For Immediate Release

 Abilene Professional Eyecare Associates announces
“Giving Back to the Big County” eye health initiative

Abilene, TX-  Professional Eyecare Associates is proud to announce it’s new eye health initiative beginning in the month of September. Beginning Sept 3rd, Professional Eyecare Associates will be providing one complimentary eye-health examination every day for the month. We are calling it “Giving Back to the Big Country”. We feel this community has given us so much so we in turn would like to give something back. We will be giving people the chance to nominate somebody they feel would benefit the most.

Here’s how it works:

1. Go on our Facebook page and ‘Like’ us on Facebook

2. Write a short 20-30 word essay on who you would like to nominate for a complimentary eye-health examination and why and email this to us at, please include the nominee’s contact information and their email address.

3. Some restrictions apply, one eye exam per family, also not available to people who already have eye insurance. Persons selected will also not be eligible for the same promotion the next year.

That’s it. We realize times are tough, and healthcare can be an expensive part of your budget. This is our way to try and ease some of that burden. We are committed to give away a complimentary eye-health examination every day in September to help the great people of our community.

Dr. Michael Shanks, O.D.

Professional Eyecare Associates
3225 S 27th
Abilene, TX 79605

Today we are going to talk about one of my favorite subjects. Maybe this is on my mind just because I pulled some metal out of somebodies eye this morning, or because it is probably my favorite part of my job. This is a pretty common occurrence, especially in a community such as Abilene, because we have an abundance of metal and auto shops in town. Little pieces of metal get stuck in the eye with much frequency, and the key word here is stuck. Once metal hits the cornea, it is almost impossible for it to come off without a professional removing it. Some places will try to remove metal at home with a magnet and this just doesn’t work, more damage is usually done and the patient tends to be in much more pain. The great thing is this is usually a very fixable problem. Removing metal or other corneal foreign bodies can many times be a straightforward procedure with great results. Most of the time, health and vision are returned to the patient in a timely manner. When it gets tricky is when people wait, then the metal can rust in the eye. This can still be fixed but it may involve a little more recovery time and possible having to drill the rust out of the eye! Also, most of this can be avoided if proper eye protection and eye shields are worn when welding or working with metal. Just a few helpful hints especially for our auto worker, welder, metal worker friends out there!

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Well, we felt a little of that crisp air last weekend, football fans are back packing the stadiums, I have actually seen some leaves change. Now I will admit, that last statement was when I was home in New Mexico, but I digress. All of this means that it is quickly approaching my favorite time of year, the Fall. I love the fall, mainly because of football, but also because it gets a little cooler. This is really great considering the unrelenting heat we had this summer. Fall also means that it is back to school time. Our kiddos love school and we want to give them the best advantage we can in the classroom. Did you know  that 80% of the learning process happens through our eyes.  To help with the cost of going back to school, we are currently running a back to school special. $40 off of a new pair of frames, I want your kids to have the best possible school year possible. So bring em in, let us make sure their eyes are great, and lets have a great year

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We are going on a vacation/business trip this week. I am going to a conference called CE in the Rockies. We as O.D.’s have to go to 16 hours of classes a year, called continuing education, to keep our license current. Usually I go to a conference that is local, mainly for convinence, but this year I am doing to whole Griswald family vacation thing and taking  the whole family on a road trip. I am really looking forward to having a little time off. I am also excited about the conference because I always seem to learn something new. You would think that we doctors learned everything we need to in school or a residency. That’s not true, I am always learning something new, or refreshing what I already knew at one to these conferences.  As anyone in Texas can attest, the main thing I’m looking forward to is some nice, cool, mountain weather. Summer in West Texas is by far my least favorite time of the year, and any time I can get some cool summer weather Im all in!! This particular conference is in Estes Park, CO, which I haven’t been to in a real long time, and Erin and the kids have never been. So if anyone has any suggestions on some cool things to do, let us know. I guess I am turinng into Clark W Griswald, however, I don’t think I have to worry about showing up there and having a moose tell me the park is closed. Wish us luck


Dr Mike

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Professional Eyecare Associate - Children's Art & Literacy FestivalA few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Dr. Seuss festival in beautiful downtown Abilene, TX.It was put on by the wonderful people of the Children’s Art & Literacy Festival, or CALF for short.

