“The eye truly is the window to the soul because it can provide so much information about our general health and even aid in identifying other systemic health issues. We can diagnose conditions such as diabetes, autoimmune diseases and even brain tumors, strokes, and multiple sclerosis. It is some truly fascinating stuff. I was in high school when I joined my dad for an eye exam, and it was there that I first saw an Optomap image. From that moment, I was hooked and knew this was my path moving forward.” – Dr. Sarah Alquist
Dr. Alquist is a woman on a mission, and that mission is to make sure every single person in her community knows the necessity of getting an annual eye exam – even those with perfect vision. Her own mom was diagnosed with glaucoma, but not until she lost a portion of her vision. She had perfect eyesight before her diagnosis, which could have been prevented if she had been checked annually! When she’s not campaigning for routine checkups, you can find her dining around town, happily supporting local chefs. Dr. Alquist’s faves include Xinji Noodle bar in Ohio City and Strip Steakhouse in Avon. Fun fact: she played the cello for 15 years and was even a part of the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Dr. Alquist graduated in 2016 from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology. Being the ever-devoted Buckeye, Dr. Alquist continued her college career at The Ohio State College of Optometry and graduated cum laude. A lifelong Columbus native, it was her husband, Michael, who convinced her they should make Cleveland their forever home. And she couldn’t agree more, happily planting roots in Northeast Ohio alongside Toulouse and Apollo, her two cats who she is more than happy to discuss!