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Do I Need Eye Exams?

Do you wait until you notice a problem before visiting your eye doctor for an eye exam? Or do you schedule routine check-ups?

Many people are not aware of how important it is to have regular eye exams. In fact, it is the most dependable way to preserve your long-lasting eye health and quality vision.

Don’t make the mistake of waiting until you have a complaint about your vision before reserving your comprehensive eye exam. Book an appointment today with Dr. Byergo, your expert optometrist in St. Charles,Missouri.

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Are Eye Exams important ?

Clear and healthy vision plays a primary role in every part of your life, which is why preventive eye care is so critical. What you may not know is that many common eye diseases and vision conditions do not cause symptoms at the beginning. It is only when these disorders, such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration, progress to a later stage that problems appear. Unfortunately, that is also when vision damage has already occurred and treatment has a less positive prognosis. In contrast, when eye disease is caught early by an eye exam, your eye doctor can treat it immediately – before there is any irreversible vision loss.

Along with inspecting for eye disease, Dr. Byergo will also check your vision during an eye exam in our La Jolla office. Vision does not generally stay the same throughout all stages of life. We will verify that your current vision prescription is accurate to ensure that you receive the most appropriate vision correction, including eyeglasses, bifocal/multifocal, and contact lenses.

Midwest Eye Associates Eye Clinic and Eye Exams in St. Charles, Missouri

Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, or Dry eye, you may be overwhelmed by the diagnosis and confused about what happens next. Will you need medications or surgery – now or in the future? Our St. Charles eye doctor has prepared the following answers to your questions about eye disease.

What to Expect During Your Eye Exam

We treat every patient who enters our St. Charles, Missouri, eye care center as a unique individual. That means you will benefit from the specific tests and procedures you need, depending upon your age, health condition, visual symptoms, and the judgment of our eye doctor.

In general, a complete eye exam begins with taking your case history and asking questions about your lifestyle requirements. We will then assess visual acuity, binocularity, color vision, peripheral vision, and ocular health. Your eye doctor may also use tonometry (puff test or blue light) to measure intraocular pressure, which is a screening procedure for glaucoma. Depending upon the results of all of these tests, we may perform additional procedures using the latest technology, such as digital retinal imaging and OCT scans.

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What to Expect During a Pediatric Eye Exam

Children are not simply little adults. That means they have different visual needs and risks than adults. As they grow, they may develop vision problems that could compromise learning and development. Only a comprehensive pediatric eye exam can detect these conditions. That’s why the American Optometric Association advises kids should have their eyes examined at six months old, at three years old (unless diagnosed with a vision condition that requires an earlier examination), and again before starting elementary school (age 5-6). If no vision correction or therapy is needed, follow-up eye exams should be scheduled every one to two years. Our eye doctor is highly qualified and experienced at performing specialized eye exams for kids in the St. Charles area.

During your child’s eye exam in our Midwest Eye Associates practice, we will evaluate the following functional vision skills:

  • Visual acuity
  • Eye teaming/Binocularity
  • Focusing ability/Accommodation
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Visual perception skills

Ocular health is the foundation for clear vision, and our optometrist will also examine the inner eye tissues, as well the tissues around the eye for any abnormalities. If necessary, we may use dilating eye drops to obtain a sharper view.

Find an eye exam near you!

Now that you are aware of all the reasons to have regular eye exams and what to expect during your appointment, we hope you’ll contact us to schedule a visit to our welcoming St. Charles optometry practice!

Call Midwest Eye Associates on 314-833-8663 to schedule an eye exam with our St. Charles optometrist. Alternatively book an appointment online here CLICK FOR AN APPOINTMENT

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8 Tips to Relieve Winter Dry Eyes

What can I do about Dry Eyes in Winter ?

Dry eyes is one of the most common complaints eye doctors get from patients during the winter season, especially in the cooler climates. That’s why we’d like to share some tips on how to relieve dry eye discomfort, and how to know when your condition is serious enough to come in for an evaluation.

