Ophthalmology (Eye Diseases)

Seeing clearly is one of the most important things you need for functioning in your daily life. Good, clear vision shouldn’t be taken for granted. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, many sight-threatening diseases, if detected early, can be cured or treated to prevent, or slow, the progression of any vision loss. Thousands of people need some form of vision correction treatment throughout their life, whether it is new glasses, contact lens, or a surgical treatment.

We offer comprehensive ophthalmic and optical services to patients of all ages, along with a full array of vision correction treatments including Lasek surgery, cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, and blepharoplasty surgery.

Our full range of eye care includes personalized contact lens fittings and an optical shop with skilled personnel and a wide selection of designer brands.

Stacey and Dr. Simons’ story

To say Stacey Firkus is active would be an understatement. She runs half marathons and other road races, participates in triathlons and works in infection prevention at Ministry Health Care. And she’s the mother of two.

Because she had a severe astigmatism in both eyes, she needed to wear contact lenses or glasses since college. They seriously interfered with her active lifestyle. Her contact would fall out when she was working out or swimming at the beach with her kids. It was even more annoying during allergy season, she would rub her eyes and her contacts would pop out. Because her astigmatism was getting worse, it was unlikely that she would be able to continue to wear contact lenses, even if she wanted to. She had had enough.

Read more about how Dr. Simons helped Stacey keep running.


Kay and Dr. Simons' story

Kay Burroughs has her sights set on the future – but her vision was getting in the way.

The UW-Stevens Point student is studying to become an English teacher, but was having trouble seeing the material she needed to learn. She would switch between glasses and contacts, which was less than ideal. The contacts dried her eyes out, and the switching back and forth gave her headaches. She experienced a lot of eye strain.

Her mom and brother both had lasek surgery to correct their vision, and both were very happy with the surgery. Kay thought it would be great to just be able to wake up in the morning and see what was around her.

Read more about how Dr. Simons helped Kay keep studying.


Ruth and Dr. O’Malley, Jr’s story

Ruth Dorgan is a reader. The retired UW-Stevens Point English professor reads everything, from serious histories to popular fiction. She taught The Vampire in Literature at UWSP.

Once she starts reading a book, it’s hard for her to put it down, even if it’s 3 in the morning. Ruth noticed over time that her eyes would get more tired and it was more difficult to read for twelve hours at a time. She wore contact lenses, but after an injury to her left eye, they were no longer an option.

Learn more about how Dr. O’Malley, Jr. helped Ruth keep reading.