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Dr. Brian Sommer

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Optometrist

Dr. Brian C. Sommer was born and raised in Hopedale, IL and did his undergraduate work at Eastern Illinois University. After serving two years with the Mennonite Central Committee in Southern Germany building a church and conference center, he graduated from the Southern School of Optometry in 1980. He interned with the Naval Academy in Corpus Christie, Texas, and began his optometric career with Dr. Richard Voller in Pekin, IL. He later moved to Woodstock, IL where he practiced for seven years.

Dr. Sommer returned to Central Illinois and opened Vintage Optical with Susan Colby in 1995. In addition to Vintage Optical, Dr. Sommer has provided clinical assistance to the TCRC Sight Center, is a member of the Illinois Optometry Society and the American Optometric Society, and serves on the board of the Mennonite Relief Sale. In his free time, Dr. Sommer enjoys golf, hiking and cycling, spending time with his wife, Karen, and two children, Luke and Angela.

Due to the rapidly evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, and to continue our commitment to the safety of our patients and community, Vintage Optical will be postponing all routine eye care visits. We will continue to be available for all essential and emergency care during this time.

 

While our office will be closed for non-medical care, there are a few ways we can help with other eye care needs at this time:

If you are scheduled for a non-medically necessary visit in the upcoming weeks, we will call you to postpone your exam to a later date. We ask for your understanding and appreciate your help in reducing the spread of infection in our community.

 

In light of this need to limit community exposure, Vintage Optical will be working with an accelerated telemedicine program to provide certain urgent care needs to our patients from their home.

 

If you have an urgent eye care need, please do NOT go directly to the emergency room, but call our office at 309-263-8611. If appropriate, we will schedule a virtual visit with one of our doctors to address your needs and do our part in protecting our community. If your eye care needs would be better addressed in person, we will continue to be available for in-office emergency care throughout this crisis. As always, if you have a life-threatening emergency, please call 911. We appreciate your help in reducing the burden on emergency departments and urgent care centers during this time.

 

We have wonderful patients and love seeing you in our office, and while this is yet another inconvenience during an already stressful time, we're doing everything we can to limit the effects of this pandemic on our community.

 

-       Drs. Velting, Sommer, and the entire team at Vintage Optical