Bruce Vaneske, ABOM, NCLE, FCLSA
Contact Lens Technician, Master Optician
Bruce got started in the optical business when he decided to shift from machine tool technology to the ophthalmic dispensing program at MCC. Starting out at Modern Eyewear, then Contemporary Eyewear, now, here at Eye Essentials, Bruce has over 37 years of experience in the optical business. Bruce is a Master Optician and Certified Contact Lens Fitter. His scope of knowledge in optics is unmatched; he can tackle nearly any complex prescription and is always up for a good challenge. What he likes most about being an optician is helping improve people’s vision to the best it can be. In his free time Bruce spends his time gardening, bird feeding and riding his bicycle. In 2012, “grandpa” was added to his credentials, and he enjoys that the most!
Teresa Forsyth, ABOC
Teresa started in the optical business in 1980 by working int he lab at Commercial Optical. Having worked in a lab gives her knowledge of how lenses are made behind the scenes. She also completed the Ophthalmic Dispensing program at MCC. She spent a good portion of her career working at, and managing corporate/chain optical dispensaries. When Teresa came on board at eye Essentials in 2010, she was thrilled about the fact that she could now recommend lenses and options that are best for the customer, not only what is best for the company, which was different from what she was used to. Teresa loves helping people see better and look better simultaneously. With over 35 years of experience, Teresa’s most valuable characteristic is her attention to detail in the quality of the eyewear we provide. When Teresa is not working, she enjoys long distance running and her cats, PC and BooBoo.
Amy Hood, ABOC
Amy started her optical career at Shopko, then at Walmart where she was able to work under a doctor to gain the knowledge needed to take and pass her ABO certification exam in 2001. She then transitioned to a privately owned optical where she spent many years. Early during her 19 years of experience she really fell in love with eyewear. Amy has several pairs of glasses and can match her glasses to just about any outfit. Amy loves to see the transformation from before to after when a person gets new glasses and loves doing her best to make her patients see the best they can. Amy has two daughters and two mini-schnauzers that occupy her time outside of work.
Scott Reeves, ABOC
Scott started his optical career in college. He graduated from MCC in 1981 with his degree in Ophthalmic Technology. Scott’s friendly personality, good listening skills, and over 34 years of experience, make him the ideal optician. Scott has spent many years as an active member of the Nebraska Society of Dispensing Opticians. Throughout the years, Scott has held positions of the NSDO such as past vice president, board member, and course instructor. In 2014 Scott was voted by the NSDO as Optician of the Year! When he’s not at work, Scott enjoys spending time with his kids, riding bikes, and traveling.
Our full service optical shop is staffed with friendly, certified opticians. In Nebraska & Iowa, licensure is not required and certification is voluntary. In some retail chain optical stores, an employee who was in the gardening department one day could be an optician the next. Anyone can be an optician, but not a certified optician. We are a proud to say that all of our opticians in both dispensaries are board certified by the American Board of Opticianry. ABO certification demonstrates that the optician is qualified and competent. With a combined, 146 years of experience, our six opticians at our two locations always strive to give you the most for your money. Quality and customer service are always our priority. Our opticians are not commission driven, ‘sales people’ who want to sell you all sorts of things that you don’t need. Our ethical approach and service oriented attitude is what we strive to maintain. Opticians are required to maintain their certification by attending continuing education seminars and training to learn the latest up-to-date skills, measuring techniques and advances in technology as well as the latest in eyewear trends.
“In particular, it identifies the optician to the public as a dispenser who will handle the patient’s eye wear needs with competence – someone who can be trusted to provide the quality care they want and deserve.” -American Board of Opticianry