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A conversation with Dr. Poolsaad – South Coast Optometry

1) What brought you to Los Angeles and to South Coast Optometry in particular?

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I was raised in Long Beach so I've always been a SoCal guy. In regards to SCO, I was fortunate enough to be referred to Dr.Quon while I was still in school by one of my staffing doctors and a contact lens rep.

2) How did you become interested in optometry?

My mom is a very high myope so she started taking me to the optometrist at a young age. Optometrists were always my favorite doctors because they never gave me any shots. I think I was about 5 when my mom told me, "You should be an eye doctor." And I said, "Okay."

3) Where did you go to Optometry school?

The Southern California College of Optometry

4) What do you like most about the work you do?

Helping people see. Not many things are more gratifying than when your patient gives you that "Oh! That's so much more clear!" Or "Wow! Now I can see that!"

4) What is your favorite piece of optometric technology and why?

My favorite piece of optometric technology is the OCT because it has revolutionized the way we detect and treat many forms of ocular disease.

5) What interests or excites you the most in the field of optometry?

I am very passionate about pediatric eye care. Before I started optometry school, I worked at a pediatric ophthalmology office and I found that I love working with kids. Vision is so crucial to learning and development so it's tremendously rewarding when you can help kids in those areas. Growing up, I was very fortunate to be a big brother because it cultivated a "paternal nature" in my personality. Often times, kids are apprehensive or scared when they come into a doctor's office and for me, I find a lot of joy in connecting with them and watching their worries disappear and even have a little fun. Working with kids gives me a great sense of purpose and there's something refreshing about their innocence. When I'm not at SCO, I work at the original pediatric ophthalmology office at started at and I am also a medical expert/optometrist for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

6) What trends do you see developing over the next several years in the industry and how do you stay ahead of them?

Optometry continues to be at a crossroads between retail and the medical model. Optometrists have always been known for providing glasses and contacts but a lot of hard work has allowed us to become bigger players as primary eye care professionals. There are still many patients that are not aware that optometrist can not only treat many forms of eye disease but, we also work closely with ophthalmologists so that if a referral is needed, we can guide patients to the surgeons we trust most. For doctors working in private practice, I believe there is a lot of potential to stay ahead by incorporating niche services like vision therapy and specialty contact lenses. At South Coast Optometry, it will be important for us to distinguish ourselves by staying up to date on the latest education in ocular health, continuing to offer the best ophthalmic products, and keeping our technology current to better help us care for our patients.

7) What you like to do in your spare time?

My spare time is usually spent with the people I love. As I get older, I realize more and more that time is something that we can never have back. Before you know it, kids grow up, hairs turn grey, and great stories seem harder to tell. I happily spend most of my "spare" time with my girlfriend who I've been lucky enough to be with since our first year in optometry school. I try and see my family and friends as much as our schedules allow. And fortunately for me, my Grandma lives close by and she's a little less busy than my parents so we try to have a dinner date every Wednesday.