News & Announcements

07/17: How to Safely View the August 21st Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse 2017

On August 21st a total solar eclipse will touch the U.S. mainland for the first time since 1979.


To ensure you won’t miss the remarkable sight, we are sharing a few tips for safe viewing:

Never look directly at the sun without special-purpose solar filters for eye protection, even briefly. Dark sunglasses, binoculars, cameras, and other optical devices do NOT offer sufficient protection. [See a list of ISO-certified eclipse eyeglasses approved by NASA at

If you stare at the sun without protection, you may experience damage to your retina (the tissue at the back of your eye) called “solar retinopathy.” This damage can occur without any sensation of pain, since the retina does not have pain receptors. The injury can be temporary or permanent.

If you experience any problems with your eyes or vision after the eclipse, our office will be able to provide you with the eye care you need.

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05/17: Splash into Summer - 25% OFF Rx Sunglasses, 20% OFF Non-prescription

Best time of the year to buy sunglasses is going on now! Hurry in before June 30th to save $$$ on prescription and non-prescription sunwear, including special order!

(Offer cannot be combined with vision insurance. Not valid on previous purchases. Excludes Rudy Project eyewear. Other restrictions may apply.)

12/16: Thank You and Happy Holidays from Your Eye Care Family.

As we celebrate the holiday season and reflect on the past year, our hearts are filled with gratitude for our wonderful patients. It is our privilege to be entrusted with your gift of sight ... to know your stories ... to watch your children grow ... and to be here for you when you need us.

Thank you for your confidence in us to provide you with the highest standard of eye care available, and for your many referrals of friends and family to our office.

We wish you peace and joy, and look forward to seeing you in 2017!

05/16: Our Specialists are Named Pittsburgh Magazine "Best Doctors."

Only the best for our patients! Once again the advanced eye disease and oculoplastic specialists we refer our patients to when specialized care is needed are on the 2016 Pittsburgh Magazine "Best Doctors" list.

Congratulations to these fine doctors and colleagues who are the best in their fields, and thank you for the expert care you provide our patients.

To learn more about our eye disease specialists, click here.

04/16: Spring Break! 25% Off Prescription Sunglasses!

We're ready to welcome back the sun and know you are too! For a limited time, enjoy 25% off a pair of prescription sunglasses.* Come in soon for best selection.

*Discount offer cannot be combined with vision insurance. Must include purchase of frame and lenses. Not valid on previous purchases. Offer ends July 31st, 2016.

01/16: Unique Discoveries From Our Past

While celebrating Vincett Eye Care's 90th anniversary in 2015, we were the surprise recipients of unique discoveries from our past.

Firstly, an 86-year-old woman from Turtle Creek, PA (Flora D.) gave us an old lens cleaning cloth from the eye care office of our practice founder Dr. Kenneth C. Vincett. Her brother had passed, and while going through his belongings, she discovered the cleaning cloth tucked inside his prayer book. He had taken the prayer book and cleaning cloth with him while serving our country during WWII. Take a closer look at Vincett Eye Care's original office phone number printed on the cloth.

Thank you Flora D. for contacting us, and for graciously sharing part of your family's history with Vincett Eye Care.

Then later in the year, we received this email ...

So, I found an old pair of glasses in a consignment shop with Kenneth C. Vincett's name on the case. I'm always looking things up and thought it was really neat to see his name and picture on your website! The glasses are in nearly perfect shape and the case is in good shape also. Anyway, I'm close to Toledo and how cool to find them all the way over here. I'll send a couple of pics just for fun. Thanks for your time. D. Vergiels

Until this discovery, Dr. Vincett Jr. was unaware his grandfather had also practiced optometry in Beaver Falls, PA -- as the case imprint indicates -- before opening his office on Electric Avenue in East Pittsburgh.

Thank you Mr. Vergiels for reaching out to us, and for sharing your informative find with us!

To learn more about the history of Vincett Eye Care, click here.

05/15: Dr. Robert C. Arffa Named a 2015 "Best Doctor" by Pittsburgh Magazine.

Congratulations to Vincett Eye Care's affiliated cataract surgeon Dr. Robert C. Arffa being once again named a "Best Doctor" by Pittsburgh Magazine!

Dr. Arffa holds monthly office hours at our Penn Hills location.

To learn more about our cataract care and services, click here.

04/15: We Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Dr. William K. Vincett.

We extend our sincere gratitude for the expressions of sympathy from our patients and friends regarding the passing of Dr. William K. Vincett.


04/15: Congrats to Members of Our Eye Care Family Celebrating More Than 25 Years!

