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Case #2 — Tumors? In My Eyes?

Cat Scratch Fever (Ocular bartonellosis)

Cat Scratch Fever (Ocular bartonellosis)

This one was the patient encounter I remember most. I was working in commercial optometry at the time at a busy box store. The patient I was seeing hadn’t been dilated in 5 years (probably more). I asked the patient if he would like to have a dilated eye exam today. He asked the benefits of dilation and I gave him my standard answer: “We are checking for diabetes, high blood pressure, and any holes, tears, or detachments but not limited to those things.”

A dilated eye exam can tell us so many more things about the eyes beyond the things I listed. Syphilis, AIDS, and even ‘Cat Scratch Fever’ (nah nah nah) are 3 things I wouldn’t even think to begin to list as something we would typically find in a routine exam, but are all things that are possible to find upon routine examination. This day, however, I found the one thing that I never wanted to find.

While using my BIO (a device that looks like a miner’s hat used to evaluate the eyes) I found an area in the back of the eye that looked pigmented and elevated. Typically, the thing that I worry about the most during a dilated eye exam is a retinal detachment (when the ‘seeing’ part of the eye becomes detached and no longer works leading to blindness). In this specific case, I hoped that I was mistaken and the patient had a retinal detachment and not a melanoma, but in my heart I knew. This is the most obvious case I’ve experienced that a trip to a private optometrist may have saved this patient’s life.

Choroidal Melanoma

Choroidal Melanoma

At the time of diagnosis, only 4% of patients are known to have another type of cancer even with PET/CT scans. Over the following years, however, physicians usually find more tumors because at the time of diagnosis even PET/CT scans will not find microscopic tumors.

I have only seen one of these tumors in my 8 years of checking retinas and I hope it’s my last.

Why Do I Love Orthokeratology and CRT Therapy?

I am a wearer of Orthokeratology lenses myself. I started doing corneal reshaping in 2012 in Optometry school. Ever since, I have had clear vision in both the daytime and nighttime without the hassle of contacts during the day. Though rare, I’ve always been concerned about the risks associated with LASIK since there are no second chances with our eyes. No more daytime dryness with lenses, torn or ripped contacts, or broken eyeglass frames. Playing basketball, applying makeup, swimming… none of these are an issue when using Orthokeratology.

If your contact lens prescription says -3.00 D and under, chances are you’re a shoe in for Orthokeratology. Orthokeratology is not for all prescriptions, so make sure you ask during your appointment if it interests you!

Dr. Hooper Shares His Top 3 Eye Health Tips!

Team IBB Pt 2

Dr. Hooper joins Team IBB once again to share what he thinks is necessary to keep your eyes healthy!

