Full Name: Chun AuYeung
Name of Practice: Eyes On Norbeck
Setting: Private Practice
Location: Rockville, MD
High School Attended: Palm Beach Lakes High School
College Attended: University of Florida (Go GATORS!)
Optometry School Attended: Nova Southeastern University
Other Education: School of the Hard Knocks (jk)
Tell us something interesting about yourself: Was a hibachi chef for 5 years during college. Cooked for the Gators football and basketball teams. Born in Israel.
Tell us about your family: My lovely wife is Dr. Vicky Wong and we have been married less than a year. We met in optometry school at Nova Southeastern University. No kids, but we have a spoiled dog name Maddox (after Maddox Rod) and he has more Instagram followers than we do. I have 3 sisters and 2 are here in Maryland while the other one is in Florida still. One my sisters, Melissa AuYeung, currently works with me at my practice and handles all the front end responsibilities from managerial tasks to replacing my paper towels in the exam lane (that’s what baby sisters are for).
Tell us about your parent’s occupations: Both are in the restaurant industry. We had a Chinese Kosher restaurant in Israel.
Why did you choose optometry as a career? It is a very uplifting profession. We as optometrists can improve a patient’s quality of life by simply providing them a clearer, comfortable, and healthy vision. Also, we prevent more than we “fix” serious conditions. It’s one of the few health professions where we talk more than we examine. It involves a lot of psychology. Such that we are getting inside the patient’s head and into their eyes to see how they see daily and provide a customized treatment plan.
What aspects of your professional life do you find most rewarding? Simply, making someone else’s life just a little bit better. Whether they are patients or other ODs that I help in getting them where they want to be professionally.
What aspects of your professional life do you find least rewarding? Being restricted to provide quality care in which it is within our scope of practice.
How did you end up working where you are now? By working at various optometric modalities and realizing what was missing in the community that I am currently in.
What professional conferences do you like best? Vision Expos
Have you ever used a practice management consultant? Not yet.
What advice do you have for young people considering optometry as a career? It is a great profession where it has many types of practice modalities. I mean there are options within options! It is also one of the professions that constantly evolves and never becomes stale. We went from just refracting to treating numerous eye conditions to being business owners. But at the end of the day, it’s all about helping people see better. See better with glasses and contacts. See better about themselves. See better about their lives.