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.
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.