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Staff Feature: Dr. Madison Easterling

madison easterling (1)Dr. Madison Easterling is a native of Manatee County and is the granddaughter of Dr. John Marcin who founded Eye Center, Inc. in 1966. After graduating from Palmetto High School, she attended University of Florida and University of South Florida before continuing her higher education with Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University where she earned her Doctorate of Optometry. While in Optometry School, she served on a medical mission trip to Haiti to deliver eye care to those in need. During her rotations, she traveled all over the country learning different specialties of Optometry and earning Honors in her Ocular Disease, Pediatric, Primary Care, and Contact Lens externships.

Dr. Easterling practices full-scope optometry, including but not limited to: primary eye care, emergency eye care, the fitting of contact lenses (traditional and custom lenses), pediatrics (including infants), geriatrics, and the treatment and management of ocular diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eyes, and diabetic eye care. Additionally, Dr. Easterling enjoys seeing patients of all ages, and is pleased to be an InfantSee provider. This program allows her to provide a comprehensive eye assessment on infants between the ages of 6-12 months free of charge. Dr. Easterling is a member of the Junior League of Manatee County, Manatee Chamber of Commerce and the Manatee Optometric Association and enjoys being involved in her community and church. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, boating, and many other outdoor activities.

Why did you choose to work in this industry?

After my sophomore year of undergrad at University of Florida, I needed a summer job. My grandfather (Dr. John Marcin) hired me to work as an ophthalmic technician at Eye Center, Inc. I quickly fell in love with the profession (and the company) and switched my major to Biology. After undergrad, I went to optometry school, and then came right back here as an Optometrist.I love my job and my patients, and I will forever be grateful for that summer job that changed the entire course of my life!

What is your favorite aspect of your job?

Definitely my patients! I love that each and every person is a bit different, and my favorite aspect of my job is probably getting the chance to meet and talk with so many different people.Most recently though, I am really enjoying fitting specialty contact lenses, especially Scleral lenses. They help people with corneal problems see better than they have in years, which is an incredible (and fun) thing to be a part of.

What is your signature comfort food?

Stuffed crust pepperoni pizza! YUM!

Is there something that excited you so much it keeps you awake the night before?

I’m a great sleeper, so not much keeps me awake…but I am always SO excited to travel. The night before a big trip, I often wake up way too early hoping that it’s time to go!

Describe the most incredible view you’ve ever seen.

Hiking in Glacier National Park, though I don’t think I could settle on only one view! I did an internship on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and spent all of my free time hiking in the park.