A conversation with Dr. Tayler Peachey, OD
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Peachey to Dunlap Vision.
1) What brought you to the Bourbonnais area and to Dunlap Eye Care in particular?
- I am originally from the Bourbonnais area. When I became aware that there was an optometry practice just blocks from my new home, I took a chance and sent my CV. I was unsure if they were even looking for another doctor, but I was very impressed with their website, patient reviews, and overall message they convey. I was lucky enough to receive an interview. From the moment I walked in the door, it felt like the right fit for me.
2) How did you become interested in optometry?
- I wanted a medical career in which I am able to provide patient care while also allowing me to be the wife and mother that I had always envisioned.
3) Where did you go to Optometry school?
- Illinois College of Optometry
4) What do you like most about the work you do?
- It is very rewarding when I can help improve a patient’s day-to-day work and play by providing them with the best vision possible. Not only can I do this through spectacle or contact lens correction, but also through techniques to reduce digital eye strain, improve their ocular surface and dry eye symptoms, or discovering other internal causes of reduced vision that need to be addressed.
5) Do you have any specialties or aspects of eyecare that you are particularly passionate about?
- I love working with children. As a kid, I was very scared of any and all doctors. It is my mission to give children a positive experience while they are in our office.
- I am also passionate about helping those with dry eye symptoms. Although this condition is chronic, there are steps that can be taken to reduce symptoms and improve comfort. I have this condition myself, and it was not until I was in optometry school to that I knew there was anything to be done. I want to raise awareness that there are options available.
6) What designer frame line would you say most aligns with your personality, and why?
- Fendi: Their frame styles often pay homage to vintage frame shapes (which I love) while still adding making them modern. They also can be a bit quirky and artistic with bold colors and patterns.
7) What is your favorite piece of optometric technology and why?
- The development of the OCT, or Optical Coherence Tomography, device has greatly improved our ability to diagnose patients and accordingly develop patient care plans. This device allows for further evaluation of the internal structures of the eyes, especially the retina and optic nerve. I am very grateful that we have access to an OCT device here at Dunlap Vision.
8) What trends do you see developing over the next several years in the industry and how do you stay ahead of them?
- It is inevitable that we will see more and more cases of digital eye strain among both adults and children. Not only are adults spending more time in front of screens both at work and at home, but now children are spending more time in front of screens at school on top of any screen time they have at home. One way I combat this is proactively educating patients and parents about digital eye strain as well as testing their focusing system and eye alignment while performing near tasks.
9) Please share a patient experience that stands out in your mind?
- I once had a young patient with cerebral palsy and limited verbal communication skills. Her mother had noticed that she was becoming less interactive with her environment over the past year since she had received her first pair of glasses the previous year. Upon examining the patient, I found that the glasses prescription she had been given was grossly incorrect. I was able to trial the prescription I found for her before she left my office. As soon as they were in place, her eyes lit up and she began to clap her hands and look around the room. Her mom began to cry. This experience is one I revist on the more difficult days of being an optometrist. While some days can be challenging, many days are extremely rewarding.
10) What you like to do in your spare time?
- Above anything else, I love spending time with my husband & family. In the summertime, our getaway is going boating in the Lake of the Ozarks and on Lake Michigan.