about our optometry practice Cincinnati, OH
Here at Dr. VanDerPloeg & Associates, we are proud to serve Cincinnati, OH . Our team of professionals is dedicated to giving our patients the highest quality of optometry care. We offer a full range of optometry services so all of your family's needs are met under one roof.

Our goal is for you to leave our office with a memorable and enjoyable experience, which is why our welcoming and compassionate staff will do everything they can to make you feel right at home.

If you are looking to brighten and enhance your vision, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at (513) 753-4981!


Dr. Brian VanDerPloeg, OD

Dr. Brian VanDerPloeg, OD

Dr. Brian VanDerPloeg is the managing doctor of Dr. VanDerPloeg & Associates. He moved to Cincinnati in July of 2010 when he acquired the Eastgate Mall doctor’s office inside LensCrafters. Before Cincinnati,...

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Dr. Brian VanDerPloeg, OD

Dr. Brian VanDerPloeg is the managing doctor of Dr. VanDerPloeg & Associates. He moved to Cincinnati in July of 2010 when he acquired the Eastgate Mall doctor’s office inside LensCrafters. Before Cincinnati, Dr. VanDerPloeg ran an office in south Louisville.

Dr. VanDerPloeg grew up in Naples, Florida. He moved to London, Kentucky in 1996 during high school where he was a 1997 Governor’s Scholar. With magna cum laude honors, he earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychobiology and Biology from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. He graduated with honors from Indiana University School of Optometry where he earned his Doctorate degree in Optometry in 2006.

Dr. VanDerPloeg sees and manages patients with a large range of eye diseases and conditions, including dry eye, allergies, red eyes and cataracts. He specializes in fitting soft contact lenses, including patients with astigmatism and multifocal needs. He sees patients from age 5 to 105.

Dr. VanDerPloeg now resides in Milford, OH, where he enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys.


Dr. Steven L. Hecht, OD

Dr. Steven L. Hecht, OD

Dr. Steven Hecht was born and raised in northern New Jersey and moved to Ohio to attend Miami University in Oxford. After completing his undergraduate degree, he attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry...

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Dr. Steven L. Hecht, OD

Dr. Steven Hecht was born and raised in northern New Jersey and moved to Ohio to attend Miami University in Oxford. After completing his undergraduate degree, he attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now Salus University) in Philadelphia, PA, where he earned his Doctor of Optometry degree.

He then moved back to Ohio where he has practiced optometry for more than 40 years. Dr. Hecht is a lifetime member of the American, Ohio, and Cincinnati Optometric Associations. He and his wife enjoy family time with their children and three grandchildren.


Dr. Christopher Harlan, O.D.

Dr. Christopher Harlan, O.D.

Dr. Christopher Harlan was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a degree in biological sciences. From there, he moved back to Memphis...

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Dr. Christopher Harlan, O.D.

Dr. Christopher Harlan was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a degree in biological sciences. From there, he moved back to Memphis and received his doctorate degree from Southern College of Optometry.

During his last year of training, Dr. Harlan provided patient care at an ocular disease and surgical referral clinic. He then served as the pre-operative and post-operative coordinator at a LASIK center before re-discovering his love for primary care optometry. Before moving to Cincinnati to be with his fiancé Sarah, Dr. Harlan provided vision examinations and full-scope medical eye care to thousands of patients in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Dr. Harlan traveled on a mission trip to Belize with a team of community developers and health educators. He is a proud Eagle Scout and has served as a high school youth advisor for many years. In addition to participating in a state leadership program for young optometrists, Dr. Harlan is a member of the American Optometric Association. He is excited to be practicing optometry at Dr. VanDerPloeg and Associates.