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Kevan Whelan, OD

Professional, friendly and helpful.

Where did you go to school?

I attended Eastern Michigan University for undergrad and got a B.S in Psychology. I received my doctoral training at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago with internship sites in Detroit, Boston and San Diego. After graduation I went on to complete a Primary Care residency at the VA San Diego Health System.

What do you enjoy about optometry?

The eyes are really amazing organs! Seeing 20/20 is only one aspect of your vision. Eye muscle movement, hand-eye coordination and visual processing all contribute to how we perceive and interact with the world around us. Without all these areas of vision functioning properly we may have difficulties such as headaches, eyestrain or fatigue that limit our potential and detract from our daily activities. Your eyes are also a reflection of your overall health. There are actually many diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and more that can be discovered with a comprehensive examination of the eyes.

What is your favorite thing about Austin?

I have been lucky to live in some wonderful places but Austin really has it all. I love the eclectic mix of people from all areas of the country that have made Austin their home. There are so many delicious restaurants and a wide array of unique venues for both movies and music. Of course, being from the north, you can't beat this weather. Anytime I can kayak in the middle of February I'm content.

What do you do when you're not at the office?

I like to stay active and be outside. You can often find me running around Lady Bird Lake or catching a community yoga class. I also play water polo with a masters team at the University of Texas. I really enjoy going to comedy shows and finding good live music.