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Personal, poignant: Surprising stories from optometry
Two leading eye-health organizations team up to inspire eye health practitioners

  • November 5, 2020
  • Press Contact: IDOC® 203-853-3333

November 5, 2020, Norwalk CT — Fresh direction. Free spirits. What attracts eye health practitioners to their field? In October 2019, two organizations that both serve those professionals across the U.S. joined forces to launch Dream it. Do it. Share it. to answer that question and encourage them to tell their personal stories.

IDOC, a 3,000-strong member organization of independent eye health practitioners, teamed up with contact lens manufacturer CooperVision® to create the Dream it. Do it. Share it. campaign. Together, the organizations sought out professionals who had uplifting stories to share about their lives and their work. A production team captured those stories. Now, they’re part of a growing playlist of short stories at

“The goal of the campaign is simple: to celebrate our optometrists by providing a platform to share what inspired them to join the profession,” said Dave Brown, President and CEO of IDOC. “Everyone comes to this business differently. We’re here to ask, ‘What’s your story?’ because every story is important.”

One of the first contributors to the campaign, Dr. Jennifer Stewart, optometrist and partner at Norwalk Eye Care in Norwalk, Conn., describes in her video how she found a way to combine her love of sports with her passion for her profession. Another early contributor, Dr. Andrew Neukirch, optometrist and owner of Carillon Vision Care in Glenview, Ill., tells how optometry represented a new life direction for him.

Their stories have surprises—which make them all the more engaging. And as IDOC members, these dedicated practitioners can conjure memories from others about how they started out in the business.

“When IDOC approached me about being part of this project, I couldn’t wait to see where it would go,” said Dr. Andrew Neukirch, OD. “I’ve heard from other ODs that they not only loved my personal story but decided to contribute their own.”

That’s the kind of collegial experience IDOC seeks to cultivate in its members, who they serve year-round with practice-building benefits and collaboration vital to independent practitioners. It’s also the kind of partnership the group values in its work with CooperVision®.

“CooperVision loves to support independent practices, and this project was a perfect fit for us,” Evan Schwarz, Manager Corporate Accounts, CooperVision. “And the fresh stories keep coming. Every optometrist is a unique source of inspiration. That’s something we want to amplify with IDOC.”

Dream it. Do it. Share it. is currently running across social media, all of which points to the heart of the initiative at, a public-facing site where the stories can be viewed.

About CooperVision
CooperVision, a division of CooperCompanies (NYSE:COO), is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of soft contact lenses. The company produces a full array of daily disposable, two-week, and monthly contact lenses, all featuring advanced materials and optics. CooperVision has a strong heritage of solving the toughest vision challenges, such as astigmatism, presbyopia, and childhood myopia, and offers the most complete collection of spherical, toric, and multifocal products available. Through a combination of innovative products and focused practitioner support, the company brings a refreshing perspective to the marketplace, creating real advantages for customers and wearers. For more information, visit

About IDOC
For the past twenty years, IDOC has remained committed to building a powerful community of independent optometrists, providing advanced practice management tools, advice and support systems that drive business growth. Membership plans include expert consulting, metrics-based business solutions, negotiated vendor discounts and peer-to-peer networking. IDOC works collaboratively with 3,000+ independent ODs to help them stay ahead of industry change and achieve their business vision, their way. For more information about IDOC, call (203) 853-3333 or visit

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