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Whether you live in a climate with cold winter weather or you are planning a ski trip up north, winter can be a challenge if you suffer from dry eyes. Dry, cool air, cold winds and even drier indoor heating can cause eye irritation, burning, itchiness and redness, and sometimes even excessively watery eyes as more tears are produced to compensate for the dryness. Many people have a chronic feeling that they have something in their eye and some even experience blurred vision. These symptoms can be debilitating!

“An estimated 5 million people over 50 years of age in the U.S. suffer from dry eye, according to the National Eye Institute (NEI).”, American Optometric Association

Midwest Eye Associates Eye Clinic and Dry Eye Treatment in St. Charles, Missouri

Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, or Dry eye, you may be overwhelmed by the diagnosis and confused about what happens next. Will you need medications or surgery – now or in the future? Our St. Charles eye doctor has prepared the following answers to your questions about eye disease.

Tips to Relieve Winter Dry Eyes

  • Keep eyes moist using artificial tears or eye drops. You can apply these a few times each day when the eyes are feeling dry or irritated. If over-the-counter drops don’t help or if you have chronic dry eyes, speak to your eye doctor about finding the best drops for you. Since not all artificial tears are the same, knowing the cause of your dry eye will help your eye doctor determine which brand is best suited for your eyes.
  • Use a humidifier to counteract the drying effects of indoor heaters or generally dry air.
  • Point car vents or indoor heaters away from your face when the heat is on. Try to keep your distance from direct sources of heating, especially if they blow out the heat.
  • Drink a lot! Hydrating your body will also hydrate your eyes.
  • Protect your eyes outdoors with sunglasses or goggles – the bigger the better! Larger, even wrap-around glasses as well as a hat with a wide brim will keep the wind and other elements out of your eyes. If you wear goggles for winter sports, make sure they fit well and cover a large surface area.
  • Soothe dry eyes using a warm compress and never rub them! Rubbing your eyes will increase irritation and may lead to infection if the hands are not clean.
  • Give your eyes a digital break. People blink less during screen time which is why extensive computer use can lead to dry eyes. Follow the 20/20/20 rule by taking a break every 20 minutes to look 20 feet away for 20 seconds and make sure you blink!
  • For contact lens wearers: If you wear contact lenses, dry eyes can be particularly debilitating as the contact lenses can cause even further dryness and irritation. Contact lens rewetting drops can help your eyes feel better and may also allow you to see more clearly. Not all eyedrops are appropriate for use with contact lenses, so ask your optometrist which eyedrop is compatible with your contacts and cleaning solution. If rewetting drops don’t help, consider opting for glasses when your dry eyes are bad, and speak to your optometrist about which brands of contact lenses are better for dry eyes. Many people find dry eye improvement when they switch to daily single use contact lenses.

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Chronic Dry Eyes or Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is a chronic condition in which the eyes do not produce enough tear film, or do not produce the quality of tear film needed to properly keep the eyes moist. While winter weather can make this condition worse, it is often present all year round. If you find that the tips above do not alleviate your discomfort or symptoms, it may be time to see a optometrist to see if your condition requires more effective medical treatment. Dry eyes and uncomfortable symptoms are not a reason to throw out your contact lenses! Your first step should be a visit to our optometrist for an eye exam to rule out any other serious, underlying eye problems.

Once the cause of your discomfort is determined, we’ll work with you patiently to find the best solution. If you’re bothered by dry eyes, schedule a comprehensive eye exam with our optometrist. We’ll evaluate the cause of your condition and recommend the best dry eye treatment to bring you relief! Call Midwest Eye Associates on 314-833-8663 to schedule an eye exam with our St. Charles optometrist. Alternatively book an appointment online here CLICK FOR AN APPOINTMENT

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Do I have eye allergies?

Know the symptoms of seasonal eye allergies and how to get rid of this pesky problem

As the weather warms, flower buds are opening, and your neighbors are dragging their lawnmowers out for an annual spring tune-up. And suddenly you find a need to rub your itchy, red, and sore eyes constantly. Yep, it’s that time of year again – the time that seasonal allergies blossom with the trees.

