Spartanburg’s Bella Vision is earning national recognition for exceptional patient care, innovative practices, and overall excellence in the eye care industry.
CooperVision’s Best Practices Program honors best-in-class eye care practices from across the nation. The program recognizes optometry practices with a proven commitment to excellence in patient care, business development, and community support. Spartanburg’s own Bella Vision is one of just 10 new honorees in 2023 selected to join a prestigious group of “Best Practices” recipients from across the nation. Bella Vision is only the second South Carolina practice to be selected since the program began in 2016, joining Charleston’s Draisin Vision Group (a 2020 honoree).
Janet M. Wilson, OD, FCOVD & Rachel Tanner, OD, MPH, FAAO
“Success in optometry comes in many different forms, and we love that Best Practices sheds light on practices that truly view challenges as opportunities. These practices are constantly evolving in response to changes not only in the industry, but in the wants and needs of today’s patients – and they are among the best in the country because of this mindset,” said Michele Andrews, OD, Vice President of Professional and Government Affairs, Americas, CooperVision. “As always, we have great things in store for our new honorees, including collaboration and sharing their stories. We welcome them all to the Best Practices family.”
“To be included among a group of optometrists who have become national leaders in the advancement of optometry and many who I have personally admired over the years is an incredibly humbling honor,” said Janet Wilson, OD, FCOVD, owner of Bella Vision. “Thank you to CooperVision for recognizing our practice, but also for recognizing practices like ours from across the country.”
Dr. Wilson, who has been practicing for more than 15 years, believes in a collaborative, informative approach to eye care with patient outcomes at the center of every decision. Alongside associate Rachel Tanner, OD, MPH, FAAO, and an exceptional office team, Wilson ensures Bella Vision is fully committed to the experience of each person who walks through the doors of the practice’s new location on Fernwood Drive, just minutes from downtown Spartanburg.
“Each team member understands that every patient has a choice to come to our office for eye care and that through every encounter, phone call, or optical experience, we have to earn their trust,” Wilson said. “We’re not perfect, but we constantly aim to improve our communication with patients and amongst ourselves, utilizing technology and regular staff development. While we offer specialty eye care services in our practice, nothing matters if we do not prioritize the patient’s overall health.”
The Bella Vision team with representatives from CooperVision- Brad Lininger, Senior Regional Sales Director; Kevin Judd, Senior Account Executive; and Dr. Felicia Timmerman, Senior Manager of Myopia Management.
Part of that patient prioritization, she said, is ongoing dialogue and education – both with patients and with those outside of the Bella Vision office, like fellow physicians and members of the community at large.
Locally, Wilson often makes time to speak about eye care awareness at K-12 schools and colleges and universities, educating the community about the connection between vision and learning. She participates in local symposiums with area physicians and has spoken to local athletic trainers and other clinicians on brain injury and the visual system. As the current President-Elect of the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association (SCOPA), Wilson coordinates continuing education opportunities for optometrists in South Carolina to learn from some of the most talented and experienced eye care professionals from across the country.
Throughout Bella Vision’s nine years of providing patient care, services have continued to grow and expand with community need. In addition to primary eye care for children, adults and seniors, Bella Vision specializes in optometric vision therapy and dry eye treatment, among other areas. With detailed treatment plans in place and thoughtful and open communication with patients and other providers, patients experience tremendous outcomes that extend far beyond 20/20 vision.
“Through vision rehabilitation, we successfully treat patients ranging in age from three to 75 years old with a variety of conditions: traumatic brain injury, double vision, visual processing disorders, and countless children who struggle to learn to read,” Wilson explained. “Graduates of our program have experienced life-changing results, like returning to work, returning to school, driving again, having more success in the classroom or the sports field, or even being able to stop taking ADD/ADHD medications.”
Patients who suffer from chronic issues related to dry eye disease are able to experience relief through Bella Vision’s dry eye treatments that include a variety of options beyond eye drops, including education, supplements, products, and FDA-approved in-office procedures like Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy and Radio Frequency (RF).
Understanding Bella Vision’s mission means knowing that eye care is just one piece of the wellness puzzle. Each interaction with the team – in an exam room, on the phone with a collaborating physician, or at a community event – is an opportunity to offer a deeper understanding of the far-reaching impact the visual system has on the entire body, and vice versa.
“Being an optometrist means that I have the gift to improve someone’s quality of life,” Wilson said, “and there is nothing more humbling and fulfilling than that.”
About Bella Vision:
Bella Vision opened in 2014 by Janet M. Wilson, OD, FCOVD. The mission of Bella Vision is to provide patients with exceptional eye care and a luxury optical experience. Our knowledgeable team strives to serve our community utilizing the latest research and technology. It is our honor and privilege to care for our patients’ most precious gift of sight.
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