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. 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 now the co-owner of Professional Eyecare with his father, Dr. Mike Andersen. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Mallory, and his son, Jaxton.
Dr. Melanie Deitch grew up in Grand Junction, CO. She moved to Troy, NY for college and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2014. She later attended the University of Houston College of Optometry and graduated with honors in 2018. Dr. Deitch received specialized training in dry eye management, pediatric care, medical optometry, and surgical co-management during her time in Houston. She loves learning about the latest and greatest in eyecare and applying that knowledge to best address her patient’s needs. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, Beta Sigma Kappa international optometric honor society, and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Dr. Deitch and her husband, Tom, live in Leawood, KS. She enjoys getting outside to camp, hike, or cross-country ski. When not at the office, she can be found doing anything crafty or DIY, or experimenting in the kitchen with a new recipe. She’s always looking for great places to eat throughout KC and will happily take suggestions.