Delaware and the surrounding communities have considered a new option for eye care with the opening of Eye Care Studio at 3769 Columbus Pike, Suite 115. The studio officially opened on April 4th and serves as a full family practice, meaning it welcomes patients 6 months and older.
Services offered by the studio include annual check-ups, contact lenses, glasses and more. dr Ame Cline, an optometrist who owns the practice, said her special interest is treating dry eyes.
“Almost one in three people has some dry eye symptoms and just from personal experience and family members it has become a passion of mine to help because it just really hinders a patient’s ability to do what they want to do,” she said.
For children in particular, Cline said she looks forward to offering myopia control services. Myopia, or nearsightedness, in children only gets worse with age, but Cline said that with the new technology available in some contact lenses, the progression of myopia can be curbed.
Cline, who is short-sighted herself, said: “If I could just cut my prescription in half or maybe more, it would make a huge difference in my day-to-day life. This has become a very special interest of mine over the past two years because this technology has just been approved in the United States.”
Cline has spent the last 12 years practicing in Dublin but said she always wanted to own her own practice so she could offer more services to and be more involved in the community. Cline, a Powell resident, said she and her husband spent a lot of time enjoying Delaware, making it the right place to open the practice.
“I’ve met so many great, kind people, and it’s been a great space to work with,” Cline said. “Business-wise everyone we dealt with was wonderful. It just fitted really well. The area is obviously growing, which is exciting, and it’s an area where we felt we could give back to the community and get involved more easily.”
Before opening her own practice, Cline had taken on many of the day-to-day responsibilities in her previous practice, allowing for a smooth transition to ownership. With full control over the direction of her own practice, Cline can now realize her vision of what the practice is meant to represent.
“It’s been really exciting to be able to make decisions that I think are more beneficial to my patients and just be able to offer more services that I wasn’t able to offer before,” she said.
Though primarily an eye clinic, calling the practice a studio was not without purpose for Cline. As an avid art lover, Cline wants her practice to be as much about engaging with the community as it is about helping her patients. Her first step in this was opening up the walls of her studio to the many talented artists who fill the local schools.
When designing the studio, Cline said she made a point of having a long hallway where student art could adorn the walls. She plans to host a gallery night twice a year, inviting the community to meet the artists whose pieces were on display for six months before the art is exchanged.
“I just love art by nature,” she said. “It’s something I’ve always been interested in and part of what I’ve wanted to do with the practice is get involved with the community and be a resource in the community to show certain things that usually aren’t become known .”
Cline said her daughter has always had an interest in art, and these creations can always be found throughout her home. Because Cline’s husband is a teacher at Shanahan Middle School in the Olentangy Local School District, Cline wanted to provide a space to promote students’ art beyond the schools and at home.
“We have sports teams that we can all watch and they usually have bigger crowds. But artists have maybe one show a year, if that,” Cline said. “They just can’t show their amazing talents and there are so many talented kids around.”
Aside from being a platform for students to get the attention they deserve, the art also serves to create an ambiance within the building and perhaps relieve some of the tension that naturally comes with doctor visits.
“Our goal for the office is to be really welcoming and caring,” Cline said. “It just gives everything a softer touch. When you go into a doctor’s office, it’s often very sterile and a little cold, and people get a little nervous about going to see a doctor. It’s really nice to be able to mitigate that and make patients feel more comfortable.”
Of course, not only the patients benefit from the liveliness that the art gives the building. Cline said that as she paces the hallway each day, she always tends to find a detail of a piece that hadn’t caught her eye before. “It’s really neat,” she said.
Cline continued, “We are very excited to be in Delaware and very much look forward to meeting as many people in the community as possible. I like to joke that I’m a little eye nerd and I will talk to everyone about how we can help their eyes feel better, look better and see better. We just want to take care of the community because we like to be a part of it.”
To learn more about The Eye Care Studio, call 740-761-2020 or visit www.theeyecarestudio.com.
dr Ame Cline poses for a photo at Eye Care Studio at 3769 Columbus Pike in Delaware.
The students’ artwork is on display throughout The Eye Care Studio.
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