BUCKHANNON — Dr. Cheryl Bennett has come to Buckhannon to provide services at the Walmart Vision Center. Bennett said she is excited to be in Buckhannon and hopes to help as many people as possible.
“I am thrilled to be here,” Bennett said. “I hope to be an asset to the community and the town and I hope people want to come see me.”
Bennett grew up in West Virginia in Canaan Valley, where she went to Tucker County High School. She said this is not the fist time she has been to Buckhannon.
“It’s really nice,” Bennett said of the town. “My primary care physician is in Buckhannon, and growing up we did a lot of shopping here because the closest town was Elkins and we would come to Buckhannon and go to Walmart and eat, because we have a lot of cute restaurants here.”
After high school, Bennett attended West Virginia Tech for her bachelor’s degree in biology in 1996. Later she attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where she graduated in 2000 with her bachelor’s in visual science and Doctorate in Optometry.
“I just want to be available if people have problems and help them with whatever it may be,” Bennett said. “Whether it’s just glasses or contacts, eye disease, or if they’re are worried about their vision or if they need treatment in any way.”
After Bennett graduated, she joined the American and W.Va. Optometric Association, where she remained until her move to Buckhannon. Bennett has set up two practices, one here in Buckhannon and one in Petersburg. She works about 26 hours a week at each.
“Helping people see better is the most rewarding part of my job,” Bennett said. “The kindness that people show whenever we do exams, they are so appreciative, and that’s a happy feeling.”
Bennett said the hardest part of her job is when there may be nothing she can do.
“If they are having a visual problem and I am unable to cure it or help it, it’s very difficult to relay that to a patient,” she said.
Bennett said her normal day-to-day routine consists of prescriptions for glasses and contacts, eye exams and monitoring for any kind
of eye disease.