Kleiman Evangelista Eye Center Welcomes Dr. Nghiem Duong
As a young 16 year old, Nghiem Duong was brand new to contact lenses and she was nervous about putting them in and taking them out. She hoped the optometrist who fitted her would spend time helping her feel more comfortable with the process, but instead, he handed her an instructional DVD, told her she was smart and could figure it out on her own.
“I remember thinking to myself that I could do way better at being a doctor,” she said. Even as a high school student, young Nghiem already knew she wanted to go into the medical field but after that experience, her interest in the eye grew and she made plans to pursue a career in optometry.
Fast forward a decade and Dr. Duong is so excited to join the Kleiman Evangelista Eye Center team as a doctor of optometry. “I love the fast-paced environment at Kleiman Evangelista Eye Centers,” said Dr. Duong. “They are able to serve a lot of patients and I can’t wait to be a part of helping people see their best. And I believe I have a real strength in connecting with my patients and helping them feel comfortable with their choices.”
Dr. Duong enjoys everything about her field of choice but is most fond of the ongoing patient interaction. “It sounds very basic but there is really nothing greater as an optometrist than helping someone see their best,” she said. “Whether it’s fitting them in the right contact lenses or helping them in the process of selecting LASIK or cataract surgery to correct their vision, it always puts a smile on my face to help people see their best.”
A recent trip to Ecuador with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity was so life changing to Dr. Duong that she plans to return as soon as possible and to travel to other underserved parts of the world. “That trip was very humbling,” said Dr. Duong. “We are so privileged in the U.S. to be able to practice the way we do with the instruments we have access to. In many parts of the world, they have nothing more than very basic, rudimentary instruments to try to help people.”
Dr. Duong feels that all doctors should go and give their time in that way. “It really is the most rewarding experience,” she said.
Kleiman Evangelista Eye Centers warmly welcomes Dr. Nghiem Duong.
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