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Dr. Thomas Stokkermans

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Dr. Thomas Stokkermans


Dr. Thomas Stokkermans has been with University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center since 1998 and serves as the Director of the Optometry Service. He is an Assistant Professor at the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.  

He was born in the Netherlands, and lived in Jakarta, Indonesia, prior to moving to the United States.  His training includes M.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands, a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, a fellowship in parasitology at the Dartmouth Medical School, Department of Pathology, Hanover, New Hampshire, the O.D. degree from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts and an optometric residency in ocular disease from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Stokkermans has spent over twenty years providing comprehensive and medical eye, specialty contact lens, low vision, and nursing home care.  He is Chief Preceptor for The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) and Western University of the Health Sciences (Pomona, California) Colleges of Optometry externship programs and teaches CWRU residents as well.  He has participated in over thirty clinical trials ranging from studies on keratoconus, the safety and efficacy of contact lenses, solutions, and ophthalmic medications, the use of prisms for hemianopia, to the Argus II retinal implant, and the Ivantis Hydrus III glaucoma implant.  He has published twenty peer-reviewed articles in the scientific and optometric literature, and has appeared in the local and national media to comment on ophthalmic topics. He has provided free eye exams to the medically indigent through Prevent Blindness Ohio. He is currently the optometrist for the Cleveland Browns.