With a generous laugh, kind eyes, and an easygoing charisma, it’s not immediately clear that Clyde Terry spent most of his career serving in the military and law enforcement. But when he puts on his old uniform, he transforms into a strong, sturdy pillar of quiet strength.
Clyde’s story has many parts—but each is steeped in honor and heroism. Beginning in 1981, Clyde served in the United States Marine Corps for a decade. In 1991, Clyde moved to Southern California and joined the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy. He quickly became a gang investigator, and it didn’t take long for his dedication, intelligence and calm under pressure to bring him to undercover work in organized crime, including two years in an FBI Task Force.
Clyde served the city of Los Angeles as a Sheriff’s Deputy for 25 years. In 2003, he took a leave of absence to take a position in Iraq as an International Police Adviser for the State Department.
Soon after returning home from Iraq, Clyde decided that he wanted to serve the community in a different way—by helping people become productive and content members of society. For nearly ten years, Clyde has served as the director of the Emerging Leaders Academy, a nonprofit that empowers former prisoners, gang members and homeless youth through guidance, mentoring, and training.
We don’t get to pick the battle fields. We adapt to them.
And Eagle Eyes glasses help you adapt moment to moment.
As the director of the Emerging Leaders Academy, Clyde spends a significant amount of time driving between locations and planning lessons and events—work that relies heavily on his vision. We gave him three different advanced optic technologies so he can enhance his vision while he works to enhance his community.
Clyde spent most of his 25 years as a Sheriff’s Department Deputy working the streets at night, spending the dark hours of the early morning behind the wheel of a patrol car in Los Angeles’s Compton and Watts neighborhoods.
“At that time of night, the only people that are out are cops and crooks,” he remembers with a smile. “You really have to watch the landscape carefully and pick out things that don’t match.”
When he tried our Night-Lite™product, Clyde was shocked by the clarity and definition the lenses provided.
“You don’t realize how murky your vision can be until you put these on. These glasses make everything so distinct and vivid. Everything is sharp and crisp.”
Turhan, a friend and colleague of Clyde’s, had cataract surgery last September. When Turhan mentioned to Clyde that the standard, hospital-issued glasses were dark and foggy, Clyde gave him a pair of Eagle Eyes sunglasses to try.
“I tried them, I saw the difference. Half a year later, I’m still wearing them,” Turhan says from behind our Freedom™ .
The fact that TriLenium™ protects Turhan’s sensitive eyes by blocking blue light and 99.9% of harmful UV radiation is only part of the appeal. The clarity the lenses provide—even in the shade—were what sold him.
These days, after a long day of teaching or driving between locations, Clyde heads home to do more work on his computer. The hours of time he devotes to this work takes a toll on his eyes.
When Clyde started wearing our Digitec Ultralite® DT while working, he was surprised by the difference the lenses made.
“They worked perfectly for me. They softened the light from my computer screen, and I ended up sleeping better, because my eyes weren’t tired or restless.”
“The reality is, I’ve never really worn glasses, because they didn’t really work for me. But now that I’ve had this experience with Eagle Eyes, I’m wearing them all the time… and I don’t think I could ever go to something else.”
I've had people say to me, "You don't wear glasses."
I go, "I do now."
The Emerging Leaders Academy focuses on providing leadership skills, entrepreneurship opportunities, employment resources, financial education, legal help and a support network to ex-prisoners, gang members, and homeless youth.
To date, 77% of the program participants have successfully reintegrated into society and remained crime-free and out of jail. Many have returned to school to obtain their high school diplomas or GEDs, and many others have enrolled in college.
Meet these inspirational men and women—and find out how Eagle Eyes advanced optic technology is helping them do their heroic work even better.