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Associations & Awards

Vision Professionals is a member of the following associations:

  • American Optometric Association
  • Ohio Optometric Association
  • Central Ohio Optometric Association
  • New Albany Chamber of Commerce
  • Worthington Chamber of Commerce
  • Powell Chamber of Commerce
  • Ohio State University Alumni Association

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2018 – Vision Professionals was recently awarded CooperVision’s Best Practice Recognition Award. CooperVision honors our industry’s finest eye care professionals and their dedication to innovation, leadership, patient care, and community service. These professionals join a select group who, together, are influencing the future of our industry through the strength of their individual practices.

CooperVision noted Vision Professionals’ history and development. “Vision Professionals was established in 1974, but it wasn’t until 2001 that it was put on a path to becoming a referral center for specialty contact lenses in the Columbus area. Christopher Smiley, OD, purchased the two-location practice that year–the same year he graduated from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. In the years since Dr. Smiley and his colleagues have grown the practice to the point where they now see four to five irregular cornea fits per day. In fact, it is not uncommon for patients who haven’t been successful elsewhere to drive two or more hours to be seen at Vision Professionals. It all comes down to the forward-thinking approach Dr. Smiley and his practice partners take with every contact lens patient they see. He truly believes that there is always room for improvement in the contact lens wearing experience for his patients––and he’s determined to give them the best.”

But there is more to a great practice than drive and approach. “To offer patients the best, you need to make sure your staff is trained to deliver the best.” Again, beyond that, Dr. Smiley says, “We try to make equipment purchases every year based on practice priorities. In the realm of tech changes, we may shift technology that allows us to expand our scope,” he says. He also notes that embracing technology outside of just new exam equipment has been a major key to Vision Professionals’ continued success. They’ve recently added real-time online scheduling, allowing for the appointment scheduling process to be open 24/7, and allowing more appointment slots to be filled at the last minute.

For Vision Professionals, this commitment to excellence is all a part of their routine. It’s the practice’s dedication to excellence in specialty care and its forward-thinking approach to technology that contributes to it being recognized as a 2018 Best Practices honoree.