VisionArts Eyecare Center Named One of Transitions Optical’s Top Three Eyecare Practices in America for 2014
Dr. J.W. Vann and his staff at VisionArts Eyecare Center were recently recognized as one of the top three eyecare practices in America for 2014 by Transitions Optical. They were honored at the recent Transitions Academy, held January 26-28, in Orlando, FL.
The nominees were judged on a number of criteria including community involvement, staff education and training, and alignment with Transitions Optical’s commitment to help patients improve the quality of their lives by enhancing their vision and protecting the health of their eyes. Eyecare practices nationwide were invited to show how well they meet each of the criteria. The top three finalists were invited to represent themselves at the Transitions Academy which brings together leading eye care practitioners from around North America. During the academy, Dr. Vann served on a “best practices panel” where he and the other nominees answered questions for the hundreds in attendance.
VisionArts Eyecare Center has been the only locally owned and operated eyecare practice in Callaway County for over 24 years. Upon receiving his Doctorate of Optometry from University of Missouri- St. Louis in 1990, Dr. Vann moved to Fulton and joined the practice of Richard C. White,O.D,. and in 1992, he and his wifer purchased the practice. In August, 1993, VisionArts Eyecare Center moved to its current location at 614 Market St. in Fulton, MO. Dr. Vann is also certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and also as a Health Coach by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in May of 2013.
Dr. Vann and his staff are thrilled to be acknowledged as a leader in their industry and continue to dedicate themselves to improving the quality of lives through compassionate care, individualized education, and innovative health technology. When asked what the nomination meant to him, Dr. Vann said "I am honored and proud to be recognized for our continued efforts to preserve and protect our patients' vision, as well as our contributions back to our community."
Nothing is more important to VisionArts than promoting healthy sight both in the office and throughout the community. The practice created a not-for-profit organization called Second Sight Friends that raised money to purchase low vision aids for local nursing home residents. In addition to this, it is involved in supporting many other area organizations including Serve, Relay for Life, Susan G. Komen of Mid-Missouri, Buddy Pack, and many more.
Visionarts is particularly involved in assisting the younger members of the community. It participated in the YMCA’s Healthy Kids Days, to 2nd and 3rd graders on eye health. At Serve’s Back to School fair, they distributed Eye Didn’t Know That books and pencils to nearly 800 children. Last May, they held an event called The Great Glasses Play Day to celebrate children who wear glasses, patches, or contact lenses. The event was a rousing success and will now become an annual community event. Inside the office they provide a free Eyefood for Kids book to every family with children under age 12 during their exam and Dr. Vann frequently gives seminars at the office and throughout the community that focus on eye health and wellness.