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John Gelvin, O.D.

Locations Served: Lee’s Summit, Belton, and Warrensburg

Born in Lawrence, Kansas, Dr. Gelvin earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and went on to earn his Doctor of Optometry from Indiana University College of Optometry. Following graduation, he completed a residency in Advanced Ophthalmic Disease at the W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and a residency in Vision Education Foundation at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City.

Dr. Gelvin has decades of extensive professional experience, having worked at practices in Northern Indiana and Kansas City before joining the team at Eyecare Specialties. He believes in using his extensive clinical research and educational experience to preserve his patients’ vision and eye health. He also has a background working in an optometric referral center, which gave him a passion for working with patients who have acute and chronic eye diseases, including glaucoma.


Under the care of Dr. John Gelvin, your time is respected and valued, and you’ll receive the best eye care for your unique needs.

Dr. John Gelvin Is Serving Patients At Our Lee’s Summit, Belton, And Warrensburg Offices!

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Get to Know Dr. Gelvin

After growing up in Grand Island, Nebraska, Dr. Gelvin spent 20 years practicing optometry in Kansas City. His research work has appeared in medical textbooks and journals, including Optometry Clinics and Journal of the American Optometric Association. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and a member of both the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the American Optometric Association.

Dr. Gelvin has also devoted his efforts to a number of community organizations. He served as the director of Christian Vision Eye Services to Haiti for 25 years as part of his role in the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, International, Inc. During that period, he was also on the board for the Christianville Foundation in Carfour, Haiti for 10 years. Today, he’s one of the 135 members of the Optometric Glaucoma Society in the United States.

Dr. Gelvin now lives in Lake Winnebago with his wife, Kaydra, where they frequently host their children and grandchildren. He truly enjoys learning about his patients and getting to know them on a personal level. He also enjoys sharing his many stories of his time in Haiti and is fluent in Haitian Creole.


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- M.C.

From the front desk desk employees, to the techs, to Doctor Lake- everyone is always so friendly and helpful! My three year old has no fear going to the eye doctor because all the employees are so amazing to her!!!

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- J.R.

Great company. The eye doctor was pleasant and the staff very friendly! Very impressed by their advances in technology.

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- D.B.

This eye care business is all about you, your vision, and your health as it pertains to your vision. They do everything that is necessary to keep you safe and healthy while you are there. The staff is very polite, friendly and helpful. They are very thorough on your exam and making sure you understand everything. They listen to your statements and your questions. This was one of the best experiences I’ve had and I really value that highly

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- B.A.

They did an outstanding job throughout the whole process. Answered all my question, very pleasant experience.

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- L.E.

A great team. All our very caring of their patients and go the extra mile to make sure your vision needs are met.