Makris Vision Group is proud to announce, Dr. John Lawrence has joined the Makris Vision Group staff as a Doctor of Optometry.
Dr. Lawrence graduated from the IU School of Optometry in 2018. He received his Bachelors of Arts, with a major in Human Biology and a minor in Psychology in 2014. He was awarded the IU Recognition scholarships multiple semesters for maintaining extraordinary GPA and high SAT scores.
As an intern, Dr. Lawrence gained experience working with lens manufacturers, pediatric patients, and the IU eye disease clinic.
Dr. Lawrence also had hands-on experience working with service members, managing refractive surgery post-ops, treating and managing disease, and working with geriatric patients during his Residency term in the VA Medical system.
While in residency at Hershel “Woody” VA Medical center in West Virginia, Dr. Lawrence provided primary and emergency care, while comanaging cataract surgery, retinal disease, and glaucoma patients.
Dr. Lawrence is passionate about Optometry because he finds profound fulfillment in helping his patients better understand disease and how it can be treated. He enjoys the research and exploration of eye disease, when he can help patients attain their sight again. Nothing fulfills him more.
Dr. Lawrence enjoys building computers, gaming, and playing sports and music. Prior to attending optometry school, he fenced, played football, wrestled, threw shot put in track, and played the tenor saxophone. He enjoys jazz music and looks forward to picking up the saxophone again.
Dr. Lawrence feels fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Makris to further his knowledge of Optometry and eye disease. He is eager to gain experience, hone skills, and learn from an incredible and experienced Ophthalmologist.
Dr. Makris is proud to welcome Dr. Lawrence into the Practice and believes he represents the Makris Vision Group values and ethical standards he has established over the last 30 years.
Dr. Vasilis Makris, MD
Dr. Makris came to Indiana in 1979. After graduating as an eye surgeon in 1993 from Indiana University, his vision was to find the right location and facility to create an environment that best serves his patients needs. In 1993 he established Makris Vision Group in Muncie, Indiana. Makris Vision Group has been in its current location since established. An on-site fully licensed and accredited ambulatory surgery center was added in 2001.
Dr. Makris is an ocular surgeon practicing general ophthalmology with a special interest in anterior segment surgery. Dr. Makris received his Bachelor of Science degree from Valparaiso University in northwestern Indiana and his Master of Science degree in biochemistry from Loyola University of Chicago. He completed his medical degree studies at Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI). He served his internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital on the north side of Indianapolis. He then completed his residency in ophthalmology at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis.
Dr. Makris has been a frequent presenter at national and international meetings. He was awarded the Best Paper of Session in the 2001 American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting.
Some of the many honors and awards that Dr. Makris has earned include:
- The Peter V. Westheysen and Dr. Halstead S. Murat Academic Scholarships
- Chairman of his Graduate School Committee
- Full Academic Assistantship
- Dean’s Honor List
- Selected for residency at Cambridge, England
- Merit Award for Outstanding On-Duty Performance from the Valparaiso University Police Department
He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American Board of Eye Surgery. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Clinical assistant professor of Ophthalmology at the Indiana University Department of Ophthalmology Indianapolis
Member of the American Academy of Opthalmology
Member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
Fellow of the American College of Eye Surgeons
Member of the Indiana Academy of Opthalmology
Member of the International Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
Member of the American Medical Association
Lecturer at National and International meetings on small incision cataract surgery
Manuscript reviewer for the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Past board member and legislator liaison for the Indiana Academy of Opthalmology
Past member of the International Paralympic Committee
Past medical officer of the Association of Blind Athletes
Past President of the medical committee of INternational Blind Sports Association
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What our patients have to say...
I like going to Makris Vision Group because it is very convenient for my busy schedule. When I have appointments they go really fast and they always run on schedule. Also, creating a new appointment is super easy and the front office staff is really nice to me every time. I like that they call … Continue reading Grace T.
After 60+ years of extreme nearsightedness, I can now see almost 20/20 thanks to my cataract surgery by Dr. Makris. No more glasses or contact lenses; the freedom is great. The entire process was painless as well as professional. I can’t recommend them enough!
Going to Makris Vision Group for my eye care is the best choice I could have made. The entire staff is great. Plus, they have advanced technology and the capabilities to offer the best in eye care. I can’t say enough good things about everyone there.