“Proper care for growing eyes is a principal responsibility for Optometry. For, as eyes may truly be said to be ‘windows to the brain’, their efficient functioning is necessary to learning, to the orderly development of mind, and intellect. Your professional training qualifies you to make competent analysis of visual conditions and to evaluate the many factors which must be correlated to achieve top visual performance.”
I haven’t given a commencement address at a College of Optometry, but if I were to give one I might include this sentiment which seems timely and inspirational. Better stated, it seems timeless. Any idea where this statement is from, or when it was made?
A few weeks ago I was visiting with my father in his apartment in Kew Garden Hills, NY, still quite sharp at the age of 93 – suspenders and all. We arranged a special reunion between Dad with cousin Bernie Press who was in from San Diego visiting the East Coast. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley Optometry, Bernie credits my father for having influenced him to go into the field and I in turn can say the same – as can my father’s grandson, Dan. But who influenced Israel Edward Press to go into Optometry?
When he was about 12 years old, my father was flagged down by the school nurse. He went to an optometrist in his South Philly neighborhood, Dr. Milton Weiss, and when putting on his glasses for the first time dad recalled looking around the room and saying: “Wow!” Dr. Weiss took a liking to my father’s boyhood wonder, and invited him to spend some time in the office shadowing, as we call it today. My father took a liking to the profession, remaining on staff at his alma mater part-time as a Clinical Instructor. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why, to this day, I volunteer to have prospective Optometry students applying to PCO and SUNY shadow in our practice.
So have you figured out when and where the quote that we started this piece comes from? It was 70 years ago, from the 1944 yearbook of what was then the Pennsylvania State College of Optometry.