|Dr. Derek Feifke
"I founded In-Sight Optical to
put the care back in eye care."
Dr. Derek Feifke
Dr. Derek Feifke's background & experience
Educational background: Dr. Feifke graduated from the Technikon
Witwatersrand in 1981 with a diploma in optometry from the Faculty
of Health and Biotechnology. Until 1987, he lectured part-time in
orthoptics and binocular vision at University of the North, and was
in private practice.
In 1988, Dr. Feifke began studies toward the Doctor of Optometry
degree at the prestigious New England College of Optometry, the
oldest continuously operating optometry school in the United States.
He graduated with honors in 1990.
Current work: In 1991, Dr. Feifke established In-Sight Optical,
where he has served thousands of patients through the present day.
In-Sight's print advertisements may be seen in Boston Magazine. Dr.
Feifke is a member of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists and
a member of the Contact Lens Section of the American Optometric
Charitable activities: For many years, Dr. Feifke has been involved
in providing vision care to those who would otherwise have no access
to this vital medical service.
His volunteer activities have included participation in The Bureau
for the Prevention of Blindness, a program of the South African
National Council for the Blind. Opthalmologists and optometrists in
this "sight-saver" work use both truck-based mobile surgical clinics
and permanent medical centers to provide glasses and eye operations
to residents of remote areas of rural South Africa, as well as to
indigent persons. Through the Bureau, sight is restored to people
who have been blind from cataracts-- in some cases, for years-- and
every year, tens of thousands of people have their vision screened.
Currently, Dr. Feifke is involved in VOSH and VISION USA.
Volunteer Optometric Services To Humanity (VOSH) helps provide
vision care worldwide to people without access to it, in areas such
as Central America and Eastern Europe. VOSH was organized to be
humanitarian in mission but autonomous from any government,
religious or other service organization. Its members include not
only eye care professionals but other interested persons. VOSH
International provides administrative and organizational support to
local chapters and individual members worldwide.
VISION USA is the American Optometric Association's program for
vision care services to the estimated 30 million working people and
their families in the United States who have low incomes and need
eye care but cannot afford insurance or the cost of ordinary care,
who fall through the gap between government and private health care
assistance programs. Since VISION USA started, over a quarter of a
million children and adults have received eye exams at no charge.
Many patients were also provided with eyeglasses at no cost, or for
a small fee.
Additionally, In-Sight Optical has a Lions Clubs donation box for
old, unwanted, or unneeded eyeglasses and frames. The local Lions
Club picks up the donated products and they are recycled so that a
needy person can benefit from them. If you have some extra glasses
or frames, stop by In-Sight and drop them off. You might just find
some terrific new frames!