Eye care professionals 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 contacts.
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 doctors:
Dr. John Michael “Mike” Andersen was born in Superior, Nebraska. He graduated with a Doctorate in Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee in 1970. Dr. Andersen started Professional Eyecare shortly afterward in August 1972. He is a member of many optometric associations and groups, both locally and nationally. Dr. Andersen is also active in research, design, and fitting of contact lenses with different companies and manufacturers since the beginning of soft contact lenses in 1974.
Gerald McLaughlin, O.D. earned a Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Missouri Kansas City and a Doctor of Optometry Degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1990. Dr McLaughlin received the Missouri Optometric Association “Journal Article of the Year” Award in 1990, and worked in an opthalmology-based practice until 2000. Dr. McLaughlin has practiced full-time at Professional Eyecare from 2000 to the present, and has been a member of the American Optometric Association for over 25 years.
Dr. Young is a native of Overland Park, Kansas. He was awarded early acceptance to the College of Optometry at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis. During his training, Dr. Young received extensive instruction in Ocular Disease at the Kansas City Veterans Administration Hospital. He also has received extensive training in the fitting of contact lenses by some of the most well-known doctors in the field. Dr. Young’s clinical interests include fitting multifocal and monovision contact lenses as well as treatment of eye diseases such as glaucoma.
Dr. Liron Bittan attended the University of Kansas and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology. She furthered her studies at the Illinois College of Optometry where she graduated Cum Laude with a Doctorate of Optometry. Dr. Bittan has a passion for pediatric optometry and received specialized training in vision therapy during her graduate studies. Dr. Bittan is an active member of the Kansas Optometric Association and enjoys volunteering her time in the community. She is the newest doctor at Professional Eyecare and is very excited to be a part of such a wonderful team.
Dr. Austin Andersen attended the Creighton University and graduated with honors. He furthered his studies at Creighton University School of Medicine with a Doctor in Medicine. He completed a fellowship at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York City and an internship in Sioux Falls, SD. He is the newest doctor at Professional Eyecare and is very excited to join his father. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Mallory, and his son, Jaxton.