A new eye doctor is officially taking on patients here in North Vernon. Dr. Catherine Donaldson is the new optometrist for Expert Eyecare, joining Dr. William Burnett and Dr. Chassie Broadus.
Dr. Donaldson is an Ohio native that obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Findlay before transitioning to the Kentucky College of Optometry, where she was part of Expert Eyecare’s externship program. She moved to North Vernon after completing her studies in May of this year.
Dr. Donaldson thought about being an optometrist from a young age. “When I was in elementary school, I remember going to my yearly eye exams and the optometrist was amazing. He let me explore the office, explained the function of various pieces of equipment, and indulged me when I wanted to look at every single frame in the optical,” Donaldson noted.
Her idea of fulfilling this passion deepened when ocular conditions began effecting her family. “Some of these (conditions) were sight threatening, but I began to understand that the optometrists were playing a critical role in providing treatment and referring my family members to specialists that made sure my family would retain as much vision as possible. I developed a deep appreciation for those doctors. That is when I decided I wanted to do the same for someone else’s family. So I set my sights on becoming an optometrist!”
As mentioned previously, Donaldson was part of Expert Eyecare’s externship program, which is what originally brought her to North Vernon. “During that time, I came to love Expert Eyecare and North Vernon,” Donaldson mentioned. She decided the move here was necessary post graduation after feeling so warmly welcomed by the community and practice.
“If you spend time at the local parks, you may see me walking my dog, Olive. We love getting outside to take easy walks at the Tripton Park and occasionally we find ourselves hiking at the Muscatatuck County Park. On Sundays, you can find me at the Bethel Baptist Church. I love the local fairs and festivals, so you will likely bump into me there as well. If you see me in town, feel free to waive and say hello! Thank you so much for graciously welcoming me to your town!”
Dr. Donaldson is currently seeing patients on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. She is accepting new patients for full exams, contact lens fittings, ocular disease management, ocular emergencies, and any other eye-related concerns.