Michael Raney is the managing optician at Southwest Eye Care and Laser. Dr. Raney obtained a degree in ophthalmic optics and is certified to fit and prescribe glasses to patients. He focuses on his patients' needs and goals when receiving glasses.
I'm Michael Raney; I am the managing optician here. I came here a good 20
years ago when Dr. Stainer, Dr. Kaprielian, and I decided to combine the
three strong Os of eye care together and get this practice started. This
has been an enjoyable process. We really love working with our patients
everyday and getting to know them.
Outside the office, I'm very involved in the community in many different
things. Many people may see me involved as a musician. I play principle
trumpet in the Bakersfield Symphony, and play in many other dance bands and
jazz bands all around Bakersfield.
I'm one of the few who have actually gone through a college program; I have
a degree in ophthalmic optics. I had brought that out in 1977, and
immediately started in Bakersfield. We started, in fact, our own local
chapter of the California Society of Ophthalmic Dispensers. I was the
president and I even became the State Education Chairman for the
organization. I am certified by the American Board of Opticianry and fellow
of the National Academy of Opticianry.
Like some many people, as a young teenager, I found I was lacking in my
vision somewhat and simply needed a pair of glasses. I did meet another
optician who took a liking to me and really recommended I explore this
field. It just struck with me and I pursued it, and have been glad ever
since. One of the most satisfying parts of fitting glasses, sometimes the
simple case of having a young person come in whose never had glasses
before, didn't even realize what they were missing in life. As we go
through that process and try to finally come down to putting their actual
glasses on, to watch their eyes light up as they look outside and through
those lenses, and all of the sudden see the leaves on the tree with such
detail that they've never seen before. All around them, they just turn and
look. It's an amazing thing to behold and watch the joy on their faces as
they start to use their glasses for the first time.
Most important thing I'd like people to know is that we really do care
about them. We want to get to know them. find out what their needs are. I
like to go home at the end of the night knowing I did that I've done the
best job possible and fitting the best glasses they've ever had.