[Auto-Generated Transcript] [Music] welcome back to the bonus video with dr.
Ryan Hooper aka
dr. age and we’re gonna go through your
top three keys to eye health or eye
success or success with your eyes or
whatever whatever you want to call it
just I’m super excited because I have
not seen you for a while you were now in
my defense you were in Texas right so
that was a long drive for my eyes but
I’m looking forward to checking out your
new location in Rocky River sign me up
and I’m looking forward to learning more
yeah so I think the one thing that I’d
really like to share right off the bat
is talking about preventative eye health
my new location is you’ve referred to in
Rocky River as Westside preventative eye
care I really want to explain to people
why I health is important to that I
think that you know we talked about
dentistry and and the medical profession
they’ve done a great job of really
explaining why going and seeing them is
important for your health and I think we
have optometrists have really dropped
the ball on explaining like like why why
does this help you how does this benefit
you can come see us so a stat is like
the average person the AOA recommends
you see an optometrist every year to
take a look at the back of the eye make
sure everything looks healthy the
average person comes in about every
three and a half years so yeah that’s
alright so just to kind of show people I
think that you know we hear about
diabetes and things that can affect the
eyes a lot of people don’t even know
that but you can go blind from diabetes
so two cases that I’ve seen one
gentleman came in completely
asymptomatic was questioning whether he
wanted to do a dilated eye exam like a
systemic symptomatic that means like no
problem I’m just I don’t have that
doctor brain so you gotta talk to me
like a kid so he came in no problems no
complaints just came in for a routine
eye exam was questioning you know should
we do the dilation I’m like well you
know what’s recommended every year so we
went ahead did the dilation I looked
back and I saw a tumor in his eye
actually so typically when a tumor comes
into the retina we’re talking about
leaving the liver metastasizing from the
liver or the lung so you know we sent
him on his way and and you know he got
care but that’s something that I bet
most people don’t think about when I’m
sure he didn’t come in thinking wow yeah
so and then you mentioned Maya time in
Texas there was a patient I saw you know
she came in didn’t tell me this but was
at the hospital previously that day and
came in with blurred vision I looked in
the back of the eye and you know I saw
swelling and hemorrhaging and bleeding
and things in the back of the eye yeah
and unfortunately I had to send for
blood work
you know there’s different viruses and
things that you can acquire that cause
of bleeding in the back of the eye but
that helps that patient diagnosed you
know it’s again talking about a holistic
approach yeah she had a virus in her
body that I was able to look in the back
of the eye and see the problem so you
know a lot of people talking about the
eyes the window to the soul but it’s
curious certainly as a window in Wow
into the into the body it’s the only
place in the body we can see the blood
vessels in the back of the eye and
actually look at one of your cranial
nerves cranial nerve to the optic nerve
that runs to the eye so we literally get
to look at part of your brain and part
of your vascular structure everything
and then so you can you know obviously
depending on the situation but you can
say hey based on your the vascular
structure of your of your what’s going
on in your eyes you may have some issues
in your liver or you may have some
issues in other places a lot of times
kidneys
high blood pressure is one thing that we
can diagnose the female patient that I
saw in Texas had high blood pressure too
which also could have caused some of
that bleeding in the back so when we
talk about preventative eye health and
when we think about preventative eye
health these are all things that we
wouldn’t necessarily catch if we didn’t
do a dilated exam look in the back of
the eye you know if that tumor that I
was talking about traveled from some
area somewhere else
how do you really find that without
right before it’s too late
yeah yeah so that’s so well I’m not
gonna I’m not gonna jump in so I’m want
to derail what’s going on so that I have
so many questions but all right so
preventative eye health you recommend is
it once a year every six months or what
what’s defined preventative eye health
you know if I or someone watching this
is they okay I need to commit to that
what does it look like yeah so a dilated
eye exam every year is what’s
recommended by the American Optometric
Association so so coming in once a year
