1994 was the year The Eye Man came to be. With an extremely unconventional location we decided we had to be more than just another optical.
From our look- a community dispensing bar where customers can come in and give each other fashion advice, the most unique frames on the market, arranging our store by color….OH and being in the B&A Industrial Park, to our philosophy: an educated consumer is the best consumer, to our giving – check our our Share Your Sight Program- there is no other like us!
At The Eye Man we do things a little differently, treat yourself to something out of the ordinary.
Fabian Bastidas: CEO & Optician
After spending his days in the basement of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute enucleating eyeballs (ewe- for those of you unfamiliar with this term- it’s the technical term for removing), Fabian knew eyes were his passion and decided to further his education at Miami Dade Community College. He became well known in his school as student vice president and was involved in the brain bowl committee and staff search committee. In 1989, he graduated and received an Award of Appreciation for his outstanding contribution to the first year students at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. His favorite professor still jokes with him to this day at CE seminars about him being a thorn in his side (talk about leaving an impression).
Fabian spent many years actively serving on the board of Professional Optician’s of Florida, one of his many positions being Chapter President. After helping a group of surgeons successfully open and optical in their busy waiting room he went on to pursue his dream. In 1994, his dream became a reality and The Eye Man Optical was established. Fabian is best known for his friendly approach and passion for fashion and will definitely leave an impression.
In his spare time he enjoys eating chipotle (literally he could eat it every day, some days more than once), going to the gym (to exercise his jaw mostly, social butterfly that he is), acting like a big kid creating a water park in his backyard and obstacle courses for his son and grandchildren, and volunteering at Treasure Coast Community Church and in the Celebrate Recovery Ministry at Covenant Fellowship Church.
Tina Bastidas: Vice President, Optician, & Bookkeeper
It could be said that Tina is the brains behind the operation. She was the inspiration for the location in the B&A Industrial Park where the Eye Man remains today. Tina Graduated with Honors from Florida Atlantic University with her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. In 2006 she completed her apprenticeship and became an Optician.
Most days Tina can be found juggling (no, not at the circus), rather at the home-front homeschooling the future EyeMan and keeping the books for this busy Optical. One the rare occasion she escapes and makes it into the shop, she jumps at the opportunity to help customers. Tina’s passion is in serving others both by providing quality products to every Eye Man customer and finding ways to serve in her community. She was the inspiration behind The Eye Man’s “Share Your Sight” program benefiting The Hibiscus Children’s Center.
In her spare time (hahahahaha), Tina enjoys hosting a weekly art night, getting pampered at the salon, visiting her parents in Key Largo, swing dancing (don’t even get her started, she’s known to bust a move anywhere and everywhere), and volunteering at Covenant Fellowship Church in the Celebrate Recovery Ministry.
Darlene Mowitt: Store Manager & Apprentice
Darlene first became interested in working at The Eye Man for fun to get out of the house in 1999. Since then she has become an integral part of the team keeping the store organized (constantly picking up after the messes Fabian and Jeanne make in the work area). Darlene can usually be found organizing (or reorganizing if Fabian has been in the vicinity) paperwork, and patient orders. If you want to know if your glasses are ready or when they will be ready, she’s your lady.
Recently, Darlene decided to pursue a license in Opticianry and began an apprenticeship and hopes to be licensed in 2017.
In her spare time Darlene enjoys going to the gym, crafting, sewing, quilting, reading, spending time with her new grand baby, and playing solitaire.
Jeanne Kirkhart: Optician & Director of Marketing
Jeanne’s childhood memories consist of playing over the intercom at The Eye Surgeon’s of the Palm Beaches after hours, and playing the flute at the front door of The Eye Man. Daughter of owner’s Fabian and Tina Bastidas, it’s no surprise she chose Opticianry as her career (she was groomed for it after all).
Jeanne graduated in 2006 with an A.A.S in Small Business Management and her license in Opticianry. Jeanne can usually be found (between naps, feedings, diaper changes, and homeschooling) sitting in front of a computer researching the latest in lens technologies and keeping us appraised of the latest and greatest in the world of optics; in addition, she manages the books for Night Heron Light Tackle, LLC- her husbands charter business. Busy doesn’t even begin to describe the juggling that she does working mostly from home as Director of Marketing. For adult conversation, she can be found at The Eye Man discussing her passion for lens technologies, engaged in training staff, or discussing lens solutions with customers (usually while drawing crazy diagrams and talking about Benjamin Franklin). Her philosophy is, “An educated consumer is the best consumer.”
In order to maintain balance Jeanne can be found at one of the many TC3 services, the gym, cuddling with a great book, fishing with her hubby, or crafting.
Chris Mowitt: Sales Consultant
The youngest member of our crew, Chris, joined the Eye Man team in 2015. He is the first face you’ll see at The Eye Man. Chris is in charge of overseeing Kopy Katz shades and OTC readers. Don’t be fooled, although young, Chris is a powerhouse the it comes to understanding optics (definitely not your typical 16 yr old)!
In his free time, Chris enjoys remodeling nerf guns, taking thing apart and rebuilding them, and crafts. Chris will be graduating from Clark Advanced Learning Center in 2019 and plans to further his education in Ophthalmology (which has our vote) or Engineering.