Notable Alumnus


William G. Lay, OD
Class of 1992

It is a great honor to be selected a Notable Alumnus. When I graduated from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 1992, I didn't realize then how proud I would be to be an alumnus of such a great program and how much I would love this profession. My career has been nothing that I had envisioned. The Lord blessed me with the opportunity to be President of the Ohio Optometric Association (OOA) in 2005, and, through many committees in both the OOA and AOA, I have made lasting relationships with great men and women, many who serve this profession much more than I do. Serving on the EastWest Eye Conference Education Committee and doing contact lens research are two areas that are unexpected professional challenges that keep me motivated to stay at the forefront of technology. I was also greatly humbled to receive the OOA Young Optometrist of the Year Award (2001), the AOA Young Optometrist of the Year Award (2002), the AOA’s Admiral Sullins InfantSee Award (2007), and OOA’s Warren G. and Ruth P. Morris Optometrist of the Year Award (2012).

Serving my patients is one of the deepest satisfactions I have every day. Being a part of their lives and earning their trust is such a privilege. I have eight wonderful optometric partners and enjoy practicing alongside my wife. Being in group private practice and a business owner has been so satisfying. Serving God as an elder at my church and singing during service hopefully glorifies Him. I am truly blessed with raising three wonderful children with Amy and still having time to golf, travel, and train for the annual Pelotonia bicycle tour.



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