Nasal symptoms of seasonal allergies, like a runny nose and sneezing, usually get all the attention, but actually, eye allergies (your eye doctor may call it “allergic conjunctivitis”) are pretty common – affecting millions of people in the US. Grass allergy and pollen in the eyes are the primary cause of eye irritation. What’s the best treatment? And how can you get rid of your eye allergies?

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Eye exam to diagnose eye allergies in St. Charles, Missouri eye doctor’s tips on how to recognize and relieve allergies.

The ocular symptoms of your seasonal allergies are caused when your body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to an environmental trigger that’s really harmless. That trigger, called an allergen, makes contact with antibodies in your eyes – and these cells respond by releasing histamine. Histamine and other natural chemicals cause tiny blood vessels in your eyes to leak, which can lead to redness, itchiness, burning, inflammation, and watery eyes. The symptoms can range from mild to severe enough to interfere with your clear vision. Rest assured – eye allergies are not dangerous, as annoying as they can be.

However, these symptoms alone are not enough to blame seasonal allergies. All of these signs are not unique to eye allergies and could point to several different eye diseases. That’s why a precise diagnosis is imperative! Our St. Charles, Missouri eye doctor will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your eyes to identify the cause of the irritation.

Midwest Eye Associates Eye Clinic and seasonal allergies in St. Charles, Missouri

Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, or Dry eye, you may be overwhelmed by the diagnosis and confused about what happens next. Will you need medications or surgery – now or in the future? Our St. Charles eye doctor has prepared the following answers to your questions about eye disease.

Avoid your trigger to get rid of eye allergies

Grass allergy and pollen in your eyes are the most typical triggers for seasonal eye allergies, often called hay fever. Since that’s the case, you’re probably wondering how you can possibly avoid these widespread allergens. Before you lock yourself in your room and wait for the seasons to change, our eye doctor recommends:

  • Keep windows closed when the pollen count is high. Use a/c in your home, office, and the car in order to clean the air around you.
  • Do not rub your eyes! This spreads the pollen (and irritation!) all over.
  • When you are outdoors, always wear glasses and sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes. Don’t wear your contacts! Contact lenses can exacerbate eye allergies because they are a great surface for pollen to cling to and pile up.
  • When you return indoors after being exposed to seasonal allergens, rinse your eyes with saline drops.
  • Clean your floors with a damp rag, instead of sweeping with a dry broom that pushes any pollen that’s settled back into the air.

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What’s the best treatment for eye allergies?

Some of the symptoms can be managed with nonprescription drugs, especially if your eye allergies are mild. Try using artificial tears to keep your ocular surface clean. Decongestant eye drops may also help, however, it’s not a good idea to use these for more than a few days since they can worsen your condition with prolonged use.

What about antihistamines for red eyes and seasonal allergies? Antihistamine eye drops, mast cell stabilizer eye drops, corticosteroid eye drops, and NSAID eye drops are accepted short-term treatment for eye allergies. Because these are all prescription drugs, you will need to visit your eye doctor (and possibly an allergist too) to determine which medication is most suitable for you. Some non-sedating oral histamines may also be effective at relieving your symptoms, but they can dry out eyes – thereby making the irritation worse. If your seasonal allergies are extreme and get in the way of functional living, immunotherapy allergy shots or tablets may offer long-term relief.

Are seasonal allergies disrupting your life?

Visit Midwest Eye Associates for more tips on how to enjoy clear and comfortable vision in St. Charles, Missouri, all year-round! Call Midwest Eye Associates on 314-833-8663 to schedule an eye exam with our St. Charles optometrist. Alternatively book an appointment online here CLICK FOR AN APPOINTMENT

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How can I protect my eyes from Diabetes?

Diabetes is becoming much more prevalent around the globe. According to the International Diabetes Federation, approximately 425 million adults were living with diabetes in the year 2017 and 352 million more people were at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. By 2045 the number of people diagnosed is expected to rise to 629 million.

