Statement Regarding COVID-19

Effective immediately to follow the latest guidelines from the CDC, Governor’s office, and other professional medical organizations, we will be rescheduling routine care appointments until further notice.  We will reevaluate this daily as the situation allows.

Our new hours will be Monday thru Friday from 9 AM to 1 PM, during which you may call ahead to arrange curbside pickup of glasses or contact lens orders. Unfortunately we are unable to provide adjustments to glasses at this time.  

We will continue to see medically urgent appointments.  It is our goal to keep unnecessary visits out of the hospital system to reserve valuable resources for critical patients. We manage ocular emergencies daily, and will continue to do so during this time.

Outside of office hours, the Doctors’ cell phones are always listed on the answering machine message and they can be called to address emergent conditions.


Please contact our office for help with the following:


                If we are managing your medical conditions like Glaucoma, Diabetes, etc.

                If you have acute changes in vision, pain, signs of infection, ocular injury, etc.

                If you recently had cataract surgery and are scheduled to have a post-operative visit.

If you are out of contacts and would like us to extend your prescription. We can offer free shipping to your home with a minimum two box purchase.

If you have broken glasses with no backup options.




We ask your patience as we all try to adapt as best we can and move through these unprecedented times.  We are here to serve our patients but also need to protect our employees and do our small part in containing the virus by practicing appropriate social distancing.


David A. Shilling, O.D.

Nicholas A. Peiffer, O.D. 

About Us


In 1971, Lyle E. Nowicki O.D. founded Bowling Green Vision Center to provide comprehensive vision and eye care to the people of Bowling Green and the surrounding areas.  Although the practice has always remained in dowtown BG at its present location of 111 Clough St., the building itself has undergone numerous renovation and expansion projects in its forty-five year history.

Dr. David Shilling joined the practice in 1995, after four years of pratice in Bowling Green at another location.  Dr. Nowicki retired in 2008, and in July of 2009 Dr. Nicholas Peiffer joined the practice as a new associate optometrist.


What is an Optometrist?


Doctors of optometry (ODs) are the primary health care professionals for the eye. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye.

Optometrists must complete four years of doctoral training at an accredited optometry school, after completing their undergraduate education. To begin practicing, an optometrist must pass all three parts of the National Boards examination.  In the State of Ohio, optometrists must complete continuing education each year to maintain his or her license to diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of the visual system and related systemic issues, in addition to the prescribing and fitting of all optical devices.   


Guide to Children's Vision for Parents from the American Optometric Association

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