doing the dilated exam I mean it stinks
nobody wants to do it really this is you
know it does blur your vision up close
it’ll last for three about three to four
hours so if you bring somebody to the
appointment that can drive you it’s
really not that bad one but it could be
good bonding time with the old buddy as
long as you have a driver I mean it
doesn’t really affect people too much in
other ways okay so just make it part of
your routine make it part of your just
like your physical um you know and
really not over wearing those contacts
and things like that
speaking of contacts I believe that you
will help me get contacts in my I wanted
to an eye doctor I spent about an hour
trying to get the contact him but
because what legally you can’t you can’t
send someone off with contacts until
they’ve actually got them in their eyes
correct I can take them out okay so I
yet I’m yet to have con
because I’ve never been able to get them
in my eyes before my eventually my nose
starts bleeding and I get all right it
was bad
not everybody is so I poked my so many
times in my nose terribly that was that
was a very very they had like every
single person that worked there like at
every position in the building was
coming from there like just like just
like try this try that try that so don’t
give up hope don’t give up hope so but
it you know if we can get the context
I’m sure you can provide me the classes
and we’ll be good to go so prevent to do
all kinds of fun so and that
preventative portion will extend to when
we talk about preventative health
obviously when I was talking about kind
of a holistic or systemic stuff that we
can find in the back that not many
people know about we can actually talk
about your prescription as well when I
talk about a preventative approach to
eye care
I’m also thinking about your actual
vision so since 1960s and 70s
nearsighted rates have actually doubled
in the United States and I think when
you think about like which is what I
have yes okay nearsighted means I have
trouble seeing far away a farsighted
means I have yeah trouble seeing says
the ass a little bit the opposite so I
taught you well thank you so in China
it’s actually around 90% of the
population is nearsighted and they have
actually been really leading the way on
how to actually reduce nearsightedness
in the population when we talk about
nearsightedness we’re mainly talking
about the eyeball stretching so I put
you at a higher risk of retinal
detachments which eventually causes
blindness you know glaucoma macular
degeneration everything that you don’t
really want to hear us talk about way up
you puts you at a little higher risk for
it okay so they’ve really been on the
forefront of how do we reduce
nearsightedness or at least nearsighted
progression you know it’s kind of easy
to understand why our prescription
they’re going up for nearsighted
prescriptions because we do so much
right in front of our faces now right
how many three five-year-olds do we see
that are using a tablet or a cell phone
right so our eyes are just trying to
adapt to that and move the vision and
because they it’s just a natural
adaptation we used to get something
called college myopia where you would go
to school you will start studying and
then your sighted vision would creep
them then around 21 22 now we’re seeing
that 8 9 10 years old and then earlier
that that my Opia starts or
nearsightedness starts the more
aggressive it is so it is becoming a
problem so as far as preventive health
and preventive eye care and how we look
to treat that is a corneal mold called
orthokeratology it’s almost like if you
think about again Dennis have done great
jobs of explaining what happens it’s
basically like a corneal mold is like a
retainer for the eye so for lower
prescriptions you can actually wear
these corneal molds overnight they
correct your vision throughout the
daytime and you actually don’t need to
wear anything through the day now the
benefit associated with that is it
actually stops the eye from growing by
about 46 to 50 percent so young children
who come in with a small prescription we
can place these corneal molds on their
eyes check make sure that they fit well
they go home they sleep in the corneal
mold and the next day they come in they
take it off their 20/20 and we don’t
really see progression of their
prescription it kind of stops it in
their tracks
so what oh yeah what I hope to do at
Westside preventive eye care and rocky
river is you know when we see emerging
nearsighted patients provide them with
these corneal molds and try to stop
progression of myopia and that’s a nice
trick it’s awesome yeah so okay so
that’s where so JJ he’s almost 2 years
old so is there a certain age that I
mean obviously like he’s not having any
issues like same thing laser there’s a
