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Our Eye Doctors

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 ongoing, 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. Austin Andersen,, M.D.

Dr. Austin Andersen,, M.D.


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 owner of Professional Eyecare. He enjoys playing golf, Husker football, and spending time with his wife, Mallory, his son, Jaxton, and his daughter, Olympia.

Dr. Liron Bittan,, O.D.

Dr. Liron Bittan,, O.D.

Languages: English

Dr. Liron Bittan, a dedicated and passionate optometrist committed to delivering exceptional eye care and improving the vision and well-being of her patients. Dr. Bittan's journey in the field of optometry has been marked by academic excellence, specialized training, and a deep commitment to community service.

Education and Academic Achievements:

Dr. Liron Bittan embarked on her journey in the realm of healthcare at the prestigious University of Kansas. Here, she pursued her studies with unwavering dedication and graduated with honors, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology. This academic foundation laid the groundwork for her future endeavors in the field of optometry.

Her thirst for knowledge and her passion for enhancing the gift of sight led Dr. Bittan to the Illinois College of Optometry. Here, she continued her academic journey and excelled academically, graduating Cum Laude with a Doctorate of Optometry. Her commitment to excellence was evident throughout her studies, and it foreshadowed her future commitment to delivering top-notch eye care.

Specialization in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy:

Dr. Bittan's professional journey took an exciting turn as she discovered her passion for pediatric optometry. During her graduate studies, she pursued specialized training in vision therapy. This area of expertise enables her to work closely with young patients, helping them overcome vision challenges and providing the tools they need to excel in school and in life.

Active Community Involvement:

Beyond her clinical practice, Dr. Bittan is deeply committed to her community. She is an active member of the Kansas Optometric Association, where she collaborates with fellow professionals to advance the field of optometry and ensure that the highest standards of care are maintained for patients throughout the state.

A Balanced Life Beyond Optometry:

In her free time, Dr. Bittan enjoys a diverse range of interests that contribute to her well-rounded personality. She is an avid reader who constantly seeks knowledge and inspiration from literature. Solving puzzles challenges her mind, while practicing yoga and perfecting her splits keeps her physically active and balanced. Dr. Bittan is also passionate about traveling and exploring new destinations with her husband, enriching her life with diverse cultural experiences.

Dr. Liron Bittan is not only a dedicated optometrist but also a well-rounded individual who seeks to enhance the lives of her patients, contribute to her community, and continually expand her horizons. Her commitment to pediatric optometry, vision therapy, and community involvement make her a valuable asset to the field of optometry and a compassionate healthcare provider who strives to make a positive impact on the lives of those she serves.

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Gerald McLaughlin, O.D.

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.

Christopher Peña, O.D.


John Andersen, O.D.

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.