LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Campbell County eye clinic serving patients for more than 20 years is adding staff and services. The new location is an effort to give back to a community that has given them so much.
Getting your eyes checked may not be your favorite thing to do, but for Merrilee DeGuire, it's a top priority. Both of her brothers suffered from blindness and macular degeneration.
“It's important to me to be tested often and make sure I'm getting the best care for my eyes,” says DeGuire.
For Dr. Elizabeth Howard her profession is about more than eye charts and trendy frames. She wants her patients to feel important.
“The optometrist I had growing up was that person, very caring, very interested in me as an individual and that had a huge impact on me,” says Elizabeth.
Optometry is what she and her husband, Dr. Andy Howard are passionate about.
“The community has supported us for more than 25 years and the demand for premium eye care and eye ware continues to grow and what we wanted to do was take that demand and that support and give something back to the community,” says Andy.
They are giving back with a brand new, 10,000 square ft. facility dedicated to promoting eye health. It's also allowing them to add more staff and provide health care to more patients with less of a wait time.
"We took the extra time, the extra planning, the new location, it's all about them that we truly are investing in them,” says Elizabeth.
Doctors Andy and Elizabeth say in addition to the new facility, they are planning to add to their 27 full time staff.
A grand opening is scheduled for the public on October 30th.