As Dr. Teagle's practice
grew, the field of optometry was experiencing growth brought
about by new technology. With advances in contact lenses,
glaucoma screening and materials used to manufacture eye
glasses, the business became much more diverse. Having his
sons join him after graduating from college enhanced Dr. Teagle's practice. He referred to his education as an
example of changes that have taken place in recent years.
Dr. Teagle, who graduated from Pomona College, said he was
required to complete two years of college and two years of
optometry school. His sons had to complete four years of
college and four years of optometry school. Robert, Jr. and
Don have brought their extended schooling with working
knowledge of advanced technology to their father's practice.
As an optometrist's role changed from being only an eye
glass dispenser to a practitioner who treats infections,
removes foreign objects from eyes and renders physical
treatment, continuing education has become a requirement for
license renewal. Along with the need for continuing
education brought about by technological advances, other
changes stemmed from the growing presence of HMOs according
to Robert, Jr. With many plans, the optometrist is the first
eye doctor a patient sees before being referred to an
ophthalmologist. "We have greater access, longer hours and
we're more cost-effective," he said.
With the availability of new computerized diagnostic
equipment and the training necessary to use it, Teagle
Optometry shares a commitment, built upon a foundation of
learning and a sharing of knowledge, to provide all
patients with the best possible care.
Sadly, Dr. Robert Teagle, Sr. Passed away on July 1, 2016 in
Valencia Ca. Click HERE to view memorial tribute.