January 20, 2013

Optician marks one year anniversary

PLATTSBURGH — ADK Vision Care recently marked its one-year anniversary.

Co-owners Dr. Douglas Franz and his wife, Renee Franz, opened the business at 2 Healey Ave. on Dec. 19, 2011. They designed and renovated the former LaBarre’s Meat Market.

“When we got it, it was an empty shell,” Dr. Franz said.

The office features hardwood floors and pleasant, pastel-green walls.

The start of a new practice provided the opportunity to invest in new, state-of-the-art equipment. That includes an optical coherence tomography scanner, a device that allows a doctor to view cross-sectional views of the retina.

“Only about 30 percent of doctors have that. It allows us to check our patients more thoroughly,” he said.

The practice features a waiting room, reception desk, three exam rooms, post-testing room, contact-lens room and break room. They display art from local artists throughout the building, with selections that change every month.

“It’s nice for us. I get to see new art every month,” Dr. Franz said.

ADK Vision Care is a full-service eye-care clinic, Dr. Franz said. Services include routine eye exams, optical services, contact lenses, urgent eye care, dry-eye management, diabetes and glaucoma management, children’s eye care and refractory surgery co-management. 

Dr. Franz said they offer co-management care with Burlington-based Dr. Juli Larson and Saranac Lake-based Dr. Duncan Winter. Dr. Franz said he and Winter are scheduled to give a presentation on the optical coherence tomography technology at CVPH Medical Center on March 1.

They now offer telemedicine with Dr. David Weissgold and Dr. Michelle Yong of the Retina Center of Vermont as well.

The patients mainly visit the Plattsburgh office for post-operative follow-up care. Franz is able to send images to the doctor for

advice on the patient’s progress and future care.

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