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Dr. James Vann


Born and raised in Eldon, Missouri, Dr. Vann attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and received an Honors Degree in Biochemistry in 1986. He received his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1990.

In August, 1990, Dr. Vann moved to Fulton and joined the practice of Richard C. White, O. D. Dr. Vann and his wife, Cindy, purchased the practice from Dr. White in 1992. In August, 1993, VisionArts Eyecare Center moved to its current location at 614 Market St. in Fulton, MO. The year 2017 marks 27 years in practice and 25 years in business for Dr. Vann and VisionArts Eyecare Center in Fulton, MO.

Dr. Vann has been involved in the Fulton community during the past several years. He is a member of the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce, Fulton Breakfast Optimists and was a past board member of the Callaway County YMCA.

Dr. Vann puts a strong focus on the prevention of eye disease, and to support that focus, he obtained his certification as a Health Practitioner by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and also as a Health Coach by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.  He also coordinates with Sutherlin Optical Lab to present seminars to other eyecare professionals on topics such as the importance of doctor driven dispensing and how to grow the Transitions shares in the practice.

Dr. Vann is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Missouri Optometric Association. He has been the Past-President of the Central Missouri Optometric Society. In past years, Dr. Vann has returned to the University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Optometry where he has been sponsored by Coopervision to speak to third year Optometric students on the importance of independent optometry.

Awards received by Dr. Vann and VisionArts Eyecare Center include:

  • Top six finalist, Transitions Optical's Eyecare Practice of the Year, 2013
  • Top three finalist, Transitions Optical's Eyecare Practice of the Year, 2014
  • Winner, Best in Patient Experience, Transitions Innovation Awards, 2015
  • Best Practice, Coopervision, 2015
  • M. Earl McClellan Memorial Award - 1990. Presented by the Missouri Optometric Foundation. This award is presented to the graduating student who best exemplifies independent professional optometry.
  • Missouri Young Optometrist of the Year Award - 1999. Presented by the Missouri Optometric Association.
  • Eyewear Award of Excellence - 2003. Presented by Marchon Eyewear.
  • This award recognizes a select group of U.S. and International Eyecare Professionals providing excellence in product selection and patient service.
  • Business of the Year - 2005. Presented by the Fulton Area Development Corporation.

Dr. Vann enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons on their farm and on the golf course. He also enjoys collecting antique Allis Chalmers tractors.

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I trust Dr. Vann and his staff!

Dr. Vann has been my optometrist from the very beginning. When I moved away for 3 years, I still drive back to see him and his staff. I trust Dr. Vann and the staff at VisionArts Eyecare....
- Sarah H. - Jan 2017

Awesome care for my eyes!

Love going to Dr Vann. Family place-talk about each other's family. Love how progressive his office is. I feel I'm getting awesome care for my eyes. Love his staff. They are compassionate and eager to please. 10 no complaints....
- Nancy J. - June 2017

Great Pediatric Eye Exam!

I'm extremely happy with Dr. Vann and the staff! My 4 year old son has his first eye exam with Dr. Vann and he did great. Anytime we need his eyeglasses adjusted or an exam, the staff always makes us feel as though we're a priority. I wouldn't go anywhere...
- Amy R. - June 2017

I will NEVER go to another practice but this one!

The Doctor is VERY intelligent, friendly, and caring. His staff are kind and very helpful. I have been to several different doctors in the past and have NEVER had the high level of care, testing, and expertise like I had from this practice. I will NEVER go to another practice...
- Lisa M. - Apr 2017

I highly recommend this office and staff!

Dr. Vann and his staff are extremely responsive and willing to work with their patients/customers! I have experienced several unusual eye "emergencies" and they have always responded to my call and worked me into the schedule ASAP. I highly recommend this office and staff to anyone seeking eye care in...
- John B. - May 2017

I will never go anywhere else!!!

Very friendly staff!  Dr. Vann is not only worried about how well you can see, but the health of your eyes too!! They are the only office in the state of Missouri with all these tests under one roof! I will never go anywhere else!!!...
- Sarah B. - May 2016

They really care about you

Dr. Vann and his staff are an excellent group of people. They really care about you as a customer.  ...
- Bennie Y. - Nov 2017

I feel Dr. Vann really cares about me and my eyes.

