Optometrist looks forward to eye care

Franz opened his own practice in Plattsburgh

Douglas Franz says this area needed another eye-care clinic.

Douglas Franz says this area needed another eye-care clinic. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

— “What you see here is all her,” Franz said of his wife. “She was here every day checking on the contractors, making sure the walls were straight and the cut sheets were available for the electrician.

“I have the easy part. I just have to do a good job seeing patients.”

The team includes Thomas Becht, who brings more than 22 years of optician experience to the practice.

“He is the best optician in the North Country,” Franz said of the Air Force veteran.

Melissa Zielinski is a Plattsburgh State graduate with six years experience as a frame stylist.

“The two of them will assure you that you get the right frame and the best handcrafted lenses in the North Country.”

Some of the services provided include, routine and diabetic eye exams, Glaucoma diagnosis and treatment, dry eye management, urgent eye care and exams for myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, presbyopia, headaches, vision loss, cataracts, macular degeneration and more.

Franz said this is his first experience as a small businessman, or job creator.

“It’s people like us that will pull this country ahead, and I feel very privileged to be one of those individuals who can get America back on track again,” Franz said. “I want to create a clinic where you don’t get a rushed exam. I want to leave the North Country with an eye clinic that will long outlive me.”

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