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Kevan Whelan, OD

Professional, friendly and helpful.

Where did you go to school?

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 is such an array of culinary options and so many unique local businesses to support. Of course, being from the north, you can't beat this weather. Anytime I can paddleboard 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 or biking around Lady Bird Lake. Going on hikes, yoga, tennis and the occasional drive-in movie have been wonderful social distanced activities that have kept me going during this pandemic. Pre-COVID I really enjoyed going to comedy shows and checking out the numerous live-music venues Austin has to offer. I'm looking forward to a time when we can all enjoy these activities again safely.