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Epic Vision’s owner, Dr. Ryan Hiesterman, grew up in the small town of Washington, KS. He attended Kansas State University before completing his Doctorate of Optometry degree at the Oklahoma College of Optometry in 2003. Dr. Hiesterman started his own optometry practice in Clay Center, KS in 2004. As the practice grew, Dr. Hiesterman faced similar struggles that all private practice medical professionals were facing; specifically, navigating the increasing cost and difficulties of the health care laws and insurance changes. He also observed the lack of new doctors coming out of school who were interested in taking over ownership of practices of retiring doctors, mostly due to the increasing challenges in health care and the rising costs of pursuing a professional doctorate degree education. This lack of interest was especially common in more rural areas.
Epic Vision was formed in 2013 as a business model that created a backbone of support for small optometry offices. This support helps individual offices handle the increasing difficulties in the health care system and serves to attract doctors to these rural practices that may have otherwise been forced to close. Being from small town Kansas, Dr. Hiesterman is passionate about rural areas continuing to have convenient access to quality medical eye care. They currently have nine locations- six of which are located in smaller rural towns and eight are staffed with native
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The Epic Vision offices are each equipped with state of the art diagnostic equipment including the Optomap Digital Retinal Imaging system. The Optomap technology provides a unique view of the patient's eye health as well as overall systemic health. Epic Vision doctors are focused on meeting the individualized needs of each client. They intentionally schedule extra time into examinations to answer questions and equip patrons with all the information needed to make the best decision for their eye care needs. Having the backbone of support that Epic Vision provides as a larger network of offices allows staff at each location the freedom to be more focused directly on face to face patient care.