As we celebrate our 90th anniversary, we want to recognize our staff members who have been part of our eye care family the longest. Congratulations and a big thank you to Mim, Marcia, Cathy and Kim for their dedicated service of more than 25 years!

We extend special best wishes to Marcia on her retirement. We will miss you.

04/15: Vincett Eye Care Voted "Best!"

Vincett Eye Care is proud to announce we have received Trib Total Media's 2015 Reader's Choice GOLD Award for Best Eye Care -- East Suburbs! We are honored to be a multi-year recipient of this award, and greatly appreciate the recognition of our high-quality care and service.

A big thank you to those who voted ... and congratulations to our awesome eye care team for earning the gold!

03/15: Our Generations Have Served Yours. Thank You Pittsburgh for 90 Great Years!

Dr. Kenneth C. Vincett; Dr. William K. Vincett; Dr. William K. Vincett Jr.

A Message from Dr. William K. Vincett Jr.

Dear Patients and Friends,

Vincett Eye Care Associates is celebrating its 90th anniversary, and we want to thank you for being part of our long history.

Since our practice was founded in 1925, many things have changed, but what has remained the same is our commitment to offering you the highest standard of personalized eye care available. This standard, established by my grandfather Dr. Kenneth C. Vincett, is the reason we have been the trusted eye care provider for generations of local families.

Because of your visits and referrals, Vincett Eye Care continues to thrive and grow. We performed an increased number of eye exams last year, invested in new equipment, expanded our eyewear offerings, refreshed the space of our Holiday Park office, and renewed the lease at our Penn Hills location for another 10 years!

Vincett Eye Care also expanded to a third location by acquiring State Street Eye located in the city of Boston's Financial District. (My young adult children work and attend college in the area, so the new location has been a great excuse to visit them frequently.) Please stop by if you are ever in Beantown or visit us virtually at

It is an honor to carry the torch passed on to me from my father and grandfather. I believe the right steps have been taken to ensure you many more years of professional eye care that reflects how essential your vision and eye health are to your overall well-being.

On behalf of our great doctors and wonderful staff, thank you for choosing Vincett Eye Care to serve your vision needs, and for making our 90th anniversary possible.


Dr. William K. Vincett Jr.

10/14: Welcome Dr. Betsy Kaminski

Dr. Betsy L. Kaminski has joined the professional team of Vincett Eye Care Associates and is serving the vision needs of patients at both the Penn Hills and Holiday Park offices. "We had interviewed numerous candidates for close to a year looking for a doctor, who in addition to being clinically and academically excellent, had to share our commitment to high-quality patient care," says Dr. Bill Vincett Jr. "After a long search, we are very pleased to have Dr. Kaminski join us."

Originally from Wheeling, West Virginia, Dr. Kaminski received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from West Virginia University, and her Doctorate of Optometry from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Her clinical rotations have included emphasis in ocular disease diagnosis and management, contact lens care, low vision services, and binocular vision/pediatric care at Ohio State University specialty clinics and the VA Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona, as well as a high-volume LASIK center in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Kaminski is enthused about joining the practice, which she selected over other available opportunities. "I was attracted to Vincett Eye Care because I knew I could build upon my contact lens expertise here ... and as an independent eye care practice, I would have the opportunity to use my fill clinical skill set," she says. "I also have a lot of respect for the history of the practice, and the expectation of high-quality patient care that comes with it."

Dr. Kaminski is involved in several optometric associations including the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society, and Volunteering Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH). Her involvement with VOSH allowed her to travel to Nicaragua where she and a team of optometric doctors and students provided free eye care and donated glasses to more than 1,800 people.

Dr. Kaminski currently resides in Shadyside with her Boston Terrier. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and volunteer coaching middle and high school cheerleading squads in her hometown.

07/14: Now through August 31st -- 25% OFF* Prescription Sunglasses!

Nothing elevates your look, protects your vision, and reduces glare like a great pair of shades!

Enjoy 25% OFF* your purchase of precription sunglasses, now through August 31st, 2014.

*Discount can not be combined with vision insurance. Purchase must include frames and lenses. Not valid on previous purchases.

07/14: Matsuda Luxury Eyewear Exclusively Available at Vincett Eye Care.

Vincett Eye Care has acquired exclusive access to the unique and awesome designs of Matsuda Eyewear handcrafted in Japan.

The frame collection is for those who appreciate the tradition of craftsmanship and thoughtful execution. The design process begins with only the best, innovative materials, and ends with forms that can be admired for a lifetime. Eyewear aficionados will appreciate that each finished Matsuda frame is an art object onto itself -- as pleasing to the hand as it is to the eye.

Visit our Penn Hills/Rodi Rd. office and ask to be shown this unique collection of exclusive eyewear.

