For more than two decades, Optique has been a staple of luxury in the always sunny city. Our luxury eyewear pieces, highest quality service providers, and world-class customer service has made us the premier destination for a wide range of optical services — from the doctor’s chair and beyond.
Today, we’re introducing you to Dr. Yelena Fishman. A graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Yelena has the expertise to satisfy even the most complex of eye prescriptions. Dr. Fishman takes pride in being able to take as much time as is needed with each patient to determine their specific visual requirements.
Where did you study, and how long have you been practicing optometry?
I studied at MCP Hahnemann University and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. I have been practicing full scope optometry since 2007.
What inspired you to become an eye doctor?
I went into the medical field because I truly wanted to help people improve their quality of life. I love the interaction between doctor and patient, especially meeting new, interesting people. Specifically, I chose the eyes because of their beauty. Under the microscope, the eye is absolutely magnificent in depth and color. Its a pleasure to see natures work of art on a regular basis.
Dr. Fishman, how long have you been affiliated with Optique and what inspired you to make Optique your home?
I’ve been with Optique for about 3 years now. I feel that Optique is a very friendly, yet professional environment. The patients that come in understand the value of a thorough exam and can appreciate the extra time given them. In addition, the quality at Optique is exceptional. The lenses and progressives they use are the best that is available on the market. I like knowing that after a careful refraction and exam on my end, the frames and lenses that will be selected for the patient will match my perfectionism.
Rumor has it that you’re an expert in the treatment of Dry Eye Syndrome, what would you say are some of the most common causes of the disease and best treatment practices?
Dry eye syndrome is actually a very common, multifactorial condition that effects a large percentage of the population. In my opinion, some of the most common causes of dry eye have to do with the individuals’ skin type and overall health. However, environmental factors, such as air quality, weather, and pollution play a huge role. Due to the vast and different nature of dry eye, there are multiple approaches to treatment. To start, I often recommend hot compresses and preservative free artificial tears. I like to hold off on prescription medications at first because I believe a more natural approach is best. However, if there is minimal relief, prescription medications become necessary.
What would you say is the most common issue that brings people into your chair?
The most common issue that brings people into my chair is blurred vision. It is then my job to determine whether the blurred vision is refractive, binocular, or pathologic in nature. Thankfully, most often the problems are refractive and can be easily fixed with a proper glasses prescription.
Optique recently shed some light on Computer Vision Syndrome. What are some suggestions you can provide in avoiding CVS?
Again, the best approach is usually the simplest. I like the “Rule of 20”. That means you need to sit at least 20 inches away from the computer screen and every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds. Don’t forget to blink! And if you are over 40 or are farsighted, make sure to wear computer glasses with a good anti reflective coating.
Last question, Optique is known for it’s world class eyecare – but they don’t accept insurance, why is that?
Vision plans are technically not insurance, but are considered group discount plans. More recently, a few of the bigger plans are actually opening their own stores and directing their customers to these locations. For example, Davis Vision is owned by the same company as Vision Works. EyeMed has a policy to direct their patients to commercial places, all owned by Luxotica. It is difficult to compete without compromising quality of care. Therefore, we have decided to work and practice by following the highest levels of patient care and satisfaction without being directed by companies who are not directly involved with our patients. We are bringing back longer visits and quality exams which allow us to problem solve the most difficult cases.