A Look at TEI’s Primary Care Service

Bisant Labib, ODThe Eye Institute (TEI) of Salus University is proud to recognize Dr. Bisant Labib as the new co-chief of Suite 3 in the Primary Care Service. Dr. Labib is a 2014 graduate of Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) and a former Primary Care resident.
Why did you want to be an optometrist?
Growing up, I always knew I wanted to go into healthcare. I realized how much the eye tells you about the rest of the body. The eye is one of the only places where you can view blood ves­sels in real time. We can look at someone’s eyes and see if there are other health issues going on in the body. It’s that aspect about optometry that I really like.

What led you to specialize in Primary Care Services?
I was drawn to Primary Care Ser­vices largely because I couldn’t decide on a specialty. I loved everything so much and there wasn’t one specific area of op­tometry that really stood out to me. I like the idea of being kind of a jack-of-all-trades.

As a graduate of PCO and former TEI resident, how does it feel to be taking on this new role?
This is a wonderful opportunity and I also look at it as a way of giving back. I really appreciate the education that I received here. Now I am in a position where I can continue to provide great care to patients and at the same time, I can mentor future optometrists as well.

What’s the most rewarding part about your job?
 The students—they have expressed so much appre­ciation and being in a lead­ership role, it really means a lot. And of course I can’t forget the patients. We’re located in a community where a lot of patients are in need of care. To be able to provide quality patient care and the opportunity to offer a great educational experi­ence for students—both of those are really invaluable.