OWENSBORO, Ky. (11/13/13) - During the last 40 years, mankind has seen many technological advancements. There has been the development of the personal computer, then the Internet, the widespread use of cellular devices, and the (sometimes) helpful GPS. People have gone from listening to the radio, to vinyl, to cassette, to compact disc, and, now, mp3.
Yet, many of the most amazing technological advances have not only been in what is seen but also the way it's seen.
Dr. H. Andrew Ward has been practicing optometry in Owensboro for 40 years. During that time, he’s seen many changes in optometry, including treating diseases in the office. Changes in legislation have resulted in surgeries and treatments that once were done in hospitals, can now be done in the office cutting time, travel and money.
“Optometry is the most non-invasive way to look into someone’s body,” Staff Member Nikie Ward, said.
Dr. Ward’s office, Advantage Eye Care, is a family affair. Dr. Ward’s daughter, Nikie, his other daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Patricia Ward Adams and Dr. Murray Adams, are both Doctors of Optometry at Ward’s office.
Over those four decades, Dr. Ward has been an asset to the community by helping people of all economic conditions. Dr. Ward and his office are proud participators in VOSH-KY, working with local and international Lions Clubs to help distribute glasses donated from Kentuckians to help the less fortunate. Dr. Ward and his family have been going on international VOSH trips since the 1990’s. In fact, they’ve gone on 15 international trips to help more than 1,000 patients in Central South America.
“My practice is always open to the disadvantaged,” Dr. Ward said.
Dr. Ward said his favorite part of optometry is to have the “opportunity to help people”.
In 2006, he was awarded the Kentucky Optometric Association’s ‘Clifford C. Leddingham Optometrist of the Year’. Some would say he has been an asset to the community because of long tenure as an eye doctor, but, even with 40 years under his belt, Ward says he does not plan on retiring any time soon.
“I’m very fortunate for my practice and to serve this community,” Ward said.
For more information on Advantage Eye Care, visit: www.aecowensboro.com.
Photo by Taylor Riley
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