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06/14: Thanks to You, We've Reached a Milestone -- Our 500th Patient Review!

We appreciate that five hundred of you have taken the time to let us know what kind of experience you had when you visited our office. Thank you! We are also honored more than 4 out of 5 patients rated our care and service to be five stars -- the highest rating possible!

Your comments have served as great reminders of your trust in Vincett Eye Care Associates to provide you with the highest standard of vision care available.

Several of you have written to tell us you have tried other eye care places closer to your home but have returned to our office because you consider our personalized care, knowledgeable service, and accurate prescriptions worth the extra drive ... and even worth the plane ride! (We have several former Pittsburghers who schedule their eye exams when they come back to visit family.)

Thanks also to those who have given us less than five stars, and provided us with candid feedback on what we can do to improve. Because of your suggestions, we have expanded our optical offerings and added a water cooler to our reception area in our Penn Hills office.

To read our reviews and comments, please visit click here.

We truly value your feedback and trust in our care, and look forward to inspiring more of your five-star reviews in the future!

04/14: Congratulations to Vincett Eye Care's Affiliated Cataract Surgeon Dr. Robert C. Arffa for Being Named a 2014 "Best Doctor" by Pittsburgh Magazine.

Robert C. Arffa, MD. has been named once again to the list of "Best Doctors" by Pittsburgh Magazine. The services of Dr. Arffa -- a pioneer in advanced cataract surgery techniques -- have been available to patients of Vincett Eye Care Associates for more than 16 years. He is considered by his peers to be one of the best cataract eye surgeons and laser vision correction specialists in the United States.

Dr. Arffa maintains monthly office hours at our Penn Hills location.


04/14: Win a Pair of Ray-Ban Sunglasses!

[UPDATE - April 30th: Congratulations to our winner Shelby Schneider Wherry!]

It's time to welcome back the sun! Like us on Facebook and be automatically entered to win a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses (up to a $300 value)!

By becoming a member of our Facebook community, you will be the first to know about exclusive specials, our latest practice news, helpful eye care tips, and new products and services. To be directed to our Facebook page, click here.

One winner will be randomly drawn on April 30th, 2014 and announced our Facebook page.

Official rules: Patients of Vincett Eye Care Associates ages 18 or older are welcome to enter to win. Employees and their immediate families are not eligible. Prize winner will be awarded their choice of non-prescription Ray-Ban sunglasses (in stock or special order), or any in-stock sunglasses up to a $300 value. Chance of winning is dependent upon the number of "likes" received. One winner will be randomly selected, and is responsible for any additional fees for prescription lenses, lens treatments, or eye exam. He/she will have 30 days from day of drawing to claim prize and will be notified by phone. Winner agrees to allow Vincett Eye Care Associates, and its affiliates or representatives, to use winner's name and image in promotional content. This promotion is not sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Facebook.


01/14: Vincett Eye Care Associates Expands Its Presence to Boston!

Vincett Eye Care Associates is now in Boston, Massachusetts! On December 31, 2013, the practice expanded to its third location by acquiring State Street Eye Health Associates, an optometric practice located at 33 Broad Street, in the heart of Boston’s Financial District. It will continue to operate as “State Street Eye,” which is known for its eye-health vision services, knowledgeable, high-end service, and selection of premium designer eyewear, such as Oliver Peoples, Kate Spade, Prada, and Gucci. The locationwill be enhanced by the contact lens expertise and expanded lens inventory the affiliation with Vincett Eye Care Associates provides.

Pittsburgh patients who travel to Boston or who have moved to the area for school or work can continue their vision care at State Street Eye, as patient records are transferable to all locations. Patients might even see their Pittsburgh doctor there! Dr. Bill Vincett, Jr. will be providing patient care in Boston on a monthly basis, while continuing his regular office hours in Penn Hills. He and key staff members of Vincett Eye Care Associates will be implementing the expansion, with ongoing managerial communication between the three offices being conducted through videoconferencing.

“It’s an exciting chapter in our three-generation history,” says Dr. Vincett. “Although our commitment and foundation remains in Pittsburgh, advancements in technology allow us to look outside our immediate borders for expansion and growth.”

Optometrists and founders of State Street Eye Health Associates, Dr. Howard Harrison and Dr. Andrew Chesnick, will remain with the practice and continue to care for patients at the Broad Street office.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling (617) 742-7200.

11/13: Dr. Hauser Completes Tough Mudder ... and More.

