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GV Eye Care known for its ‘personal touch’

When Tanya Markis-Meyer was a sophomore at South Tahoe High School, she was surprised to learn she had failed the vision test she needed to get her driver's license. A trip to the optometrist revealed the problem — she was near-sighted.

When her mom drove her to pick up her new glasses, the trip there was completely different than the trip home. Looking out through her new lenses was suddenly like living in a different world, she said.

"I could suddenly see all the individual needles on every pine tree, they weren't just green blobs," she said. "I was astonished by what I had been missing. It occurred to me — I could help people with their vision. It's such a gift to give someone clear sight — to see the world the way it's intended to be seen."

On career day, Markis-Meyer chose to observe the inner workings of an optometrist's office. That led to an internship, which led to a summer job. When she went off to college at California State University, Sacramento, she already knew where she was headed. She majored in biological sciences, and took the prerequisite courses needed for optometry school.

While still an undergraduate, Markis-Meyer worked in a Sacramento optometrist's office, where she learned the clinical side of the practice. This gave her an edge when she applied to a four-year program at the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton.

Upon graduation, the same Sacramento optometrist she had worked for during her undergraduate years again hired her, only this time as an optometrist. She stayed at his practice for 10 years, where she played a key role in building up clientele while paying off her student loans. She also worked as an associate of Dr. Brian McPartland from 1997 to 2000 in Grass Valley.

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In 2006, a former classmate of Markis-Meyer's, Dr. Diana L. Holcomb, who had bought and combined two Grass Valley optometrist practices, asked Markis-Meyer to become a partner at Grass Valley Eye Care. When Holcomb moved away in 2011, Markis-Meyer became sole owner of the practice, which is located in the Glenbrook Plaza between Staples and Round Table Pizza on Sutton Way.

"We're one of the more technologically advanced offices in town," said Markis-Meyer. "But we're also known for our personal touch — we give our clients a lot of individualized attention and treat them like family. I've seen patients ranging from infancy to age 106."

The office boasts a state-of-the-art Optical Coherence Tomography device, also known as an OCT, which is a non-invasive diagnostic instrument used for imaging the retina. The OCT can detect problems in the eye prior to symptoms being present, including the early onset of common diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy — the top three diseases known to cause blindness.

"We used to have a mobile OCT clinic," said Markis-Meyer. "Now we have the technology every day."

Grass Valley Eye Care also has a Visoffice machine, considered to be the latest technology available in measuring corrective spectacle lenses. In the past, measurements were taken manually. The Visoffice actually compiles "eye data" by calculating the real three-dimensional position of each eye's unique rotation center.

"In an area where it is sometimes hard to find the specialist needed, how fortunate we are to have Grass Valley Eye Care and Dr. Tanya Markis-Meyer," said patient Lloyd Kimball, who lives in Penn Valley. "As I grow older, my vision becomes more and more important in my day-to-day activities and I was lucky enough to find Tanya and her very professional staff to handle all the problems aging causes. I will never consider any other optometrist."

For 20 years, Markis-Meyer has been the associate optometry director at one of the largest vision insurance companies in the nation, Vision Service Plan, where she assists in the development of quality care guidelines for optometrists and their patients. She is also licensed in the treatment and management of ocular disease, including glaucoma. She also sits on a credentialing committee, audits optometrists nationwide and has helped to build guidelines and procedures within the profession.

Despite working in the field for more than two decades, Markis-Meyer still sees vision as a gift and a miracle, and says she feels honored to help people preserve their sight. She has worked extensively for the past 10 years with the Lions Club, donating exams and glasses to those in need.

Needless to say, she's accumulated countless stories that remind her of why she originally chose her career path back in high school.

"I remember one young boy coming in for an eye exam and he couldn't even see the big 'E' on the top of the board — he had very poor vision," she said. "When he finally got his glasses, he stepped outside and stood there, staring at the parking lot. Then he burst into tears. That's what I love about my job."

To contact Staff Writer Cory Fisher, email her at Cory@theunion.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Grass Valley Eye Care Optometric, Inc.

Tanya Markis-Meyer, O.D.

670 Sutton Way, Grass Valley

530-273-6000

Office Hours:

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday and Friday

8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday

Closed for lunch from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.