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Doctor Saves Infants Life Through Comprehensive Youth Exam

October 5, 2012

            I have worked with children for as long as I can remember.  From babysitting, to teaching, to Nanning for three; when it comes to kids, you name it, I’ve done it! 

               Children are a huge responsibility, and even though I have never had any of my own, I know how hard it can be to keep up with all of the appointments a child needs. From the point a baby is born you are constantly going to the pediatrician every few months for checkups, followups, or shots.  Many of my friends have children, and not one of them have ever thought to add the eye doctor to their list of routine doctor visits for their infant.  With everything else a mother needs to remember, the normal doctor visits ( pediatrician, ear, nose and throat doctor, etc) are really the ones most people cover.  Even with my work in childcare, I never thought about taking a baby to the eye doctor.  “If they can’t talk to tell you what their seeing, how can we know that there is a problem with their vision,” is what I always thought; and that was the majority of the responses I got from my friends when talking to them about taking their babies to the optometrist.  Truth be told, many eye problems can occur without noticeable symptoms.

             After being educated by the Envision Eyecare team about the importance of taking your infant to the optometrist, I knew I needed to spread the word about early preventative eye care for infants to all of my friends.  The team at Envision shared with me the amazing benefits of a program called InfantSee.  The InfantSee program was developed to provide a one-time, no cost eye and vision assessment for babies six to twelve months old.  This early preventative care is to evaluate the overall health of the eye and detect any discrepancies a child may have, early on.  It was shortly after learning about the InfantSee program that I read an amazing article about Dr. Golson’s college classmate, Dr. Jerry Gerdes, OD, who was just recognized for saving a child’s life through this phenomenal eye health benefit.

       Dr. Gerdes detected a cancerous tumor behind a little girls eye that was life threatening.  She had, had no warning signs that her parents noticed and acted like a perfectly normal baby.  After discovering the BB sized tumor, the little girl was taken to surgery where it was removed.  She received treatment but unfortunatley lost the eye after about three months.  If she had not been evaluated by Dr. Gerdes the day of her appointment, she may have lost more than her eye; she could have lost her life.   

             Visit the Oakdale Journal’s website and take a look at the article about Dr. Gerdes and read this breathe taking story about how preventative care really does make a difference.  Envision Eyecare is a participant in the InfantSee program, and we would love to evaluate your child at your earliest convenience.  Come by our office to learn more about this program and pick up a pamphlet of information.  Dr. Golson and the team are ready to serve your child’s eye health needs, and we are always looking for kids to spoil with hugs and stickers! Bring your infant by today, and let us take care of you!

Envision Eyecare: Making My Career Vision Come True!

September 28, 2012

         I’ve always wanted to live in the mountains of North Carolina.  I became obsessed with the town of Banner Elk years ago when I visited the area to go skiing. It was a small town with lots of art and recreation.  Being a lover of the outdoors and an artist, I knew that if I ever moved to North Carolina, Banner Elk was where I wanted to be.  Although Banner Elk was a great little town, when I started my job hunting it did not seem to provide the amount of career opportunity that I found in its distant, neighboring town: Asheville.  

                When I started considering the town of Asheville as a place of new residence, it seemed just like Banner Elk; only bigger.  Asheville was known for its amazing outdoor recreation opportunities.  The mountains were tall with crisp views of the horizon that seemed to go on for miles. The food was raved about as being some of the best on the east coast. The art and culture that the town possessed was creatively abundant, and the overall quality of life was like nothing I had ever seen.  Asheville blew Banner Elk out of the water and I knew it was where I wanted to be. 

                When my boyfriend and I came to the decision that upon his discharge from the Marine Corps we would move to Asheville, I knew that I needed to have a job in place to make the transition as easy as possible on us.  I had been hunting for positions in my hometown in Virginia, but nothing was meeting the needs that I wanted fulfilled in a career.  I knew that I needed a change in pace, and a position that would motivate me to be the best that I could be.  

                I had worked with children for as long as I can remember.  Whether it was babysitting, volunteering at children’s festivals, helping out at church nurseries, teaching, or nannying; children were the name of my game.  Although I loved working with children, I knew that one day I would want my own, and If I ever wanted to have the energy for my own children, I needed a complete career change.  I wanted something different.  I wanted a career that I could feel useful in.  I wanted a job where I felt I was truly helping people in a realm where I could see what I am capable of learning as well. 

                I found an ad to work in the optical for a locally owned practice in downtown Asheville and wasn’t sure at first if this was really the job for me, but thought I would apply anyway.  I wanted to move to Asheville.  I knew it was a town I would enjoy living in, and this seemed like a good job opportunity that I needed to look into.  

                After doing some research about the practice and the team, I quickly realized that if hired, I would be working with a team of professionals that were experts in this field.  These individuals were educated, talented, skilled, and organized.  They had a mission to provide the finest quality in eye health care to their patients, and truly believed in providing superior service and leading edge products to their clients to ensure they were doing everything they could to keep their patients healthy.  

                After having a successful interview and after talking with Dr. Golson on many occasions; I knew Envision Eyecare was going to be the perfect place for me to expand my horizons, step into a new field, and begin to master a career that I quickly became engrossed in.  I had finally found a job where I could be serious and career driven and also be myself; a bubbly, fun, and outgoing individual who enjoys working with people. 

