EYE MOBILE VISION CARE: NEW AND IMPROVEDEye Mobile Vision Care recently launched their new headquarters on Dr. Rosa Lee Drive, Lower Gambles, Antigua. Since its inception in 2007, then Eye Mobile began as a thought by Managing Director and Resident Optometrist Byron Andrew. Having trained in the U.S. and then returned home to then Pearl Vision where he practiced for nine years, Mr. Andrew quickly realized that there was a need to fulfil. So many persons were failing to visit the practitioner simply because they could not factor in the time to conduct routine eye examinations. As a result, many a professional was suffering from eye strain and poor vision because they hadn’t tested their eyes for some time. Then there were the shut-ins, the hotel and other shift workers who couldn’t be seen on their day off or after hours. After much research and thorough feasibility studies, Byron Andrew obtained the technology to enable out of office visits. Eye Mobile would signify the first of its kind in this region- a vision care provider not limited to an office. As the operation’s tag line indicates, Eye Mobile “brings vision care closer to you.” Utilizing digital technology, patients obtained comprehensive eye examination in the comfort of their own home, office or even at school. Operations commenced, satisfied persons he’d treated so many times before came to be tested and many more he visited daily wherever was most convenient for them to be seen. It was an entirely new concept for persons in Antigua, but as clients were seen and were satisfied, referrals were made and Eye Mobile’s patient base grew and grew. Two years later, Andrew’s home could no longer sustain the administrative requirements needed to track patient’s demands. Eye Mobile established its first branch on the corner of Luther George Place, Lower Gambles- a cosy, homey ambiance offering hassle-free parking.
By 2012, a second market was seen. In July of that year we saw an additional need to locate a branch downtown. Many a cruise ship passenger would come to us having lost a contact lens while swimming and desperately need(ing) another, while others who have broken their glasses and need another quickly. Located on Redcliffe Quay waterfront, the branch was modernly designed and convenient for persons who work in St. John’s or depend on public transportation.
A strong believer in giving back Eye Mobile regularly provides free screening to communities in Antigua. By 2014 its space at Lower Gambles proved inadequate to facilitate increasing demands and once again Byron and wife Annushka envisioned a new space, a new home for their patients and staff to enjoy. Immediately next door they converted a long standing home into a modern yet intimate place of business.
Opening its doors on December 5th 2014, Eye Mobile re-launched its practice giving way to Eye Mobile Vision Care. Speaking at a press conference that evening Byron Andrew and his wife expressed tremendous gratitude to their patient base, realizing that “without their patronage where would we be.” “We’re very proud of our ethical business practices and we’re committed to continuing the pursuit of excellence.
Now in their new space. Eye Mobile Vision Care is happy to be in their new home on Dr. Rosa Lee Drive, Lower Gambles, Antigua. “There’s always something new to learn, new to do and new to give our patients. We endeavour to find the new out there not only for the people of Antigua but for around the region.
“Whether you prefer us to come to you, or you come to us, is fine.” And the services aren’t limited to Antigua alone, but Barbuda and Montserrat also. Here again, these residents have logistical constraints and are devoid of service providers on their islands, so Eye Mobile takes its services to them.