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Meet the Optometrist

Dr. Robert C. Wheatall

Dr. Robert C. Wheatall graduated from Illinois College of Optometry with a Doctorate of Optometry degree, O.D., in 1982. Prior to attending Illinois College of Optometry, Dr. Wheatall attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he obtained an undergraduate degree in Biology and graduate education in Biochemistry. 

He has been in private practice in Butler, PA since 1982. He has assumed the practices of two of his retiring colleagues, Dr. A. Neil Kerns and Dr. Gerald Zucker. This has given Dr. Wheatall the opportunity to work with respected mentors and provide ongoing care to the patients in their long established practices.

Over the past thirty years much has changed in the practice of optometry. Dr. Wheatall continues to introduce new options in eye care as they become available. These include advances in the treatment of eye diseases, new contact lens designs, care associated with refractive and cataract surgery, and eyeglass lenses. He is really excited to be able to provide orthokeratology, also known as ortho-k, scleral lenses design options to his patents. Orhtokeratology can provide clear vision without a lens correction for distance or near all day long by wearing a lens that is only worn while sleeping. Scleral lenses are large gas permeable lenses that provide an amazing combination of good comfort and clear vision. They are the new first choice in correcting keratoconus and other corneal problems.

In the summer of 2011, Dr. Wheatall was among the first in the USA to achieve the status of Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. This demonstrates his commitment to lifelong learning and mastery of optometric knowledge.

When Dr. Wheatall is away from the office you may find him training or racing a triathlon, gathering information on his ancestors, listening to classical music or camping with his family. He is also a member of the First United Methodist Church where he is involved with several ministries.