there a certain age that you bring your
children in to see you like how does
that work yeah so I think it’s important
to get eyes
before the age of three a lot of times
we’re really just looking for gross
abnormalities do you have an eye turn
you know just on my test so I see a huge
reflection of a huge prescription you
know the eyes somewhat underdeveloped so
we expect to find like a farsighted
prescription up until about age eight so
I would say one two three and then
really every two years from there until
we start getting into what’s the
prescription now
okay so typically what I recommend cool
but I could so like but I could book an
appointment me and him together
absolutely he could drive me home he’s
ready cool all right let’s figure that
part out but no he you know for him we
would just you know really look for any
gross abnormalities he’s not gonna be
able to tell me one or two which is
better but we’ll be looking for you know
a general prescription if you see people
with eye turns and things like that a
lot of times not always but sometimes
those cases could have been caught
earlier and corrected before they get to
that point as well so again preventative
preventive eye care
maybe not something that people think
about and is that something that like
those like the retainers for your eyes
quote-unquote is that something that I
could like that could help me from
having my vision continue or it might is
it too late for me yeah so that’s a good
question so typically typically the
biggest change in prescription comes
between eight and twelve years old so
the later that that progressed it
happens yeah
the later that that happens the less
aggressive it is so the patient that I
really need to get into the corneal mold
is that six seven eight year old that’s
starting starting to show signs of
myopia so I wear corneal mold tonight
I’m not wearing anything right now with
your prescription
I believe you’re a Lome I hope you could
wear them and you wouldn’t see
progression but typically after the age
of 21 22 the eye has stopped growing and
you don’t see a whole lot of program in
any way okay but you know
it’s the benefit of not wearing contacts
or anything during the day morning
dryness during the day especially for
those of us that can’t even get the
contact in there right yeah one day one
day so alright so we got the
preventative I health yeah
the myopia control yeah correct and then
yeah so so really just maybe kind of
understanding the guidelines of what we
were kind of talking about reasons that
it’s important to change your contact
lenses so you do want to come in every
year to it the most and have that
dilated eye exam done like like I said
the American Optometric Association
recommends we come in every year
preventative eye health is something we
really need to think about changing your
contact lenses
another thing that maybe people don’t
necessarily think about is is over
wearing their context I just wear them
until I get until I I have some buddies
really I just wear them until like I can
barely see any more like and so the
reason that’s happening is because all
these things are getting stuck to your
contact lenses and that’s opening your
vision so if you think about different
things that can get stuck to your
contact lenses bacteria and viruses
fungi even in cases and if you
accidentally fall asleep with that
contact while you’re creating a moist
warm and buoyant environment for that
fungus that virus or that bacteria to
grow we’ve seen we’ve seen cases of
blindness occur from someone who sleeps
in their contact lines so so really just
like I said I think maybe we’ve as a
profession of dropped the ball on
educating patients on what these things
are so not sleeping in your contacts you
know coming in every year and getting an
exam done and just kind of following
those guidelines I think is really the
key to success as far as so stop making
excuses and just do it just this just
make mark Kramer just awesome so very
cool well so preventive care making sure
that you are controlling your my
Oh piya correct I wouldn’t say tomato
tomahto okay all right cool
but and then just do it just just so
that’s where my commitment to everybody
is sign me up we’re going to get me
going and JJ will be there sounds good
bring Eric the whole love the whole
family yeah party man happiness in your
eyes so anything else to add my man
I don’t think come see us over in Rocky
River Westside preventative eye care
we’re in Beach cliff market square beach
cliff market square awesome very cool
well well thank you so much man
appreciate it thank you everyone for
joining us for this bonus video I’ve
learned a lot so thank you again for
everything you do and your expertise I
hope you joined a lot and until next
time stay burn proof
keep your eyes

