The College of Optometry operates three full-service eye care facilities. These three 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 facilities:
- The University Eye Center on the South Campus of the UM-St. Louis
- The Optometric Center in the Central West End of the city of St. Louis
- The East St. Louis Center in East St. Louis, Illinois
Mobile Eye Center
Eye care within the Center is divided into the following services:
- Primary Care
- Pediatrics and Binocular Vision
- Rehabilitative Optometry
- 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.
Pediatrics and Binocular Vision
The 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.
Patients 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.
Eye Health Management
Patients 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 bifocal eyeglasses.
Eyeglasses 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.
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.