Corneal Transplant

A corneal transplant, also known as a keratoplasty, is an eye surgery in which a portion of the cornea is removed and replaced with a portion of cornea from a donor. Corneal transplants are often employed if the cornea no longer allows light to enter the eye properly. This is most often the result of scarring or disease. Corneal transplants are utilized both to restore vision and reduce pain.

Mark Your Calendars For Our Exclusive Trunk Show on March 8th!

Here at Performance Eyecare, we treat patients for eye health issues, routine care, and we offer many different options to people who long to correct their vision.  It’s very rewarding to be making such a difference in our patients’ vision, and therefore improving their lives.  And of course, we help make our wonderful patients happy and satisfied with our expertise and excellent customer service.

One of the neatest things about being in the eyecare field, though, is being able to host awesome, exclusive trunk shows every year to the public!

And guess what? Our next trunk show is taking place on Thursday, March 8 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at our office in Swansea, and we couldn’t be more excited!

The trunk show will showcase an exclusive frameline of ours, Tom Davies.  Anyone and everyone who purchases a pair of our exclusive Tom Davies glasses will be entered into a drawing to win a free year of eyecare from us! And to make things sweeter, we’re offering special pricing on lenses for the Tom Davies frames that you purchase during the trunk show!

What’s that? Don’t know what Tom Davies glasses are? Oh, let us help educate you on these wonderful frames!

Tom Davies is a British eyewear designer who created a brand of frames ten years ago. These frames are custom-made to fit each person’s face, coloring, physical characteristics, and lifestyle.

Imagine having a dress or a suit that is made, designed, and tailored just for YOU, and it reflects your personality and lifestyle. Tom Davies glasses are in the same vein. You get to select the features (shape, colors, finish, etc) of each frame and then it is hand-made for you using a combination of traditional techniques and modern machinery. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without such awesome and attractive custom-made frames!

Everyone is welcome to come on over to check out our eyewear, enjoy food and drinks, enter to win a door prize and to say hello to all of us here at Performance Eyecare!  We are very excited about the event, and it’s sure to be a great time!

So mark your calendars on March 8th to come on out and experience our exclusive trunk show! As always, you can check out our website at, Facebook page, and our Twitter page for more information. Feel free to call us here at 618-234-3053, too! We’d be happy to answer any and all questions you may have. We hope to see you at our trunk show!

Welcome to Performance Eyecare! See What We Can Do For YOU!


Hello, world, and welcome to Performance Eyecare’s blog! If this is your first time seeing us here on the Internet, then you’ve got lots of learnin’ to do about us!

We are a team of eyecare professionals that strives to meet your every vision health need. Located in Swansea, Illinois, on Highway 159 at 4111 North Illinois St., we serve the Swansea, Belleville, Fairview Heights, O’Fallon, and surrounding areas in the St. Louis Metro East area. In addition to our doctors, Dr. Massie and Dr. Cuff, we are focused on serving you and all of your vision health needs.

Wonder what we can do for you?  Ponder no further! Here’s what we pride ourselves on and what sets us apart from the rest:

  • Awesome doctors:  It’s not very often you hear of an eye doctor giving out their cell phone numbers or email addresses, but ours do.   That’s how dedicated our doctors are to making sure their patients are happy and taken care of throughout the year.
  • Friendly, professional staff:  We believe that our patients are our number one priority and we do everything we can to make their visit timely, enjoyable and memorable.  Our staff is extremely friendly, highly-skilled, and will go above and beyond for every patient.
  • Latest technologyOur digital retinal camera gives our doctors a thorough view and often prevents you needing a dilated examination.  It also provides a medical photo that we can use to monitor your eye health for years to come.  And good news… NO MORE PUFFS OF AIR!  Our technology is the newest available and is gentler and less invasive.
  • Our optical:  We have a guarantee on our lenses and frames that you don’t see very often in the optical world.  We stand behind all of our products for two years, no questions asked.  We also carry the most exclusive frame lines so you won’t see people on the street with your same frame.  You can even get a frame tailored just for you, made by you!
  • Specialty contact lenses:  Have you ever heard of vision retainers you sleep in and can see without any correction the next morning?  Check out VRSS (Vision Retainer Shaping System), which is exclusive to Performance Eyecare.  We also specialize in hard-to-fit contact lens fits… so if you’ve had problems, we’d love to solve them.  Lastly, our Contact Lens Success Guarantee is something that’s not offered anywhere else around the area.

