The Eye Site is family venture
|The Eye Site at Copley Circle includes staff members, shown from left: (seated) optometrists Michelle Ford and Jennifer Hazelwood; and (standing) Karla Velmin, Bojana Samardzic, Loren Hazelwood and Donna Hazelwood.|
|Photo courtesy of The Eye Site at Copley Circle|
Hazelwood is the father of optometrist Jennifer Hazelwood, O.D., who opened the business in 2008 at 1394 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road. Optometrist Michelle Ford, O.D., who worked at Sears Optical in Rolling Acres Mall for 20 years before it was closed, also is a staff member.
“This is a real family business,” he said. “Jennifer was raised in Akron, graduated from Firestone High School, Ohio State University and then from New England College of Optometry in Boston, where she worked for a few years.” Hazelwood said his daughter moved back to the area to open her own business, and both he and his wife decided to help her start the new venture. He said he has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in business administration, and he had the background to get the new business started. He also became an optician to be able to dispense prescriptions in his daughter’s absence.
Hazelwood said his wife, Donna, who taught in Akron Public Schools for 30 years, helped design the office.
When The Eye Site opened, Jennifer Hazelwood became the first optometrist in Copley, according to her father.
The Eye Site offers eye exams and treats conditions such as near and far sightedness and astigmatism. Jennifer Hazelwood also can diagnose conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and conjunctivitis and prescribe medication for certain eye conditions, prescribe and fit glasses and contact lenses, and help patients with pre- and post-operative care for those that need surgery, according to Loren Hazelwood.
Any problems or conditions that require surgery are referred to an ophthalmologist, he added.
Loren Hazelwood said The Eye Site currently has patients ranging in age from 3 to 92. He offered some guidance to help prospective patients.
“When people get older, they have trouble seeing things that are up close because the lenses in their eyes get rigid and won’t focus as well,” he said. “That is the time when you know you need glasses or even readers. Readers will work if both eyes have the same refractive errors, and Jennifer does not hesitate to suggest this simple solution when suitable.”
The Eye Site is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The business is closed Thursdays.
For more information, visit www.copleyeyesite.com or call 330-668-0150.
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