For the second year in a row, Dr. Cara Hauser participated in the Pittburgh 2013 Tough Mudder competition this past August. Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10 - 12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test a participant's all-around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. The course consists of natural mud holes, grueling elevation changes, heavily wooded trails, and challenging obstacles. Tough Mudder is an extreme adventure sporting event that has raised more than $6 million for the Wounded Warrior Project. Dr. Hauser has already registered for the Pittsburgh/Ohio Valley 2014 Tough Mudder to be held next August.

After completing the grueling Mudder event, Dr. Hauser was ready to return to the races. She participated in the 10K Great Race in September, the Mario Lemieux inaugural 6.6K race in October, and plans on running in the PNC YMCA Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot.

In November, she attended a continuing education conference in Cranberry, PA, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Optometric Association and Optometry Board Certified, LLC. She received clinical updates in cataract surgery, glaucoma management, retinal disease, low vision, systemic diseases and eye health, pediatrics/binocular vision, and the latest advances in contact lens designs.

10/13: Vision Care and the Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is changing health insurance. This includes adding new preventative care and essential health benefit requirements. Starting in 2014, vision care is considered an essential benefit for children aged 18 and younger whose parents or guardians get insurance through individual or small-group plans through the exchanges or directly from a health insurer. The law does not mandate this coverage for adults.

Pediatric vision care as part of the essential-benefits requirement will typically include one routine eye examination per year; one pair of standard eyeglass lenses or contact lenses per year; and one frame every year.

This requirement does not apply to health plans offered by larger employers, or standalone vision plans. However, many health insurers include pediatric and adult vision care at a combined premium rate with medical benefits. Please check your plan or speak with your HR representative for details regarding your specific vision coverage.

Comprehensive vision examinations for children are essential in facilitating the early detection and treatment of vision impairments that may not be correctable later in life. The Affordable Care Act pediatric vision benefit makes it easy for many families to ensure their children have a healthy start in life, and aren't left behind in academics or activities due to undetected and uncorrected vision problems.

08/13: Eyewear Fashion Trends for Fall 2013

New eyewear styles are arriving weekly, including the FALL 2013 Collections from Ray-Ban and COACH. Here's what is trending this season ...

Flash lenses in autumnal colors.

Sophisticated cat eyes.

Retro inspirations, such as horn-rims from the 1960s to round lenses of the 1970s. Also, half-rims that have a frame over just the top of the lens.

Smaller frames with interesting adornments.

Neutral frames in tan and grey, or completely rimless frames, which offer an updated look without overpowering your face. For the more adventurous, try oversized frames in black or a vibrant color.

The great thing about eyewear is you can quickly update your look with just a pair of glasses! Stop in today and let one of our knowledgeable, optical staff members assist you with selecting the right frame for your style and budget.


06/13: Congratulations to Vincett Eye Care's Affiliated Cataract Surgeon and 2013 "Best Doctor" Robert C. Arffa, MD.

Robert C. Arffa, MD. has been named to the 2013 list of "Best Doctors" by Pittsburgh Magazine. The services of Dr. Arffa -- a pioneer in advanced cataract surgery techniques -- have been available to patients of Vincett Eye Care Associates for more than 15 years. He is considered by his peers to be one of the best cataract eye surgeons and laser vision correction specialists in the United States.

Dr. Arffa maintains monthly office hours at our Penn Hills location.


Cataract care at our office is a combination of regular eye examinations to identify how much a cataract is affecting your vision, and working with Dr. Arffa when it is time to remove it.

Cataracts are a normal part of the aging process and common in older adults. Premature cataract development can occur from eye injuries, certain diseases, or medications. There can also be a family tendency toward cataracts at an earlier age.

Although cataract removal is generally safe, it is still surgery. It's comforting to know you are entrusting your eyes to the best care.

05/13: GUESS Eyewear Spring/Summer 2013 Collection Arrives.

The GUESS Eyewear Spring/Summer 2013 Collection has arrived to our optical department offering edgy glamour and high-tech luxe. This season, the women's collection gets bold with metallic hardware embellishments and engraved animal prints. The GUESS men's optical selection is smart with sleek and unique accents.

GUESS Eyewear is an accessible luxury brand. The optical collection is complementary to most face shapes and suitable for all ages of patients who appreciate style and on-trend fashion. Let one of our knowledgeable, optical stylists assist you with finding the right frame.

04/13: Dr. Vincett Celebrates Daughter's Collegiate Swim Career

Katie Vincett, a senior at Amherst College, Massachusetts, and co-captain of the Lady Jeffs swim team, finished her collegiate swim career by participating in the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships held in Shenadoah, Texas (March 18 - 23). The NCAA championships are the pinnacle for collegiate swimmers. Katie, a three-time All-American, was invited to participate in four events. Her times made her the second fastest woman in Amherst history in the 100-yard freestyle and 50-yard freestyle individual events. (The fastest swimmer went to the Olympic trials.)

