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Richard Griffin

Dr.
Richard Griffin, OD
, OD

Dr. Richard A. Griffin, OD, of Pearle Vision at Oaks Mall, has had an interesting career. After graduating from the University of Florida’s College of Aerospace Sciences and Engineering, he enjoyed 15 years as an aerospace and aerodynamics design engineer—including work on the F-15 and the Space Shuttle. “I primarily designed wings and airfoils, using mathematics to predict how air will behave around a wing or blade on an aircraft,” says Dr. Griffin. After achieving a reputation for excellence in that field, he wanted to apply his design knowledge in a more meaningful way. Dr. Griffin had the vision to see similarities in the movement of air and light and realized that by shaping light could help people see better. He earned a Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry and went on to build a successful eye care practice.

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While building his practice, Dr. Griffin found that contact lenses were in high demand, but he often encountered a problem that couldn’t be solved with contact lenses. “Around age 40, everyone eventually experiences it,” he says. “That common condition called presbyopia—when it’s time for reading glasses.” Dr. Griffin says that patients would reluctantly wear reading glasses, but what they really wanted was to keep wearing contact lenses. “Contact lenses were an option for people with presbyopia,” says Dr. Griffin. “But they didn’t work well enough. They might provide good vision for reading, but distance vision suffered and patients weren’t happy.” Knowing that both light rays and air act in similar ways and that both can be analyzed mathematically, Dr. Griffin was determined to find a way to channel light with contact lenses in a way that would better enhance vision for patients over age 40. “All my years of experience in design fueled my vision for a new kind of contact lens,” he says.

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