About Vision Care Associates
Optometrists & Opticians in Parkersburg, WV
For over 50 years, Vision Care Associates has provided a full range of optometry and eye care services in Parkersburg, WV. In 2007, Drs. Scott and Vicki Lauer bought the practice and moved it to our current location in 2013. This new location offers patients and families more modern eye care and a convenient location.
Vision Care Associates has won the Parkersburg News and Sentinel’s Readers Choice Award for best eye care experience for the past 8 years. Each of our doctors takes the time to educate patients on their eye health and treatment options. Our practice features cutting edge technology, and we are proud to be home to the largest optical in the area.
Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Scott Lauer
Dr. Scott Lauer is a Parkersburg native who attended Parkersburg High School and Marshall University. Dr. Lauer graduated from Southern College of Optometry in 1998 where he earned several clinical awards. While doing internships in Montana and Florida, and volunteer work in Costa Rica and Belize, Dr. Lauer has learned the most modern technique in primary eye care and children’s vision. Nationally board certified in the treatment and management of ocular disease, Dr. Lauer has a primary interest in medical optometry, including glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. He resides in Vienna and is a member of the Lions Club of Parkersburg, Knights of Columbus, American Optometric Association and West Virginia Optometric Association. Dr. Lauer is married to Dr. Vicki Lauer and has two sons.
Dr. Vicki B. Lauer
Dr. Vicki B. Lauer graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of South Florida in her home state. She is a graduate of Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. During clinical rotations, Dr. Lauer refined skills in contact lens fits, ocular disease treatment, and children’s vision. Dr. Vicki Lauer is current with the newest developments in vision care prescribing the latest in contact lens materials and glaucoma medications. Amblyopic eye therapy and refractive surgery measurements are also areas of skill. Dr. Vicki Lauer is known for taking the time to explain options and results to every patient. Active in the community, Dr. Lauer has served as an optometrist for a local nursing home, and performs many county-wide vision screenings. She is an active member of the American Optometric Association and the West Virginia Optometric Association. A mother of two, Dr. Vicki Lauer is dedicated to providing the best vision to patients of all ages.
Dr. Deanna L. Jackson
Dr. Deanna L. Jackson, a native of Parkersburg, graduated from West Virginia University and Southern College of Optometry. She has extensive training in primary eye care, ocular disease, and contact lenses from her rotations in New Mexico, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Dr. Jackson received additional ophthalmologic experience through participating in several service trips to Central and South America. She has been nationally recognized for her optometric work and service by inductions into Gold Key and Beta Sigma Kappa Honors Societies. Dr. Jackson is up to date with the latest in vision technology and makes it a point to share the latest trends with her patients. She is active in the American Optometric Association and West Virginia Optometric Association.
Dr. Jerry Lantz
Dr. Lantz graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1972. He graduated from the College of Wooster in 1976 with a bachelor of arts degree in biology. In 1983, he earned the doctor of optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia. Dr. Lantz opened his private practice of optometry in 1985 and continued in solo practice until joining Vision Care Associates in 2013. “After 28 years, I am happy to be a part of a group practice where I have access to more diagnostic procedures and input from other doctors.” Dr. Lantz has been specializing in vision disorders and vision therapy his entire career. He is a member of a study group called the Behavioral Vision Project. He is also a member of the Optometric Extension Program Foundation, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, and the College of Syntonic Optometry along with the WV Association of Optometric Physicians and the American Optometric Association. He has extensive experience working with school-aged children with learning difficulties. He has also worked with adults as well as head trauma victims needing vision therapy. He continues to practice full-scope optometry including contact lenses and eye diseases.
Dr. Robert Welshans
Dr. Robert Welshans was born and raised in Wheeling WV. He graduated high school from Linsly Military Institute. He did his pre-optometry undergraduate studies at West Liberty University. Dr. Welshans graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. During his internships in Tarpon Springs, Florida; at St. Luke’s Cataract and Inter-Ocular Lens Institute; he studied advanced techniques in intraocular lens and cataract surgery. He specializes in treating anterior eye disease, managing macular degeneration and glaucoma. As well as pre and post operative care for refractive and cataract surgery. Dr. Welshans has been practicing optometry in the Parkersburg/Vienna area since 1987. He opened his private practice in 1991 and joined Vision Care Associates in 2014. Dr. Welshans is an active member of the West Virginia Optometric Physicians Association and the American Optometric Association. Dr. Welshans is married and is the father of one daughter.
Our staff is comprised of a group of highly skilled and caring eye care professionals. Our opticians, technicians, and support staff are committed to providing the highest quality eye care to our community. We promise to thoroughly explain your eye health status and vision needs, while emphasizing prevention to enhance your quality of life. Our team is dedicated to creating a family-friendly environment.