Katner joins Family Eye Care Clinic

It was the summer of 1965. Gasoline prices were 31 cents a gallon, the Beatles were preparing for their Shea Stadium concert performance, movie-goers were watching "My Fair Lady" and "Mary Poppins", the town of Bluffton was cleaning up after the Palm Sunday tornadoes and a young Optometrist moved to town with his wife and one-year-old son in tow. Dr. Alan Yoder, a native of Berne, Indiana had just graduated from the Indiana University college of Optometry. He purchased the practice of Dr. Gordon Bixel and started seeing patients. "Back then I was pretty much fitting glasses and did a few contact lenses." Dr. Yoder notes. He and his small family moved into a trailer next to Benroth's Dairy Freeze and immediately got involved in the community. "Bluffton has been such a great place to live, be involved with and raise a family in." The past forty-four years have brought a lot changes to the world as well as the profession of Optometry. "In our practice we used to diagnose eye diseases and send patients to specialists to deal with those problems. Today, we diagnose and treat all sorts of eye problems and only need to refer patients out of our clinic when surgery is necessary. Even in surgical situations, we do all the pre and post-operative care." Those changes continued for Dr. Yoder in 1989 when that little one year old grew up and joined him in practice. Dr. Mark Yoder graduated from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. The practice changed it's name to the Family Eye Care Clinic of Bluffton and the doctors added new equipment and several types of care. They started adding more vision therapy for children with binocular vision problems, added new diagnostic equipment to better identify disease, included bifocal contacts into the practice and added therapeutic licensure to their degrees. "Therapeutic certification meant that we could write prescriptions for various eye diseases such as 'pink eye', glaucoma, dry eye syndrome, allergic eye problems, etc. Along with the ability to use these medications, we were able to better treat eye emergencies. This has been great for patients with eye emergencies. It saves them from having to go to another specialist to have their eye problem dealt with. This saves them time and money." Dr. Mark said.

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