In-Office Finishing Lab Offers Opportunity for Special Olympics Athlete

This video features Nic Christensen, a young man with ID (Intellectual Disability) who found his employment and success through his vision screening at the Special Olympics National Games. At the screening, Nic became fascinated by the machine to grind eyeglasses, which lead to him getting a $35,000 loan to buy the equipment. Nic now works with his father, Jay Christensen, OD at Dr. Jay’s Family Eyecare in Harlan, Iowa. His story is a great example of how optometrists can use people with special needs at a certain level of intellectual ability to do edging.

The video was produced through a University of Iowa/ Medicaid Infrastructure Grant.