Dr. Michael Cohen, Grandfather
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A Career in Optometry is Pretty Wonderful

Joseph Philip Cohen was born at 2:19 A.M. on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. He is the first-born son of my son, David (Dov) Herschel Cohen and his beautiful bride, Christine. Joseph Philip is the great grandson of my father, Dr. Philip Cohen and my mother, Thelma. While none of my four children chose to follow in the footsteps of my father and me, I am looking forward to the day when my grandson graduates from Pennsylvania College of Optometry (Salus University) and becomes Dr. Joseph Philip Cohen.

It is very hard for me to put into words, what it felt like to become a grandfather for the first time. All of my patients, my brother, Donald Paul Cohen, and my friends who preceded me in this rite of passage told me that it was something very special to become a grandfather. However you really have to experience the birth of a grandchild yourself, to be able to understand what it is that your friends and family are crowing about.

When my children were born, I was so busy trying to build my fledgling optometric practice and provide for them, I missed out on some of the simple things like holding the newborn in my lap and hoping that he would open his eyes and look at me. There just never seemed to be enough time to watch my newborns purse their lips because diapers had to be changed.

It feels as though a powerful electromagnet draws you towards it; in this case it is a ten pound, 22.25 inch long infant that is pulling on you. That is the feeling I have these days; I need to hold that baby, and I need it now!

So, to my patients who have hung in there with me over the past 40 years, I say thank you. I have not forsaken you … I am just a little distracted at this moment. You might just say that I am in the process of beginning to mentor the next generation of optometrists who will be examining eyes at Four County Family Eye Care.

I am planning to tell Joseph Philip how very nice it is to fit contact lenses on a young girl’s eyes and eliminate the need to wear “coke-bottle glasses”.

I plan on telling Joseph Philip how cool it is to be able to remove a piece of rusty metal from the cornea of a burly auto mechanic who is in pain.

I plan on telling Joseph Philip how nice it is have the intuition to be able to ease the mind of a worried parent whose kid is deliberately faking blindness because he or she wants a pair of glasses just like the ones his or her best friend just got.

I plan on telling Joseph Philip how great it is to have ten thousand bosses and not just one to answer to.

I plan on telling Joseph Philip how wonderful it is to assemble and train a staff of dedicated and caring individuals to assist you in the care of your patients’ ocular health and visual acuity.

I plan on telling Joseph Philip that he must take his time with people, not always be in a hurry to get on to the next patient.

I plan on telling Joseph Philip that he can practice Optometry for a long, long time.

And finally, I plan on telling Joseph Philip that he should spend his time studying, not worrying, and then he will be just as good a student as his father was.

Doesn’t that make it sound like a career in Optometry is pretty wonderful?

Four County Family Eyecare, founded in 1973 by Optometrist Dr. Michael S. Cohen, is located in Berlin, New Jersey. Dr. Cohen offers vision and eye exams, eye glasses, contact lenses, Lasik consultation and pre-screening for patients in Berlin, New Jersey, Williamstown, NJ, Hammonton, Atco, and Sicklerville as well as Voorhees, NJ Cherry Hill, Pine Hill and Lindenwold.

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