Katie was also the recipient of this year's Stephanie K. Duff Award, given to the woman who has made the most contribution to the team in terms of achievement, leadership, and sportsmanship.

"As any parent of a competitive swimmer knows, the sport requires enormous amounts of dedication and hard work," says Dr. Vincett. "Her family is extremely proud. We are thrilled for Katie that during her senior year she achieved her team and personal goals, and got to experience a conference victory and the national championships."

Katie will graduate from Amherst College in May with a degree in Environmental Science with future plans to attend medical school.

"There's no breather in the Vincett household," adds Dr. Vincett. "Now that our daughter will be graduating, my wife and I will be getting ready to send our son Will to college." Will is a senior at Shady Side Academy and spent the past month in Germany as an exchange student. He has chosen the University of Vermont to pursue his engineering studies.

03/13: Trib Total Media Readers Select Vincett Eye Care for the 2013 Gold Award for Best Eye Care - East Suburbs
Thank you to our patients and friends for selecting Vincett Eye Care Associates as the area's best eye care provider! As a result of your vote, we received the Total Trib Media's 2013 Readers' Choice Gold Award for Eye Care in the eastern suburbs. We are proud to be a multi-year recipient of this award, and appreciate your recognition of our high-quality care.
03/13: Spring Break! 25% OFF Prescription Sunglasses*


Welcome back the sunshine with big savings on our selection of fashionable, prescription sunwear. Hurry in! Offer valid March 15th - May 31st, 2013.




*Not valid with vision insurance or other discounts. Patient with vision insurance may apply the discount to second pair of eyewear that is prescription sunwear. Can not be applied to previous purchases.

02/13: Show Your Eyes Some Love this Month with Our Contact Lens Success Guarantee.

February is the perfect time to start a love affair with crisp, comfortable vision through contact lens wear. If you have presbyopia (bifocal vision), astigmatism, a unique vision prescription, or dry eyes, you may think you are unable to wear contacts. However, recent advancements in materials and lens designs, combined with our contact lens fitting expertise, make successful contact lens wear more likely than ever!

Enjoy Our No-risk Contact Lens Trial and Success Guarantee.

For one contact lens fitting fee you are able to trial an unlimited amount of contacts until you are completely satisfied with your vision and comfort. If we are unsuccessful in fitting you with contacts, we will refund your money.

As Pittsburgh's leading contact lens specialists, we have performed more than 20 clinical research studies for the FDA on behalf of major contact lens manufacturers. As a result, Vincett Eye Care Associates has acquired the specialized technology, expertise, and access to new contact lens designs to find the right lens for you.

To begin your no-risk trial, schedule your contact lens exam today! Call us at (412) 256-2020 - Rodi Rd/Penn Hills Office or at (724) 327-2020 - Holiday Park/Monroeville Office, or conveniently schedule your appointment through our Web site.

01/13: Dr. Werksman Celebrates 3rd Year at Vincett Eye Care Associates.

Dr. Marc Werksman is celebrating his third year at Vincett Eye Care Associates. His former office was located next to LensCrafters at the Monroeville Mall Annex. Dr. Werksman says he has been honored and thrilled so many of his patients followed him to his new office locations in Penn Hills and Holiday Park.

Dr. Werksman has served the vision needs of families in the Pittsburgh area for more than 25 years. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh and received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. 

To schedule an eye examination with Dr. Werksman, please call 412-256-2020 (Penn Hills/Rodi Rd. office) or 724-327-2020 (Holiday Park/Monroeville office).

11/12: Use It Before You Lose It! Smart End-of-Year Moves to Make Now.

If you participate in a vision plan or Flexible Spending Account (FSA), and have not utilized your benefits for 2012, now is the time before monies expire and are gone forever. Make sure your eye examination is up to date; visit our office for a new pair of glasses or prescription sunwear; or order extra boxes of contact lenses. Remember ... you earn your benefits, so make the most of them!

You can also save money if you have a medical eye condition and have already met your Medicare or medical-insurance deductible for 2012. Make sure to schedule your eye checkup before the end of the year.

If you have questions about your vision benefits, please don't hesitate to call us.

Rodi Rd./Penn Hills - (412) 256-2020

Holiday Park/Monroeville - (724) 327-2020

09/12: Dr. Cara Hauser Competes in September Race Events

Dr. Cara Hauser raised more than $750 for charity by competing in a busy September calendar of race events. On September 2nd, she completed the Steelers 5K race, which benefited the Art Rooney Scholarship Fund. On September 8th, she traveled to Cumberland, MD, to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Tough Mudder, a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test a participant's all-around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. Proceeds from this event benefited the Wounded Warriors Project. She returned to Pittsburgh to compete in the Salvation Army's Most Amazing Race on September 22nd. To finish the month, she joined 15,000 other runners and walkers on September 30th, to participate in the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race.

