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Optometrist Prespective by Harvey Yamamoto, OD

Optometrist Prespective by Harvey Yamamoto, OD

I’m a huge fan of remodeling one’s office very 3-5 years. Anyone can swing a paint brush or roller for beginners. A new coat of paint can spruce up the old walls. Two years ago my staff talked me into remodeling the office. I listened to their plans and upon hearing their complete makeover – I honestly balked at the idea. They wanted to retile the waiting room for starters. Then take out the flooring in 3 exam rooms and the kitchen. What? Are they nuts? The expense of installing wood flooring was more than what I had budgeted for. What they did not know was that I knew we had been laying one tile floor on top of one another for the past 3 upgrades. Our floors were high enough which made this project a major one to tackle. The staff then volunteered their husbands to do the work at night after their work was done. They would work for $10/hr. Hey, I couldn’t resist. My wife and I went shopping and purchased a large truckload of tiles, grouting, wood flooring materials, tools, etc. The boys came after work on day #1 and began to chisel out the flooring in the waiting room. Hours later, very little progress was being made. I went home and brought back a small air operated flooring...
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Optometrist Perspective by Harvey Yamamoto, OD

Optometrist Perspective by Harvey Yamamoto, OD

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE! As we begin a new year – ALL of us at C&E sends our best wishes to each and all of you. May 2014 be a wonderful and prosperous year to us all. It is my customary editorial to begin the New Year with some reflecting on the previous year. 2013 was filled with a lot of new happenings and perhaps more excitement than we could have ever fathomed happening to us. First of all, our goal for 2013 was to continue expanding upon our contact lens skills by fitting more and more difficult but interesting cases. Did we accomplish our goal? I’m pleased to announce that we actually met all of our goals. It’s good to set goals during January and then evaluate how well you did in accomplishing those goals. For whatever spirit drives me, I’ve always been goal oriented. In college, my goal was to find an avocation that excited me. I drove myself deep in my studies to accomplish those goals early in my collegiate life and I must admit that Optometry found me. Actually it was my college roommate who introduced me to Optometry and once I felt comfortable in pursuing Optometry my future was set for the rest of my life. So, here I am some 5 decades later and still deeply...
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Optometrist Perspective by Harvey Yamamoto, OD

Optometrist Perspective by Harvey Yamamoto, OD

Since I became an eyecare practitioner some 40+ years ago my goal was to somehow be in a position to aide patients stricken with Diabetes and Macular Degeneration.  I began to attend as many conferences as I could on the topic until I began to slowly digest the cause and effect.  In those days, no cure was on the horizon.  Only doom and gloom. I recall attending a seminar given in a hospital in Santa Monica.  I had driven 60 miles to attend a lecture on diabetes given by a world renowned physician.  At the conclusion of the 6 hours, the main theme of his lecture was diet, diet, diet, diet, and more dieting.  At first, I thought it was some kind of joke but over the years of being in practice I have come to the realization that the physician was spot on in his conclusion.  He told the small gathering of eyecare practitioners that he had failed in his lifelong pursuit of attempting to get his diabetic patients to overcome their disease.  I listened intently as he concluded that many of his patients had ended up with kidney failure, loss of limb, & blindness. I drove back to my humble home and became somewhat depressed.  I purchased many books on the subject matter and began...
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