Medical Optometry America expands access to eye care with new location in Newtown Square – Daily Local

ByMartha R. Camara

May 3, 2022

NEWTOWN SQUARE – Medical Optometry America (MOA), the premier national optometry brand focused exclusively on medical eye care, recently announced the opening of its next practice at 3475 West Chester Pike in Newtown Square. One of southeastern Pennsylvania’s leading optometrists and Delaware County native, Dr. Christopher J. Kuc, FAAO, is the medical director for the new location.

MOA is committed to helping patients take a more proactive approach to their eye health by providing a new, world-class eye care option closer to home.

“Because most eye conditions and diseases develop without any noticeable symptoms until the damage has already occurred, it is important to have an annual eye exam to detect problems early,” notes the Dr. Kuc. “Even if you have perfect vision, eye problems can still develop. There is so much more to your eye health than just a prescription for glasses and we want patients to rely on MOA as another primary care physician they need, especially for their eyes.

Americans have long understood the need for an annual physical exam from their primary care physician, routine checkups and cleanings from their dentist, and other regular health regimens such as mammograms and flu shots. Yet when it comes to the eyes, most have not made an annual eye exam part of their routine.

Beyond eye health, other serious health issues, including cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, and even many neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, can often be detected with a comprehensive eye exam.

“We are excited to bring this dynamic new eye care option to patients throughout the suburban Philadelphia market and are thrilled to announce the addition of Dr. Kuc to head MOA-Newtown Square,” said Ken Krieg, CEO of MOA. “At MOA, we are committed to consistently providing the highest level of non-surgical medical eye care. Our roster of world-class medical optometrists have decades of experience and are fully equipped with a comprehensive suite of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, enabling them to provide exceptional care.

MOA chose Newtown Square for its next practice location due to the continued high population growth in the area and the proactive approach a large percentage of area residents take to maintain good health and wellness. .

“The need for non-surgical medical eye care is accelerating and yet most patients, their primary care physicians and other healthcare professionals are not fully aware that they can reliably access this high level of care of a highly qualified medical optometrist,” said MOA Chief Medical Officer Jim Thimons, OD. “We intend to drive a culture shift and inspire patients to be more proactive about their eye health.”

MOA’s first practice location opened in early 2021 in York County. Additional MOA practices are set to open later this year throughout the Mid-Atlantic region with national expansion planned for the future. The success of MOA’s first location under the leadership of Dr. Leslie O’Dell, FAAO demonstrated how a medically-focused optometry practice delivers value to patients and is a key component of a regional healthcare ecosystem .

Leading Medical Optometrist Leads Newtown Square Location

Dr. Kuc brings more than two decades of medical eye care experience to his role as Medical Director of MOA-Newtown Square. He grew up in the area and practiced in suburban Philadelphia for most of his career. He specializes in the management of eye diseases including glaucoma, dry eye, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration. He graduated from Salus University (formerly Pennsylvania College of Optometry) and received three years of additional medical training with the world-renowned ophthalmology team at Virginia Eye Consultants. He is a member of the American Academy of Optometry and a graduate of the American Board of Optometry. Dr. Kuc is also president of the Chester-Delaware Optometric Society and sits on the board of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association.

“My passion for medical eye care has grown steadily throughout my career in optometry,” said Dr. Kuc. “I am grateful for the opportunity to join MOA to leverage the industry-leading resources they provide to their physicians, which will allow me to provide exceptional medical eye care to patients in southeastern Pennsylvania.”

All MOA practice locations offer a comprehensive suite of advanced technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of all medical eye conditions, enabling MOA to enhance the continuum of eye care and deliver world-class care in local communities.

Each practice location also offers on-call physicians 24/7 for emergency eye care in person or via telehealth.

MOA has also become an emerging resource for pharmaceutical and medical device companies seeking partners for FDA and other Phase III and Phase IV clinical trials. This provides patients with the ability to access new testing and treatment options early on. In its first year, MOA has completed three clinical trials with more planned in the coming months. MOA has created, filed and authored a set of industry-leading best practices covering a wide range of non-surgical eye health issues aimed at transforming total eye health. These guidelines represent the best of academic research and clinical practice and were developed through a collaborative effort between the MOA’s Advisory Board, comprised of optometrists and ophthalmologists, and the MOA’s Chief Medical Officer.

MOA best practices include standards for the identification, diagnosis, and treatment of medical eye diseases and conditions, including, but not limited to:

• Dry eye disease
• Glaucoma
• Eye care for diabetics
• Macular degeneration
• Co-management of cataract surgery
• Emergency eye care

Medical Optometry America (MOA) helps preserve the beauty of sight by expanding access to high-quality medical eye care. Its medical optometrists have received extensive additional training and are dedicated to excellence in vision and ocular health. Their experience, backed by the advanced technology available at the MOA Diagnostic and Therapeutic Center, enables them to deliver exceptional results to patients. With Medical Optometry America, you get the best of today’s cutting-edge medical science with personalized care from our primary eye doctors. Visit www.medodamerica.com to learn more.