Optometry office provides insight

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  • By Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart
  • 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Not being able to see can mean the difference between life and death in the military. Aiming a weapon effectively, parachuting out of an aircraft or even patrolling the base would be incredibly difficult without a healthy set of eyes.

To help the 86th Airlift Wing mission succeed and keep Airmen safe, the 86th Aeromedical optometry Airmen ensures their patients are taken care of with professionalism.

"Our mission is to provide the highest quality optometric services possible in a timely, expedient and professional manner," said Senior Airman Lloydon Balili, 86th Aeromedical Squadron ophthalmic technician. "We do our best to ensure our patients' needs are met."

Despite having a small staff, the office supports, 54,000 Americans, the largest American population outside of the U.S., seeing approximately 50 patients a day. Any identification card holder older than five years of age is eligible to be seen by the office. Whether the patient thinks they may need surgery or just wants to get a routine eye exam, they can make an appointment by contacting the optometry office.

"We conduct routine eye exams, screen patients for the doctor and ensure gas masks readiness," said Staff Sgt. Whitney Chaney, 86th AMDS ophthalmic technician. "We're also in charge of certain programs such as the contact lens program and the refractive surgery program."

Regardless of the service they provide, interacting with patients and ensuring quality service is delivered seems to be the most favorable aspect of their job.

"My favorite part is definitely the human interaction," said Balili. "I like knowing I'm helping improve people's eyesight as well as helping them accomplish the mission."

For more information or to make an appointment, call the optometry office at DSN 06371-46-2273.