Dr. Hooper Joins Team IBB for Part 3 of His Idea of Success

Team IBB Pt 2

Dr. Hooper joins Team IBB once again to give part 3 on his view of success in the workplace, relationships, and beyond.

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[Music]welcome back to dr. right Hooper's hashtag IBB top three keys of success and we put a little twist because it's dr. H's top three H's to awesomeness that's what it's bad man this has been really good so if you missed the first two go back and watch them and we're really excited to bring on home with the Third Age so dr. Hooper without further ado my friend take it away so the first video we talked about a holistic approach to success or a bird's-eye view kinda taking everything in second video we talked about homeostasis or just really life balance and how that equates success and in the third video I hope to talk about just really finding happiness and Happiness creating this success you know when we talked about a holistic approach you can define it to success in so many different ways for to me success is happiness like very ultimately trying to get you know when we think of financial success I mean we want to feel happy with uncomfortable yeah so it's really where we're trying to get and for me if I'm not happy if I don't come to work every day as an optometrist and present a version of me that's that's happy because that's where I want to be how can i how can I effectively treat patients and make their because I want them to steal a little bit of peace of happiness for me all the time that they spend with me that can be the best part of their day coming I mean like so truth be told like the both of us what we do a lot of people it's not on there it's not like a top top ranking thing of like when you want to have fun what do you do well I go talk about these things where I go I go get my eyes checked and I have that little poof thing that goes you know like I said you know it's archaic okay sorry sorry and once I provided vodka at West side preventive we don't do the proof all right but sorry we're welcoming technologies all right very good and so I'm excited to go go to your new place and I bet the proof got a little derailed there but you know it just you can make things that traditionally aren't fun right fun doing it when you actually are happy to be there and actually happy to be having those conversations and two before when you're talking about people can experience certain experiencing blindness because they're so stressed because and I've been there where it is you know I'm success success success success you know like just accomplished accomplished accomplished achieve achieve achieve and you arrive at whatyou thought was gonna make you happy without like without that holistic approach I'm a man like I justcompliment tomorrow yeah dude tomorrowit's not going to mean anything and alsoit didn't fulfill you know I would saylike the this is and the VATS mmmoh we always feel like that this isgonna you know that this of life isgoing to make me happy right foreverright that is gonna make me happyforever but this is and the VATS onlymake us happy for that moment like youknow for now there's a big differencewhen that forever happy and the for nowhappy so they in Tulathank you for addressing this because II feel like I talked about it a lot butI I feel like our culture kind of sweepsit on the rug they let happiness that'scheesy that's for the lazy peoplehappiness is for lazy people who don'twant to work who don't want you knowlike who make excuses so can you talkabout some ways that amidst all the thepressures and the intensity ofeverything you do all you know all dayevery day and balancing everything likehow do you maintain that happiness orthere's certain things that help youstay enthusiastic and passionate sure soI think that I think that if you canfind something that you are passionateabout if you can be passionate if youcan be enthusiastic about what you'redoing if you can be yourself and not tryto wear the hat where the unhappinessokay I mean if you're if you're notbeing who you are every day and ifyou're a good person I think successwill follow you naturally and that's ofcourse you know we got to address theage that we that we didn't includebecause I think it's kind of implied ashard work you know nothing makes upnothing will make up for hard work yeahbut hard work with balance equates thehappiness for me and and I think