To schedule an appointment with one of our amazing doctors, visit our website at We look forward to seeing you! Oh, and keep an eye out for more blogs from us in the near future!

How to Get Your Child to Wear Glasses?

Everyone remembers how difficult it was to be a child, especially when you had something that made you stand out and others made fun of. So what do you do if your child needs glasses and they refuse to wear them? You cannot tape them to their head or force them to wear the glasses when you are not around. So what can you do to encourage your child to wear their glasses?

Luckily, glasses have become trendy in the last few years and they make very stylish frames.  Hopefully your child will love their glasses and be excited to wear them. If your child is not excited for them, try some of the tips below:

  • Let the teacher know your child needs glass and ask their help to ensure your child wears them.
  • Show your child pictures of celebrities and athletes wearing glasses and have them identify their favorite singer, actress, athlete or role model who wears glasses too.
  • Encourage your child to practice in front of the mirror with their glasses on. It will feel strange at first, but will eventually become second nature.
  • Encourage your child to take the glasses off throughout the day if they are uncomfortable. If the glasses are really uncomfortable, take your child back to get the frames adjusted.
  • If your child is old enough for contacts, see if they would prefer those instead.

How to tell if Your Child Needs Glasses

Keeping your children happy and healthy is a parent’s number one concern. It is easy to tell when your child feels ill and needs to see a doctor, but how do you know if your child is having difficulties seeing?

There are common signs that your child is having difficulty seeing. If your child is showing one or more of the below signs, you should contact your eye doctor for an examination.

Avoiding activities?

The first way to tell if your child has a vision problem is when they won’t take part in fun activities such as coloring, reading or making things with their hands. Although every child has certain activities they dislike due to personal preferences – a child who decides to sit out while their friends play with bricks, coloring books and games may be suffering from poor vision.

Tired eyes?

Being a child can be exhausting; all that running around in the yard, playing with friends and making hideouts out of bedding would cause anyone to be tired. But there is a line between when your child should be rubbing their eyes due to tiredness (around naptime or bedtime) and when they may be feeling discomfort in their eyes. A child who rubs their eyes, or has watery or red eyes on more than one occasion, may also be struggling to see.

Sitting too close to TV and games consoles?

Another warning sign – and usually the most obvious one – is when your child turns on the TV and sits too close to the screen. In the average living room the TV may be approximately 5 meters away from your couch; an acceptable distance. If you see your child sitting very close to the screen, you may have a problem.

Headaches and frowning?

It’s normal for the occasional bump and bruise as your child explores their world and is active in the classroom. But if your child walks around rubbing her head regularly, complaining of a headache or squinting around bright lights – she may have a vision problem. When we have poor eyesight we find it hard to focus on objects either close up or at a distance. If you need a visual aid but don’t use one, your eyes work overtime to try and focus on that object. This causes  muscles in the back of the eye to tense up, resulting in headaches over the eyes.

Lack of concentration?

Another way to tell if your child has a vision problem is their inability to focus on the task in hand. Those same muscles are working overtime to focus, which can cause your child to feel restless and uncomfortable. The result is them not paying attention for long periods of time at school or at home.

What to do: 

If you feel your child may have a vision problem, and she exhibits one or more of the signs mentioned above, it is really important that you take them to an optometrist as soon as possible. Speak to your child about your concerns and explain that an eye test is not painful. If it turns out that your child does need glasses, gently tell them that this is the case and remember that wearing glasses is not a bad thing. There are many glasses styles available for kids, so not only will they look fashionable and cool – they will also be more comfortable in the classroom and participating in activities.