Eye specialist Dr. John Eigenbrodt and his EVC

officeIts a story of a boy who saw himself treating people's eye in future. The boy is now none other than Dr. John Eigenbrodt, a name in eye care.

At 10 years old, Dr. John Eigenbrodt was given a model eye by his uncle.

"It sparked an interest for me," says Eigenbrodt. "I had always wanted to be involved in healthcare - the eye proved to pique my curiosity."

Eigenbrodt attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and earned a bachelor's degree in biology and medical science.  He graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry in 1988. Eigenbrodt lives in Edwardsville with his wife, Michelle, and his two children, daughter Nicki and son Ben.

The Eigenbrodt Vision Center is located at 1950 Edwardsville Club Plaza Drive, off of Illinois Route 157. The building, with its six exam rooms and state-of-the-art technologies, was built in 2006.  Eigenbrodt shares his office with Dr. Suman Navalgund.

"Compared to our old building, we have a large, open showroom where our frames are on display," says Eigenbrodt. "We carry designer frames from brands such as Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Kate Spade, Coach, Fendi, Calvin Kline, Nine West, Nautica, and Oakley."

EVC also offers a variety of contact lenses, including a new brand called Synergeyes, a more comfortable hybrid lens consisting of a rigid center and a soft outer edge.

Dr. Eigenbrodt specializes in low vision impairments, meaning that he helps patients who have lost eyesight due to injury or eye disease.

"The goal is to get those with poor eyesight to be able to function as independently as possible," says Eigenbrodt. "We offer tools from a simple hand magnifier to a closed circuit television - like a video that allows you to show reading material on screen and adjust the size."

EVC is the only eye care center in the area with an Optomap. The Optomap allows patients to have their entire retina screened without dilation.  Patients can drive themselves home right afterward - a change for those accustomed to arranging a ride home.

Although the Eigenbrodt Vision Center does not perform any eye surgeries, they offer a co-management program through TLC Laser Eye Care in St. Louis and Sure Vision Eye Center in Maryville.

"In terms of personal service," says Eigenbrodt, "I treat people like family - like I would want to be treated. I take the time to answer questions and be thorough with each patient."

The EVC's Web site, visionsource-edwardsville.com, offers an EyeCyclopedia, the opportunity to make appointments online, as well as printable office forms to shorten waiting time.  By the end of July, the website will be upgraded to allow customers to shop online for eye care products.

Operation hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays; from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays; and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Directions to the vision center can also be found on the Web site.

With summer right around the corner, now is the time to get prepared.

"The key is 100 percent UV protection. There are both UV-A and UV-B rays that can lead to cataracts and retinal degeneration," says Eigenbrodt. "I would recommend having a lubricating eye drop for dry eyes, and if you plan on being around fireworks, a set of safety goggles can make all the difference."

A back-to-school trunk show has been scheduled for the fall, with designers coming to set up displays of frames and sunglasses. Eigenbrodt will also have a table set up at SIUE's Springboard to Success - a showcase of local businesses - located in the Morris University Center, on Thursdays and Fridays from through July 1.

Source: The Telegraph.com

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