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Gary Parham

Gary Parham

Gary joined Five Points Eye Care in May 2021 as an optician. He began a career in the optical field in 1999 as an optical lab technician and received a Dispensing Opticians license in 2004. He is certified by the American Board of Opticianry.  Gary brings an experienced knowledge of optics along with understanding the best fits and style when helping patients find the perfect eyewear for all of their needs. Gary is passionate about helping patients see and look their very best.  Gary is married to Joni and they reside in the Sanford community of Madison County with their daughter Fia and his step-son Kaleb. He also has 3 sons (Isaac, Will, Gabe), 2 step-daughters (Brianna & Tula) and 2 step-sons (Kaleb and Dawson).  Gary loves taking trips to the mountains exploring towns along with antique/thrift shopping, movies, and concerts with Joni.  He also enjoys running, playing guitar, and coaching his daughter’s soccer teams.  And of course he is a die-hard Georgia Bulldog – GO DAWGS!

End of Year Reflections:

What do you love about working in Optometry?

I've always been passionate about helping others and optical provides so many opportunities to practically change someone's life when you are helping them with their sight. It means so much to see patients' faces light up with joy when they can see clearly for the first time with new glasses that I have helped them with. 

Why do you love working at Five Points Eye Care?

I love working at Five Points Eyecare because I'm able to truly care for the patients and listen to them, spend time with them, and get to know them. Our family environment with the office translates over to how we treat our patients and customers. We are driven & inspired by putting the patient's needs first and not by just selling a product or gaining business. 

What’s your favorite positive patient story?

I've had many positive patient experiences and those are definitely what makes this more than just "work" but a greatly rewarding career!  A great patient experience I recently had involved a young man that had never worn glasses before. He was in need of glasses and never knew how poor his sight was until he had an eye exam. He had a really busy job and was unable to get the time to come pick them up. It was a Friday afternoon and I really wanted him to have them. I offered to bring them to his workplace so he could get them for the weekend. He was using a computer and on the phone with a vendor of his when I gave him the glasses. He was so thrilled when he put them on he exclaimed to the person he was on the phone with and said "Man! Are you seeing this?!" And we all had a good laugh because he said, "oh yeah I know you can't see this through the phone but let me tell you I've never seen this clearly before, Wow!!!"