Alumni & Friends Spotlights

Marjorie Knotts

B.S.'77, O.D.'84

Dr. Marjorie Knotts (B.S. '77, O.D. '84) is an IU School of Optometry alumna, donor, and volunteer. In addition to her steadfast support of her alma mater, Dr. Knotts has served the community through a wide variety of board leadership positions and as an IU School of Optometry community outreach program volunteer. She was named Indiana Optometric Association’s Optometrist of the Year in 2009 and has shared her talents in support of groups, including the Indiana Optometric Association, the Indiana State Handicap Commission, the Indiana Public Health Foundation, the Medicaid Advisory Committee, Prevent Blindness Indiana, and the IU School of Optometry’s Dean’s Advisory Council.

Q&A

Where did you grow up?

“Connersville, Indiana.”

Where did you get your BA? What was your major?

“IU Bloomington, microbiology, 1977.”

What got you interested in optometry as a career?

“I had active ocular histoplasmosis in my eye when I was a freshman in high school so I spent a lot of time with ODs and OMDs. Rich Weiner, my hometown optometrist, was instrumental in my decision.”

Who was your favorite instructor during your time at IUSO? Why?

“Boy, that is tough. I felt I was influenced by a number of faculty members. I guess if I had to choose one, I would say Sally Hegeman. I loved pharmacology and she gets the nod because her husband was my favorite microbiology professor.”

What is your favorite IUSO memory?

“Getting in! And I suppose getting the opportunity to go to the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute for my fourth year rotation. I learned so much and made lifelong friends there.”

What was your first job in optometry?

“I worked in a staff model HMO in downtown Indianapolis.”

What have been your career milestones?

“Getting to teach as a clinical professor at IUSO, buying my practice 24 years ago, and developing an enduring relationship with Indiana Optometry and IUSO through my volunteer work.”

What has been the most rewarding aspect of your career?

“It sounds corny but just going to the office and seeing patients that I have had the privilege of seeing for many years.”

What advice would you offer to new optometry grads?

“I would tell them that the doctor I bought my practice from warned that optometry’s future was bleak with insurance, credit cards (HA!), and I don’t remember what else … but the message was that “times were a changing” and that was not good. LASIK came along and that was doomsday. Now it is online optical, the ACA, and so on. There are always challenges but optometry has always adapted. I am very optimistic about our profession's future.”