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Folline Vision Center marks 20 years of local service

Posted: November 11, 2010 2:28 p.m.
Updated: November 12, 2010 5:00 a.m.
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Folline Vision Center is observing the 20th anniversary of its store in Springdale Plaza. The center was remodeled in 2008 and recently welcomed Dr. Lloyd Nethercutt to its team, enabling increased hours of optometric services. The local Folline team also includes (from left) Amanda Moore, optician and manager; and Hilda Fleming and Carah Randall, opthalmic technicians.

Folline Vision Center is celebrating 20 years of eye care service in Kershaw County this year.

The business opened in Springdale Plaza in May 1990 to provide a location closer than Columbia to serve DuPont employees and also operated an on-site office at DuPont to fit safety classes.

The store was completely remodeled in December 2008, using furnishings of Danish Modern design and allowing maximum visibility of the hundreds of frame styles the store has on display, said Folline Vision Center’s Jack Folline.

“When the economy started getting right, we took it as an opportunity to renew our commitment to Camden and to reinvest in our future here,” said Folline.

With the recent addition of Dr. Lloyd Nethercutt to the Folline team, the center is able to offer increased hours of optometric service including on Saturdays. Nethercutt has provided optometric service with Folline at another location for a number of years since his retirement from the military.

Amanda Moore, Licensed Optician and manager of the Camden location, has been with Folline Vision Centers for more than five years. She said she enjoys offering Folline’s “trademark professional, caring service of Camden.”

Hilda Fleming, an opthalmic technician, has greeted and served patients for 20 years at the Camden location.

Another new addition to the store’s staff is Carah Randall, also an opthalmic technician.

Folline said there have been many changes in optometric services over the years. Frame styles, too, have changed a lot.

“Although we thought we looked fashionable then, the current styles are even more fabulous than ever. Technology during the past 20 years has brought beautiful, lightweight, rimless frames and the thinnest and lightest of lenses,” said Folline. “No-line bifocal lenses also have better designs, allowing an even larger reading area than ever before. Anti-reflection coatings have especially improved and are now easily cleaned, reduce eye fatigue and really help with night driving.”

The team at Folline Vision Center said they are ready for the next 20 years of service.

“There have been many tenants in and out of Springdale Plaza over the years, but Folline has remained and is looking forward to the next 20 years,” said Folline.

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