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Lora L. Durst, O.D. opened her practice in Topeka in January 2003. Dr. Durst earned her Bachelor of Science in Genetics from the University Of California at Davis and her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of California at Berkeley School of Optometry. She further strengthened her clinical education by completing internships at Moffett Field Naval Air Station, Travis Air Force Base, and Kaiser Permanente ocular specialty clinics in Oakland, California. Dr. Durst also served as a teaching assistant at the University of California at Berkeley School of Optometry and as a preceptor for third year optometry students in clinical care.
A member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society, Dr. Durst is also a member of the American Optometric Association and the Kansas Optometric Association.
Her hobbies include quilting, reading, bicycling, and watching her children's sports games.
Dr. Barnhart was born in Wichita, Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology and received his Doctorate of Optometry from Ohio State College of Optometry. His clinical rotations allowed him to gain experience in pediatrics, contact lenses, low vision, and geriatrics.While in school, he was recognized with the Vision Therapy Award, Eschenbach Award for Excellence in Low Vision, and the Ohio State College of Optometry Graduate of the Year.
Dr. Barnhart completed a hospital based ocular disease residency at the Chillicothe/Columbus Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Ohio.He has used this experience to gain valuable knowledge in the diagnosis and management in low vision, glaucoma, retinal and systemic diseases.
When not at work, Dr. Barnhart enjoys spending time with his daughters, Leah and Claire, and wife, Deborah. He especially looks forward their jogs together.
"Dr. Durst and her staff were very helpful and informative with my eye exam and picking out glasses. She is one of the best in the Topeka area and her frame selection can cater to everyone."
Alex D. / Topeka, KS
"Without Dr. Durst, I would have never known about eye complications since I'm diabetic. She and her staff are extremely helpful, kind, and care about not just my eye health."
Davis M. / Topeka, KS