When I go to Dr. Vann I feel he really cares about me and my eyes. I trust the staff to save me money and they do!  They are always friendly and helpful to help me pick out the best frames for my face, and the contacts are the best too....
- Bonnie M. - March 2017

Highly recommend to anyone!

Would highly recommend to anyone! Love the staff and Dr Van makes sure to explain everything so you understand completely. Very pleased with the experiences I've had here....
- Teresa T. - March 2017

They take care of my eye health beautifully!

Dr. Vann and his staff take care of my eye health beautifully!...
- Sharon Jo W.S., Nov. 2016

Doc Van and staff are the best.

Wouldn't go anywhere else for eye care Doc. Van and staff are the best....
- Don E. - Nov 2016

I feel like an important customer…

I always enjoy my visit to VisionArts Eyecare. The staff makes me feel welcome, they respect my time by making sure I'm working through the different testing stations at a reasonable pace and my questions are answered thoughtfully and thoroughly. Even though they're busy, you leave their office knowing you're...
- Janelle H. - Jan 2017

Thanks guys!!!

I always go to VisionArts Eye care. The doctor and staff are very knowledgeable, answer my questions, and provide education on my condition. I am "hard to fit" for glasses but staff helped me find a beautiful pair that fit well. Not a style I would normally choose but when...
- Donna T. - Jan 2017

I wouldn’t go anywhere else!

Been going here since I was just a little baby and I wouldn't go anywhere else!...
- Todd K. - Jan 2017

Outstanding customer service!

I am impressed with the outstanding customer service! They all made me feel welcome and informed....
- Michael W. - Dec 2016

Very good professional care

I get very good professional care at Vision Arts and recommend them to all my friends for their vision needs!!!...
- Robert B. - Dec 2016

Dr. Vann has the most up-to-date equipment…

I hope I never have to go to another eye doctor. I trust Dr. Vann totally, and he has the most up-to-date equipment that most docs do not have. I want the best eye care available and that is Dr. Vann. And, I like his staff....
- Michael W. - Aug 2016

I trust Dr. Vann…

I have trusted my eyes and vision to Dr. Vann and his staff for a number of years and plan to continue to do so....
- Peter J. - Aug 2016


The staff is very professional yet personable.  When Dr. Vann arrives in the room, you feel like you are the center of his world and he will not rest until he has given you 150%. What else could a patient want? You have the best doctor ever to attend to...
- Greg F. - July 2016

Dr. Vann is very professional, thorough & knowledgeable.

Offices & eye glass areas are very neat, clean and well organized. All employees very friendly and courteous. Dr. Vann is very professional, thorough & knowledgeable. I will definitely go back for all my eye concerns....
- Cindy S. - July 2016

I’m perfectly thrilled!

I'm perfectly thrilled with my visit yesterday evening. Dr. Vann's team worked me in as an emergency and I am thankful for it!!! My eye began feeling better last night! This morning it was even better, and as I am typing this at 11 o'clock my eye looks almost normal. Love the ladies!...
- Jennifer D. - July 2016

Best service!

I have been wearing glasses for 50 years and that was the best service I have ever had from start to finish. Thank you!...
- Brooke A. - June 2016

Can’t imagine the need to go anywhere else.

Long-time customer and can't imagine the need to go anywhere else. Eyesight is arguably the most important of all the senses so it's vital that eye care gets done right. Vision Arts does exactly that. Their office is a "what's the latest in eyecare technology" showroom! The staff is courteous...
- Rachel F. - Jan 2016

Everyone is so caring!

I appreciate the work to help with correcting my glasses and concern for my dry eye problem, everyone is so caring. Thank You!!...
- Mark C. - May 2016

I highly recommend!

When I leave VisionArts Eyecare I am confident that I received the best examination possible. The staff are all very professional and friendly. Everyone is genuinely interested in seeing you get the best exam possible. I bought new glasses this time and the technician was very helpful finding just what...
- Jack R. - May 2016

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