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Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness as well as heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure, neuropathy (nerve damage) and lower limb amputation. In fact, in 2017, diabetes was implicated in 4 million deaths worldwide. Nevertheless preventing these complications from diabetes is possible with proper treatment, medication and regular medical screenings as well as improving your diet, physical activity and adopting a healthy lifestyle.

“In 2014 alone, eye doctors found diabetes-related manifestation in 240,000 patients who were not aware they had diabetes, leading to a prompt diagnosis and care, which minimizes the risk of complications,” says AOA President Andrea P. Thau, O.D.

Midwest Eye Associates Eye Clinic and Diabetic Eye Exam in St. Charles, Missouri

Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, or Dry eye, you may be overwhelmed by the diagnosis and confused about what happens next. Will you need medications or surgery – now or in the future? Our St. Charles eye doctor has prepared the following answers to your questions about eye disease.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the hormone insulin is either underproduced or ineffective in its ability to regulate blood sugar. Uncontrolled diabetes leads to hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar, which damages many systems in the body such as the blood vessels and the nervous system.

How Does Diabetes Affect The Eyes?

Diabetic eye disease is a group of conditions which are caused, or worsened, by diabetes; including: diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, glaucoma and cataracts. Diabetes increases the risk of cataracts by four times, and can increase dryness and reduce cornea sensation.

In diabetic retinopathy, over time, the tiny blood vessels within the eyes become damaged, causing leakage, poor oxygen circulation, then scarring of the sensitive tissue within the retina, which can result in further cell damage and scarring.

The longer you have diabetes, and the longer your blood sugar levels remain uncontrolled, the higher the chances of developing diabetic eye disease. Unlike many other vision-threatening conditions which are more prevalent in older individuals, diabetic eye disease is one of the main causes of vision loss in the younger, working-age population. Unfortunately, these eye conditions can lead to blindness if not caught early and treated. In fact, 2.6% of blindness worldwide is due to diabetes.

Diabetic Retinopathy

As mentioned above, diabetes can result in cumulative damage to the blood vessels in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue located at the back of the eye. This is called diabetic retinopathy.

The retina is responsible for converting the light it receives into visual signals to the optic nerve in the brain. High blood sugar levels can cause the blood vessels in the retina to leak or hemorrhage, causing bleeding and distorting vision. In advanced stages, new blood vessels may begin to grow on the retinal surface causing scarring and further damaging cells in the retina. Diabetic retinopathy can eventually lead to blindness.

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Signs and Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy

The early stages of diabetic retinopathy often have no symptoms, which is why it’s vitally important to have frequent diabetic eye exams. As it progresses you may start to notice the following symptoms:

  • Blurred or fluctuating vision or vision loss
  • Floaters (dark spots or strings that appear to float in your visual field)
  • Blind spots
  • Color vision loss

There is no pain associated with diabetic retinopathy to signal any issues. If not controlled, as retinopathy continues it can cause retinal detachment and macular edema, two other serious conditions that threaten vision. Again, there are often NO signs or symptoms until more advanced stages.

A person with diabetes can do their part to control their blood sugar level. Following the physician’s medication plan, as well as diet and exercise recommendations can help slow the progression of diabetic retinopathy.

Retinal Detachment

Scar tissues caused by the breaking and forming of blood vessels in advanced retinopathy can lead to a retinal detachment in which the retina pulls away from the underlying tissue. This condition is a medical emergency and must be treated immediately as it can lead to permanent vision loss. Signs of a retinal detachment include a sudden onset of floaters or flashes in the vision.

Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)

Diabetic macular edema occurs when the macula, a part of the retina responsible for clear central vision, becomes full of fluid (edema). It is a complication of diabetic retinopathy that occurs in about half of patients, and causes vision loss.

Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy and Diabetic Macular Edema

While vision loss from diabetic retinopathy and DME often can’t be restored, with early detection there are some preventative treatments available. Proliferative diabetic retinopathy (when the blood vessels begin to grow abnormally) can be treated by laser surgery, injections or a procedure called vitrectomy in which the vitreous gel in the center of the eye is removed and replaced. This will treat bleeding caused by ruptured blood vessels. DME can be treated with injection therapy, laser surgery or corticosteroids.

Prevent Vision Loss from Diabetes

The best way to prevent vision loss from diabetic eye disease is early detection and treatment. Since there may be no symptoms in the early stages, regular diabetic eye exams are critical for early diagnosis. In fact diabetics are now sometimes monitored by their health insurance to see if they are getting regular eye exams and premium rates can be affected by how regularly the patients get their eyes checked. Keeping diabetes under control through exercise, diet, medication and regular screenings will help to reduce the chances of vision loss and blindness from diabetes.

If you or a family member suffer from Diabetes, a consultation with one of our Eye Doctors, could be the next step to improving health and quality of life

Call Midwest Eye Associates on 314-833-8663 to schedule an eye exam with our St. Charles optometrist. Alternatively book an appointment online here CLICK FOR AN APPOINTMENT

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Do I have Eye Allergies?

Know the symptoms of seasonal eye allergies and how to get rid of this pesky problem

As the weather warms, flower buds are opening, and your neighbors are dragging their lawnmowers out for an annual spring tune-up. And suddenly you find a need to rub your itchy, red, and sore eyes constantly. Yep, it’s that time of year again – the time that seasonal allergies blossom with the trees.

Nasal symptoms of seasonal allergies, like a runny nose and sneezing, usually get all the attention, but actually, eye allergies (your eye doctor may call it “allergic conjunctivitis”) are pretty common – affecting millions of people in the US. Grass allergy and pollen in the eyes are the primary cause of eye irritation. What’s the best treatment? And how can you get rid of your eye allergies?

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Eye exam to diagnose eye allergies in St. Charles, Missouri eye doctor’s tips on how to recognize and relieve allergies.

The ocular symptoms of your seasonal allergies are caused when your body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to an environmental trigger that’s really harmless. That trigger, called an allergen, makes contact with antibodies in your eyes – and these cells respond by releasing histamine. Histamine and other natural chemicals cause tiny blood vessels in your eyes to leak, which can lead to redness, itchiness, burning, inflammation, and watery eyes. The symptoms can range from mild to severe enough to interfere with your clear vision. Rest assured – eye allergies are not dangerous, as annoying as they can be.

However, these symptoms alone are not enough to blame seasonal allergies. All of these signs are not unique to eye allergies and could point to several different eye diseases. That’s why a precise diagnosis is imperative! Our St. Charles, Missouri eye doctor will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your eyes to identify the cause of the irritation.

Midwest Eye Associates Eye Clinic and seasonal allergies in St. Charles, Missouri

Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, or Dry eye, you may be overwhelmed by the diagnosis and confused about what happens next. Will you need medications or surgery – now or in the future? Our St. Charles eye doctor has prepared the following answers to your questions about eye disease.

Avoid your trigger to get rid of eye allergies

Grass allergy and pollen in your eyes are the most typical triggers for seasonal eye allergies, often called hay fever. Since that’s the case, you’re probably wondering how you can possibly avoid these widespread allergens. Before you lock yourself in your room and wait for the seasons to change, our eye doctor recommends:

  • Keep windows closed when the pollen count is high. Use a/c in your home, office, and the car in order to clean the air around you.
  • Do not rub your eyes! This spreads the pollen (and irritation!) all over.
  • When you are outdoors, always wear glasses and sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes. Don’t wear your contacts! Contact lenses can exacerbate eye allergies because they are a great surface for pollen to cling to and pile up.
  • When you return indoors after being exposed to seasonal allergens, rinse your eyes with saline drops.
  • Clean your floors with a damp rag, instead of sweeping with a dry broom that pushes any pollen that’s settled back into the air.

Local seasonal allergies in St. Charles, Missouri

Read what our patients have to say on Google Reviews

What’s the best treatment for eye allergies?

