Dr. Mark W. Eger

Following his 1968 graduation from the Ohio State University College of Optometry where he served as president of the optometric fraternity, Epsilon Psi Epsilon, Dr. Eger joined in practice with his father, Elmer H. Eger, O.D. He then served as a Captain in the United States Air Force from 1969-71 at Keesler Air Force Base, the Medical Center for the Southeast U.S., in Biloxi, MS. After fulfilling his Vietnam War military obligation, he returned to practice in Coraopolis in 1971.

Dr. Eger donates much of his time to community activities and organizations. He was a 17-year member of the Moon Township Rotary Club, a past president and past chairman of all executive offices and committees. Dr. Eger also served as chairman of the Rotary’s District 730 Conference.

Additionally, Dr. Eger’s involvement in the Moon Area School District is extensive. As a member of the PTA, he was on the Afterprom and Blast-Off Committees, which promote and sponsor alcohol and substance-free events for high school students. Dr. Eger also served on two advisory committees concerning special education and basic educational requirements within the district. He served as the school district’s optometrist for over twenty-five years, conducting visual screenings on every first grader each year. He has also implemented school screening programs in other area public and private elementary schools. And, he has been involved with other professionals and businessmen to promote optometry at career day conferences for high school students.

As a member of the Health Care Team for the Holy Family Institute, a residential treatment center for children in crisis, Dr. Eger has provided free comprehensive vision examinations to every young person entering the institute in need of eye care. He serves as the optometrist for a local ARC, a retarded citizens center. Additionally, Dr. Eger was a scoutmaster, a chairperson for the Coraopolis and Western Area YMCAs, past president of the Montour Heights Country Club, a member of the advisory committee for Moon Township Parks and Recreation, and was a host of a local cable TV program, which introduced local leaders and groups to the community.

As a 37-year member of the American Academy of Optometry, Dr. Eger has served as a Regional Chair, National Vice-Chair, and National Chair of The Committee on Admittance. In 1998 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Academy, which is an international optometric organization of more than 5,000 members dedicated to vision research and education. He has served the Academy as its Secretary-Treasurer, President-Elect, and will serve as President of the Academy during the years 2009 and 2010. He has also served as a charter member and chairman for a regional task force involving local optometrists and ophthalmologists studying the impact of managed care in the area. In 1998, Dr. Eger was appointed by the governor of Pennsylvania to serve on the State Board of Optometry, and completed a four-year obligation.

Dr. Eger along with three other local optometrists in 1995 founded the AllSight Laser Center located in Wexford, PA, which provides laser vision correction to nearsighted patients. Today the center is the TLC Laser Center of Pittsburgh. TLC is the largest provider of laser vision correction in the nation with 55 centers in major cities across the country. He has served both businesses as a Board member and officer. In addition, he has served as president of Resident Eye Care Associates of SW PA that provides in-the-facility vision care to nursing home residents.

Dr. Eger was a board member of the Western Pennsylvania Optometric Society, served on the Contact Lens Prescription Release Task Force, and is a member of the Optometric Foundation that sponsors vision research.

Dr. Eger has been married to his wife Susan for 41 years. They have two sons, Noah Michael, also an optometrist, and a partner in the Eger Eye Group; and Jason Aaron, a Penn State graduate, currently working in Pittsburgh, PA as a Director of Project Management for an international software company.

In 1994, the Western Pennsylvania Optometric Society awarded Optometrist of the Year for Western Pennsylvania to Dr. Eger. In 1996, the Pennsylvania Optometric Association awarded Optometrist of the Year for the State to Dr. Eger.