thatwhat you were talking about is like youknow the stepwise when I was goingthrough I talked a little bit aboutgoing through school and I always feltlike I climbed a mountain and then therewas one right yeah like what be puttingmore mountains on top of these mountainsyeah not be immortalized by that yeahkeep going and to maintain a positiveoutlookyou have to initiate the fact thatyou're successful already by climbingthat mountain so the next one it's notthat big of a deal yeah see and you gotto enjoy the journeyI think that's if there's one thing thatI feel like I really learned too late itwas that you had to enjoy the journey ofschool optometry school I mean it wasyou know it was difficult you know yeahthree tests a week like mm-hmmit was very stressful I didn't enjoy thejourney necessarily the whole time yeahand I think if you can get yourself to aplace where you're happy with who youare and if you're passionateenthusiastic about what you're doing yougot to be comfortable knowing that it'lljust follow success will just follow youbut the heart yeah the hard work so Iand I'd be interested to get yourfeedback on this too is first I'll justkind of a comment on your time I climbin the mountains all we're thinkingabout is getting to the top right andthere's like this once-in-a-lifetimelike moment halfway up the mountain andyou just instead of looking at itappreciating it loving it you're justlike no time you gotta you know gottaget to the top yeah so like I likeso thank you for that because that'ssomething that I'm gonna like just kindof soak up more of those momentsthroughout the climb but the soak themup we've beentalking a lot about the hard work andlike happiness gets roped into like I'mgoing to keep roping it back into likewell they're just late they want to behappy then you know and sit on yourcouch all day and watch TV you know liketo me the happiness because I had towork so hard that is how I'm actuallyable to actually be happy that gets if Ididn't do all the hard work and didn'tsuffer through all this stuff let meit's like if you don't have to sufferthrough three tests a week there's noway that you could truly be happyachieving your doctorate because then itwouldn't I don't like do you feel thatwithout hard work you can't havehappiness because like whatever youachieve there's there's it's Hollowthere's nothing to it yeah I think itdepends on you and what yeah what you'rewearing I think if you know I think thatsuccess will follow you and I think youwill be successful at what you're doingif you're a good person if you'repassionate if you're enthusiastic aboutwhat you're doing but how can you reallydo that stuff without hard work I thinkit's I think it's got to be somethingthat's there like we were talking aboutlike relationships and family and allthose things require work to them so Ithink you're a lot happier when you knowthat you've put that out for a day yepand at the end of the day you're notlooking back and saying well if I onlywould have done this if I only want towork a little harder here you kind ofdon't have to question yourself it'sable you're able to look at that testscore and say well it was a B I couldhave got an A but I worked as hard as Icould get so yeah you know left it allout there yeah right yeah and I think Ithink that it definitely allows you tomove on from something like that a lotquicker and maintain that happiness notbeat yourself up over I like it I likeitawesome well anything else to add Idon't think so come see us we don't dothe air puff here at Westside preventiveI careJune lows they had a bad experience ofthat I like this thing Wow what the hellyeah and that's supposed to be our claimto fame and I'm like good we inventedthe thing that we've been a good thingthat people don't want to come see thispoor guy comes to my side preventive Icare in October Ohio for right so I willsee you there I look better no puffsI'll see you there thank you for joiningus this has been an absolute pleasure myman learned a lot and if you missed thefirst two go back and watch them andeverything you do just get after it workhard like like the doctor says anddriving prescribe word I'm gonnaprescribe you some hard work get to italright so awesome yeah until next timestay bare improve

Dr. Hooper Sits Down With Team IBB To Define Success – Part 2

Team IBB Pt 2

Dr. Hooper joins Team IBB once again to give part 2 on his view of success in the workplace, relationships, and beyond.

