Dr. Gavin Cohen discovered his career as an optometrist through another one of his passions, wildlife photography. Cohen, who was raised in South Africa, started photographing his surroundings at a young age and, now that he lives in Atlanta, he travels back to his birthplace several times a year for photography expeditions. While some people hunt the “big five” game animals — the African lion, African element, Cape buffalo, African leopard and rhinoceros — for sport and to collect them as trophies, Cohen photographs them in their natural habitats.
Cohen’s photographs line the walls at his two Atlanta practices, and he also sells his eye wear brand, Karoo, at his shop at Ponce City Market in Midtown Atlanta. In addition to developing a line of eyeglasses, Cohen has developed his own “orthokeratology” technique, which involves fitting patients with contact lenses they wear overnight to treat nearsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia by actually reshaping the cornea.