Research & Education


As leaders in the field of eye care, Quantum Vision Centers is very dedicated to advancing technology. Because of our size, reputation, skill, and this dedication we are certified by the FDA to conduct clinical research. As a patient of Quantum Vision Centers, you have the opportunity to participate in various studies should you qualify. This allows you access to technology that the general public does not yet have. We are currently involved in studies for the next generation lens implants, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, corneal cross-linking, surgical devices, and medicine for diabetic patients in need of cataract surgery. Your Quantum Vision Centers Doctor will let you know if you are a candidate for any available studies. For further inquiries, please contact our Clinical Research Director, Christa Garner at 618-277-1130 or via email at


Quantum Vision Centers has made a concerted effort to train the next generation of doctors and surgeons. Through a collaborative effort with the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Departments  of Surgery and Ophthalmology, we teach medical students on their surgical rotation. There may be times when students will accompany your doctor in the room and operating room, but should not interfere with your visit. Usually, their questions prompt good discussions with the doctor.

The Saint Louis University Eye Institute also sends its resident doctors to Quantum Vision Centers for education and training on advanced LASIK and Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery techniques. We are the only facility in the area with this technology, and the residents that learn these latest techniques benefit greatly.

Stephen R. Waltman, MD, one of our distinguished medical ophthalmologists, teaches the resident doctors at Washington University, through the VA hospital. Dr. Waltman was recently voted “Teacher of the Year.”


If you have questions about your rotations, or need to schedule additional laser time and training, please contact our Educational Coordinator, Shannon Seel at

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