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Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. The eye care team, in Lincoln Park and Lakeview, Chicago, know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

Our optometrists Dr. Banser and Dr. Gindorf in Lincoln Park, Chicago take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Meet Our Lincoln Park Eye Doctors

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Frederic A. Banser, O.D.

Dr. Banser, a Chicago native, has provided quality eye care in the Chicago area since earning his degree from the Illinois College of Optometry. He has served as the Director of Contact Lens and Optical Services for Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago and actively participates as a member of the American Optometric Association and Illinois Optometric Association, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Illinois Eye Institute – Illinois College of Optometry.

Dr. Banser mentors students in clinical instruction and evaluation and teaches lab courses in sensory aspects of vision. He provides comprehensive eye care, including the diagnosis and treatment of vision disorders and eye disease with a special interest in complex contact lens fits.

In March 2014, Dr. Banser became a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. 

Dr. Banser owns and practices at Lincoln Park Eyes, Chicago's premier optical boutique, which is widely recognized for its unparalleled selection of contemporary eyewear and its expertise in matching the perfect frames to the perfect face. Lincoln Park Eyes provides expert eyewear styling, has the best selection of fashion forward eyewear, and uses the latest in lens technology.

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Merry Gindorf, O.D.

Dr. Merry Gindorf graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Biology, and concentrations in Chemistry and Mathematics. She went on to a Masters in Visual Sciences from Illinois College of Optometry and completed her Doctorate in Optometry, graduating with honors. Dr. Gindorf was recognized for her exceptional research and clinical work at the College and was given the Faculty Memorial Award to honor an outstanding student clinician and researcher.  After acceptance to the  Residency Program at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Topeka, Kansas, Dr. Gindorf started her private practice. 
 
Dr. Gindorf specializes in advanced contact lens fitting, adult and children reading difficulties, whether secondary to sub- optimal visual capability or perceptual deficiencies.
 
Dr. Gindorf has held board positions in her community with the AYSO, PTA Board and District Foresight Committee, working the Arts Program and designing and overseeing the funding and installation of a teaching garden and additional outdoor classroom/theatre. Dr. Gindorf  is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry