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Dr. Heather O’Mara

  • Education –
    • I attended UNC Chapel Hill and double majored in Biology and Spanish. I attended optometry school at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN

      Dr. O’Mara

  • Specialty/Expertise –
    • My specialties include contact lenses, pediatric eye care, and ocular disease.
  • When did you know that you wanted to be an optometrist –
    • I had a cousin in optometry school who encouraged me to explore the field, so I shadowed my local optometrist. This really sparked my interest, so I began working part time as a technician at an optometry office which confirmed that I had found my future career.
  • Favorite part of being an optometrist –

    Dr. O’Mara and her family

    • Meeting new people and not only helping them see better but teaching them how they can keep their eyes healthy. One of my favorite moments is putting contact lenses in a patient’s eyes who has never worn contact lenses before. That can be a very magical moment.
  • Favorite vacation –
    • I love hiking, biking, and kayaking, so the North Carolina mountains are one of my favorite vacation destinations.
  • Favorite concert you’ve been to –
    • I couldn’t choose just one. It would have to be a tie between Jump Little Children, Muse, Alt-J and The Decemberisits.
  • Do you have any pets –

    Moxie

    • I have a miniature schnauzer named Moxie, which is short for Moxifloxacin ( a great antibiotic eye drop) 🙂 She’s a little dog with a lot of personality, so she really lives up to her name.
  • Fun fact – 
    • If I wasn’t an optometrist, I would probably be a nutritionist. I think healthy eating is the key to a happy and healthy life.