Professional Eyecare Associates was also very happy to be a sponsor for this event. Our sponsorship of this fine event was definitely inspired by the efforts of one very special person. She is a 7 year old ball of energy and beauty named Sara Jane Shanks. My daughter is enamored with anything Dr. Suess related and I couldn’t be happier. I myself am an avid reader and I also have some favorite authors ( more on that at a later date), so I really try to encourage my children to read. SJ is crazy about Suess, Lorax, Cat in the Hat, Yertle the Turtle, Sam I AM, and we got pictures with all of them at the festival.

SO, thanks CALF, especially from a 7 year old little girl. My only advice, next time we have an outdoor festival in Abilene, let’s pick a month without so many 100 degree afternoons!!

Dr. Mike

Happy 4th of July from Professional Eyecare AssociatesHappy 4th of July folks.

Just a helpful reminder from your friendly eye doc to be very careful in your celebrations. Let me explain.

Now, I love fireworks just as much as the next guy. But let’s remember one basic thing, these things are basically smaller versions of bombs and firearms. Please do not shoot fireworks at or near another person, especially near their head. Now I have to admit, I used to have bottle rocket fights when I was younger and stupider. (some will probably think I am still the later).  I was lucky and never got injured.

Since I became an eye doc, I can think of at least a dozen eye injuries I have seen from fireworks, and at least 2 retinal detachments. You know what they say, Its always fun and games until someone puts an eye out!! Truer words have never been spoken. So lets be careful out there, and shoot those fireworks into the sky, and not into your cousin Jim Bobs noggin.  If you do suffer any injuries related to your fireworks experience, contact 911 immediately or contact our office for an eye evaluation.

Happy 4th!!

Dr. Mike

Categories : Abilene, Eyecare Tips

One question I get asked quite a bit is how often should I get my eyes checked. My answer is I think you should get them checked every week!!

All kidding aside, your children, especially if they wear corrective lenses, should get their eyes checked every year. Our vision changes the most when we are young, and they change the most from about ages 8-13.

So it’s real important for those kiddos to have the proper RX so they can see the board at school correctly and get the best grades possible.

As adults, if we wear corrective lenses, it’s also real important to make sure we see as clearly as possible. So every year or two is a good schedule for an eye exam. If you wear contacts, you need to get them checked every year. Since a contact lens is a medical device, this insures that your eyes are healthy and you are seeing clearly. Once we get a little older, it’s real imperative to get our eyes checked also because many eye diseases increase with age, such as macular degeneration, dry eye and cataracts. People who have diabetes should also get them checked every year to make sure their eyes are healthy.

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness in the US so this is very important. Other people who are on certain drugs such as, Plaquenil and steroids should also make sure and have a yearly appointment.

Hope this helps.

Dr. Mike

I am always very impressed with the level of community involvement here in the Big Country. I think the people of Abilene have such a giving and serving heart.

There are so many organizations here that a person can get involved with to help give a little back. We just moved back to Abilene last June so life has been a little hectic. My community involvement has been a little lacking this past year, but I plan to change that.

Now I just need to decide what and where I need to devote some of my time. Anybody who has any suggestions, please feel free to contact me at, I’d love to hear from you.

Dr. Mike


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Hello, my name is Dr. Michael Shanks and I am the owner of Professional Eyecare Associates. I’ve never done a blog before so I thought I would try my hand at this. I want this blog to be informative, but also I think we can have a little fun with it.

I hope to give out some tips on your eyes, eyecare in general, and also talk about some community happenings around here in Abilene. Once football season starts, we may get into some lively pigskin topics too. Especially when I get really frustrated with my Cowboys. I hope ya’ll enjoy this and please excuse my grammar and spelling errors.

Dr. Mike


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