It was a special gathering of the Vision Help Group this year during the 48th annual meeting of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, arranged to celebrate the 75th birthday of one of the Group’s original members, Dr. Neil Draisin alongside his bride, Carolyn, and joined by their daughter Alison – a psychologist in Seattle.
Dr. Draisin has enjoyed an illustrious career in Optometry, practicing in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina for 46 years following the completion of a residency program at SUNY Optometry. Neil has always been a strong proponent of doctors who practice vision therapy maintaining ties with the rest of the profession, and he has practiced what he preaches. To wit, Dr. Draisin served as President of COVD as well as President of SECO, and was recognized as AOA’s Optometrist of the Year in 2013 after having been elected to the National Academies of Practice in 2012. Neil serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Southern College of Optometry, Illinois College of Optometry, and Alabama College of Optometry serving as a preceptor for the externship program, and recently implemented a private practice residency in vision therapy through SCO along with his practice partner and fellow VHG member, Dr. Jennifer Smith Zolman.
Dr. Draisin has been involved in many organizations outside optometry, including serving as president of the Charleston Jewish Community Center and vice president of the Charleston Jewish Federation. It was therefore not surprising when Moses decided to make a cameo appearance to mark Dr. Draisin’s 75th birthday.
While we all knew that Dr. Draisin was a consummate businessman as well as professional, we learned firsthand that he was the first person to seek the licensing rights in Europe and North American for the Ten Commandments.
Congratulations again on this milestone to Dr. Draisin, a very special colleague who maintains a wonderful vitality for life, dedicated service to patients and community, and friendship. Wishing Neil, Carolyn and their beautiful family – both personal and professional – many healthy years in which to mark future milestones together!