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Optometrists specialize in testing and examining the eyes and prescribing glasses or contacts to correct vision. This is essential work in a world increasingly dominated by the visual image in TV, movies, and the Internet.

Barnes-Jewish and Washington University optometrists meet the needs patients who have poor vision for whatever reason. Our optometrists also specialize in prescribing special lenses or low-vision aids, which can help many people live more independently.


Ophthalmology services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital include The Eye Center, Barnes Retina Institute and Vision Centers. Forty-three board-certified Washington University physicians at Barnes-Jewish Hospital provide comprehensive ophthalmic care as well as subspecialty care in every area of eye disorders. Comprehensive ophthalmology, diagnostic laboratories and optometry in vision centers supplement clinical services.

Carrie S. Gaines, OD, FAAO
Michael J. Lachtrup, OD, FAAO
Mary Migneco, OD


Barnes Vision Center has optometrists on staff at two locations on the Barnes-Jewish Hospital campus. In addition to on-site exams for contact lenses and glasses, patients can get a complete eye health assessment, treatment for infections of the eye and glaucoma, and evaluations for cataracts and retinal disease.

Persons 40 to 64 should have an eye exam every two to four years & age 65+ every one to two years

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