Friday, June 8, 2012

A unique grand opening for a Milford business




****The following has been submitted by GuptaEyeCare where a car drove into the business' window Tuesday a day before the planned grand opening, which went off as planned.

What a roller coaster of emotions this week has been for all of the people associated with Gupta EyeCare.  This new optometric office has been in the works for months, with a grand opening date which was scheduled for June 6.  Everything seemed to be right on schedule for this grand opening until June 5th.  At 9 am the owner of the practice, Dr. Deepak Gupta, received a phone call that a car had driven through his office.  Obviously, he rushed to the office to discover the accident which now threatened his life long dream.  Apparently an elderly woman in the parking lot put her car in drive instead of reverse and crashed her CRV through the front of the office.   With a little more than 24 hours, the immediate thought was that the grand opening would have to be cancelled.  As the day progressed, however, the less appealing that idea became.  So many people had already carved time of their busy schedules to attend the event, including the honorable mayor of Milford, Benjamin Blake, and members of the Milford chamber of commerce.  Before the day ended. The decision was made that Gupta Eye Care would proceed with the event.  Rather than dwell on the negative and be a victim, the mood around 680 Boston Post Road changed.  The rally horn was sounded all systems were put in overdrive to make the grand opening a reality.

By the next day (June 6), much of the work had been completed and all that remained was shopping for refreshments, balloons, etc.  However, one last thing threatened the vision of Gupta EyeCare's Grand Opening: rain.  By the afternoon, thunderstorms were passing through the area.  Once again, rather than letting the weather spoil the event, a contingency plan was made to hold the event inside of the office, in the main waiting room.  Once again, however, this plan was not needed.  A little before 4pm, the a break in rain occurred, and the honorable mayor Benjamin Blake cut the ribbon along with Deepak and Sonia Gupta to help officially open Gupta EyeCare to Milford residents.  Family, friends, and members of the chamber of commerce were also on hand.

The basic principle behind Gupta EyeCare is a return to the fundamentals of medicine.  Everyone is aware of the changes in healthcare and how those changes have impacted patient care.  Many patients often complain about how they do not feel like they matter as person when they to their doctors.  That is not the case at Gupta EyeCare, where there are 3 basic aspects to the office offering superior care to patients.  First, there is the cost factor.  With this economy, there is never a reason to overpay for eyeglasses or contacts.  That is why you will see that prices for contact lenses are very competitive with internet sites and warehouses.  Even though patients can get the expertise of a private practice doctor they can get similar discounts to big volume wholesalers.   The same is true for eyeglasses.  The second part of the service involves scheduling.  In many offices, it is not unusual for a doctor to see fifty or sixty patients a day.  The way most doctors do this is by having a technician do most of the work often leaving very little time for direct patient to doctor time.  This is not the case at Gupta EyeCare where Doctor Gupta does most or all of the examination and only schedules enough patients a day to allow for ample time for questions by patients.  The last component  of Gupta EyeCare is technology.  Even though the office philosophy is a return to the fundamentals, the office also features the latest in ophthalmic technology to allow the proper diagnosis and management of diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and keratoconus.

This whole concept of getting back to the fundamentals of eye care was conceived by Dr. Deepak Gupta, the Director of Clinical Services.  Dr. Gupta received his Doctorate in Optometry from the New England College of Optometry where he was inducted into the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society and named as a Sola Quest Scholar. His clinical areas of interest and specialization include the examination and fitting of complex contact lenses such as those for astigmatism and bifocal contact lenses. He also has a special interest in managing patients with keratoconus, a relatively rare corneal disorder. He has extensive experience in all aspects of eye care including ocular emergencies and trauma, contact lens fitting, managing patients with glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Throughout his 20 years of service in eye care, Dr. Gupta has helped train ophthalmology residents, optometry residents, ophthalmic technicians, and tutored optometry students. He has worked with optometrists and ophthalmologists in all specialty areas. He is often consulted by other eye care practitioners on more challenging cases.

Dr. Gupta is recognized for his contributions to eye care education having been the Founding Course Director for The Optometric Management Symposium on Contemporary Eye Care, the author of the textbook Glaucoma Diagnosis and Management and the Founding Editor-In-Chief of Contemporary Optometry, a monthly newsletter dedicated to providing quality continuing education to optometrists. In addition, Dr. Gupta was honored to serve as a Delegate At Large for the White House Conference On Aging.

Dr. Gupta also is dedicated to helping provide education to his peers and has authored more than 150 articles and presented over 150 lectures to eye care professionals throughout the United States. His true passion, however, remains helping patients on a daily basis for their comprehensive eye care.

Through a combination of dedication to patient care, the investment in medical technology and clinical expertise of the doctor and staff Gupta EyeCare truly does bring you world class eye care right here in Milford Connecticut.


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