He's not moving away.
But Dr. Shane O'Brien will be adjusting to a new daily routine when he retires later this month.
“Several ideas and possible endeavors have been circulating through my mind," he said. "I always enjoy learning and exploring, I'm not sure yet what my path will be. I love the outdoors, working with my hands and spending time helping family and friends. A 'for sure' will be furthering my prophetic Biblical knowledge and understanding, as well as numerous home projects that await me. I will not be idle.”
The optometrist has spent his entire career at Quarryville Family Eye Care, joining Dr. James Dombach in 1992.
"Two of our present staff were already here when I joined the practice - Sharon Kreider and Carol Reitz. Our two receptionists, Sandy Sensenig and Crystal Martin, have been with us for eight and six years respectively," he said. "We also have some relatively new faces on our staff. I will miss each and every one of them and feel truly blessed to have had them be a part of my life.”
The New England native turned to optometry after working as a certified public accountant.
“It was a difficult decision, but I feel the time has come,” he said. “The daily interaction with my patients, staff, and partner Dr. Greg Robinson, will be a substantial loss in my life. It's one of the things I feel most sad about. But times change and I will see how the Lord leads me."
He has seen eye care advance during his 27 years in Quarryville, Dr. O'Brien said.
“Technology, techniques and pharmaceuticals have greatly improved eye care in the past several decades. Those have been exciting to witness and participate in. I feel more than ever we are able to help patients maintain good ocular health and provide them with the best possible vision. Having worn corrective lenses since childhood, I can well relate to that."
Not all changes in the profession have been as positive, however.
"On the minus side, I have also witnessed how outside influences and mandates can affect the profession," Dr. O'Brien said. "I guess I'm old fashioned, but I feel the patient/doctor relationship should be just that – between the one providing the service and the one receiving that service. It use to be more that way. Now with third party payors involved (government and health plans), the way most offices practice optometry has changed. I feel like I'm less involved with patient care and more of my efforts are toward non-patient/doctor aspects of helping run a modern day optometric practice. I miss the more intimate rapport with patients.”
His partner of nearly 19 years, Dr. Greg Robinson, will continue to operate the practice on S. Church St.
"We have had a great working relationship and I will really miss it," Dr. O'Brien said. "I leave knowing the practice and my patients are in great hands."