Tom L. Morton, O.D.

Professional Experience

Tom L. Morton, O.D.

A native of Bremen, Dr. Tom Morton has been providing comprehensive vision care to families in the South Bend area for more than 25 years. In addition to complete refractive eyecare services, contact lens fittings, pediatric vision care, and the diagnosis and management of ocular disease, Dr. Morton is renowned in Southwestern Michigan and North Central Indiana for his vision rehabilitation expertise for traumatic brain injury. He has served as Staff Optometrist to Healthwin Hospital, primarily dealing with stroke and head injury patients, and has been a consultant to the head injury rehabilitation units at four of our area hospitals. He has worked with several area nursing homes, and has served as a consultant to the Indiana Department of Corrections at Westville Correctional Center and Indiana State Prison for nearly 15 years. He is also a Certified Eye Enucleator for the Indiana Lions Eye Bank.

Volunteerism

Dr. Morton regularly volunteers his professional time to provide free vision screenings at area schools; is a panel member of Vision USA, a national service program that provides free eye care to low income families; and is a member of VOSH (volunteer optometric service to humanity), an international outreach program that brings quality eye care to underdeveloped nations. He is also a provider for InfantSee, a non-profit organization that provides free eye examinations to infants six months to one year of age through a network of participating optometrists.

Education

After completing his undergraduate studies at Purdue University in the School of Engineering, Dr. Morton attended Indiana University School of Optometry where he received his Doctor of Optometry degree. While at Purdue, Dr. Morton was inducted into Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Fraternity and was a member of the Purdue 500, the top 500 undergraduates at Purdue. He received his Bachelor of Science in Optometry with Distinction from Indiana University, was admitted to the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Fraternity, received the Bernell Scholarship, and served as Assistant Instructor in Geometric Optics for two years. He continues to keep abreast of the latest developments in eye care through regular attendance at continuing education conferences.

Associations/Memberships

Professional affiliations and memberships include the American Optometric Association (Contact Lens Section), Neurooptometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), Optometric Refractive Surgery Society, Clinical Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, Past President of the New Carlisle Lions Club, Past President of the Northcentral Optometric Society, and past member of the Board of Trustees of the Indiana Optometric Association.

Personal

When not seeing patients, he enjoys coaching AAU basketball and spending time with his family at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. He and his wife Carla reside in Granger and have three children – Chad, a college student at Indiana University of South Bend, and daughters Alexandria (a Western Michigan Bronco basketball recruit) and Cassandra, who play basketball for their school and AAU teams. Dr. Morton is originally from Bremen and is a valedictorian graduate of Bremen High School. Carla is originally from New Carlisle. After attending and playing collegiate basketball at Valparaiso University and St. Mary's College, she taught first grade for 15 years in the New Prairie school system in New Carlisle.