Our Eye Doctors

You have found your Eye doctors in Cincinnati. Our eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision—many of which do not always have obvious symptoms. your Cincinnati Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses, both as eyeglass lenses and contact lenses. You can rely on our eye doctors in Cincinnati.

Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Meet our eye doctors in Cincinnati:

  • 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 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 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.

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