Your Local Optometrists in the Metro East Area in Illinois

Looking for an optometrist that puts you at ease? It’s time you turn to the local practice in your area for quality vision care from trained professionals that know how to provide a relaxing experience for men, women, and children of all ages. At Lebanon Optometric Center and Breese Family Vision Center, we take pride in offering our clients the best in vision care from a team that’s truly dedicated to helping you see better! Please read more about our experienced team of optometrists, our dedicated staff, and our convenient locations that help busy families fit eye appointments for everyone into their schedule! Read more below and contact our staff to talk about your needs and get started by scheduling your initial vision exam!

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Our Story

The story of Lebanon Optometric Center truly is a family affair. Established in 1982, Lebanon Optometric Center began serving the needs of people in the Lebanon, IL area. Starting with Dr. Robert Klinsky and Dr. Charissa Thorpe, our practice grew, expanding into nearby Breese and establishing Breese Family Vision Center in 1987. In 2012, we received a new addition to our team of optometrists, Dr. Claire Thorpe Klinsky, our daughter, joined the practice after graduating from UMSL College of Optometry. We take pride in offering local people two convenient locations and four optometrists for all their ocular needs!

Robert J. Klinsky, OD

Robert Klinsky graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and immediately began teaching. After a few years leading a classroom, he went back to school and attended the Illinois College of Optometry, graduating in 1981. Upon graduation, Dr. Klinsky established Lebanon Optometric Center with Dr. Charissa Thorpe in 1982. They would marry in 1984 and have two daughters, Claire and Whitney. The couple has gone on to establish two successful optometric practices in the metro-east area. Dr. Klinsky remains an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Illinois Optometric Association, the Breese Chamber of Commerce, and the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce. In his free time, he enjoys crafting and practicing the art of woodworking.

Charissa L. Thorpe, OD

Charissa Thorpe graduated from Millikin University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology. In 1981, she received her Doctor of Optometry degree. Shortly after, she began practicing with Dr. Robert Klinsky at Lebanon Optometric Center. She married Dr. Klinsky in 1984, and in 1987, she and Robert were able to expand their practice to include a second location, Breese Family Vision Center. When she is not taking care of your family’s vision, she is spending time with her two grandchildren and staying active in her local church. Dr. Thorpe is also a member of the American Optometric Association, the Illinois Optometric Association, the Breese Chamber of Commerce, and the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce. She and Robert have two daughters, Claire and Whitney.

Claire M. Thorpe Klinsky, OD

Claire Thorpe Klinsky is the daughter for Dr. Klinsky and Dr. Thorpe – eye care truly runs in the family! She graduated from Millikin University in 2009 and went on to graduate from University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Optometry in 2012. She currently maintains membership with the American Optometric Association and the Illinois Optometric Association. When not at the office, Claire and her husband Cody enjoy traveling, attending sporting events – especially St. Louis Blues games – golfing, and spending time with their fur-baby, Macy.

Justin F. Groennert, OD

Justin Groennert grew up in Trenton. He attended Quincy University for his undergraduate studies and graduated in 2016 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Chemistry while playing college baseball.  He earned his doctorate from the University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Optometry in 2020, receiving an award for outstanding achievement in contact lenses from the UMSL faculty. Not only is Justin an accomplished Doctor of Optometry, but he is also the cousin of Robert Klinsky and Charissa Thorpe. He is currently a member of the American Optometric Association and the Illinois Optometric Association. In his free time, he enjoys watching St. Louis sports and spending time outdoors golfing, hunting, and fishing.

Serving You at Two Convenient Locations

We know that vision care doesn’t always fit into your busy schedule. With that in mind, we operate two full-service vision centers.

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Lebanon Optometric Center
201 W. St. Louis Street
Lebanon, IL 62254
(618) 537-6356

Monday: 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 7 PM
Thursday: Closed 
Friday: 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Sunday: Closed

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Breese Family Vision Center
289 N. Main Street
Breese, IL 62230
(618) 526-7765

Monday: 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday: Closed 
Thursday: 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM – 1 PM
Sunday: Closed