Dr. Hauser assesses the hamster ball before climbing in it to complete a challenge as part of the Salvation Army's Most Amazing Race. Along with her teammate, she completed 17 challenges. Dr. Hauser says "it took more the seven hours to finish, and the recovery time was about four days, but my friend and I had a blast!"


08/12: The Wall Street Journal Touts Benefits of Technology Available at Vincett Eye Care Associates (Since 2005)!

The August 14, 2012, edition of The Wall Street Journal published the article “What Your Eyes Reveal About Your Health. It provides an overview of why assessing the health of your eyes is important to your overall well being.  It further details breakthrough imaging equipment that allows eye doctors, who have invested in this technology, to assess a larger, more detailed area of the retina (the back of the eye) where systemic diseases can first appear.

Although retinal imaging technologies featured in the 2012 article, such as OptoMap from Optos, are considered “newer” and “cutting edge,” we are proud our patients have had access to this technology since 2005! 

According to Dr. Bill Vincett, Jr., the practice’s early adoption of the OptoMap system made sense.  “While general eye exams include a look at the front of the eye to evaluate health and prescription changes, a thorough screening of the retina is critical to verify that your eye is healthy,” he says. “The OptoMap system makes this important retinal evaluation more convenient for our patients.  The exam is quick, painless, and does not require pupil dilation.” 

  As a third-generation optometrist, Dr. Vincett adds that early adoption of new technology has been part of the practice’s identity for decades.  “As eye doctors, we are gratified to help our patients see their best with glasses and contact lenses.  However, preventing vision loss and blindness through early detection of eye disease is really why we do what we do,” he says.  “If there is a new clinical tool to help us improve patient care, then we are likely one of the first practices in the region … and sometimes the country … to offer it.”

  The OptoMap exam is available at both locations of Vincett Eye Care Associates.  Vision insurance typically does not cover the nominal fee to add OptoMap to your office visit.  However, the benefits it provides can be priceless.  The ultra-wide field view of the retina that OptoMap provides can lead to early detection of common diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and even cancer. OptoMap also creates digitally stored images of your retina so your doctor can benchmark and compare exam results from previous years to look for changes. 


08/12: Dr. Vincett Participates in Roundtable for Western PA Summer STEMM Academy.

Dr. Bill Vincett, Jr. was invited to be a roundtable panelist for the Western Pennsylvania Summer STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine) Academy on July 31st.  The event was hosted and sponsored by Fox Chapel Area High School, and was part of a four-week program for accomplished high school students with an interest in STEMM pathways, or a desire to learn more about them. 

The roundtable enabled 21 Academy students to be separated into smaller groups and rotated among the panel guests to give them the opportunity to interact with doctors, professors, business professionals, and mentors in the STEMM fields.  

The educational goals of the summer STEMM program were to 1) increase exposure and awareness of STEMM pathways and careers, 2) strengthen partnerships between businesses and medical/educational institutions and their future employees, and 3) encourage and foster higher-order thinking through inquiry-based learning. These goals are aligned with the goals of the national STEMM program to promote interest in the STEMM fields.

For more information about the program, please visit

If you know of a high school or college student interested in a career in optometry, the doctors of Vincett Eye Care Associates welcome the opportunity to offer their professional insight.

06/12: Vincett Eye Care Sponsors National Eye Care Communications Project Meeting.

On June 4th, Vincett Eye Care Associates sponsored a regional National Eye Care Communications Project Meeting at its Penn Hills office for a group of Western Pennsylvanian optometrists. Speaking at the meeting was Dr. James Grue, an optometrist from Canton, Pennsylvania, and considered a foremost expert in the country in regards to understanding the implications of health care reform for optometry. Also participating in the meeting was Alistair Jackson, M.Ed., Vice-President of Business Development for EMRlogic Systems, Inc. EMRlogic provides practice management and electronic health records software products to optometrists and ophthalmologists.

The National Eye Care Communications Project, along with state health information exchanges, is a collaborative effort that will eventually enable health care providers to securely communicate electronically with any other health care facility or provider, both sending and receiving patient health information, whether in your local area or across the country. The ability to share information between health care providers helps the patient receive the best quality care.

Vincett Eye Care Associates is an early adopter of new communications technologies, and is committed to helping its patients receive the most benefit from national health care initiatives.


05/12: Dr. Hauser Attends Comprehensive Eye Care Conference.

