“I’m just part of a generation that believes in giving back,” says Dr. Charles Zolot, a Bergen County optometrist and Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI) volunteer. He sees the big picture when it comes to vision screening for people with diabetes, and provides exams for hundreds of our patients each year. Dr. Zolot advocates a preventative approach to eye disease. People with diabetes are prone to conditions such as macular degeneration,” he explains.
“Diabetes is also the leading cause of blindness in the US.” Nearly 40% of BVMI’s patients have diabetes or prediabetes, so early detection and treatment are critical. The work Dr. Zolot does with BVMI is literally a family affair. Marsha Zolot, his wife of 47 years, is also his office manager and technician. She assists with all BVMI patients, and has even been known to provide a ride to the office, if needed. Dr. Zolot is quick (and wise) to point out that he and Marsha work as a team. “We believe in treating our patients the way we would like to be treated,” he says. “BVMI is providing a big service to people who really need and appreciate it. That’s special.”