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[Music]
welcome back we are here for part two of
the hashtag IBB top three trilogy with
the one and only dr. H and he's sharing
with us his top three H's to success go
back and watch part 1 if you missed it
and I'm really excited to get into the
second page to success so what
don't hold back what is it so the second
H we'll be talking about today is
homeostasis well fancy mansions
homeostasis is that science those are
like doctor words so I think you know if
you've taken a like a college-level
biology course that I was talking about
homeostasis which apparently I'm Mrs.
which is a biological term but also just
the concept that's been around forever
like when we talk about yin and yang
we're talking about the balance right homeostasis is a literal biological term for the balance of your body chemistry so I think homeostasis and success is important really balancing your life I found very quickly an optometry school that if I just worked myself to the core there was no room for you know we talked about mental health these days everybody mental health is everybody like everybody you got to maintain your own positive attitude and if you burn yourself out on what you're doing how can you possibly provide for my case patient care effectively if I'm worn out from from working myself yeah if you're not taking care of yourself how can you take care of others exactly it's and I've heard that it's in it would you agree that it's easier said than done yeah for sure you know because like I talked about in the last video like the H that's going on explained is or unsaid rather is hard work like you can't replace hard work that's got to be on your plate if you want to be successful I think and that goes for everything kind of a holistic approach talking about relationships take work family you know everything yeah everything takes work so yeah whether it's just business or whatever you know but you got to maintain a balance alongside that hard work because do you feel like for its time' it's like when you say like the the homeostasis when you put it in like a yin and yang like for me I was like oh this is cool like this is like the legit you know scientific way to explain that so thank you for that thank you doctor no but the for me like I just and I almost did init that's where I let the work side just run my life and I understood and you understand and for those of you watching this that have obtained success in in the work life and the work side of life so to speak you have to make a lot of sacrifices in your personal life but I've for me it was like I through it wasn't I didn't even try to balance it like I through like I have my health like I was just like gaining weight quit exercise like just like I literally threw away everything besides work yeah if that makes sense and then getting married you know I was same deal I warlike well I'm thereat boggles my mind that your marriage or your relationships outside of work like you put some it's not called work so to speak you know but it just we just expect it to all work out yeah like you're working so hard at work and you're like well if I don't work so hard then it then it won't work out and then you go home or you go you know you go to your personal life and you're like why isn't this working out because that you know you're on cruise control so yeah just it I think that this is a big gut check for me is having homeostasis and all times were working hard at work but not to the point where I don't have anything left in me to bring home and for the family so because that yeah but we throws many great relationships and we throwaway so many personal things we built just because it we just right it's like you can't just it's not off an onion you're always on like is there so is there anything I'm sorry I'm like going on right here because that is success rate it's like maintaining all those things yeah that'swhy the first age we talked about was aholistic approach yeah all those thingsare kind of encompassed in that and you you are you are an entire person andthat entire person has to be successfulso you need to leave enough in the tankthat you can like spread those resources we're all human yeah and some that youyou've talked about is like and and I'veheard it depends on you know who youlisten to who you talk to but somepeople that wall I go to work I put onmy business head and I go home I put onmy dad had my husband hat or whateveryou know something you say like if youhave true homeostasis and you have aholistic approach to thing you talkabout you don't really need to wear ahat that so for me like again anotherthing with steel but like can you talkmore about just be I said you like beyou not don't just be wearing whateverhats all the time yeah because when Ithink about when I think about peoplewearing hats do you know they say oh youneed to put on your business hat andthink about this this way I I don't knowthat that's who I am I think putting ona hat is me trying to transform myselfinto into something else that I'm not Iwant I want my business to reflect me asa person yeah and I think that you knowwe can strive to improve in differentareas you know when I put on my doctorhat every day I don't necessarily putthat on it's something I carry with meall the time you can leave your home Ithink I think that you know we wearthose hats all the time and you justneed to be yourself and as long asyou're you know we'll talk about in thein the third video like if you'repositive if you maintain a good attitudeand and if you're passionate about whatyou do those hats you're wearing one hatand it's yourselfyeah and that's and it's the you hat andthat's the only one you need to wearwear your hat wear your hatthat's that is uh that's awesome andthat's that I think that that issomething that obviously worth with IBBwas that was the game-changer for me wasthat that was the moment it was Jamesversus and I'd be interested to get yourfeedback on this dish and share withanybody out there that because I feellike you get you know like yourcertifications like you're like youactually got your doctorate you know butlike you kind of I felt like I had Icouldn't be James anymore because Jameswas not the expert and James was just acollege kid and James ran you know likejust James just was a lead singer likelead singer in a band like I I did allthis stuff but it had nothingspecifically to do with what I was doingon a day to day basis yeah so I feltlike I had it like well if I talk aboutwho James was that nobody will respectwho James is now that makes sense sowhich it kind of mean it had theopposite effect for like is thatsomething that you've that you've had tobattle through as well as like well I'ma doctor but hey by the way I'm alsoalso me I'm also me and now I guess howdo you not lose yourself in the processof like climbing this professionalfunnel you're just like you're gettingpushed into this professional funnelwhere you don't feel like you can justact normal anymore yeah I mean the theprocess or the or the thought process ofmaintaining homeostasis is really whatgot me through a lot of those things andjust you know I am I'm a millennial yeah[Laughter]yeah but I have embraced it now and youknow when I when I when I think abouthow I want to run my practice or when Ithink about how I want to treat myemployees like that's just that's justwho I am and you know I don't thinkthere's anything wrong with that withoutyou know kind of taking a holistic viewof my my workforce like you knowthey have lives outside of thereforethey're not just again going back toyou're not a transactional person rightthat is not your style your style is nottransactional it is it is it is way moreand that's cool man and I tried to puton my hat and force that yeah when I'mnot my transact yeah just I'm gonna be afraud yeah I think success is justfinding you being comfortable with youand maintaining you throughout the wholeprocess that's because that's where -like I would want to come work for RyanHooper and then if I showed up to yourlocation in Rocky River and I'm like ohhey what's going on man how are you andyou're like you're like whoa time outI'm now wearing my past-due body whoathree minutes later fired I got myemployer hat on you're in trouble wegonna need to talk to HR yeah and then Iput on my HR head be like you're firedand if that's you I mean yeah it's gonnareflect you that's fine but you knowI've you know I've tried to maintainmyself throughout this whole process andsink-or-swim I'm gonna be me and I thinkthat's I think that's a measure ofsuccess as well yeah I like itawesome awesome well very cool wellthank you for that I'm looking forwardto your final piece and your bonus tipvideo as well and thank you all forbeing here and until next time stay burnproof

