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B 8 Oxford/Orion Progress Edition 2016


Not many businesses can boast they’re celebrating their 50th anniversary, but then again, Walton and Becker Eyecare in Oxford isn’t simply another business.


The optometry practice is a local institu- tion. People of all ages have trusted their vi- sion and their health to the doctors there for generations.


Over the years, the faces and technology have changed, but the unwavering commit- ment to quality patient care has remained strong as ever under Dr. Elizabeth Becker, Dr. Tracy Moran and Dr. Wendy Nielubowicz. In order to better serve its lengthy list of


patients, Walton and Becker Eyecare broke ground on a new home last year. Located at 89 S. Washington St., just south of the heart of historic downtown Oxford, the site is going to feature a 4,000-square- foot modern office facility. “We expect it to be open by the end of this year,” Dr. Becker said.


The new office will provide the three-doc- tor practice with an increased number of exam rooms, plus additional space to help waiting patients feel more comfortable and relaxed. It will also provide Walton and Becker Eyecare with enough space to display the practice’s extensive selection of eyewear and sunglasses for all ages.


Once in their new home, the doctors are hoping to expand the vision therapy side of the practice.


Fifty years later, Walton & Becker is still helping people


Vision therapy is a type of physical therapy for the eyes and brain. It’s a highly effective nonsurgical treatment for many common visual problems along with some reading and learning disabilities. “We will also have enough space to allow for our low-vision care and regular examina- tions on the same day,” Dr. Becker said. “Cur- rently, I see patients on a day with no other doctors here. At the new office, I’ll still dedi- cate one day for low-vision, but we will be able to see other patients, too. We’re looking forward to that.”


The new location will give the practice greater visibility on M-24 and provide pa- tients with the convenience of being close to the many other medical facilities in down- town Oxford. “We’re looking forward to com- ing back to downtown Oxford where this prac- tice started,” Becker said. Walton and Becker Eyecare has been lo- cated at 837 S. Lapeer Rd. since the 1970s, but the practice originally took root where Red Knapp’s American Grill is located. One of the great things about the practice is how truly dedicated the doctors are to im- proving the lives of all people, not just their patients.


Since last June, Dr. Becker has served as president of the Michigan Optometric Asso- ciation (MOA). “That’s been quite interesting and reward- ing,” she said.


Dr. Becker has been working diligently on a piece of state legislation designed to en- sure students who fail to meet reading stan- dards at the third-grade level receive com- prehensive vision exams to rule out any un- derlying visual problems that may be con- tributing to their learning difficulties.


to help a struggling student,” she explained. “The MOA realized a lot of the reading as- sessments do not include a comprehensive vision examination. Right now, what’s con- ducted is often more of a screening.” Dr. Becker and Dr. Nielubowicz will be par- ticipating in Children’s Vision Day events on Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills and the Michigan Science Center in downtown Detroit. “It’s a fun day for children to learn about vision,” Dr. Becker said.


Drs. Wendy Nielubowicz (left), Elizabeth Becker (center) and Tracy Moran.


“Up to a third of these students have a vision problem that contributes to their learn- ing difficulties. A comprehensive eye exam is an important part of assessing the best way


The event is designed to teach children and their parents about eye safety, ocular anatomy and how to locate an eye doctor in their area. Children will also be able to ex- plore hands-on, learning stations that will be set up at each museum. Each station will be operated by volunteer MOA optometrists. “There will be some fun things like seek- and-find activities and optical illusions,” Dr. Nielubowicz noted. To learn more about Children’s Vision Day events, please visit science.cranbrook.edu/ or www.mi-sci.org To learn more about Walton and Becker Eyecare, visit www.waltonandbecker.com or check out their Facebook page. Patients are encouraged to give feedback via Facebook. To schedule an appointment, call (248)


628-3441.


Elizabeth Becker, O.D., Tracy Moran, O.D., Wendy Nielubowicz, O.D.


248-628-3441 837 S. Lapeer Road, Oxford www.waltonandbecker.com


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