Alumni Focus on Frank Bickle (OD'78)



Newark, OH

Were you the first optometrist in your family?


Why did you choose to attend Ohio State?

Probably the best optometry school in 1974, close to home in state.

Which degree(s), related to optometry, did you earn at Ohio State?

O.D., 1978

Name a mentor from the College of Optometry or a person who had a positive effect on your education.

Really didn't have a close mentor. Many faculty positively influenced me. They were a special group.


Where do you practice, currently?

Self employed, ProCare Vision Center in Granville, Ohio

Briefly explain some of your daily job responsibilities or patient interactions.

For the last 13 years I have practiced primary care optometry with an emphasis on contact lenses and medical treatment.

Tell us a special story that relates to your career now.

In the past I also practiced primary care part time and owned a company that franchised optometric practices. This was somewhat ahead of it's time. Today franchising is much more common and accepted in optometry as a way to own your own practice but receive assistance.

What’s one thing you learned during your education which has affected you most in your career?

Patients almost always will give you their diagnosi(s) if you listen to their problems.

Why did you choose a career in optometry?

I liked health care and felt optometry was the best total profession.

What optometric issues concern you the most?

Often incredibly low insurance reimbursements. Over supply of O.D.s causing a need to increase the number of patients to compensate for the low reimbursments.

Why are you passionate about your career?

We can help almost everyone to see and live better.

Advice for other aspiring optometrists.

Optometry is a great profession overall. To make a reasonable income you may consider specializing in select areas.


Most memorable moment(s) at Ohio State.

Probably at the very start of my career when I received my acceptance letter from Ohio State. (Back then no emails and cell phones.)

What are your current hobbies, volunteer work, interests?

Baseball coach for Granville High School. (Pitched at Ohio State for two years. Luckily I was accepted to optometry school after two years of undergraduate so had to quit baseball.) I play some golf and do vision screenings for about 10 schools. Spend the rest of my time with family.

What does Ohio State mean to you?

Part of home and family.

If not an optometrist, I would be ...

Really didn't/don't have a second option.

Final thoughts ...

All four of our family graduated from Ohio State. Eight degrees with two more in the process. I will be the only one with one degree. Son, Ken, works at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center as a financial analyst and is completing MBA. Daughter, Katherine, is a Ph.D. student at Ohio State Optometry. Specialty in cornea/contact lens. Also works part time in my practice leading me with investigational studies. Wife, Eva, graduated from Ohio State with a Ph.D. and is Director of Lakewood Schools Digital Academy.