In contrast to today, when she was growing up, much of the Hardin Valley and Karns area was just wide-open country for a girl like Tabitha who loved nothing better than being outside, riding bikes with her friends from dawn ‘til dusk. Immediately upon graduation from Karns High School, she entered the Roane State Community College Opticianry Program.
Tabitha graduated with her Associate of Applied Science degree in 1993 and earned her license and ABO and NCLE certifications. Her first decade as a licensed optician Tabitha worked for a branch of a national optical retailer, eventually becoming a manager of several offices. That experience was an education in how the retail side of Optometry works, she states. In 2004, she joined the eye care practice of Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor and Haun, serving as an optician for the Weisgarber Main office where she has had the opportunity to experience the medical side of optics.
Now, an optician for one of the five locations of EyeCare Optical, a division of Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor and Haun, Tabitha enjoys keeping up with advanced lens technologies such as digitally processed progressive lens. She helps her patients navigate the many options, such as glare-reducing, anti-reflection lenses, or a blocker to protect the retina from damaging blue light, or light-responsive color-changing lenses.
Tabitha adds that in her primary responsibilities of selling, dispensing, adjusting and repairing eyewear, it can be challenging to achieve a balance in fit, vision and style. In these days of remote retail, it’s a personalized service and a trained, caring optician can make all the difference in the outcome, she believes.
“With evolving designer trends, it can be as much a fashion function as it is a medical function. Some people need hand-holding throughout the frame selection process, and some are completely independent with every version in between. Prescriptions often dictate frame options, so it can be tricky to balance performance and aesthetics. We want our patients to feel confident and comfortable with better vision when they leave with their new eyewear.”
Tabitha is excited about being part of this neighborhood-based eye care practice. “The people I am helping every day are my neighbors and friends and families of my sons’ friends. Both of our boys were members of the Hardin Valley High School band, so I spent a good eight years as a very involved band mom on my weekends,” she continues. “We know and love this community!” One son went on to graduate from Middle Tennessee State University and is a band teacher and the other son serves in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division.
“Because Hardin Valley is a little bit off the beaten path, despitethe fact we are growing,” Tabitha continues. “We have remained a close-knit community, more like family, and everything you need is right here.” Along that same “family” concept, the Optometrists at EyeCare Optical can perform comprehensive eye exams and if there is an eye disease diagnosis, they can refer their patients to an Ophthalmologist at EyeCare Optical in Hardin Valley as well as Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor and Haun.
“I know how much people dislike redundant paperwork and having to start all over again with a new doctor. Patients don’t have to here; our doctors can refer you to a specialist they know, and they can get you in quicker than if it were an outside referral. That is such a gift for our patients.”
Tabitha Bible sees patients at our Hardin Valley location.