Optometrists (eye doctors) are the primary health care professionals for the eye. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye.
Because optometrists are trained to recognize critical health issues, such as diabetes and hypertension, while examining the eye, having an eye exam performed by your eye doctor can save your life as well as your vision.
Optometrists provide a wide range of care, including:
- Detect and diagnose eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, retinal disorders, lid disorders, and infections such as conjunctivitis.
- Prescribe medication to treat eye diseases.
- Evaluate and treat vision conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia.
- Perform minor surgical procedures such as removing foreign objects from the eye.
- Provide pre- and post-operative care, especially for glaucoma, laser, refractive, and cataract patients.
- Prescribe eye glasses and contact lenses to correct vision conditions.
Dr. Freeman grew up in Chanute, Kansas. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. He has completed post-graduate education from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Ocular Therapy and from University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry in Glaucoma Treatment. He has been providing optometric services in Winfield since 1972.
Dr. Freeman is also certified to fit Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) contact lenses. CRT is a reversible reshaping of the cornea (the front surface of the eye) through overnight contact lens wear. During the day, CRT patients can see clearly without the use of glasses or contact lenses. CRT is an excellent option fo nearsighted children and teenagers who are active in sports and water activities. Studies have also shown that CRT can slow the progression of nearsightedness.
He is a member of the Kansas Optometric Association, American Optometric Association, Heart of American Contact Lens Society, Winfield Chamber of Commerce, Winfield Rotary Club, William Newton Hospital Foundation board of directors and serves as chairman of the Research Committee for the Synder Medical Research Foundation.
Dr. Freeman and his wife, Lucy, and family reside in Winfield where Lucy practices law.