An estimated 61 million adults in the United States are at risk for serious vision loss, but only half visited an eye doctor in the last 12 months.

– Centers for Disease Control

Meet Our Doctors

Most vision impairment and blindness is linked to age-related eye diseases. The aging baby-boomer population increases the number of individuals at risk for contracting eye conditions and diseases. This includes cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration, which continue to affect America’s aging population. At EyeCare Specialties of Ohio, we take your eyes seriously, and your eye health is our main priority. Our board-certified doctors and other highly trained eye care specialists will perform a comprehensive eye exam and screening to determine your overall eye health and to identify any eye conditions or diseases. Most eye diseases can be treated or managed successfully if the condition is identified or detected early on. Also, eye exams can reveal a range of other undiagnosed health issues like cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and diabetes. These undiagnosed conditions can also affect your vision.

 

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Dr. David J. Gale

Solon Location
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Dr. Gale has owned and managed his private practice for over 40 years. He is Board Certified in the Treatment and Diagnosis of Ocular Diseases.

One of Dr. Gale’s specialties is the hard to fit contact lens wearer. He has been fitting contacts since starting his practice and has seen many wonderful changes in both design and comfort.

He is a member of the Ohio and American Optometric Associations.

Dr. Robert L. Hill

Northwest Ohio Vision Center

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Dr. Robert Hill received his Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University in 1992. He is also an alumnus of Bowling Green State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. Upon returning to Williams County he joined Dr. Woodard and Dr. Richardson in practice in 1993.

Dr. Hill is therapeutically licensed to treat all diseases of the eye including glaucoma and infectious diseases and is certified to co-manage cataract and LASIK surgery.

He enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons. He is an avid snowmobiler and Ohio State fan.

Dr. Jacquelyn Kuta

Solon Location
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Dr. Jacquelyn Kuta obtained her Doctorate of Optometry at Illinois College of Optometry, graduating in 2016. She then completed her residency in ocular disease at Lois Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. Post-residency, Dr. Kuta decided to make Cleveland her permanent home since she enjoyed living there so much..

Outside of work, she enjoys exploring the downtown area, going to shows at Playhouse Square as well as checking out the nearby beaches and parks! Dr. Kuta also loves to spend time with her pet tortoise, Ferdinand!

Dr. Tara Richmond

Northwest Ohio Vision Center

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Dr. Tara Richmond graduated summa cum laude from The Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University in 1998. She is also an alumnus of the Defiance College where she received her Bachelor of Science degree with honors. Returning to Williams County in 1998, Dr. Richmond proudly joined Northwest Ohio Vision Center where she has been caring for patients ever since.

Dr. Richmond is therapeutically licensed to treat all diseases of the eye including glaucoma and infectious diseases and is certified to co-manage cataract and LASIK surgery.

She has been married to her husband Cory for 18 years. They have 3 children; Maddie, Easten, and Jaxon.

Dr. Jordan Spiess

Northwest Ohio Vision Center, Zysik EyeCare (Pinnacle Eye Group)

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Dr. Jordan Spiess is a graduate of The Ohio State University and specializes in ocular disease and family optometry. Dr. Spiess especially enjoys making personal connections and getting to know each patient in his community.

Since childhood, Dr. Spiess wanted to be an optometrist. The experience of receiving his first pair of glasses and seeing clearly for the first time is a feeling Dr. Spiess wants to share with the world.

Dr. Janel Strah

Family Eye Care Centers – Clyde
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Janel Strah, O.D. received her Doctor of Optometry from the College of Optometry at The Ohio State University where she also completed her undergraduate studies in Biology that she received with honors.

Dr. Strah is active in the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the Ohio Optometric Association (OOA) where she is currently serving as the OOA Zone 1 Governor. Dr. Strah is also an Ohio State affiliated faculty member and enjoys being a clinical instructor to fourth-year students.

With a background in science, Dr. Strah knew that her interests were to work outside of a laboratory setting. She especially likes teaching patients about their eye health and visual system along with overcoming any obstacle to meet her patients’ visual needs. Dr. Strah particularly enjoys working with patients of all ages and fitting specialty contact lenses, as they can be challenging but rewarding at the same time. Overall, Dr. Strah loves being able to improve the quality of peoples’ lives by providing them with improved vision.

Dr. Strah lives in Huron with her husband, daughter, and their spoiled pug. In her personal time away from the office, Dr. Strah enjoys family nature walks, traveling to exciting new places, and experiencing all types of cuisines.