Dr. Cara Hauser attended the 6th Annual Conference on Comprehensive Eye Care in Niagara Falls, New York last month. She received continuing education on diagnosis and management of glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinal tears and detachments, and macular degeneration. She also received updates on new ophthalmic drug therapies and contact lens designs.

03/12: Dr. Vincett Jr. Attends SECO International.

Dr. William Vincett Jr. attended SECO International 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. SECO is optometry's most important and compelling annual event. Its educational programs, exhibits and events offer optometrists the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge needed to remain competitive in today's challenging eye care field. Dr. Vincett participated in 20 hours of continuing education, which included clinical updates for the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease, and advancements in eye care.

02/12: WTAE-TV's Mike Clark Interviews Dr. Bill Vincett, Jr. About the New Electronic-Focusing emPower! Glasses Available at Our Office.

Learn more about these amazing glasses. To view the health news segment aired on February 23rd, click here: WTAE-TV Channel 4 News

01/12: Em Power! Glasses Arrive in Pittsburgh! World's First Electronic, Self-Focusing Eyewear for Over-Age-40 Vision.

Vincett Eye Care Associates is one of the first eye care practices in the country to offer emPower! eyeglasses – the  world’s first and only electronically-focusing prescription eyewear .  These revolutionary glasses – deemed one of the “Top 5 Must-Have Gadgets” by CNBC and one of the “Top 6 Electronics Products”  by ABC’s Good Morning America – allow patients with presbyopia (over age 40 vision) to control their visual experience.  Full reading power of the lens can instantly turn on and off as its needed with a tap of a finger on the eyeglass frame in the manual mode, or adjust according to head positioning when placed in automatic mode.

emPower! eyeglasses eliminate the distortion and visual limitations often accompanied by traditional progressive lenses (no-line bifocal and multifocals).   When reading or performing close-up work, wearers no longer are limited to a small area in the lens used for near vision.  With dynamic LCD crystals embedded in emPower! glasses, the reading portion of the lens electronically expands to the entire lens for full use.  When performing long-range tasks, such as driving, the reading portion of the lens disappears to make the entire lens available for far vision. 

Launched in 2011 to tech-world accolades, early adopters of prescription emPower! pay $1,500 for this game-changing technology, which includes frames, lenses, coatings, and a charging station.  The frames come in 36 styles for men and women, and are available at the Penn Hills – Pittsburgh location (Rodi Rd.) of Vincett Eye Care Associates.

11/11: Vincett Team Travels to Dallas for High-Tech Office Updates.

Dr. Bill Vincett, Jr. and office managers Cathy (Penn Hills) and Kim (Holiday Park) traveled to Dallas, Texas for a three-day Practice Management Association meeting.  The purpose was to enhance their skills in running a high-tech office, including how to utilize the practice’s recent adoption of electronic medical records for more efficient patient care.

11/11: Drs. Werksman Participates in Professional Conferences.
Dr. Marc Werksman attended professional conferences in September and November, receiving continuing education on topics such as recent developments in glaucoma treatment, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants, corneal dystrophies and transplants, macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease, and laser vision correction.
9/11: Dr. Bill Vincett, Jr. Attends International Vision Expo.

Dr. Vincett, Jr. attended the International Vision Expo and Conference held in September in Las Vegas, Nevada.  It is considered the world’s largest conference and expo for the eye care industry.  Dr. Vincett previewed the latest ophthalmic technologies and attended continuing education seminars for medical and diagnostic updates.  

7/11: Dr. Cara Hauser Returns from Amusement Park Road Trip.

Did you know your eye doctor is an amusement park junkie?  Dr. Cara Hauser just returned from visits to Virginia’s Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, King’s Dominion, and Maryland’s Six Flags America.  She visited the four parks in four days for a whirlwind experience. 

On a professional note, she attended an all-day lecture in May regarding the diagnosis and latest ocular treatments for Dry Eye and Glaucoma.
4/11: Dr. Bill Vincett Jr. Selected by Johnson & Johnson's Vistakon division to participate in the company's Vision Care Institute program.
The Vision Care Institute, a Johnson and Johnson Company, provides doctors of optometry with new information and innovative ways of looking at the management of an optometric practice. From managing presbyopia with contact lenses to the Lean Six Sigma Principles, the Vision Care Institute offers educational forums and valuable programming for selected optometrists.
3/11: Drs. Werksman and Brankley Attend CE Seminar on Keratoconus, Intraocular Lenses, and Retinal Disease

