“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” (Isaac Newton)
This post is dedicated to my giant… Dr. Floyd Mizener.
Eight years ago, this exceptional person looked up my phone number after reading about me in the American Optometric Association News. It was my lucky day!
During the summer of 2002, I learned my eldest daughter’s first eye exam diagnosed a significant vision problem missed by vision screenings.
I wrote a letter to the American Optometric Association sharing my passion for better children’s eye care. That letter was featured by editor Bob Foster in the AOA NEWS August 26, 2002 issue, “From Blurry Chalkboards to Grateful Parents.”
When Dr. Mizener read about my mission, he wasted no time and called me: “Janet, I’ve been trying to get eye exams for kids for over 50 years. Vision screenings have misled parents for decades. I can help. I will give you all the ammunition you need!”
That’s when I began learning about lenses, prisms, and the marriage of two eyes working as one!
Together they formed the “Optometric Four Horsemen” and rallied beside me as we created the the first Vision First form and passed Amy’s Vision Law and required eye exams for children starting school.
Dr. Mizener, if I could reach up and hold a star for every time you made a difference in someone’s life, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand.
Thank you for taking me under your wing and being my giant!
In addition to being co-founder and vice-president of Vision First Foundation, Dr. Mizener is also past president of the Illinois Optometric Association, past president of the Downers Grove Noon Lions Club, and a recipient of the prestigious Melvin Jones Award.
Dr. Mizener is known for his outstanding service and dedication to the Lions Club for over 50 years.
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