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Optometry Podcast: Let’s Talk Optometry with Uptown Vision

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In today’s world of increased competition from major corporate brands and online retailers, many wonder how independent optometry can compete? Look no further that Uptown Vision for evidence that private practice is alive and well. Dr. Mark and his wife, optician Jean Sabre founded Uptown Vision in 1991, and many awards and honors later are still enjoying the benefits of owning their own office and bringing independent, quality eyewear to their patients.

What are some of the values that have made the Sabres so successful?

  • Teamwork: Dr. Mark Sabre believes in the power of his prescription as an OD, and always does a handoff in optical with every patient. In the world of optical and fashion, though, its Jean who’s in charge and this balance of power has made them extremely successful.
  • Unique Product: With a background in fashion buying, Jean Sabre understands the importance of personal style. In her own life, she is well known for her iconic black Celine frames. Her goal is to bring patients that same sense of statement personal fashion, and she loves shopping at European shows like MIDO to bring her clients eyewear she knows that no one else in town will carry. Their office is the go to spot in town for fashion forward and unique frames.
  • Community: Dr. Sabre built his lauded vision therapy practice (he has won several awards including the the Silhouette Optical Academic Excellence Award, the Irvin M. Borish Clinical Excellence Award, the Bernell Clinical Optometry Award and the Skeffington Clinical Excellence Award in Vision Therapy) by focusing on his community, local sports teams and patient rehab needs. It was a feature in the local news of his work with the Minnesota Vikings that lead to a story by ESPN!
  • Mentoring: Mark and Jean both are passionate about mentoring the next generation in eyecare, from Jean’s leadership in the Optical Womens Association to their mutual involvement with Transition’s Pro Forum. They understand the future of eyecare is being shaped right now and they are working with industry leaders to innovate and empower optometrists and opticians to expand into new frontiers of eyecare while preserving the independent practice modality they love.

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