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The Eye Institute

About Us

The Eye Institute offers world-class comprehensive eye care for the entire family right here in central Illinois.

We make it a priority to listen carefully and thoroughly assess your eye health needs. If you suffer an eye injury, you will be seen promptly. Referrals for various eye conditions are expedited, often in days instead of weeks or months.

Most of our procedures are performed at Springfield Clinic's Main Campus, either in the office or at our Ambulatory Surgery & Endoscopy Center. Whether you are referred to one of our ophthalmologists, have a routine eye exam with an optometrist or need glasses and contacts, you can do it all at one convenient location at Springfield Clinic.

Our Services

The Eye Institute provides both general eye care and specialized treatments and services, including:

  • Diabetic retinopathy therapy

  • Glaucoma

  • Oculoplastic and cosmetic services

  • Macular degeneration therapy

  • Macular hole and epiretinal membrane surgery

  • No-stitch cataract and laser surgery

  • Retinal detachment and vitreous surgery

  • Refractive surgery for nearsightedness and astigmatism

Most patients are referred to the Eye Institute by their primary care physician for a specific medical condition. Typically, the ophthalmologist will conduct a thorough exam, diagnose the condition and recommend a treatment plan. 


Our physicians provide diagnosis and treatment for diseases and conditions of the eye, eyelids and tear drain system. Top areas of focus include:

  • Cataract surgery

  • Chalazion & stye

  • Diabetic retinopathy

  • Droopy eyelids and brows

  • Dry eyes

  • Eyelash misdirection and enhancement

  • Eyelid lesions & cancer reconstruction

  • Facial fillers and botulinum toxin injection

  • Facial spasms

  • Glaucoma

  • Oculofacial plastic & cosmetic services

  • Ocular trauma and orbital fractures

  • Macular degeneration

  • Macular hole & epiretinal membrane

  • Retinal detachment & vitreous surgery

  • Thyroid (Graves') eye disease

  • Watery eyes



Springfield Clinic optometrists see patients at multiple locations, two of which have Optical Centres. At an Optical Centre, you can browse and purchase frames, be fitted for glasses and receive routine and medical comprehensive eye exams.

Annual eye exams

One of the best ways to ensure your eyes are healthy and seeing their best is to have an annual eye exam. Many eye diseases can be prevented or more successfully treated when detected early.

When are eye exams necessary?

All children should have their eyes checked before age three. If the child has eye problems, such as a crossed, wandering eye, or tearing, droopy lids, their eyes should be checked earlier.

You should have your eyes checked every one to two years. If you experience problems, such as visual changes, light sensitivity, redness, pain, flashes, floaters or tearing, or if you sustain an eye injury, you should be checked more frequently.

You should have your eyes checked every one to two years or as recommended.

You should have a baseline eye exam at age 40, unless you’re having symptoms or have a risk factor for eye disease. Presbyopia and cataracts start to appear around this age.

If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, auto-immune disorders or family history of eye diseases, consult your ophthalmologist or optometrist for how often you should be examined.

Eye Care Patient Portal

We’ve upgraded our electronic medical record in order to provide a better online experience, security and patient care. As a result, you will now be able to view your medical records with Springfield Clinic Eye Institute providers through MyPatientVisit, a patient portal dedicated to your eye care.

How to access MyPatientVisit

If you already have access to and use myHealth@SC (FollowMyHealth) to view your Springfield Clinic medical records, you can now access your MyPatientVisit account by following these steps.

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