Drs. Marc Werksman and Karen Brankley attended a continuing education seminar in Cranberry, PA, sponsored by Sightline Laser and Eye Center.  Subjects included Ectatic:  Early Diagnosis Required, Cornea Cross-Linking of the Ectatic Eye, Phakic IOLs (intraocular lens), and Detection and Diagnosis of Retinal Disease Invisible to Ophthalmoscopy.  The first two courses enable the doctors to detect keratoconus – a thinning and bulging of the central cornea – at an earlier stage and enact treatment sooner to preserve the best vision possible.  The phakic IOL course gives the doctors another correction option to consider for their highly myopic (nearsighted) patients, while the retinal disease lecture gives insight to retinal problems that might not be readily visible upon normal examination.  Participation in this seminar is just part of a continuing effort of how the doctors at Vincett Eye Care keep abreast of the latest advances in patient care and treatment.

3/11: Drs. Vincett Jr. Returns from SECO International.
Dr. William Vincett Jr. returned from SECO International 2011, one of the world's largest and most comprehensive professional conferences for eye care professionals. This year it was held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Dr. Vincett participated in 20 hours of continuing education, which included clinical updates for the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease, and technological advancements in contact lens design.
10/10: Patient Files Converted to Electronic Medical Records.
Vincett Eye Care Associates has converted its patient files to Electronic Medical Records (EMR). This is our proactive response to an anticipated government mandate to convert to EMR. EMR will reduce the potential for someone to steal your identity and use your benefits; streamline communications with insurance companies and optical labs for better service; and reduce possible errors caused by illegible handwriting. Patient files are stored securely in our office, backed up routinely, and accessed only by authorized personnel.
7/10: OptoMap Now Available at Holiday Park Office.
OptoMap SystemThe OptoMap System is now available at Vincett Eye Care Associate's Holiday Park office. Patients at our Penn Hills' office already benefit from OptoMap, which is a quick, painless diagnostic tool preferred by patients because it provides detailed images of the retina without dilation. Your doctor than uses theses images to clinically assess the status of your vision and eye health. Since your retinal images are stored digitally, your eye doctor can easily retrieve your results from prior exams to compare and detect vision changes from year to year.
6/10: Welcome Dr. Marc Werksman and Dr. Karen Brankley!

Dr. Marc Werksman and Dr. Karen BrankleyDr. Marc Werksman and Dr. Karen Brankley have moved their optometric practices to Vincett Eye Care Associates. The doctors, formerly located next to LensCrafters® in the Monroeville Mall Annex, are now offering their eye care services at Vincett Eye Care's Penn Hills and Holiday Park offices.

"By combining our practice with Vincett Eye Care Associates, we are pleased to offer our patients a better eye care experience," says Dr. Werksman. "In addition to most vision plans, we now accept Medicare and most medical insurance, have access to specialized diagnostic testing, and offer a broader contact lens selection within a larger, more comfortable space."

Dr. Werksman and Dr. Brankley have been practicing optometry since 1985. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Brankley, a Penn Hills native, is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry and Grove City College.

3/10: Coach Eyewear Collection Arrives.
Coach Eyewear CollectionBased on the fundamental principals of distinctive American style and enduring quality, the Coach Eyewear Collection has been enthusiastically received by patients visiting our Penn Hills optical boutique. The frame styles provide clean, modern shapes with classic styling and proprietary Coach embellishment. With bold, wearable colorations, and innovative temple design elements, the collection offers eyewear for both new and loyal Coach customers alike.
3/10: Welcome East Pittsburgh Eye Care Patients!

East Pittsburgh Eye Care is now located at the Holiday Park offices of Vincett Eye Care Associates at 1670 Golden Mile Highway (Rt. 286), Monroeville. By moving its offices to our practice, East Pittsburgh Eye Care patients now have access to … •

  • Expanded office hours. (Evening and Saturday hours now available.)
  • A larger contact lens inventory for emergency lens replacement.
  • In-office specialized testing that limits the need to be referred elsewhere.
  • A twice as large frame selection.
  • Acceptance of most vision plans and insurance. Convenient payment options for non-covered expenses.

Patients can schedule their next appointment by calling (724) 327-2020.

3/09: Your Retina in High-Def!
eiss Cirrus optical coherence topography (OCT)Your eye doctor has a new clinical tool to help preserve your vision – the Zeiss Cirrus OCT. This revolutionary technology (optical coherence tomography) quickly and painlessly provides a high-definition, 3D-scan of your retina, generating extraordinary detailed images for your doctor's clinical assessment. Diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma can be detected and managed at their earliest stages when treatment is most effective. Few optometric practices have invested in this technology and therefore, usually require their patients to be referred elsewhere for an OCT test. However, we are pleased to offer our patients the convenience of OCT testing in our offices and the vision-saving benefits it can provide.