Dr. Robert Waldman
Erie Optical
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​Dr. Robert Waldman is the optometrist and owner of Erie Optical. Dr. Robert Waldman graduated from The Ohio State University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He went on to attend The New England College of Optometry, graduating in 1978. Dr. Waldman has spent his entire career at Erie Optical and is now seeing his third generation of patients. Many long-term satisfying relationships have been formed over the years.

Dr. Waldman is very involved in physical fitness. He has taken part in a number of charity bicycle rides. He is an avid Cleveland sports fan and enjoys playing golf.

It is Dr. Waldman’s goal that all his patients feel that they are fully informed and educated about all aspects of their eye care. He is a 25-year member of the American Optometric Association and regularly attends continuing education classes. Dr. Waldman lives in Mentor with his wife Caren.

Dr. Andrea J. Yahraus

Northwest Ohio Vision Center

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Dr. Andrea J. Yahraus was born and raised in Bryan, Ohio and graduated from BHS in 2010. She attended Trine University where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology and enjoyed time in the community and university orchestra. After graduation, Andrea moved to Bloomington, Indiana to pursue a career in Optometry at Indiana University School of Optometry. During her four years, Andrea was active in many organizations including Contact Lens Club, Private Practice Club, and Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity. This gave her the opportunity to do a mission trip to Rome, Jamaica in 2016 where she helped serve the local communities ocular health needs. Andrea did her external rotations at various locations including Northern Indiana VA Hospital in Ft Wayne IN, Vision Care Specialists of Des Plaines IL, Indianapolis Eye Care Center, and Atwater Eye Care Center in Bloomington, IN. Dr. Andrea Yahraus joined the practice in 2018. She looks forward to serving the Bryan and surrounding communities with ALL your eye care needs.

Dr. Ryan Zimmerman
Solon Location
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Dr. Ryan Zimmerman completed his undergraduate schooling at Ohio State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology. He furthered his education by obtaining a Doctorate of Optometry degree from the College of Optometry at Ohio State University. He has been practicing optometry since 2000 and has been with ECS since 2019.

Dr. Zimmerman specializes in contact lens fittings to ensure the best and appropriate fit for his patients’ vision needs. He became an optometrist because his childhood optometrist showed him the impact that quality eye care can have on someone’s quality of life. Dr. Zimmerman enjoys building relationships with his patients while protecting their ocular health and improving their vision.

Dr. Julie Zysik
Zysik EyeCare (Pinnacle Eye Group)
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Dr. Julie Zysik received her Doctor of Optometry magna cum laude from the New England College of Optometry in 1994 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Zysik successfully completed clinical rotations at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, the VA Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, and the Eye Foundation of Utah, an ocular disease referral center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. Zysik’s optometry career began in a group ophthalmology/optometry practice in Massena, New York, her husband Dr. Michael Zysik’s hometown. After purchasing a private practice, she relocated with her family to Perrysburg where she has been in practice since 1999. A member of the Ohio and American Optometric Associations, Dr. Zysik has a special focus in diagnosing and managing glaucoma and macular degeneration, dry eye disease and contact lens fitting.

Dr. Zysik’s strong interest in the sciences and healthcare, coupled with her passion for helping others, all played significant roles in her decision to become an Optometrist. Dr. Zysik says being an Optometrist provides her with many opportunities to build valuable patient relationships and allows her to play an integral role in improving her patients’ overall health and wellbeing.

Dr. Zysik and her husband, Dr. Michael Zysik who is also an Optometrist, have three children and reside in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Dr. Michael Zysik
Zysik EyeCare (Pinnacle Eye Group)
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Dr. Michael Zysik received his Doctor of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in 1994, and he also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hartwick College. Dr. Zysik successfully completed clinical rotations at South Boston Community Health Center as well as the VA Medical Centers in Portland, Oregon, and Boston, Massachusetts. After earning his Optometry degree, Dr. Zysik returned to his hometown of Massena, New York, where he worked in a group ophthalmology/optometry practice for three years before moving to and purchasing a private practice in Perrysburg.

Dr. Zysik has been in practice since 1994 and has a special interest in diagnosing and managing glaucoma and macular degeneration as well as providing surgical co-management of cataract and refractive surgeries. He also enjoys fitting specialty contact lenses, such as scleral and multi focal contact lenses. Dr. Zysik likes meeting and getting to know many different people and says it is very rewarding to improve and preserve a patient’s vision – our most valuable sense.

Dr. Zysik and his wife, Dr. Julie Zysik who is also an Optometrist, have three children and have become part of the Perrysburg community since 1999. He is a proud member of the Ohio and American Optometric Associations and the Perrysburg Rotary. In his spare time, Dr. Zysik spends time with his family and friends and, as an avid NHL fan, continues to enjoy playing ice hockey.