J. James Thimons, OD FAAO

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Jim Thimons

MOA Chief Medical Officer and Board Member

Dr. Thimons is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Optometry. He completed his hospital residency at the Chillicothe, VA Medical Center in 1979 and then served as Chief, Optometry Service until 1985. He then accepted the position of Center Director at Omni Eye Services, Fairfax, Virginia. He served in that role until 1989, when he became Chairman, Department of Clinical Sciences at the State University of New York.

While at SUNY, he developed The Glaucoma Institute, a clinical research center, and served as its first Director. In 1998, he accepted the position of Executive Director of TLC and served in that role until 2002 when he co-founded Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut, a multidisciplinary referral practice providing secondary and tertiary level care.

Dr. Thimons has received numerous awards for his service to the profession and has over 200 hundred publications regarding Glaucoma, Dry Eye, and Cornea & External Disease. He is a nationally and internationally acclaimed Speaker and Educator and an acknowledged leader in ophthalmic clinical education. He serves in academic appointments at several universities in the US and has been a clinical investigator in over 20 NIH, NEI, and Post Release Clinical Trials.

In 1999 he was awarded Optometry’s Top Educator and was selected as one of the Top Ten Clinicians of the decade. In 2002 he founded the National Glaucoma Society, an NFP with Executive offices in Andover, Massachusetts, that provides educational and clinical development services to primary care clinicians worldwide in the area of glaucoma management. In 2005 he was inducted into the Optometry Hall of Fame and recently served as President of the Connecticut Association of Optometrists. Dr. Thimons was selected as the Top Eye Doctor in Fairfield County in 2013.

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Is It Dry Eye Disease or Just Allergies? How to know for sure and find relief either way!

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Is It Dry Eye Disease or Just Allergies? How to know for sure and find relief either way!

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Dry, itchy, irritated eyes are not uncommon among people living in the mid-Atlantic region in early fall. Ragweed allergen levels start to peak around this time and people who are allergic start to exhibit symptoms. With public awareness increasing of Dry Eye Disease, many patients wonder if they are experiencing allergies or something more.What are […]

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Dry, itchy, irritated eyes are not uncommon among people living in the mid-Atlantic region in early fall. Ragweed allergen levels start to peak around this time and people who are allergic start to exhibit symptoms. With public awareness increasing of Dry Eye Disease, many patients wonder if they are experiencing allergies or something more. What […]

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5 Eye Conditions that May Require Emergency Care

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Got a Nerf dart in your eye? Woke up with screaming red eyes? Sharp pain in the eye or sudden sensitivity to light? Life happens and sometimes it can be hard to know whether a condition will pass by itself or whether it might require more immediate medical eye care. Studies have shown that going […]

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Got a Nerf dart in your eye? Woke up with screaming red eyes? Sharp pain in the eye or sudden sensitivity to light? Life happens and sometimes it can be hard to know whether a condition will pass by itself or whether it might require more immediate medical eye care. Studies have shown that going […]

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MOA ODs Name America’s Best Eye Doctors by Newsweek

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MOA ODs Name America’s Best Eye Doctors by Newsweek

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Medical Optometry America is proud to announce that two members of our medical leadership team have been named to Newsweek’s List of ‘America’s Best Eye Doctors 2022’. J. James Thimons, OD, FAAO, Chief Medical Officer and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, Medical Director for MOA – Shrewsbury, were both named to the list for 2022. According […]

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August 9, 2022
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Medical Optometry America is proud to announce that two members of our medical leadership team have been named to Newsweek’s List of ‘America’s Best Eye Doctors 2022’. J. James Thimons, OD, FAAO, Chief Medical Officer and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, Medical Director for MOA – Shrewsbury, were both named to the list for 2022. According […]

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