If this gentleman looks familiar to you, it is no coincidence. He is of course none other than Dr. Willis Clem Maples, fondly known to his colleagues as W.C. Dr. Maples has been a mentor and inspiration to many, and that includes Dr. Megan Sumrall Lott, a functional optometrist in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Drs. Lott and Maples practice together at Belle Vue Specialty Eye Care.
Permit me tell you a little bit more about Dr. Lott. A 2006 graduate of the Southern College of Optometry, she began to provide primary eyecare in Lexington, Mississippi. But after her nine month-old son exhibited an eye turn, Dr. Lott addressed his strabismus through optometric vision therapy. His success kindled her passion in functional optometry and, in 2016 Dr. Lott opened Belle Vue Specialty Eye Care in Hattiesburg, MS. In 2019 she became the first female in Mississippi to receive Fellowship status in COVD!
The likeness of W.C. above actually comes for a wonderful paperback that Dr. Lott just authored about amblyopia, oriented toward children, titled My Eye … the Bully. It is a marvelous, slim volume that lessens fear, apprehension, and misunderstanding about the condition. While its beautiful graphics will capture the interest of children, its content will be informative to parents as well. The book itself makes no mention of Dr. Lott or her practice, and directs interested parents to find a functional optometrist or learn more about vision therapy through COVD or OEP. As such, it would be a welcome addition to the office library of every single O.D., and an ideal gift for referral sources.
I’m sure Dr. Maples is rightly proud of his mentee and associate. In fact, I can see him smiling now!