We value our staff members at Piedmont Eye Center, and we want our patients to get to know them better! Each month, we introduce you to one of the people who keep our office going. Next in our “Meet the Staff” series is Debbie A. If you have received LASIK from Piedmont, you may know her already. If you haven’t, get to know her below.
What is your role at Piedmont Eye Center? As the Refractive Coordinator, I am typically who the patients first speak with when they are interested in LASIK. I schedule their evaluation as well as their surgery. Patients having LASIK are so excited about the possibility of living life without glasses or contacts, but they are still nervous. I make sure all their questions are answered throughout the entire process so they are more at ease.
I also assist Dr. Bowers during LASIK surgery and have since we started performing the procedure in 1999. It was recently that cataract technology moved to using the femtosecond laser, which is similar technology to what we do with iLASIK™. With cataract surgery moving into a form of refractive surgery, it was the perfect fit for me to also assist Dr. Bowers in LenSx® cataract procedures.
How long have you worked at Piedmont?
22 years –wow has it flown by!
What do you love most about your job?
Assisting Dr. Bowers in surgery as well as educating patients about their options for refractive surgery! I enjoy getting to know my patients and this role allows me that privilege.
What is one thing you wish every patient knew?
That even though everyone is nervous the day of their iLASIK™ procedure, they will likely say that it wasn’t as bad as they thought and wish they had iLASIK™ years ago!
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Spending time with my family and especially our 4 grandchildren!
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring one thing, what would it be?
A really big book!
If money was not a concern what would you do every day if you didn’t work?
Find various local and global mission opportunities.
If you could have dinner with any one person, living or dead, who would it be?
Jesus (I have so much to ask)
Coke or Pepsi?
Coffee or tea?
Do you have any words of advice to share?
Something I try to remind myself “don’t take life so serious and count my blessings!”