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    Q&A: Eric White, OD, owner of Complete Family Vision Care, San Diego

    Contact lens research, treating patients like family, and jumping off a cliff in Hawaii

    Where did you grow up?

    I was born in Chicago. My parents decided when the winters were really bad they needed to move, and we moved to San Diego when I was a youngster. I truly, honestly love San Diego. I suffer through it every day.

     

    How did you get from physiological psychology into optometry?

    I went to UCSD for premed and realized everyone was killing themselves, competitive and all that. So, I talked to my counselor who said if you want to be an eye doctor, the best thing you should do is go into psychology because being a doctor you deal with people every day and you might as well understand how they think. The physiological side is more science-based psychology. I was trying to decide if I wanted to go to optometry school or medical school. A lot of my parents’ friends were doctors, and every medical doctor said, “I hate what I do, but I love the money.” Every optometrist said, “This is the greatest profession in the world.” So, that’s when I decided that if you love what you, do the money will come.

    Q&A: Kelly Nicols, OD, MPH, PhD

    What about contact lenses that attracted you?

    I get to see what’s coming. I love being on the cutting edge. It was always fun because the rep would come in and instead of the rep telling me what’s new, she would ask me what’s coming. I’ve done over 375 clinicals in the last 28 years—I’ve done more clinical investigations than any private practice optometrist in the country. I want to know what is the absolute best contact lens, contact lens solution, wetting drop, for my patient, and the best way I’ve been able to do that is to be a clinical investigator.

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