Welcome to the Dry Eye Institute

Dry Eye Disease is a problem with the moisture and lubrication on the surface of your eyes. In the United States, dry eye affects one out of seven adults over the age of 21.

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Dry Eye Care: Prognosis & Outcome

At the Dry Eye Institute of St Louis, our doctors specialize in dry eye care and treatment options to diagnose and determine a solution for you. Dry eye disease is a complex condition with many factors influencing its onset. While there is no permanent solution at this time, the symptoms can be significantly reduced with a proper treatment regime in place. In order to accomplish this, the underlying causes must be discovered and addressed to create a plan that will work specifically for you. SureVision Eye Centers is the home of the Dry Eye Institute where we have the specialized equipment and instruments to do the important testing you need.  Then you will be evaluated by our specialist in Dry Eye Diseases.  We will take the time to explain your specific Dry Eye condition and the best products to treat it.  We have early access to new medications and treatments because we work with the manufacturers to evaluate their products and find those that work the best.  Come in today and let us determine a treatment that is best for you!

Meet Dr. GansMeet Dr. Bourn

Our Experienced & Friendly Doctors

Lawrence A. Gans, M.D., FACS

Dr. Lawrence Gans is a Refractive, Cataract and Corneal Surgery Specialist. His surgical expertise includes LASIK, ICL, and other forms of refractive surgery, cataract & lens implant surgery, DSAEK, corneal transplantation, tumors and trauma to the anterior segment of the eye. He was among the first surgeons to perform Excimer Laser refractive surgery in the St. Louis area and has since performed over 17,000 LASIK procedures.

Dr. Gans received his medical degree from Case-Western Reserve University, followed by a medical internship and ophthalmology residency at Washington University. He completed prestigious fellowship in Corneal & External Ocular Diseases at the Jules Stein Institute of UCLA.

In 1981, Dr. Gans was appointed to the teaching faculty at Washington University. He performed the first refractive surgery at Barnes Hospital and, in 1990, was appointed as the Principal Investigator for the Excimer Laser Study at Washington University.

He is Board Certified as a Diplomat and Associate Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology and was awarded the Achievement Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of numerous local, state, national and international medical societies. As an instructor of eye surgery, he has lectured and demonstrated operations in over twelve countries on five continents. Dr. Gans has received the Life Fellow designation from the American Academy of Ophthalmology after 35 years of active membership. This designation makes him part of an elite group of ophthalmologists who represent the gold standard in advancing high-quality, safe and effective eye care.

Dr. Gans innovations in corneal and refractive surgery have been recognized by his peers, as he was named for the past two decades St. Louis Magazine’s list of the Top Doctors in our area and by Who’s Who as one of the top doctors in the country.

With over 33 years experience in refractive and corneal surgery, Dr. Gans has been a pioneer in procedures to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. He is the President and Medical Director of SureVision Eye Centers and the Medical Director of the Woodcrest Surgery Center in Saint Louis.

Tonya K. Bourn, O.D.

Dr. Tonya Bourn received her Doctor of Optometry Degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis following a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Illinois College. She also trained at the University of Western States in Nutrition and Functional Medicine and at the Institute for Functional Medicine. Dr. Bourn has been an independent practitioner and owner of clinics in Jacksonville and Springfield, Illinois since 1997. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Illinois Optometric Association, Ocular Wellness and Nutrition Society, and The Institute of Functional Medicine.

Specializing as a “Functional Optometrist”, Dr. Bourn’s philosophy is to provide full-scope optometry through root cause analysis. This patient-centered approach allows her to identify issues related to chronic illness and nutritional deficiencies that may be factors in your acute or chronic eye health issues. Her passion in the practice of Optometry is to listen to and learn from her patients. She will use her knowledge and skills to help focus and direct you on your journey to achieve a lifetime of your best possible vision.

In her free time, Dr. Bourn enjoys exercise, cooking and gardening. She is married and has two teenage boys who support her pursuit of knowledge and practice experience.

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12101 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 150
Saint Louis, Missouri 63141

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