Dr. Jeffrey Blanco
Dr. Blanco, a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, is a published author on the subject of macular degeneration, has done contact lens research, and has served on the staff of the Illinois College of Optometry, the Peoria Sight Center, and the Chicago Lighthouse. He holds a patent for low vision devices.
Jeffrey J. Blanco was born in LaSalle Illinois. He attended La Salle Peru high school where he was a member of the National Honor Society, high scholarship for 7 semesters, and senior class president. He was a four-year varsity letterman on his high school wrestling and tennis teams. After graduation he attended Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois where he completed his pre-optometry admissions requirements. He attended and graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois in 1976 with honors receiving the Gold Key Award for “outstanding scholarship and leadership” and the Feinbloom Award for “outstanding work in low vision”.
After graduation he served on the staff of the optometry college for two years. After he left the college he was employed by the Peoria Sight Center, a low vision rehabilitation center. He established his first private practice in Spring Valley, Illinois in 1980. His most recent branch office was established in 2006 in Morris, Illinois.
He presently lives near Starved Rock State Park in north central Illinois in the town of Oglesby. He and his wife Susan of 38+ years have two children, Nicole, a wife and mother, is an English teacher at Hinsdale South high school. His son Ryan is a Physician Hospitalist at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Nicole’s daughter Tess is the love of his life!
Dr. Blanco is an accomplished tennis player. He has competed in national amateur tennis tournaments and was ranked 55 in the nation in the men’s 45 and over category. He is also an avid outdoorsman enjoying fishing, hunting and outdoor photography.
Dr. Ryan Kays
Dr. Ryan Kays grew up in Mark, Illinois. He attended Illinois Valley Community College and completed an Associates of Science degree in 2000. He then continued his education at Illinois State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2002. Dr. Kays received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry in 2006.
Upon graduation, he moved back to the Illinois Valley area where he began practicing optometry. Dr. Kays practices family care optometry including contact lenses and the treatment and management of ocular diseases. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and Illinois Optometric Association.
Dr. Kays is married and has two children. He enjoys hunting, fishing, sports, and spending time with family.