Center for Vision Development opens in Lake City
Center for Vision Development has a new office in the AR Care Clinic facility in Lake City at 1009 Highway 18. Dr. Angela Howell, Piggott native, will be going into her 26th year in practice. She had an office in Piggott for 18 years. In 2010 she decided to expand her vision care doing a residency in pediatrics and vision therapy.
Her practice has grown from there. She has offices in Paragould and Jonesboro and is pleased to have the opportunity to open in Lake City.
During Howell's high school years she was looking seriously into different areas in the medical field for her future. She decided optometry is family friendly and was something she wanted to pursue. It has proven to be a very rewarding career.
Center for Vision Development offers vision therapy helping children who are challenged to read, experience letter reversal, at risk for dyslexia, have crossed eyes, or vision attention problems or other vision problems. After the diagnoses, a custom program to fit an individual's needs is designed. Routine eye examinations are also provided.
For adults and all ages they offer diabetic eye care as well as routine check-ups.
Dr. Howell is no stranger to the Lake City area as she has worked with students in the Riverside School District.
"We have enjoyed working with children from Riverside School," Dr. Howell said. "Principal LeeAnn Harrell and Jane Thacker detected students with struggling reading problems and referred them to us for a complete eye exam. Helping the children with their eye care problems has been rewarding as we see their progress in reading, hand-writing, and eye movements from the board to paper.
The Center for Vision Development accepts private pay, private insurance and Medicaid. The office is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.
Dr. Howell has seen a lot of changes in her years of practice. Like most other fields, optometry has moved into the digital age using more and more of the computer technology available.
She is pleased to add Lake City to her schedule. It will give her the opportunity to continue with the work she started at the school and give others access to the office without leaving town.
Intern Zac Inboden from Southern College of Optometry will be working with Dr. Howell through August. Inboden is originally from Trumann.
Other members of the staff are Bailee Griffin and Michaela Pogue.