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Dr. Tavel Family Eye Care Has a Lasting Footprint in Zionsville

Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing
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Dr. TavelFor more than a decade, Dr. Tavel Family Eye Care has had a footprint in the Zionsville community. From its inception in 1940, Dr. Tavel has been a family-owned and -operated business founded by Dr. David Tavel, a proud Indiana native. Today, Dr. Tavel partners with another outstanding doctor and fellow Hoosier, Nicholas Helderman, O.D., to continue their commitment to helping people see, look and feel better.

A soon-to-be resident of Boone County, Helderman was born and raised in Indiana.

“The staff and I work hard to convey a family-centered, Hoosier-focused feel to our patients,” Helderman says. “We want people to feel welcome and at home during their visit. Our patients are truly part of the Dr. Tavel family.”

One factor that sets Dr. Tavel apart from other local eye-care providers is that they accept all vision insurance, guaranteed. Their goal is to address everyone’s vision needs, regardless of location, background or frame size.

“We’re thrilled to have Dr. Helderman as part of the Dr. Tavel family,” says Mollie Tavel, director of growth initiatives and community engagement. “We love that he consistently shares his passion, expertise and friendliness with his patients, helping us continue to meet the eye-care needs of the evolving Zionsville population.”

Helderman, a 2015 graduate of the Indiana University School of Optometry, is familiar with the latest and greatest techniques and technologies in the field.

“We make sure we’re on the forefront of new technologies, whether it’s providing a new type of testing or partaking in continuing education in order to better treat various eye conditions,” Helderman says. “My goal is to provide a solution for every patient who comes in, whether they’re dealing with blurry vision, red eyes or have diabetes.”

Dr. TavelWhen patients leave the Dr. Tavel office, they are armed with answers and next steps. Those steps might involve buying new glasses, seeing an ophthalmologist, or meeting up with a primary care doctor to discuss how to improve blood sugar numbers.

In addition to prescribing glasses and contacts, Helderman can treat conditions like diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma, flashes and floaters, and dry eye disease. He can also monitor for cataracts and assess for retinal tears or detachments. If any issues require surgery, Helderman can refer clients to a local network of ophthalmologists in the Zionsville and Indianapolis area, ensuring that those clients are in great hands during every step of their eye-care experience.

Helderman not only provides patients with expert care during exams, but also educates them on eye health and the latest eyewear. For instance, for a long time the perception has been that daily disposable contact lenses are drastically more expensive than contact lenses that get replaced each month. The team at Dr. Tavel ensures the cost of all contacts are comparable, regardless of modality, so patients don’t have to choose between quality and price.

“Whether you want glasses or contacts, we make sure you get a good quality lens at an affordable price,” Helderman says. “If you want a daily contact lens to decrease the risk of infections or scratches on the eye, or simply want the convenience of not having to carry around multiple pairs of glasses all the time, I look forward to meeting my patients’ eye-care needs.”

The team at Dr. Tavel is always looking to serve additional families in the community. To become part of the Dr. Tavel family, give them a call today.

Dr. Tavel Family Eye Care is located at 61 Boone Village in Zionsville. For more information, call 317-733-3344 or visit them online at drtavel.com.

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