1. What inspired you to become an eye doctor and how is your practice different from others?
20 years ago I was on the path to become a Navy Pilot. Then, I met my wife, Yvonne, who was already an experienced optician. She supported my dreams of flying, but after I realized that path would take me away from my new bride more often than I liked, she made a suggestion: “Why don’t you become an Eye Doctor and then we could work together?” I thought her idea was brilliant! Thankfully, 20 years later it still seems brilliant, I have become a pilot and she still puts up with me at the office!
We have enjoyed building a practice that contrasts all of our colleagues. I have always been a dreamer and I began to draw plans for our facility when I was still a student. Using Yvonne’s years of experience in optical, lens laboratory, nursing and management, we have been able to craft the ideal eye care environment.
After 6 years in our current facility, we are still the most technologically advanced practice in the region. We use only computerized examination equipment for increased accuracy and efficiency. Our electronic records system captures all information and images allowing for serial analysis of our patients. Derickson Vision offers specialized contact lens and eyeglass solutions to unique problems experienced by pilots, servicemen, athletes, students and every day people. We have a policy of 100% satisfaction for every patient encounter.
2. What was your favorite book when you were a child?
3. What are three things that you love to do outside of work?
When I am not working, I love to fish, SCUBA dive, or build things. I have a complete workshop at my house that Norm Abrams would be proud of!
4. Who is your all-time favorite musician/band and movie?
My all-time favorite band is Pink Floyd. I also love to watch sci-fi movies.
5. Why did you sign up to become a Certified ChromaGen Practitioner?
I became a Certified ChromaGen Practicioner last year after hearing about the color vision improvement potential. I work a lot with pilots and am always interested in enhancing color perception for their safety and licensure. After having great success with that aspect of ChromaGen, I was delighted to also be able to help many others with reading deficiencies.
5A. Do you have a favorite ChromaGen success story to share?
One of my first successes was a young man with a lifelong dream being a railroad engineer. This profession requires color proficiency. However, he was color blind. Upon initial exam he scored almost zero on his color test. After applying ChromaGen lenses, he scored nearly perfect, and is on his way to achieving his dreams!
6. What are your top three tips for eye health?
There are several things that one can do to ensure eye health. Three of the most important include:
- Avoiding preventable disease through regular eye examinations.
- Eating a healthy diet including anti-oxidants, caratinoids and omega oils.
- Maintaining good hygiene, never touching the eyes without washing hands, washing towels and pillowcases regularly and gently washing eyelids with a soft cloth when showering.
7. Is your practice using social media to reach new and/or existing customers/patients? If so, where can our readers find you?
Please visit us and feel free to challenge us with questions you may have.
Dr. John Derickson O.D - Biography
Dr. Derickson graduated cum laude from the Doctoral program at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Optometry (NSU). He is an Optometric Physician, board certified in the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease. He also holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business and Health Care Administration. He is an NSU Associate Professor of Optometry and Dr. Derickson has clinical staff privileges with the University of Florida’s Shands Hospital.
With specialized training in Sports Vision, Dr. Derickson has worked as the Official Optometrist of the UNF Ospreys. and is now working with the Athletic Department of Jacksonville University. He is also a past director of the Rotary Club of Southpoint and continues as an active member of Rotary International.
With patient comfort and experience in mind, Dr. Derickson built a Southeast Regional Eyecare Center that boasts cutting-edge technology together with a fun environment with a cappuccino bar, video games, a flight simulator and even a talking parrot! Dr. Derickson strives to make your examination experience fun and comfortable.
Dr. Derickson has also worked as a clinical investigator for the F.D.A. studying the safety of contact lens materials. This experience makes him uniquely qualified to match the appropriate contact lens to a patients individual eye health profile.
Dr. Derickson is NE Florida’s first AOA Certified Aviation Vision Specialist. His specialized training and experience as a private pilot make him uniquely qualified to assist fellow pilots in solving vision related difficulties and certify them as “fit to fly” for the Federal Aviation Administration.