Release November, 2012

Burlington Eye Center merges with International Eyecare Center

BURLINGTON EYE CENTER, 580 S. Roosevelt Ave., Burlington, IA, is now a division of International Eyecare Center. Dara Henneke, optician and manager of Burlington Eye Center is pleased to announce this partnership. "Burlington Eye Center has been dedicated to providing the highest quality and service to the Burlington community for over 30 years. I am thankful for this opportunity to realize my lifelong dream of expanding our services to better serve our patients," Henneke states.

As a division of IEC, Burlington Eye Center will be a full-scope optometric practice, offering comprehensive eye exams for every generation as well as the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease including Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Eye Disease. Fittings for all types of contact lenses will also be available. The optical dispensary continues to offer eyewear for every budget. Burlington Eye Center accepts most Vision Insurance Plans, including VSP®, EyeMed ®, Spectera® Medicare, BCBS, etc.

Teresa Carter, President of International Eyecare Center, is very pleased to open IEC's tenth location and FIRST Iowa location. "Having drawn patients from Iowa for over 30 years, it has always been a goal of IEC to expand into Iowa. Getting this opportunity to partner with Burlington Eye Center came at just the right time for everyone involved. We are excited to see the growth of this new location and for the opportunity to serve the Burlington community," says Carter.

Optometrist, Dr. Jonathon Thoele, will be seeing patients at Burlington Eye Center. Dr. Thoele received his Doctorate of Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL. A native of Quincy, IL, Dr. Thoele received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Quincy University. Dr. Thoele has special interest in primary care including contact lens fittings, pediatric vision care, low vision services, Lasik /PRK pre-and post-procedure care, and in the treatment of eye disease. Dr. Thoele is fully licensed to prescribe therapeutic pharmacological medication and treat ocular disease and emergencies.

International Eyecare Center was founded in Quincy in 1981 and has ten offices including Quincy, Jacksonville, Pittsfield, and Mt. Sterling, Illinois; Kirksville, Hannibal, Mexico, Fulton, and Memphis, Missouri, and now in Burlington, Iowa.

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