About Vision Salon Eye Care Associates
When you walk through our doors, you will be greeted by a compassionate and experienced team who are dedicated to providing high-quality personalized eye care for your whole family in a friendly and professional environment. At The Vision Salon, we use only the most advanced state-of-the-art technology to keep your eyes healthy. Our advanced diagnostic tools include:
- Heidelberg OCT Spectralis imaging
- Kowa Retinal photography
- Zeiss Humphrey visual field
- Diopsys Visual Evoked Potential (VEP)
- B-scan ultrasound
- ClearPath Diabetes Risk Test
- Slit lamp photography
- Diopsys Pattern Electroretinography (ERG)
- Konan Specular Microscope
- Oculus Keratagraph
- Konan’s RAPDx
Dr. Ansel T. Johnson
Optometrist | Clinical Director
Dr. Ansel Johnson is the founder and clinical director of Vision Salon Eye Care Associates in Blue Island, Illinois. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University, in Bloomington, IL, and a Doctorate degree from the 4-year Doctor of Optometry program at the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts. He has completed a post-graduate certificate from the Optometry Executive Program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
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He is currently an adjunct professor at Midwestern University Chicago College of Optometry, in Downers Grove IL, Kentucky College of Optometry, in Pike Kentucky, The New England College of Optometry, Boston, MA and Sothern College of Optometry, Memphis, TN. In addition to the above programs, his office serves as an externship site for the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry. He also currently serves on staff at Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago, Illinois
Dr. Johnson’s office is the first and only in the State of Illinois to incorporate a Nationally Certified Diabetes Self-Management Program within an eye care facility. He is a certified lifestyle coach for the CDC Diabetes Prevention Program. He is co-founder of the KNOC out Diabetes educational program and has been a member of the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists for over 20 years.
Dr. Johnson is a national thought leader in eye care. Concentrating on eye care technologies, glaucoma, and diabetes management, he is a national industry speaker. He was the first optometrist to present accredited Continuing Education across multiple disciplines to a multiple disciplinary group of diabetes educators, nurses, optometrists, physical therapists, and pharmacists in Illinois.
In June 2020 Dr. Johnson founded and serves as CEO of the Health Living With A Vision Foundation whose mission is to combat the health and wellness disparities in communities of color.
His professional leadership has been shown by currently holding multiple offices and others over the years including, Chairman and member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Bernie Mac Foundation for Sarcoidosis Awareness, and Optometric Medical Director for United Eye Care Providers, the largest independent network of optometrists in the State of Illinois. He serves on the Executive Board of IDOC, the largest independent network of optometrists in the United States. He is also a co-state director in Illinois for the National Optometric Association. Dr. Johnson is Chairman of the health care committee for the Southland Black Chamber of Commerce, the largest Black Chamber of Commerce in Illinois.
Twice listed in Black Enterprise Magazine as one of America’s top 101 African American doctors, he was honored in a White House ceremony during the Clinton Administration as a Head Start success story. Dr. Johnson is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Dr. Johnson continues to work to positively impact eye care and health care in the community.
Dr. Dana Shannon, FAAO
Dr. Shannon is pleased to provide you and your family with the highest quality of personalized eye care and enthusiastically welcomes new patients. Being a Hazel Crest native, Dr. Shannon is elated to provide eye care to Chicago’s south-side and south-suburban communities. Dr. Shannon is passionate about educating her patients on the importance of wellness in eye care. She provides care for patients with ocular diseases including glaucoma, cataracts, uveitis, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and multiple corneal conditions. Additionally, Dr. Shannon cares for pediatric patients, performs contact lens fittings, and provides myopia management.
- Shannon graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, where she played tennis for the Panthers, with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Spanish minor.
- She then went on to earn her Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry and completed a one-year residency training at the University of Chicago, specializing in Ocular Disease.
- She participated in two week-long medical missionary visits to Belize and Costa Rica and provided underprivileged patients with free eye care.
- She is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Illinois Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), and the National Optometric Association (NOA), where she also serves on the NOA Executive Board as Trustee of Region 2.
In addition to caring for her patients, Dr. Shannon enjoys tennis, weight training, volunteering at community health education events, and spending time with family. Dr. Shannon is proficient in Spanish, enjoys international travel, and has traveled to 10 different countries and counting.
Dr. Leonidas A Johnson, O.D. aka Rev. Leonidas
Dr. Leonidas A Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts from Illinois Wesleyan and a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Leonidas Johnson also received a Master of Arts from Talbot School of Theology, BIOLA University. Dr. Johnson has over 35 years of experience as a licensed optometrist.
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Dr. Johnson has made several medical mission trips to Africa and is active in a crusade to end blindness due to age-related cataracts (see revleonidastheoptometrist.org).
Rev. Dr. Leonidas A Johnson is also a licensed minister and third-generation preacher. Rev. Dr. Leonidas Johnson was licensed to preach at Friendship Baptist Church, Yorba Linda, California and has experience serving as a Sunday School Teacher, Deacon, Trustee, Associate minister, and missionary. Rev. Leonidas A Johnson has authored several books.
The eye specialists at Midwest Eye Professionals provide the majority of our surgical eye care including but not limited to glaucoma surgery, cataract surgery, LASIK surgery, retinal surgery, and corneal surgery. Our office will often co-manage the surgical eye care of our patient or make sure we closely communicate with the eye surgeon to ensure the very best outcomes for our patients.