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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. 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.

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 Your Butler, PA Optometrist:

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Michael Higgins, O.D.

Dr. Michael Higgins has been in private optometric practice at Stirling Eye Center since 1993. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1988 and Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1992.

Professionally, Dr. Higgins has been an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Pennsylvania Optometric Association, and the Western Pennsylvania Optometric Society, where he served on the Board of Directors. He received the “Young Optometrist of the Year” award in 1998 from the Western Pennsylvania Optometric Society.

Dr. Higgins’ professional interests include creating a complete eyecare center that includes, but is not limited to, treating eye disease, fitting contact lenses, and laser vision correction. He personally had laser vision correction in 2000 after wearing contact lenses for 20 years.

Dr. Higgins is a member of St. Fidelis Church, where he is an active member in The Men’s Club. He is married to Dr. Gonzalez, and they have two boys, Justin and Nathan.

Doctors of Optometry are independent primary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as diagnosing systemic conditions. They examine the internal and external structures of the eyes to diagnose eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts and retinal disorders; systemic diseases like hypertension, diabetes and elevated cholesterol; vision conditions such as near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism. Doctors of Optometry prescribe medications to treat eye disorders such as pink eye, dry eyes, glaucoma and other eye diseases and injuries.

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Claudia Gonzalez, O.D.

Dr. Claudia Gonzalez has been in private optometry practice at Stirling Eyecare Center since 1993. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Richmond in 1986 and Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1992.

Professionally, Dr. Gonzalez has been a member of the American Optometric Association, the Pennsylvania Optometric Association, and the Western Pennsylvania Optometric Society.

Dr. Gonzalez’s professional interests include creating a complete eyecare center that includes, but is not limited to, treating eye disease, fitting contact lenses, and laser vision correction. She routinely treats patients for pink eye, dry eye disease, and glaucoma.

Dr. Gonzalez is a member of St. Fidelis Church. Through the church, she runs a soup kitchen that provides meals to the needy. She is married to Dr. Higgins, and they have two boys, Justin and Nathan.

Doctors of Optometry are independent primary health care providers who examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as diagnosing systemic conditions. They examine the internal and external structures of the eyes to diagnose eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts and retinal disorders; systemic diseases like hypertension, diabetes and elevated cholesterol; vision conditions such as near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism. Doctors of Optometry prescribe medications to treat eye disorders such as pink eye, dry eyes, glaucoma and other eye diseases and injuries.