We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Lourice Boutros and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Lourice, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
“See good in all things” – you can find this in bright neon lights when you first walk into See Clear’s optical shop. Of course we want you to be able to actually see but the play on words is bigger than what meets the eye. Given every situation, I truly believe there is something good to come of most situations. Even if we can’t always understand it or know it at the time, trust in the way things fall into place and they will. If you give something your all and keep at it with good intentions, the light at the end of the tunnel will only shine brighter.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Can you imagine not being able to see? I have the privilege every single day of being part of the magic in helping people see clearly. Nothing beats the look on a child’s face when they realize for the first time that there is so much more to the world around them and now their whole reality has changed. I love being able to get to know my patients on a level where I get to meet them and the people most important to them. Once a year for most people goes by very quickly and an exam even quicker at that, but getting to know people and their ever changing visual needs is a personal experience. Going to the eye doctor doesn’t just mean getting glasses or that you ran out of contact lenses, eye health is connected to systemic health. It is really important that patients feel safe and comfortable. I want to take away the stigma and worry about the numbers and focus on function.
Opening a business that provides a service as well as products definitely poses its challenges. Having a modern and up to date optical is important. I feel the concept of fashion meeting healthcare is almost taboo. Glasses and contact lenses are still medical decides but they don’t have to be boring. The best way to help people is to make sure they enjoy being helped. Being able to see is great but if someone isn’t fit in something they love or feel comfortable in, either visually or because of the frame, then forget about it. I want people to “own it.”
Opening cold at the start of a pandemic isn’t what anyone would call ideal but it is the reality. The nice part is that we were able to provide more of a concierge service and space out patients. The brand new modern approach helps keep things up to date and automated. It was important to me to minimize our carbon footprint and try to keep everything cloud based and digital.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
You can’t do LA without tacos, TACOS 1986 is a must and you need their signature vampiros. Absolute best pizza in LA is Neapolitan sourdough crust at Gra. Literally everything about this place is a vibe. And next door you can stop by Clark street bread bakery for the best mix of croissants.
Also All Day Baby takes the cake for their banana cream pie.
Hiking in LA was cool even before the pandemic hit, I promise. My favorite trail is less of a tourist trap, located in Altadena called Echo Mountain.
If you can snag tickets for a Laker game, even in the 300’s, it’s worth it.
The rose bowl flee market once a month is also filled with hidden treasures but try your hardest to get there as early as possible, and yes half an hour makes a difference.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents have been a huge support and inspiration for me throughout this journey. From day one they both have encouraged me to work hard, stay focused and promised doors would open. Late night runs to the target because I needed another poster board and more glue for a school project turned into 1AM construction build outs and stucco after work to get an office space carved out with an optical an exam rooms. My parents are immigrants and being a first generation American, I appreciate the struggle it took to raise our family and the values that have been instilled in doing so.
Store photo taken from Yelper and patient: Jessie C.