LASIK Discount

A Way of Saying 'Thank You!' to Our Teachers!

In appreciation of the area’s educators, Dr. Parker is extending teachers a $550 discount on the iLASIK procedure!

Take Advantage of Your Summer Break!

The discount will be available May 1 through August 19 giving you eight surgery dates to choose from. You can make an appointment any time for a Free Screening to ensure you are a candidate for LASIK eye surgery. If you’d like to have LASIK as soon as possible, we can combine your screening and pre-operative appointment to save a visit to our office. At the pre-operative exam we take the measurements for your procedure. Click here for full details!



UV Safety and Healthy Vision Month

Keep an eye on UV safety!

When packing the sunscreen for your next barbeque, don't forget the sunglasses! Harmful UV rays can affect eye health at a later stage.

Summertime means more time spent outdoors, and studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and growths on the eye such as pterygium.

The doctors of EyeCare Specialists would like to remind you of the importance of protecting your eyes, as well as your child's eyes, from the sun's harmful rays by wearing proper protection. Click here to learn more!

Taking care of your eyes now,
will pay off later!
Veggie Heart

Most everyone knows that diet plays a large part in our heart health. But...did you know, a similar diet low in fat and rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, makes for healthy eyes too!

A Heart AND Eye Healthy Diet!

Eye Chart

Studies have shown a direct relation between diet and eye health. There are lots of great food choices to keep your eyes healthy and to help prevent eye disease as you get older.

A diet rich in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, often found in dark leafy vegetables such as spinich and kale, have had positive effects toward the prevention of cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Vitamin C is an antioxidant found in fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, and lemons. Scientists have found your eyes need relatively high levels of vitamin C to function properly.

Many cold-water fish like salmon, tuna, halibut, and sardines contain omega-3 fatty acids which help reduce the risk of AMD later in life.

Other foods found to enhance your eye health include foods containing zinc such as oysters, lean red meat, beans, and black-eyed peas. Zinc may help protect your eyes from the damaging effects of light.

Regular Comprehensive Eye Exams

Eye Care Specialists would like to remind you to make your eye health a priority! Regular, comprehensive, dilated eye exams are necessary for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of eye disease. Many eye diseases, such as glaucoma, do not show symptoms until the disease has already progressed. Visit the links provided below to for a recommended schedule of eye exams and for tips on living an eye-healthy life!

If you would like to schedule a comprehensive eye exam at Eye Care Specialists, please contact one of our main office locations. For Poplar Bluff or Piedmont, call 573-686-5579 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brad Stuckenschneider. If you are in the Cape Girardeau area, please call 573-335-3577 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Linn Mangano.

News In Eye Health

Emoji Coloring Contest Winners!!

With nearly 600 entries it was VERY difficult to choose a winner for each age group. We had so much fun viewing the perspective, creativity, and uniqueness of each entry. The students were given a blank canvas and they ran with it!!

Eye Care Specialists would like thank the teachers and students who submitted Emoji illustrations! The winner for each age bracket receives a Garrett's of Chicago Popcorn Party for their homeroom class in addition to a SEE a Movie on Eye Care Specialists and Dr. Linn Mangano gift basket! Be sure to look for these Emojis on the digital billboard at Mount Auburn and William!

Age 6-7 Winner:

Presley S.

Presley's unique use of a profile design really caught our eye. Our interpretation of her Emoji was as a colorful unicorn filled with happiness.

Congratulations Presley!

Age 8-9 Winner:

Cadence P.

Cadence's Emoji had a worldly view! We loved the distinctive design of this environmental illustration and the detail Cadence used in depicting Earth.

Congratulations Cadence!

Age 10-13 Winner:

Chloe C.

Chloe's talented use of shading blew us away! The dimension she gave her illustration through the variance of color made this happy Emoji pop off the page. And we of course loved the glasses, right down to the reflection at the top of the lenses.

Congratulations Chloe!