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We have developed an industry-leading set of best practices that every MOA doctor abides by. These guidelines represent the best of academic research and clinical practice. Developed by our Advisory Board and our Chief Medical Officer, our processes and procedures come from the collaboration of eye care’s foremost professionals.

Chief Medical Officer

J. James Thimons, OD

James Thimons, OD, is a skilled optometrist who has years of experience in the field.

Dr. Thimons is a 1978 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.

Clinical Director

Leslie E. O’Dell, OD, FAAO

Dr. O’Dell has been an optometrist for almost 20 years, graduating Cum Laude from the University of Delaware in 1999 with a BA in Biology and a minor in Medical Humanities, then moving on to graduate from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2003.

Dr. O’Dell completed externships at Seidenberg Protzko Eye and Einstein Hospital and did her residency at the Baltimore VA Hospital. Over the years, Dr. O’Dell has developed a particular interest in ocular disease and is passionate about helping people see their very best throughout their lifetime.

When you meet Dr. O’Dell, you’ll find that she is outgoing and always eager to help. Outside of optometry, Dr. O’Dell enjoys spending time outdoors, especially at the beach.

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Diabetic Eye Exams: What to Expect & Why They’re Important

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There’s No Sugar-Coating the Effect Diabetes Has on Your Eyes If you have diabetes, you’re likely no stranger to the ways it can affect your entire system. Proper management of your disease requires a close and honest relationship with your healthcare team, including your optometrist.  No matter the type of diabetes you have, you’re at […]

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April 7, 2021
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Dr. Leslie E. O’Dell

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Is Dry Eye Becoming More Common?

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Is Dry Eye Becoming More Common?

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Have you ever felt a stinging, burning, or scratching sensation in your eyes? Experiencing these symptoms, especially persistently, justifies a visit to your optometrist. Red, painful eyes can seem insignificant, but they’re symptoms of dry eye disease.  Dry eye disease seems to be more prevalent than ever with millions of Americans experiencing symptoms, but what […]

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April 6, 2021
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Dr. Leslie E. O’Dell

Have you ever felt a stinging, burning, or scratching sensation in your eyes? Experiencing these symptoms, especially persistently, justifies a visit to your optometrist. Red, painful eyes can seem insignificant, but they’re symptoms of dry eye disease.  Dry eye disease seems to be more prevalent than ever with millions of Americans experiencing symptoms, but what […]

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Optometrist vs. Ophthalmologist: Which Eye Doctor Should You See?

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There Are Different Types of Eye Doctors If you’ve ever booked an eye exam, needed eye surgery, or had an eye infection, you’ve likely noticed there are different kinds of eye doctors to choose from. From optometrists to ophthalmologists, you may be confused about who you should see and when.  What’s the difference between an […]

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February 10, 2021
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Dr. Leslie E. O’Dell

There Are Different Types of Eye Doctors If you’ve ever booked an eye exam, needed eye surgery, or had an eye infection, you’ve likely noticed there are different kinds of eye doctors to choose from. From optometrists to ophthalmologists, you may be confused about who you should see and when.  What’s the difference between an […]

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