Gretchyn Bailey: Hi, everybody, I'm Gretchyn Bailey with Optometry Times®, and I am here with Dr. Viktoria Davis and her son Karl. Dr. Davis is in practice in Madelia, MN, and her son has undertaken a really cool project during the COVID-19 pandemic of making mask ties with his 3D printer. So, Dr. Davis and Karl, welcome! Thanks so much for joining me here.
Dr. Davis: Thanks for asking us.
Bailey: So, Karl, I understand that you're making these mask ties. How did that get started? And how are you getting the word out to optometrists? I mean, I guess through your mom, right?
Karl Davis: Yeah. So, it started with our local hospital here in Madelia. My mom had contacted them and told them that I had access to a 3D printer. So, if they needed anything made, I could try and make that. So, they contacted me and asked for 30 of the ear saver mask clips. So, I got those printed and sent them out to them.
Bailey: Thirty! How long did it take you to create those?
Karl: It took about a day to finish creating all of them. I can print about 50 of them in a day.
Bailey: Wow, that's a lot.
Dr. Davis: They print 6 at a time, and it takes about an hour and a half to print 6 of them. So, he produced about 50 of them. Seventy-five of them, I guess, for local groups here in town for the hospital and an area nursing home and some other individual providers, things like that. And then I realized that as optometry was opening up again and it looked like we would all need to wear masks as well that this was something that optometry would really be able to benefit from. So I asked Karl if he was interested in expanding his operation. And he said yes.
Karl: So, I got a video recorded and my mom put it on ODs on Facebook and Optometry Divas and within the first 4 hours, I had gotten almost 100 orders.