Dr. Emily S. Thomas

Dr. Thomas is a 2008 graduate (with honors) from the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry. She also attended UMSL for her undergraduate studies, majoring in Biology and graduating from the Pierre Laclede Honors College.

Currently, Dr. Thomas is a member of the American Optometric Association (specifically, the Contact Lens and Cornea Section), the Missouri Optometric Association, Greater Ozarks Optometric Society, and the Heart of America Contact Lens Society. Her greatest interest is in the fitting of specialty contact lenses for medical eye conditions, and the treatment of dry eye syndrome. She is also a provider for InfantSee, a national program which allows optometrists to give free eye examinations to babies less than one year old to detect and prevent future vision problems.

Dr. Thomas has had the opportunity to travel to northern Thailand where optometric volunteers provided over 26,000 Thai people with free eye examinations and prescription glasses. She also participated in a similar trip to Belize in 2018, providing eye care to people in Belmopan and teaching optometry student volunteers. She plans on participating in more of these humanitarian trips throughout the rest of her career.

Dr. Thomas enjoys living in Springfield, spending time with family and friends, cooking and traveling. She is a past board member of the Springfield Rotaract service organization, past President and Treasurer of the Greater Ozarks Optometric Society, and is an alum of Leadership Springfield Class XXV.


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