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University of Maryland Optical Center Grand Opening Event with Former Ravens Kicker Matt Stover

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Sunni Houston-Scott, OD, FAAO
 Sunni Houston-Scott, OD, FAAO

Former Baltimore Ravens’ kicker Matt Stover was the special guest when the newly-renovated University of Maryland Optical Center held its Grand Opening Ceremony on Thursday, April 11, 2013 in the lobby of the University of Maryland Professional Building at 419 West Redwood Street. A special ribbon cutting ceremony kicked things off, with E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Bill Tucker, Chief Corporate Officer for University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc., helping Sunni Houston-Scott, OD, FAAO, Manager and Director of the Center, cut the ribbon. Later, customers and others had the chance to get photos and autographs from Stover. Anyone making a purchase in the store during the Grand Opening was given a special commemorative football to have autographed.

The University of Maryland Optical Center is now about four times larger and has been completely renovated for the grand opening. “The University of Maryland Optical Center offers a boutique experience, with eye care, optical services and products customized for the patient,” says Dr. Houston-Scott, who is also an Instructor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. “This is not a cookie-cutter approach, or what you might see in a shopping center or mall.”

Ribbon CuttingAt the University of Maryland, patients have the convenience of having all their eye care needs met by expert eye care professionals including optometrists, ophthalmologists and opticians all within the 419 West Redwood Street building. The Optical Center staff includes two certified opticians, who are trained to handle the most complex cases and prescriptions. “Our goal is to make sure everyone is not only satisfied, but completely satisfied,” says optician Jeannel Bishop, ABOC.

The Center’s line of eye care products is also expanding to meet a growing demand. “We have increased our inventory from about 300 to more than 700 frames, with a wide range of high-quality brands people have been asking for including Ray Ban, Prada, Gucci, Tory Burch and Coach,” says Dr. Houston-Scott. “At the same time, we have a wide variety of price points affordable to all customers.”

With the new services, products and space, Dr. Houston-Scott expects to see a dramatic increase in the number of patients served by the University of Maryland Optical Center.

Services Overview:

  1. Board Certified Opticians – To make sure patients receive top-notch care, the University of Maryland Optical Center is staffed with two board certified opticians: Wendy Frazier, ABOC and Jeannel Bishop, ABOC.
  2. Designer Selection – From reasonably priced eyewear to top designer brands, a wide variety of frames are offered to suit every patient’s needs.
  3. Expanded Inventory – The University of Maryland Optical Center expanded its inventory from 300 to 700+ frames for your convenience.
  4. Convenience – Once you see your eye care professional at Ophthalmology in Suite 400 of the University of Maryland Professional Building, all of your eyewear needs are met in the Optical Center, now located in the lobby. In addition to the convenience of being located in the same building as your eye care professional, the Optical Center welcomes walk-ins and is open during regular business hours: Monday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Tuesday-Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
  5. Wide Insurance Coverage – When the Optical Center expanded, so did the types of insurances that are accepted. The Center now accepts some of the most popular plans, including University of Maryland employee health plans.
  6. Digital Lenses – The newest technology is now offered to provide patients with the clearest vision possible.
  7. Free Adjustments & Cleanings – If you feel your frames aren’t fitting you properly or they need a cleaning, drop in and get them adjusted or spruced up for free.
  8. Frames Replacement Warranty – One year for all frames that break under normal wearing conditions, at no additional charge.
  9. Trusted Prescriptions – There are times when patients may feel that their vision is not quite right. The Optical Center will review your prescription for free within 30 days of dispensing.
  10. Employee Discounts & Second Pair Discounts – University of Maryland & FPI employees can receive 20% off their complete pair of glasses and 10% off contact lens orders. While this discount cannot be combined with any others, including insurance company discounts, the Optical Center can provide you with a comparison to show you the best option to save you more.

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 Cutstomers tried on some of the featured frames, from a selection of more than 700 in the store.

 Who says glasses have to be boring?

 Dr. Houston-Scott and Stover

 Ravens fans brought a variety of items for Stover to sign, from pennants to footballs.

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