In Tri-County, Vision Care Is More Than It Looks

September 27 – WILLIMANTIC – At Tri-County Vision, healthcare professionals and staff meet each patient at eye level to meet their wants and needs.

Dr Beth Schramm and Dr Sean McKeown, both optometrists, created Tri-County Vision in 1997 on Windham Street and then moved to Walnut Street in Willimantic in 2007.

At that time, they were also taking care of patients from another optometrist. They have been working on it ever since.

“It’s hard to believe we’ve been in business for almost 25 years,” said Schramm.

Offering the most advanced cutting edge diagnostic technology has helped them stay on top.

Part of their comprehensive eye exams include taking pictures of the back of the eye. This technology allows doctors to diagnose eye and systemic diseases.

They also use the photos to educate their patients on how to protect their eyes from threatening diseases such as macular degeneration, a condition typically occurring in older people that affects central vision and complicates daily activities such as driving, reading and recognize faces. Optometrists know the signs and can be proactive in slowing the progression of this and other eye diseases through various treatments. Optometric technicians, several of which are Tri-County, are qualified to help optometrists, among other things, by performing basic eye exams and tests, taking medical history, and helping maintain equipment.

As doctors scramble to spot eye disease, sometimes a person just needs a good pair of glasses.

Browse their frame displays and you’ll find a variety to complete your look, including a new line from Tiffany and Co., which Schramm says has been a big hit.

Some of the other frames they offer include brands like Banana Republic, Kate Spade New York, and Ray Ban. They also offer prescription sunglasses that can be fitted to meet specific vision needs.

Once you’ve found the right pair, an optician will make sure they’re perfect. Opticians are trained to adjust spectacle lenses.

In addition to lenses, they equip patients with contact lenses, including multifocal and medically necessary lenses, as well as protective eyewear for athletes.

True to their goal of providing comprehensive care, Dr. Meghan Corkey joined the practice last year. Corkey specializes in pediatrics and vision therapy, as well as head injury and concussion rehabilitation.

Sometimes patients are surprised to learn that vision care is more than it looks.

“A common misconception about vision therapy is that it works strictly on building eye muscles,” Schramm said, adding that it does a lot more.

In addition to improving vision and strengthening muscles, it also strengthens the pathways to the brain, which is important because good vision requires the eyes and the brain to work as a team.

At Tri-County, they also work as a team, meeting all aspects of their patients’ needs. This has allowed the practice to grow and there are now 17 staff ready to make sure every patient is happy from the moment they walk in until the moment they leave.

“Our mission has always been to provide the best possible eye care services,” said Schramm.

In addition to office visits, patients can try on glasses virtually from the website.

Visits are currently by appointment only due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks are mandatory.

For more information on the practice, visit visionsource-tricountyvision. com or call 860-423-2565.

Vision of the three counties

Address: 16, rue Walnut, Willimantic

Hours:

Monday / Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday / Thursday, 8 am to 7 pm; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Information: 860-423-2565, visionsource-tricountyvision.com

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