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Optometrist opens shop on Main Street

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Evanston resident and optometrist Deana LaBrosse O.D. is planning a ribbon cutting Wednesday for her new business, Evanston Eye Wellness, at 716 Main St.

Mayor Tisdahl and Evanston Chamber of Commerce officials will be on hand for the 4 p.m. ceremony.

Following years of providing mobile eye care services through her business Eye Solutions P.C., Dr. LaBrosse is putting down roots with Evanston Eye Wellness.

“I pay close attention to my patient's lifestyle and match treatments and products to ensure optimal visual comfort in their daily activities," she says. "For instance, a patient that uses a computer all day at work may need glasses that are a slightly different prescription and reduce transmission of blue light to provide relieve from visual fatigue.”

She says that although medical training places a heavy emphasis on pharmaceuticals and treating specific symptoms, through her own health journey, she became aware of other systems of medicine and chose to embrace a different paradigm in approaching illness. “There are options in prevention and treatment of common eye conditions beyond traditional medicine. Although I do prescribe medication when appropriate, I also offer treatments based in homeopathy, nutrition, and herbalism. 

“Current research shows that conditions such as macular degeneration and dry eyes are best treated through nutrition. I feel it is important for patients to be aware what they can do now for their eyes and vision to prevent future problems.”  

Dr. LaBrosse graduated Magna cum laude from Illinois College of Optometry in 2005, and in 2008 was selected as "Young Optometrist of the Year" by Illinois Optometric Association. In addition to her clinical work, she has served as Public Health Trustee for the Illinois College of Optometry, an examiner with the National Board of Optometry, and a clinical preceptor for the Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. LaBrosse is also a participant in the InfantSEE program and volunteers for the Special Olympics Opening Eyes program.

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