By Keith Skenandore, reporter
Things will begin to look a lot clearer in the Village of Black Creek.
That is once the new eye clinic opens up at 413 S. Main St.
Community Eyecare, Inc. will open up their third branch office in Black Creek on June 1.
Community Eyecare, Inc. is a private optometric practice located in Menasha at 1255 Appleton Road. They have another branch office at 950 W. Ryan St., Hwy. 10, in Brillion,
The third location in Black Creek will offer state-of-the-art technology to provide the highest quality of life to the community.
Dr. Charles Burgess first purchased the Menasha office in 1998. In 2004, Dr. Annette Wilde joined the staff and the Brillion location opened up for them.
As for Black Creek, Dr. Burgess said Ryan Minlschmidt of RJM Construction in Black Creek informed him of the vacant building on Main Street. Minlschmidt built the addition of the Menasha office and constructed the Brillion facility.
“It looked like a home run,” Dr. Burgess said. “There is ThedaCare just down the street and we are right next to a chiropractor that’s been in town for years.”
Dr. Wilde said they have had great success in Brillion so this opportunity allows them “to go to a different community and provide the best eye care possible.”
Dr. Burgess and Dr. Wilde, along with Dr. Rachel Romenesko, will be in the 1500 square-foot facility three days a week. The other two days the office will be open as technicians will be available for routine optical inquiries.
“We have the manpower to do it without having to hire another doctor,” said Dr. Burgess. “It’s an office that will be completely high-end and a cost-effective way to have a satellite office.”
Communty Eyecare, Inc. takes all types of medical insurance and Dr. Burgess said that is to the community’s advantage.
“A lot of people don’t realize that their medical insurance will cover an exam,” he said. “Especially when you get to the Medicare age.”
Dr. Wilde said older people tend to deal with cataracts and diabetes so the medical insurance will allow for an exam once a year and any follow-ups.
Dr. Burgess said they will be a full health clinic that will deal with emergencies such as red eyes, foreign bodies, diabetes and glaucoma.
“We will be a full medical eye facility,” he said.
Dr. Wilde said the doctor days that is being considered for the Black Creek satellite office are Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m to 4 p.m.
“The non-doctor days will be Monday and Wednesday,” she said. “We will be actually open five days,”
As for emergencies during the non-doctor days or on weekends, one can call Community Eyecare, Inc. at 920-984-EYES (3937). Dr. Burgess said a patient will get a voicemail and if it is an emergency the doctors cell phone numbers will be available to contact them personally.
One can call that phone number now and schedule an appointment for when they open June 1.
Dr. Burgess said their philosophy is that when people are done they are going to get a complete full eye-health exam.
“We have a life long commitment and relationship with each patient,” he said.
Dr. Wilde said it’s fun to watch the children grow up over the years as they come for eye care.
As part of that growing up process, she said, Community Eyecare offers free kindergarten screenings and conducts infancy exams under one year of age.
For more information about Community Eye-care, Inc. go to their web site at www.communityeye.com