Some of the symptoms can be managed with nonprescription drugs, especially if your eye allergies are mild. Try using artificial tears to keep your ocular surface clean. Decongestant eye drops may also help, however, it’s not a good idea to use these for more than a few days since they can worsen your condition with prolonged use.

What about antihistamines for red eyes and seasonal allergies? Antihistamine eye drops, mast cell stabilizer eye drops, corticosteroid eye drops, and NSAID eye drops are accepted short-term treatment for eye allergies. Because these are all prescription drugs, you will need to visit your eye doctor (and possibly an allergist too) to determine which medication is most suitable for you. Some non-sedating oral histamines may also be effective at relieving your symptoms, but they can dry out eyes – thereby making the irritation worse. If your seasonal allergies are extreme and get in the way of functional living, immunotherapy allergy shots or tablets may offer long-term relief.

Are seasonal allergies disrupting your life?

Visit Midwest Eye Associates for more tips on how to enjoy clear and comfortable vision in St. Charles, Missouri, all year-round! Call Midwest Eye Associates on 314-833-8663 to schedule an eye exam with our St. Charles optometrist. Alternatively book an appointment online here CLICK FOR AN APPOINTMENT

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Our Doctors

The eye doctors at Midwest Eye Associates specialize in understanding how the human eye really works

As well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Our eye doctors proudly serve the greater St. Louis area with offices in St. Charles, Creve Coeur, St. Peter’s, & Wentzville, MO. Our eye doctors provide complete eye care and eye exams for you and your entire family.

Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam

Describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Meet our Eye Doctors:

Brad Byergo, OD

dr byergo 2 Dr. Brad Byergo received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri­Columbia in 1998. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri­ St. Louis School of Optometry in 2002, where he graduated with highest honors.
As an Optometry student, he received extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease including cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy, and he was awarded a grant from the Heart of America Contact Lens Society for his work on daily disposable contact lenses. Dr. Byergo was an officer in Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Society, and was the recipient of the Missouri Optometric Foundation Leadership Award.
Dr. Byergo joined the Midwest Eye Associates team in 2002, and has been the medical director of the practice since 2004. He is a member of the St. Louis Optometric Society, the Missouri Optometric
Association, and the American Optometric Association. In 2012, Dr. Byergo and Midwest Eye Associates joined forces with Vision Source, the largest network of independent Optometrists in the country. Dr. Byergo currently serves as the administrator for Vision Source St. Louis. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Vision Source Outstanding Leadership Award.
dr byergo actionDr. Byergo specializes in the fitting of contact lenses and the management of ocular disease. In 2014, he worked with a team of doctors who helped to bring high oxygen transmission daily disposable contact lenses to the United States market. He is a nationally resepected educator in the management of ocular disease, specifically ocular allergies and dry eye management. Because of his front­line experience in these areas, Dr. Byergo is invited to give lectures to his peers and students at professional meetings across the country.
Personally, Dr. Byergo is married to Susie, his college sweetheart from Mizzou. She was an educator in the Parkway School District for 15 years, but she is now staying at home to raise their two daughters, Allie and Katie. Dr. Byergo is passionate about Mizzou sports, bar­b­queing with friends, and bettering his golf game. He loves coaching and cheering for his girls in all of their sporting endeavors.
Dr Byergo and family

Douglas L. Huff, O.D.

huffDr. Douglas Huff is a native of St. Louis, so your first question may be, “Where did he go to high school?” Lindbergh High School is his alma mater, where he ran track and cross country and can boast of running a 4 minute and 26 second mile. He remained in St. Louis where he continued his undergraduate work at Washington University. Having several opportunities for optometry school, Dr. Huff chose to study at Southern California College of Optometry where he earned the title of Valedictorian of his graduating class.

Upon graduation he was offered a clinical position at the college. He was anxious to return to St. Louis where he began working in South St. Louis with is family Optometrist. In 1989 he opened his own practice in its current location in Central St. Louis County.

