40 Years of Service

IEC would like to congratulate Carolyn Hagood on 40 years of service in the eye care industry. Carolyn, known as “Snookie” to her friends and family, is a Hannibal native. She began working with Dr. John McDougall at Vision and Hearing Center in Quincy on December 11, 1977. In 1981, she joined Dr. McDougall when he opened his private practice, International Eyecare Center and is one of three original IEC staff members who continue to work at IEC. Currently, Carolyn works in IEC’s Corporate Insurance Department.

Changes in Mt. Zion

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Emily Hable, Dr. Ryan Thoele, and Dr. Camda Temmen

International Eyecare Center in Mt. Zion is seeing some changes, but the focus remains on providing patients with the highest quality professional vision care!

“It is with mixed emotions that we announce the departure of Dr. Camda Temmen from the practice she established 14 years ago,” reports Kevin Hughey, Dr. Temmen’s husband and Business Manager of the practice, “while it has been both a pleasure and honor providing eyecare to the greater Mt. Zion community over the years, Dr. Temmen has decided to step back from optometry and spend more time with her family and recover from recent shoulder surgery.”

Dr. Emily Hable is also starting a new chapter in her life, as she has been invited to teach at Indiana University School of Optometry. Kevin Hughey and his staff congratulate her as she leaves in mid-August to help instruct future generations of optometric providers.

In October, Temmen Advanced Eyecare became part of the International Eyecare Center family. “Since the change of ownership, IEC has brought some great changes to our practice,” cites Hughey, “now, on August 14, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Ryan Thoele who will be taking over the practice.” Dr. Thoele (pronounced TAY-lee) is a graduate of Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL. He served several internships specializing in glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic care, pediatrics, and low vision care before completing his residence at William Chappell, Jr. VA Outpatient Clinic in Dayton Beach, FL.

Dr. Thoele joined IEC in 2012. Dr. Thoele is a native of Quincy, and his wife, Hannah, is from Jacksonville, IL. “We are excited to be in Mt. Zion”, says Thoele. “I truly enjoyed my patients in Mt. Sterling and Jacksonville, IL, and now look forward to this practice opportunity in Mt. Zion. As central Illinois natives, Mt Zion will be a perfect home for our family”. The Thoeles have purchased a home in Mt. Zion and look forward to raising their family in this community.

“I know I have to be on my A game since I am following in Dr. Temmen’s footsteps. She is a well-respected optometrist and her patients and staff will miss her,” states Dr. Thoele, “I have trained with seasoned practitioners with IEC and look forward to meeting all current and new patients in the community and beyond.” Dr. Thoele has always been committed to supporting local schools, chambers, and when possible, charitable golf outings, and plans to continue that in Mt. Zion. Dr. Thoele played baseball in high school and college and looks forward to supporting the Mt. Zion Braves!

Dr. Ryan Thoele will see patients in Mt. Zion Monday through Thursday, and Saturdays by appointment. We accept most vision insurance. To request an appointment, call toll free 1-877-457-4685 or click here. IEC offers the latest in eye healthcare, contact lens innovations, fashion eyewear, and comprehensive eye exams for the entire family!

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Vision Q&A: What’s the difference between a vision screening and a full eye exam?

Q: What’s the difference between a vision screening and a full eye exam?

A: Vision screenings performed at school or work are useful for determining whether you can see clearly, but often do not check for serious vision problems, eye diseases, or other health problems. They do not replace a comprehensive eye exam performed by a licensed optometrist.

Vision screenings are often performed by an untrained volunteer and not a skilled eyecare professional. Vision screenings are generally only partial eye evaluations that test your vision acuity (ability to see clearly at close and far distances) and check for the presence of basic symptoms of eye diseases. If a problem is detected, they suggest that you make an appointment with an optometrist.

A comprehensive eye exam examines both your vision acuity and the complete overall health of your eyes from front to back. A licensed optometrist can detect glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and other eye diseases that can lead to vision loss. They can also identify early signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, or even a stroke just by examining the inner structures of your eyes! If vision problems or symptoms of an eye disease are found, your optometrist will work with you to set up an effective treatment or correction plan.

Yearly comprehensive eye exams are an important part of your overall health care. Vision screenings often miss serious eye problems that comprehensive exams are designed to identify. Even if you don’t notice obvious changes in your vision, a yearly comprehensive eye exam can be the difference between retaining and losing your sight.

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Treating Eye Allergies

Spring is officially here, which means allergies are in full swing! Eye allergies develop when the body’s immune system overreacts to something in the environment, causing tiny blood vessels to leak and eyes to become itchy, red, and watery.

Eye allergies share symptoms with some eye diseases, making accurate diagnosis imperative. The symptoms of eye allergies can range from mildly annoying redness to inflammation severe enough to impair vision.

The first approach in managing eye allergies is to avoid any known allergens. Stay indoors as much as possible during the mid-morning and early evening hours, when pollen counts are at their peak, and wear sunglasses when outdoors. This will minimize the amount of pollen entering your eyes. Avoid using window fans that can draw pollen and mold into the house. Be sure not to rub your eyes, as this will further irritate them and could worsen your condition.

Many allergens that trigger eye allergies are airborne, so you can’t always avoid them. Artificial tears can temporarily wash allergens from the eye, which often become dry when red and irritated. These drops, which can be refrigerated to provide additional soothing and comfort, are safe and can be used as often as needed.

If symptoms persist, be sure to consult your optometrist to determine which treatment options are right for you. They will review your medical history and symptoms, as well as conduct tests that can reveal an eye allergy. If you suffer from severe eye allergies, click here to schedule an appointment with an IEC doctor!