Dr. Hooper Sits Down With Team IBB to Define Success

Team IBB Pt 1   Compressed

Dr. Hooper sits down with James Schleicher to discuss his views on success! View the full video by clicking the link above!

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what's going on everybody we are here
with dr. Ryan Hooper aka dr. H and he's
here to share with us his hashtag IBB
top three keys to success and actually
got a little little dr. H twist it's
gonna be dr. H's three ages to success
so I am I'm super excited and so without
further ado my friend
take it away what's what's the first age
to success so I think the first age to
success is in a holistic approach to
success you know a holistic approach
means that you're taking everything from
kind of all angles and I think that
success can be defined in a lot of
different ways so when somebody comes in
to me as an optometrist and they
complain about like vision loss in one
eye one of the questions I'll ask them
that most people probably don't think
about is have you been stressed because
stress can actually cause blindness in a
nice ear yeah yeah typically in
gentlemen like us who are you know 30
and you know type A personality so see
that's crazy to do most times so someone
like has a more holistic approach to
their life and more holistic approach to
success and kind of pumps the brakes on
the whole stress levels is it common for
the vision to come back or is it like
permanent ya know typically it'll come
back okay I'm like tonight I see like
okay so kind of defining success in
relationships and your business with
your family kind of taking a bird's-eye
view of what six I should look like and
kind of mapping it in different
directions so really taking everything
into account so you're you're looking at
the whole picture the holistic picture
versus just work just home or just
school or just okay exactly all right I
like that Thanks I like that
so so is there so for example what are
some things that you do or that you've
seen work well with people to have the
more holistic approach to success yeah
so I think given that we successes in so
many different areas it's hard to manage
each area on your own so relationships
obviously was a two-way street
yeah so you try to surround yourself
with good people that are also trying to
be successful in different ways so you
know I think we automatically think of
or maybe I automatically think of
financial success first when we talk
about success but there's so many other
ways yes so I think it's important to
surround yourself with people that care
about the whole you and not just one
cast yes okay okay so when we first
started discussing finances one thing I
appreciate about you as you looked at my
whole my whole me when talking about
finances and all that you know I aspired
to open my own practice and and mm-hmm
which you are right yes yes we're at
rocky river rocky river and we're
looking to open in December awesome
but that we could give to go different
avenues that that take an account my
whole life as opposed to just one narrow
aspect of it and the future for
retirement I'm kind of looking at okay
you want to do this this and this and
that yeah I appreciate about you well
and I feel like that for me it's more I
don't I think that's more fun like when
you're so like for example you're gonna
what someone comes you you're gonna help
them I mean but it's more fun when
you're able to kind of dissect more like
hey this is that a lot of people in our
industries it's more of a transactional
sure relationships you come in what's
wrong okay here do this or you know like
there's no real like there's no actual
substance to the conversation I think
that and you know and I'm his client as
well so I've gone I've seen you and you
know so that's where luckily I wasn't
blind from stress but you know but those
are those are like I feel like those are
the things that will always set
the I'm kind of getting into like
superhero motors like the good guys
versus the bad guys are the good gals
risk the bad gals but like the people
you want helping you achieve your
success in helping you define your so
those are the people that are actually
going to say well press pause yeah I can
help you with this but what if you do if
your goal is actually that then I need
to take you know like Pete I feel like
you have the guts to take a step back
and say hey I'm gonna help you but I'm
not the right person right now you know
let's get back a year from now or let's
have this let's pick this up you know in
a year or two whatever but I think
that's I that's been super fun for me as
you've been opening up your practice you
know hopefully here I mean we've been
having these conversations when you were
still in Texas so yeah before you moved
to Texas while you're in Texas and if
you want to know all about you know
opening your own practice and and having
to jump through every hoop imaginable
jumping through hoops by dr. Cooper so
there we go we do that plan man but that
but definitely I think that to me that's
been the coolest part is here we are and
to something you were talking about
earlier is like you always had this
mentality of okay all I got to do is I
guess got a knockout this test when you
went you went to Perry high school not
Union for undergrad and then Chicago
okay and just but it was just kind of
like yeah you would accomplish something
and but you'd be like what's next yeah I
think that's kind of when we talk about
success it's always changing and it's
always defined by you so so in my mind
I'm always successful because I've
already conquered things and and the way
you look at it like like how you're
talking like it was it was you know
graduate from high school graduate from
undergrad graduate from optometry school
you're your targets always moving and
eventually for me you know the ultimate
goal is to open a practice but stepwise
success changes along the way and I
think with a positive mentality of I'm
already successful I've already
accomplished things is one of the keys
to be six
and really taking that holistic approach
so and I think I've heard it before when
people say well you need to define your
success and you need to surround
yourself with good people but I think
that for me that's something if you're
okay with that I'm gonna completely
steal from you is just waking up every
day saying I'm successful yeah things
are game already successful so you know
even if I fail what I've achieved most
people have never even had I'm saying if
I lose I'm losing something that most
people will never ever never had or
never had the guts to work towards so I
think that's that's cool man thanks I'm
successful you're successful we're sick
dude this is cool love it but you've
worked your tail off between your
success benchmarks right sure and none
of this really covers up hard work right
like success doesn't just fall into your
lap hard work I was gonna put as an H
but it's like I feel like that's
something you gotta know going into it
like getting successful you got to work
hard and and if you follow my three-step
H plan it'll follow you but you can't
you can't replace hard work very good
awesome thank you thank you so anything
else to add
we're opening sometime in December okay
you reverse Westside preventive I care
Westside preventative I care and you
know focus we're really emphasizing the
preventative part okay I feel like when
you go to your dentist you already know
what to expect as far as prevention I
think we as optometrist have kind of
failed on that so I hope to provide that
service for everybody that perhaps
people have been burned and you're okay
and you're gonna help prevent that I
like it stay improve baby so awesome
well until next time make sure you check
out the following videos and then also
we have a bonus video that you're going
to more share your expertise in the
optometry field and going a little more
that so I'm very excited so until next
time stay burn proof!