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Dr. James Vann


James W. Vann, O.D.

VisionArts Eyecare Center

614 Market St
Fulton, MO 65251

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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 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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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Very good professional care

I get very good professional care at Vision Arts and recommend them to all my friends for their vision needs!!!...
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Outstanding customer service!

I am impressed with the outstanding customer service! They all made me feel welcome and informed....
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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...
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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!...
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I wouldn’t go anywhere else!

Been going here since I was just a little baby and I wouldn't go anywhere else!...
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Doc Van and staff are the best.

Wouldn't go anywhere else for eye care Doc. Van and staff are the best....
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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....
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They take care of my eye health beautifully!

Dr. Vann and his staff take care of my eye health beautifully!...
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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...
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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...
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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!...
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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....
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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...
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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They really care about you

Dr. Vann and his staff are an excellent group of people. They really care about you as a customer.  ...
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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!!!...
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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!!...
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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...
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See the Sites of Mexico, MO and Columbia, MO

We Provide Audrain County & Boone County with Healthy Vision!

Not to be confused with the countries south of the United States – Columbia, Missouri, and Mexico, Missouri, are only a short drive from our optometry practice in Fulton, MO! Our eye doctors are pleased to serve residents of these nearby cities with excellent eye care. We have been providing Missouri with first-rate vision care for over 50 years, and we look forward to serving you!

We offer whatever you need for healthy eyes and sharp vision. With the latest technology and diagnostics, our optometrists will perform comprehensive eye exams for every member of your family. Patients of all ages are welcome; contact us to reserve children’s eye exams and geriatric eye exams. If you are diagnosed with an eye disease, our experts will provide progressive, compassionate treatment.

Do you need eyeglasses or contact lenses? It’s worth the ride from Mexico, MO, and Columbia, MO, to browse our fantastic optical collection! We have designer eyeglasses and contact lenses for everyone, including hard-to-fit vision conditions. If you’re tired of wearing eyewear, ask us about LASIK! We offer convenient co-management for this popular laser procedure. No matter what you’re looking for, we are dedicated to optimal customer satisfaction and a lasting relationship with our patients.

Heritage of Mexico, MO

Located north of our office, Mexico, MO, is rich in the history of the region. To view our local heritage, we recommend visiting the fascinating sites of the Audrain County Historical Society. One notable example is the American Saddlebred Horse Museum, which stands proudly as the oldest horse museum in the country. Exhibits include an interesting display of equestrian items. You’ll get to know Tom Bass, the famous black horseman, and pay tribute to Rex McDonald, the famed invincible horse who is buried on the grounds. The renovated Graceland Museum, home to Col. Grant during the early Civil War, the Audrain County School and County Church (all circa 1900) will also delight Americana history buffs. Residents of Mexico, MO, still reserve the Church for weddings and community events.

Cultural Columbia, MO

If we head west, we reach the rolling hills of Columbia, MO, a lively college town that’s home to the University of Missouri. There is a variety of amazing cultural venues in this trendy area. Catch a performance of the Columbia Civic Orchestra to enjoy lovely music. This symphony performs around the city at different facilities, including at the majestic Missouri Theatre. To appreciate visual arts, look around the non-profit art gallery of the Columbia Art League. You can tour alone or join a guided tour of the local artworks.

Area Parks & Recreation

Outdoors enthusiasts have no shortage of attractions in Mexico and Columbia, Missouri. Lakeview Park offers 61.2 acres of land in Mexico, MO, with walking and jogging trails, a fishing lake, horseshoes, colorful wildflower gardens, basketball court, playground and plenty of picnic areas. Serious hikers should lace up and walk the trails of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, in Columbia, MO. This massive state park has a huge system of caves, intriguing rock bridge and several sinkholes to explore. If you’re in the mood for a planned landscape experience, check out Shelter Gardens. This award-winning garden is behind the corporate headquarters of Shelter Insurance. Not only is it a magnificent site for taking pictures, it also has a unique sensory garden made for visually impaired visitors.

Fresh, Local Food

When all the fresh Missouri air creates an appetite and you’re looking for a bite to eat, we encourage you to browse the Boone County Farmers Market. You’ll discover garden-fresh produce, fresh locally sourced products, and a range of delectable baked goods. To refuel for the rest of your day, then head to Columbia, MO’s, favorite specialty coffee shop, Kaldi’s Coffee. In addition to traditionally roasted brews, Kaldi’s also serves a contemporary restaurant menu of tasty food.

VisionArts Eyecare Center is only a short drive from Mexico and Columbia, and we can’t wait to serve you with outstanding services for your eyes!

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