Center for Eye Care
The College of Optometry
operates four full-service eye care facilities. These four clinical facilities
collectively are referred to as the "Center for Eye Care". The Center
is part of the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry's
extensive network of research on vision problems and consists of the following
- Primary Care
- Pediatrics and
- Eye Health Management
- Contact Lenses
The first examination
you will receive is the Primary Care Examination. In this examination,
your current vision and eye health status will be thoroughly evaluated.
This information will be used during future eye examinations, and
will enable your clinician to get a more accurate view of how your
eyes may be changing over time. Depending on your specific needs,
you may be referred to one of the specialty services within the
Center for Eye Care.
Timothy A. Wingert
and Binocular Vision
Pediatric/Binocular Vision service is devoted to helping patients
who have problems with the eyes working together, such as lazy eye
(amblyopia), crossed eyes (strabismus), or other eye-muscle coordination
difficulties. The patient's problem will be thoroughly evaluated,
and if indicated, a treatment program of eye exercises (orthoptics)
or eyeglasses may be prescribed. Our faculty in this area also evaluate
children with reading problems and learning difficulties that may
be related to a vision disorder. They work closely with teachers,
therapists, and others to help overcome these conditions.
who have experienced a permanent loss of vision have special needs.
This service helps patients maximize their remaining vision through
specially designed optical devices, or by recommending environmental
modifications (such as positioning of lights, etc.), and through
mobility training, all of which may dramatically improve the low-vision
patient's ability to lead a fuller, more productive life.
with known or suspected eye disease, for example, cataracts, glaucoma,
retinal degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, etc., will be followed
in our Eye Health Management Service. It is important that these
patients receive regular examinations at the recommended time intervals.
Many times, ocular diseases progress slowly without producing warning
signs until irreparable damage has been done. Prompt diagnosis and
management is essential, and can help prevent the progression of
many disorders. Patients seen in our Eye Health Management Service
will be under the direct supervision of a licensed optometrist with
special expertise in eye diseases and, when deemed appropriate,
will also be seen by an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon).
Many people prefer wearing contact lenses, or discover that they
can see better with contact lenses than they can with eyeglasses.
For some conditions, contact lenses are especially effective for
vision correction. All types of contact lenses are available: from
soft lenses to rigid gas permeable lenses; from bifocal lenses to
monovision lenses; and from clear lenses to a wide variety of tinted
lenses. Our clinical faculty who supervise the patient care in the
Contact Lens Service are experts in the proper fitting of contact
lenses and will work with each patient to ensure a lens fit that
provides maximal vision and comfort. We frequently are able to effectively
prescribe contact lenses for patients who were not successful contact
lens wearers in the past, and for patients who would otherwise wear
may be selected and purchased through the Center for Eye Care. You
will find a wide selection of frames from which to chose, including
high fashion designer styles. You will also find a variety of specialty
lenses, tints, and other accessories. Abdul
Your need for excellent
vision care at an affordable cost is recognized at the Center for Eye
Care. Our highly trained clinicians, supervised by licensed doctors of
optometry, can deliver to you that perfect combination of complete, technically
advanced vision-testing, treatment and personal service that you want
and deserve from a health care provider.
Your vision needs
are taken seriously at the Center for Eye Care, and we look forward to
serving you and your family. You are invited to visit the Center for Eye
Care at any of our convenient locations for your next eye examination.
Evening hours are available.
Click on the facility
of your choosing at the top of this page to get more information about
hours of operation and how to go about making an appointment for eye care
at that particular facility.
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