Dr. Huff has been a clinical investigator for over 70 studies for all the major contact lens and contact lens solution companies. He was elected to the Board of the St. Louis Optometric Society for a 5 year rotation, serving as President in 1991-1992. Since then he has served in an advisory position as Past President several times. He also chaired the Contact Lens Committee for many years.

From 1997-2004, Dr. Huff served as a Director for the Heart of America Contact Lens Society in the capacity of Secretary/Treasurer of this prestigious organization, which provides continuing education for 7 states and over 1200 Optometrists and their staff each year.

In 1999 he was chosen by the St. Louis Optometric Society as the Optometrist of the Year and was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award in 2012.

In addition, Dr. Huff has participated in five vision mission trips to Romania and Brazil. Being the only Optometrist in the group, he looked at a lot of eyes and helped in distributing over 3000 pair of glasses to those in need, truly elevating their quality of life.

The ultimate goal Dr. Huff  is to provide each patient with the best possible care in a friendly, personal and professional manner; while at the same time trying to find the best solution for the individual patient’s needs.

Brad Borello, O.D.

dr borello 2 Dr. Brad Borello graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. He went on to graduate from the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry as a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa honor society and received Dean’s List honors.

dr borello action 2 He performed his disease based clinical rotation at the Kansas City VA medical center, trained at a Contact Lens specialty clinic in the St. Louis area, and completed a refractive surgery rotation at TLC laser center. Brad is currently a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), Missouri Optometric Association (MOA), and the St. Louis Optometric Society (SLOS).

In his spare time, Dr. Borello enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing golf, and being outdoors. He currently resides in St. Louis with his wife and their two children.

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Trista Pabisz O.D.

Trista Pabisz O.D. Dr. Trista Pabisz received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science and Psychology from Central Michigan University in 2009. She then received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry in 2013, where she graduated with honors.

Dr. Pabisz is trained to diagnose and manage ocular disease including dry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. She completed her training in ocular disease at the Kansas City VA Hospital. She also has training in the co-management of cataract and refractive error surgery and specialty contact lenses from Pepose Vision Institute. In addition to her ocular disease training, Dr. Pabisz also has extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric eye diseases, which she completed at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry Center for EyeCare. Dr. Pabisz was also trained in the diagnosis and management of binocular vision disorders and learning related vision problems at two prominent binocular vision/vision therapy clinics in Arizona and Michigan.

As a result of her pediatric training, Dr. Pabisz has developed a passion for pediatric optometry and is a proud provider for a nationwide program called InfantSee, where she provides free comprehensive eye exams for infants ages 6-12 months. She is also a part time faculty member in the pediatric department of the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry.

Dr. Pabisz is a member of the American Optometric Association, Missouri Optometric Association, and the St. Louis Optometric Association. She is also a volunteer doctor for the Eye Care Charity of Mid America, where she provides eye exams and glasses for students at local area schools. Personally, Dr. Pabisz lives in the St. Louis area with her husband, Ben, and their dog, Wesley.

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Todd Hamilton O.D.

Dr. Todd Hamilton is an Indiana native and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Indiana University. After completing his undergraduate studies, Dr. Hamilton went on to attend the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry, graduating in 2000. He has had clinical training at the John Cochran and Jefferson Barracks Veteran’s Administration Medical Centers in St. Louis, Missouri, and the University of Missouri Centers for Eye Care. Dr. Hamilton specializes in the fitting of multifocal contact lenses, as well as the treatment of corneal eye diseases and dry eye.

Prior to joining Midwest Eye Associates in 2020, Dr. Todd and his wife, Dr. Holly Hamilton, were the owners of Image Eye Care ― a private practice located in Weldon Spring. Dr. Todd is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), Missouri Optometric Association (MOA), and the St. Louis Optometric Society (SLOS).

Dr. Todd lives in Cottleville with his wife, twin sons, Ethan and Andrew, and dog, Murphy. When not seeing patients, he can usually be found spending time with family and friends, hiking, or reading.

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