          The optician position is one that I am more than excited to have landed and I cannot wait to be fully trained in order to be able to help this amazing team provide for our equally amazing patients.  The dedication that the Envision Eyecare team has to learning as much as possible in order to go above and beyond their credential is breathtaking.  I have never seen a medical office treat patients the way that this practice does.  When you enter the building you are treated like a guest in a home and your spirits are automatically lifted.  The kindness and understanding that each team member displays is phenomenal and their passion to be the best they can be at their craft is inspiring.  

                If you would have told me eight years ago that I would be working in a medical field, I would have told you, “you’re nuts,” but after working with Dr. Golson and his team, I can safely say, there is no other career field I would rather be in, and Envison Eyecare has definitely fulfilled my career vision.  I could not be more proud to be a part of this team and I look forward to years of success in this practice.  It’s safe to say, EYE love my job!   

Katie is our newest team member, training to be another Envision optical expert.

Envision Eyecare: Making My Career Vision Come True!

September 28, 2012

                I’ve always wanted to live in the mountains of North Carolina.  I became obsessed with the town of Banner Elk years ago when I visited the area to go skiing. It was a small town with lots of art and recreation.  Being a lover of the outdoors and an artist, I knew that if I ever moved to North Carolina, Banner Elk was where I wanted to be.  Although Banner Elk was a great little town, when I started my job hunting it did not seem to provide the amount of career opportunity that I found in its distant, neighboring town: Asheville.  

                When I started considering the town of Asheville as a place of new residence, it seemed just like Banner Elk; only bigger.  Asheville was known for its amazing outdoor recreation opportunities.  The mountains were tall with crisp views of the horizon that seemed to go on for miles. The food was raved about as being some of the best on the east coast. The art and culture that the town possessed was creatively abundant, and the overall quality of life was like nothing I had ever seen.  Asheville blew Banner Elk out of the water and I knew it was where I wanted to be. 

                When my boyfriend and I came to the decision that upon his discharge from the Marine Corps we would move to Asheville, I knew that I needed to have a job in place to make the transition as easy as possible on us.  I had been hunting for positions in my hometown in Virginia, but nothing was meeting the needs that I wanted fulfilled in a career.  I knew that I needed a change in pace, and a position that would motivate me to be the best that I could be.  

                I had worked with children for as long as I can remember.  Whether it was babysitting, volunteering at children’s festivals, helping out at church nurseries, teaching, or nannying; children were the name of my game.  Although I loved working with children, I knew that one day I would want my own, and If I ever wanted to have the energy for my own children, I needed a complete career change.  I wanted something different.  I wanted a career that I could feel useful in.  I wanted a job where I felt I was truly helping people in a realm where I could see what I am capable of learning as well.  Read more…

New Team Member Sees Envision – From the Inside

June 4, 2012

     As the newest Team member at Envision Eyecare I would like to share my Envision experience.  From the moment I walked into the office I was desirous to become part of this great team.    Every day is an exciting new challenge with so much to learn.  I had no idea how encompassing and involved eye health care really is.  From the initial appointment forward it is a detailed step by step walk we are happy to accompany each patient on.  

     Dr. Golson and the entire team are genuine, real, compassionate, patient, very knowledgeable and professional.  As a patient you could not be in better hands for your eye health care and I could not be more proud!  I am truly blessed!

– Teri McKinney joined the Envision Team on April 5th of this year. She is already well on her way to becoming another Envision Rock Star!

Finding the frame that was made for you!

April 4, 2012

Spring has sprung! Spring is time for cleaning, pulling out the warm weather clothes, and finding a fresh new pair of frames! Just like a great pair of shoes, a pair of glasses can be an accessory that is not only functional but also fashionable! You know that you can trust the Optical experts at Envision to create a pair of spectacle lenses that are going to help you see the world as crisp and clearly as possible, but did you know that they are also trained to help you pick a pair of frames that fit you well, are stylish and comfortable, and that work well with your prescription needs? What goes in to finding a frame that looks like it was made for you? Read on to find out why one frame can look great on one person but not so good on someone else, learn why your prescription can determine what frame will work best for you, and get an idea of what color frames work best for your skin tones!
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A Yummy Blog to Check out!

April 29, 2011

We’ve mentioned it before, but you must must must check out our team member Jessica’s food blog! It is full of fun stories, delicious recipes and handy tips and tricks for cooking. We think you’ll love it!

The link is: http://sharethefoodlove.blogspot.com/2011/03/homemade-stock-its-easier-than-you.html#comments

And below you’ll find her complete post about making your own homeade chicken or veggie stock! Read more…

Blind as a Bat and Other Animal Sight Stories…

April 6, 2011

Even if you don’t understand exactly how the eye works, you understand what your human vision allows you to see.  A person with healthy eyes and normal vision expects to be able to differentiate colors and shapes, to be able to focus on objects far away and close up, and to adjust to varying amounts of light both outside and inside. We have good binocular vision (both eyes seeing together) and a fair amount of peripheral vision off to the sides. We also know our vision limitations: we don’t expect to see very well in the dark, we know it takes a few moments to adjust to a very bright light or very low light, and we have to turn our heads to see anything too far to the side or behind us. But have you ever thought about how animals see? Do you wonder why your cat can navigate your house night better than you? Why fish have eyes on either side of their heads? If your dog really is colorblind? And if the old adage “blind as a bat” is really true? Well this post is here to clear up some of these questions for you. We’re hear to clear up some myths, answer some questions, and provide you with some really fun facts to impress your friends (or help you win Trivial Pursuit).  🙂

Read on to learn how some of our vertebrate friends see the world… Read more…

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