Will Shears has been ACE’s Optical Manager and Director of the School Based Vision Clinics since March of 2017. As a licensed optician for 23 years, Will oversees the day to day operations of the entire Advanced Center for Eyecare Optical Department, as well as the three ACE Vision Clinics inside the Bakersfield City School District Wellness Centers. As manager, he takes a very active hands-on approach in personally dispensing and fitting glasses to children, adults and seniors on a daily basis.
Born and raised in Bakersfield, Will attended Arvin High School, after which he served six years in the United States Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.
After studying architecture at Bakersfield College, Will found his true passion in Optical Science. He spent over two decades working for Luxottica, the world’s largest eyewear company. Within this job, Will had the opportunity to volunteer for OneSight vision clinics throughout the nation and help make a difference in many childrens’ lives It is through this work with OneSight, that Will eventually got involved with the Advanced Center for Eyecare.
Today, Will plays a crucial part in making the ACE and OneSight School Based Vision Clinics possible, ensuring that high quality vision care is accessible to the 31,000 students of the Bakersfield City School District. Recalling his own vision struggles in his early school years, Will explained: “In 5th grade I once put on my friend’s glasses. I was surprised how much clearer I was able to see everything, but I didn’t think much of it or mention it to my parents. It wasn’t until my 8th grade teacher noticed my frequent squinting that I got referred to see an optometrist.” According to Will, stories like his are all too common, which makes him proud to be part of ACE’s commitment in the local schools. To Will, nothing is more special than the moment a child puts on a pair of glasses and is able to see the world clearly for the first time.