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CLINICAL: OPTICAL

LIFE LESSONS

Influential optometrists offer timeless words of wisdom

In September, I shared thoughts from various optometrists on the words of wisdom they would pass on to the next generation. Experience is a great teacher. Here is another installment for your consideration.

“Learn to enjoy the challenge of the difficult cases, the demanding personalities and ‘problem’ patients. Anybody can do the easy stuff.”

—REED BRO, O.D.

“Adversity creates new opportunities. Whenever I hit a golf ball out of bounds into the trees, I immediately head out to search for my ball. I often find more balls than the one I lost.”

—KENJI HAMADA, O.D.

“Practice the manners you learned as a child. Always thank people – patients, friends and allied professionals — and, especially, your associates and staff.”

—DAVE HANSEN, O.D.

“When you have difficult patients, remember, we don’t always know what that person is going through.… Take a deep breath, and remember your own positive behavior could be that ray of sunshine they needed in their day.”

—CHERYL VINCENT-RIEMER, O.D.

“All the patients are related, so treat them all as family.”

—LINDA BENNETT, O.D. OM