s life and the limited availability of this service. Our passion to provide this specialty care was another motivation in opening our office.

What other influences affect the way you practice?

We have adopted two verses for our practice. 2 Corinthians 4:18 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” and 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we live by faith, not by sight” This is our visual reminder where our focus needs to be and how we should strive to treat the people we serve.

What other influences affect the way you practice?

We provide comprehensive eye exams for all ages. Beginning with infants, through the Infantsee program to senior adults. This includes not only the evaluation for glasses and contact lenses, but also eye disease, including cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. We also provide exams for more urgent needs like external eye irritations, allergies, infections, dry eyes and foreign bodies. Should a condition need possible surgical or advanced treatment we comanage or refer to many specialty providers.

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As developmental or functional optometrists what additional services are provided?

Many visual skills are necessary for proper visual performance. These affect the ability to accurately track, shift focus, maintain alignment and ultimately interpret and understand what is seen. They may be affected through delayed development or after an injury. We evaluate these skills and the effect it is having on the person. Any deficiencies are often managed with lenses, prisms or a program of vision therapy.

What do you enjoy about being an Optometrist?

Having the opportunity to help make a difference in people’s lives. It can be as basic as helping someone to see better, to the life changing experiences that may come from a particular use of lenses or vision therapy.

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