Five Questions with Phernell Walker, International Vision Expo Visionary

IMG_3522Earlier this year, Phernell Walker II, ABOM, Senior Product Manager for Eyefinity EHR, was selected by The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions as the International Vision Expo Visionary.

Like past Visionaries, Phernell, a renowned lecturer and peer-recognized master optician, has dedicated himself to advancing the field of ophthalmic optics. He is a Master in Ophthalmic Lenses, has a Bachelor of Science in Business, and holds an Associate Degree in Optics. Phernell’s career is focused on teaching and training opticians, ophthalmic technicians, optometrists, and ophthalmologists in the art of opticianry and ophthalmic care.

We caught up with Phernell to find out how he knew he wanted to be an optician at an early age, what the future holds for Eyefinity EHR, and to ask him a few questions.

What does being a Visionary mean to you?

I am honored to be a Visionary. It is a big responsibility. It means that I need to look into the future and anticipate the needs of our clients, patients and our profession in general.

What are you looking forward to at VEE?

I am excited to be in New York City. The city has so much to offer. I am planning to see the Book of Mormon and go to the Earth, Wind and Fire concert. But most importantly, I get to teach prism and ophthalmic optics to hundreds of people at the show.

Tell us about your book Pure Optics.

It is a textbook designed to help those wanting to become an optician understand ophthalmic optics. It goes over everything from geometric optics, lens design, prism and much more. I am proud that the book has been used by thousands of eye care professionals around the country.

You are a Master Optician. What does that entail?

There are fewer than 300 Master Opticians in the country. To become one, I had to take a series of exams, become ABO certified, and complete a thesis paper. It is about a six year process to complete the entire program.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I live in Portland, Oregon. In my free time, I sail and visit wineries around the city. I also like to try new restaurants.


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