CLOSE-UP: RAYMOND BRILL, OD ’78, MBA, FAAO, FOAA
Though he was in optometry school well before the Internet was popularized, Raymond Brill, OD ’78, runs a high-tech practice. He attended ICO on an Army Health Professions Scholarship. Dr. Brill loves to write, and while at ICO, Dr. Alfred Rosenbloom tapped him to be the Review and Abstracts Editor for Optometric Monthly.
Once his Army service was complete, Dr. Brill spent a year with a pediatric eye surgeon. He was gaining extensive medical experience, but Dr. Brill found himself seeking a more communicative, relationship-based practice. He founded Brill Eye Center in Mission, Kansas.
Dr. Brill loves disruptive technology. “We try to be 5 years ahead of everyone,” he says. Brill Eye Center has digital phoropters, Intense Pulse Light (IPL) for dry eye treatment, Lipiflow, and 3DNA, a head-scanning device for custom-built eyewear. Dr. Brill recently presented at Vision Expo West on “Innovation at the Speed of Light.” To share knowledge year-round, he hosts Eyetrepreneur, a weekly podcast with his son, Perry. They also have a YouTube channel.
ICO Matters followed Dr. Brill for a day as he balanced patients, podcasting, and Kansas BBQ: