Grene Vision Group in Winfield has relocated to its brand new location at 1401 Main. The new location offers a much larger office with expanded optical, exam rooms, waiting room and testing area. The large off-street parking lot is also a major improvement. Doctors include Gail L. Burden, OD, Jill M. Huelskamp, OD and Mark L. Wellemeyer, MD.
The Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the opening of the new building. During the ribbon cutting, the chamber presented Grene Vision Group with the December Chamber Champion Award for its continued investment in the Winfield community. Cutting the ribbon in center is Dr. Burden and Winfield employees. To her left are Matt Utech and Emily Fraley. To her right are Karen Thomas and Emily Anderson, who is holding the Chamber Champion Award. Surrounding them are chamber members and community members
About Keratoconus: Keratoconus is a sight-threatening progressive eye condition in which the clear tissue on the front of the eye (the cornea) thins and bulges outward into a cone shape. The resulting symptoms are blurred vision, glare and halos at night, and streaking of lights.
In most people who have keratoconus, both eyes are eventually affected, although not always to the same extent. It usually develops in one eye first and then later in the other eye.
Who is at risk for developing Keratoconus? Keratoconus usually manifests in the late teens to early twenties and progressively worsens into middle age, when it typically stabilizes. It's possible it can occur in people 40 and older, but that is less common. The changes in the shape of the cornea can happen quickly or may occur over several years.
Keratoconus appears to run in families. If you have it and have children, it’s a good idea to have their eyes checked for it starting at age 10. The condition progresses more rapidly in people with certain medical problems, including allergic conditions. It could be related to chronic eye rubbing.
Treatment Options: Some individuals with keratoconus simply need glasses to see their best. Others require a hard contact lens to optimize their vision. For severe conditions, a corneal transplant may be required.
However, now there is an exciting FDA-approved therapy available: corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL). The minimally invasive procedure involves applying liquid riboflavin (vitamin B2) to the surface of the eye, followed by treatment with a controlled application of ultraviolet light, to strengthen the cornea. Dasa V. Gangadhar, MD, cornea specialist at Grene Vision Group, has been involved in clinical studies of CXL and plans to initiate treatments near the end of December 2016.
“This is truly an exciting treatment option and a game-changer for the management of keratoconus. Our ability to offer corneal transplants and now CXL will allow for the full gamut of treatment options for this disease afflicting an especially young population,” Dr. Gangadhar said.
The Exciting News: CXL appears to stabilize the cornea in 95 percent of patients for up to 10 years.
“We hope that timely treatment of keratoconus with CXL will ultimately eliminate the need for corneal transplantation (PK) in the next 15 to 20 years,” Dr. Gangadhar said.
Who is a Candidate?
- Patients with keratoconus and post-LASIK ectasia may be candidates.
- Ages 15 – 65. Young patients are the most ideal candidates.
- Not recommended for pregnant females or patients with corneas thinner than 400 microns.
- Insurance does not currently cover this treatment and the cost is around $2,500 per eye.
- The primary goal of CXL is to stabilize the cornea and reduce the chance of progression and the need for a cornea transplant.
“We are very excited that Dr. Gangadhar will be offering corneal crosslinking as a relatively non-invasive option for patients with keratoconus. His dedication to patients is evident through his continued involvement with clinical trials and training in the most current corneal procedures,” said Collin Hermreck, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Grene Vision Group.
You can learn more about Corneal Crosslinking by viewing an educational video on the Video Library link on our homepage.
The Grene Vision Group office in Anthony has moved to its brand new downtown location at 115 West Main. Optometrist Daniel M. Marchant, OD and Ophthalmologist Terria L. Winn, MD have provided primary and medical eye care in GVG's Anthony office for many years. The new office provides larger, state-of-the art exam rooms, testing and a much larger Optical area.
Join us for our Open House from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, January 5!
Grene Vision Group welcomes Alan R. Hromas, MD, a fellowship-trained retina specialist. He practices at the GVG offices at 655 North Woodlawn and 1277 North Maize Road in Wichita and 1708 East 23rd Avenue in Hutchinson. Dr. Hromas specializes in Diseases and Surgery of the Vitreous and Retina, including macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Dr. Hromas was born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma. He graduated with distinction from Enid High School prior to attending the University of Oklahoma as an Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Scholar. While at OU, he was a member of the Pride of Oklahoma Drumline as well as the Sooner Showmen basketball band. Dr. Hromas graduated from OU in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Biomedical Sciences, and has maintained a strong devotion to OU football.
Dr. Hromas remained in-state for medical school and graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 2010. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Missouir-Kansas City prior to beginning his Ophthalmology residency at the University of Kansas. Dr. Hromas served as Chief Resident during his final year at KU. During residency, he presented a talk at the Table Rock Regional Meeting in Ridgedale, MO, and a poster at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting in Orlando, FL.
Following residency, Dr. Hromas went on to complete fellowship training in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery at Retina & Vitreous of Texas in Houston, a private program boasting high surgical volume, an experienced and diverse faculty, and participation in the ongoing DRCR.NET and HAWK trials investigating new therapies for diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. During fellowship, he was published in the September 2015 issue of Retinal Physician.
In 2015, Dr. Hromas and his wife, Carrie (a practicing Pediatrician) welcomed their son, Wyatt. With deep roots in Oklahoma and Kansas, the family decision to move back to the Midwest following fellowship was an easy one.
"My wife and I are happy to call Wichita home. Our families are still in the area, and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to return to the Midwest to practice," said Dr. Hromas.
“I also feel very fortunate to be providing vitreo-retinal care at a time when we have very effective treatments for conditions that were very difficult to manage only 15 years ago. My personal goal as a physician is to ensure my patients clearly understand their disease process and the available treatment options, and to deliver those treatments in an effective, timely manner."
Welcome Dr. Hromas!
Dasa V. Gangadhar, MD, Grene Vision Group ophthalmologist, once again was named a Best Doctor. The award was announced September15 by the Wichita Business Journal. Dr. Gangadhar's subspecialties include corneal transplantation, cataract and lens implant surgery, cornea and external disease. He has practiced at Grene Vision Group for more than 22 years.
Founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School physicians, Best Doctors serves more than 30 million members in countries across the world. For 25 years, Best Doctors has asked physicians to identify the doctors they consider the leaders in their field. Today, their peer-selected network has more than 53,000 medical experts in over 450 specialties and subspecialties.
Congratulations Dr. Gangadhar!
Grene Vision Group has added a new office and optical department in Buhler (121 Old Mill Road) and two new offices and optical departments in Wichita at 1014 West 29th Street South (south Wichita) and 5231 East Central, Suite D (east Wichita). Steve Miller, OD, sees patients at the Buhler office, as well as at our Hutchinson-West location. Ashley R. Carson, OD joined GVG several years ago and is the optometrist at the south Wichita location and Alan J. McCormick, OD provides primary care eye services at the newly opened east Central office. Jenna Johnson, OD has also joined Grene Vision Group and is seeing patients at our locations in Lyons and Hutchinson-East.
Learn more about our new optometrists:
For the second consecutive year, Grene Vision Group will be a major sponsor for the “Let’s Move, Kansas” 5K run/1.5 mile walk on Saturday, October 8 at Sedgwick County Park in Wichita. The event benefits the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to promote the philosophy of family medicine, research, and education of Kansas Family Physicians. The KAFP-Foundation supports the future of family medicine by:
- providing medical students the opportunity to learn about family medicine in a rural setting;
- sending medical students to national meetings to gain experience for future practice in Kansas;
- giving medical students and residents the opportunity to present scientific posters at the meeting; and providing residents the opportunity to participate in an international mission.
Funds raised also benefit the Student and Resident Poster Contest, Rural Family Medicine Practice and Research Program, Family Medicine Interest Group grants, scholarships to the National Conference by AAFP for Medical Students and Residents, AFP-F Hostetter Student Award, the Carol A. Johnson, MD Family Medicine International Mission Scholarship, Kansas Career Opportunities Conferences and the Faces in Family Medicine Program.
The USATF-certified 5K run is set for 8:30 am and the walk at 9:15. Cost is $40 and will increase to $45 on the day of race. Participants receive an exclusive Let’s Move Kansas T-shirt and goody bag with registration. Novice and experienced runners are welcome, and bring the whole family. All children who finish will receive a medal, and cash prizes will be awarded for top run finishers.
Grene Vision Group ophthalmologist Samuel W. Amstutz, MD was named a 2015 Health Care Hero by the Wichita Business Journal. He will be recognized with other honorees at a dinner September 1 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. To read more, click http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/blog/2015/07/announcing-five-more-2015-health-care-heroes.html.
Grene Vision Group and Meineke Car Centers are the lead donors for Wichita Festivals’ "Celebrations for a Cause." GVG’s sponsorship, and donations from other businesses and individuals, will help purchase Riverfest buttons to be donated to non-profit organizations for individuals who otherwise might not be able to attend.
In its 44th year, Riverfest 2015 is scheduled for May 29-June 6 in downtown Wichita. To read The Wichita Eagle story about "Celebrations for a Cause," click http://www.kansas.com/news/business/article19209576.html.
Congratulations to Grene Vision Group Ophthalmologists Dasa Gangadhar, MD and Samuel Amstutz, MD on being named once again to the Best Doctors in America® list! The Wichita Business Journal is featuring all local physician honorees in its May 16 issue. The two GVG surgeons were honored along with other Wichita-area physicians during a special reception this week. The honorees are part of a national database compiled by Best Doctors Inc., a Boston-based organization that determines the top 5 percent of Best Doctors in America based on physician surveys. Congratulations to our award-winning doctors!
Congratulations to Dasa V. Gangadhar, MD, Grene Vision Group Ophthalmologist, who was recognized as one of 27 "Health Care Heroes" by the Wichita Business Journal. The honorees include doctors, nurses, administrators, volunteers, innovators and community groups. GVG doctors and staff are proud and grateful for all that Dr. Gangadhar has done for patients in Kansas! To read the Wichita Business Journal article click http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/feature/HealthCareHeroes/2013/10/dr-dasa-v-gangadhar.html.
(Wichita, KS) – Grene Vision Group, LLC, a doctor-owned group of eye care professionals and one of the country’s largest eyecare groups, announced plans today to relocate its westside Central/Socora office to 1277 North Maize Road. The announcement was made by Kayli Smith, Chief Operating Officer at Grene Vision Group.
The move from its current location at 834 N. Socora is expected during early summer 2014 and will encompass all aspects of Grene Vision Group’s eyecare services including eye examinations, eyeglasses, contact lenses, and a full range of primary, medical and surgical eye care. According to Smith, a major benefit to patients is the consolidation to one main level in addition to the convenient location. “We are excited to relocate next summer and believe our patients and optical customers will also benefit greatly. In addition, we expect to achieve better staff efficiencies as well,” Smith said.
The new Grene Vision Group campus will include 16,000 square feet of space offering an efficient floor plan and comfortable décor. The new clinic will house eight doctors using 18 eye examination rooms.
The new facility more than doubles the size of the optical shop and its frame selection while adding a much-needed contact lens area, Smith said. “With the larger optical space, we are excited to be able to offer even more fashion brands with the latest eyewear styles.”
Grene Vision Group has 33 optometrists and 11 ophthalmologists practicing in 19 Kansas locations. In addition to five locations in Wichita and two in Hutchinson, it has offices in Andover, Anthony, Augusta, Derby, El Dorado, Fredonia, Lyons, Neodesha, Stafford, Wellington, Winfield and Yates Center. Grene Vision Group surgeons also provide satellite medical and surgical services in 13 Kansas communities: Anthony, Arkansas City, Derby, El Dorado, Fredonia, Hays, Hesston, Hutchinson, Kingman, Newton, Pratt, Wellington and Winfield.
Established in 1996, Grene Vision Group, LLC employs nearly 400 support staff. The group’s services encompass all eye specialties, including primary care optometry, pediatric ophthalmology, pediatric and adult strabismus surgery, cataract and implant surgery, corneal transplantation, neuro-ophthalmology, surgery for diseases of the vitreous and retina, functional and cosmetic eyelid surgery, oculoplastic surgery, laser vision correction and other refractive surgery procedures, and treatment for glaucoma, cornea and external disease, eye trauma, tear duct and orbital disorders.
Architect for the project is Stan Shelden of Shelden Architecture, and the builder is Bob Simpson of Simpson Construction Services. Intrust Bank is providing the financing.
Grene Vision Group welcomes Optometrist Ashley R. Craven to our two Hutchinson locations! Dr. Craven is a native of Kansas and grew up in Erie in southeast Kansas. She graduated in 2003 from Erie High School. In 2007, she received her undergraduate degree from Pittsburg State University. Dr. Craven attended optometry school at the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry, graduating in 2011. She then moved back to Kansas and practiced optometry in a private practice setting until joining Grene Vision Group in 2013.
Dr. Craven is a member of the Kansas Optometric Association and American Optometric Association.
"I am excited to work with Grene Vision Group and their wonderful staff and network of doctors. Practicing optometry is what I love, and I am grateful to be able to use the latest technology and provide the best care possible for my patients," she said.
Dr. Craven will begin seeing patients on Tuesday, September 3.
Congratulations to Grene Vision Group Ophthalmologists Samuel Amstutz, MD and Dasa Gangadhar, MD for being named once again to the Best Doctors list! The two GVG surgeons were honored with other Wichita-area physicians during a special Best Doctors reception May 14. Best Doctors, Inc. (www.bestdoctors.com) is a global health company founded by Harvard Medical School professors in 1989. Around the world, Best Doctors provides people access to the expertise of the best five percent of physicians. Congratulations to our award-winning doctors and to all of our outstanding ophthalmologists and optometrists!
The Kansas Optometric Association named Grene Vision Group Optometrist P. Joe Jittawait its 2013 Outstanding Young Optometrist of the Year during its annual convention.
Dr. Jittawait, who practices at Grene Vision Group's 1851 North Webb Road location in Wichita, was honored for his numerous contributions to the optometric profession. KOA held its convention April 18-20 at the Sheraton Hotel in Overland Park.
Dr. Jittawait joined GVG in 2000. He said he thoroughly enjoys practicing optometry as part of Grene Vision Group. "Our model, Total Eye Care for the Entire Famiy, enables us to care for people of all ages from children to great-grandparents." One of Dr. Jittawait's favorite aspects of what he does is "discussing and designing customized visual solutions that meet the specific needs of each individual patient."
Optometrist Trevor R. Askew has joined Grene Laser and Grene Vision Group. As Director of Refractive Surgery for Grene Laser, Dr. Askew is providing pre and post operative refractive surgery care.
He is also providing primary eye care services for the entire family at Grene Vision Group's 1851 North Webb Road office. He also has an interest in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease. Appointments can be made by calling (316) 636-2010. To learn more about Dr. Askew, visit http://www.grenevisiongroup.com/doctor/Trevor_Askew.html.
Grene Vision Group is proud to help our local communities by supporting the Kansas Food Bank -- which serves an 85-county area in Kansas. GVG Administrative staff presented a $2,748 check to Brian Walker, President and CEO of the food bank, on January 10. Grene Vision Group employees and doctors donated the money and 679 pounds of food as part of the company's holiday party in December. To learn more about the Kansas Food Bank, visit http://www.kansasfoodbank.org/.
Michele M. Riggins, MD, a board-certified ophthalmologist, has joined Grene Vision Group. She has made Kansas her home after completing a Neuro-Ophthalmology fellowship at the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma City, OK. She specializes in Neuro-Ophthalmology, Adult Strabismus and Cataract and Implant Surgery. Her clinical interests include Diplopia, Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, Thyroid Eye Disease, Ocular Myasthenia Gravis, Optic Neuritis, Benign Essential Blepharospasm and Hemifacial Spasm.
Dr. Riggins has lived throughout the country, being a daughter of a fighter pilot. She grew up in Glendale, AZ, where her family still resides. She attended Texas A&M University on a swimming scholarship, and went on to attend medical school at Texas A&M Health Science Center. At the conclusion of her Internal Medicine internship and Ophthalmology residency at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, TX, she went on to complete a fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology. Dr. Riggins earned several academic and athletic awards and scholarships
Dr. Riggins enjoys being spiritually active, spending time with family and friends, and being outside playing any sport that comes her way. Her passion for ophthalmology is evident in her compassion and desire to help diagnose and treat difficult neuro-ophthalmologic conditions, while serving as a team player in the overall care for her patients.
Dr. Riggins is practicing at the Socora, Woodlawn and Webb locations in Wichita and at the Hutchinson East location.
Optometrist Jill M. Huelskamp has joined Grene Vision Group and is seeing patients at the 1851 North Webb Road office in Wichita, as well as GVG locations in Wellington and Winfield. Dr. Huelskamp grew up in Andover. She graduated from Washburn University with a bachelor's degree in Biology. She attended optometry school at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry in Tahlequah, OK and graduated summa cum laude.
After completing optometry school, Dr. Huelskamp moved back to Kansas to be closer to family. She is an avid fan of country music, enjoys working out and spending time with her friends and family.
"Vision is a remarkable gift," Dr. Huelskamp said. I love being able to work with patients to enhance the way in which they can see.
For more information about Dr. Huelskamp, visit http://www.grenevisiongroup.com/doctor/Jill_Huelskamp.html.