Dr. Becherer joined his father in practice after completing his training. He and his wife Carla have 2 adult children.
Dr. Becherer received his B.A. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and his doctorate from Southern College of Optometry. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry. He has chaired many committees for both the American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Optometry. He is a fellow in the prestigious National Academy of Practice, which limits membership to 150 specialists from each of the ten health care fields.
Dr. Becherer has published (click to read titles of publications) and lectured extensively on contact lens care and has completed over 60 research clinical investigations of new products leading to FDA approval. Because of his expertise on contact lens care, he has been interviewed 50 times on T.V., radio and in newspapers. Dr.Becherer holds a patent for a special contact lens and has designed several specialty lenses for two contact lens companies. He has developed specialized prescribing techniques used daily by doctors. He developed a computerized contact lens designing methodology for challenging cases. He then developed a custom soft bifocal contact lens. This is the first totally custom bifocal that can be designed specifically for the patients needs to within micron accuracy. These lenses have helped people with large and unique prescriptions.
Dr.Becherer is on the Board of Directors for UMB Bank, and on the board of SpecialEyes Contact Lens Company. He has been on the advisory board of directors for Wesley-Jessen Contact Lens Co.; for Ciba Contact Lens Co.; for Paragon Contact Lens Co.; for Konan Medical Equipment Co.; and for Tomey Medical Equipment Co.
Dr. Doug Becherer is on the Illinois State Board of Optometry which monitors the licensed optometrists in the state and protects the citizens of Illinois. He is Past-chairman of the American Optometric Association Contact Lens and Cornea Section. He is also Past President and Optometrist of the Year of the Heart of America Contact Lens and Cornea Society. Dr. Becherer is Past President of the Southwestern Illinois Optometric Society. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, College of Optometry; Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, TN and Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL.
He is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor at Washington University, School of
Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology. He has personally trained over 70
externs in his practice.
Dr. Becherer has been the Educational Chairman of Contact Lens Educational
Symposium, the American Optometric Association Contact Lens & Cornea Section and also the Heart of America Contact Lens Society. He has given over 130 lectures at every major optometric meeting and lectured to thousands of doctors and optometry students.
Dr. Becherer’s office was one of 10 sites selected to participate in the 48 month SMART STUDY. The study confirmed the safety and effectiveness of eliminating and controlling myopia in young patients using a special vision restoring contact lens during sleep and comparing them to the same age group wearing top quality soft contact lenses. Presently, Dr. Becherer is developing a unique soft contact lens to control myopia.
Dr. Hager has just recently joined the practice. She did an externship here during her clinical rotations years ago.
She graduated cum laude from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences and a recipient of the Dean's Scholars Honors Academic Scholarship. Dr. Hager earned her Doctorate of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN in 2006. She graduated cum laude and maintained Dean's List status her entire optometric academic career. She served as secretary of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honors Fraternity and was a member of Student Volunteers in Optometric Services to Humanity.
Dr. Hager currently belongs to the American Optometric Association and the Illinois Optometric Association. Due to her past work experiences, she has a strong backround in the medical management of ocular diseases as well as providing routine glasses and contact lens care. She enjoys working with children as well as the geriatric population.
She currently resides in New Athens with her husband, Bryan, and their two children Nora and Ben. They enjoy an active lifestyle and all things outdoors.
Meet Adam Becherer our ABO certified optician. He recieved his B.S. from SIUE in 2009 and has worked in the optical field for more than 8 yeas recieving his ABO certification in 2014.
I work in conjunction with our very knowledgeable frame stylist to provide you with the most comprehensive support available. I am always happy to answer any questions you may have about the most advanced lenses including progressive, high index, high definition, and also lenses for the specific needs such as lenses designed for computer use or sporting activites. With so many chocies, it is my pleasure to help you select the best lenses to meet your visual needs. When it is time for your glasses to be dispensed, I will make sure they are adjusted for the optimal fit and comfort.
Our business hours are
Monday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Select Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.