TSO Staff Member Published by Optician’s Handbook

At Sam Houston State, I decided to major in Science and minor in English, deciding
there was no stable career for me in writing. Little did I know that, exactly a year after graduation, I’d be employed as a
magazine columnist.

Last year, my co-worker, Dawn Gibbs, showed me an article in the Optician’s
Handbook which we both felt advocated dishonesty in sales, including advice on how to mislead patients on the functionality of Transitions lenses. I wrote a letter to the editors, hoping they would take down the article; I never anticipated they would do this and ask if I would like to “audition” for a role as a contributing editor by writing a piece of my own.

The resultant article—about the history of pince nez frames—ran in August of 2012, making it the first edition
of what has now become my monthly column. Over the past year, I’ve carved out a niche for myself as the Handbook’s resident historian and cultural analyst, alternating between a series about the history of eyeglasses titled “Hindsight is 20/20”, and standalone articles which identify and analyze extant and upcoming eyewear trends.

The experience has been incredibly enlightening, exciting, and even humbling. It’s also been a boon to my work with TSO, giving me extra confidence when selling to patients and giving them extra confidence
in me.

After all, how many can advise patients on frame aesthetics and style with the knowledge that they write a fashion column?

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