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Photo by Dan Cruz
Staff at Clarkson Eyecare’s new Alton office includes optician Jackie Webb, office manager Kerri Beers, Dr. Thomas Johnson and optician Lorie Hunter.
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Photo by Dan Cruz
The Alton office features an area where patients are taught how to wear contacts. Johnson says it’s important to educate patients before they make a purchase.
Alton’s vision just got a little better.
Clarkson Eyecare opened a new location Jan. 27 in Alton at 1819 Homer Adams Parkway between Aspen Dental and Wendy’s.
Clarkson was founded in 1979 by Drs. Lawrence J. Jehling and Lynette S. Lui as the Jehling-Lui Eye Associates on Clarkson Road in Ellisville, Mo.
Since then, Clarkson has expanded to 60 offices throughout Missouri and Illinois, including five Madison County offices. Clarkson has more than 80 doctors including LASIK, retina and cataract surgeons.
In 1999, Clarkson introduced its first state-of-the-art LASIK Surgery Center in Chesterfield. Any patient needing this type of surgery will be asked to go to this location for verification by the recommended Clarkson doctor.
Dr. Thomas J. Johnson is the Alton store’s primary doctor and worked at the Fairview Heights office prior to the Alton location opening up. Johnson said Alton needed a Clarkson office because many patients traveling to the Edwardsville location were from the Alton area. The highly visible location on Homer Adams Parkway and the new state-of-the-art equipment are big pluses, Johnson said.
An item not seen in many optometrists’ offices is a digital screen in the exam room, similar to the more common screens that display letters on a wall for patients to read. The screen plays short movies and cartoons to put younger children at ease.
Johnson, of Brighton, graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1992.
Asked what separates this eye care facility from its competitors in Alton, Johnson said: “The amount of time the doctors spend with each patient and the expert vision and information they have on health care insurance.”
Clarkson Eyecare began marketing its own software to other practices in 2006. Developed with the input of Clarkson’s doctors, the software enables optometrists, ophthalmologists and their staffs to create a better patient experience through electronic medical records. With this new technology, appointments, insurance verification, billing, inventory and eye exams are done electronically.
“It’s important that the patient know exactly what their out-of-pocket cost is going to be before they even come in,” Johnson said.
Clarkson also offers digital retinal photography, tachymetry, the GDx glaucoma test and optical coherence tomography.
Clarkson Eyecare also teaches patients how to use contacts before they buy them.
“We don’t want our patients leaving our store until we are fully satisfied that they can prove that they can put in their contacts the correct way,” Johnson said.
The store employs Johnson, office manager Kerri Beers, optician Lorie Hunter and optician Jackie Webb.
The office’s hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Same-day walk-in appointments are available.
More information can be found at www.clarksoneyecare.com.