Arthur R. Dampier, Jr. O.D.


Arthur R. Dampier,  Jr.  O.D.


Dr. Dampier received his bachelor's degree from Xavier University in New Orleans and his Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in 1997. Dr. Dampier is president and director of Ridgeland Eyecare Center in Ridgeland Mississippi, of a private experience clinic, Ridgeland Eyecare Center, Inc. for over 3 years now. He has served the Mississippi Optometry Association as a board member and as the legislative chairman for the Southwest Central Optometric Society. He was named one of America's Top Optometrists by the Consumer Research Council of America for 2004-2005. In 2008 he was elected secretary-treasurer of the Mississippi Optometry Association and was installed at the 2008 summer convention as president of Mississippi Optometry Association and also most recently chosen as one of the Top 40 Under 40 doctors by the Mississippi Business Journal.

"Dr. Dampier has used his talents and training to help educate people about the importance of eyecare and to encourage young people to consider careers in optometry," said Dr. Steven Reed, past president of MOA. "He is a wonderful role model who cares very much about the community and about his profession."Dr. Dampier has a lengthy record of academic and professional achievements, along with extensive community service. He devotes a significant portion of his time and attention each year to serve the eyecare needs of the public. His service includes volunteer activities for Student Optometric Service to Humanity, a charitable organization operating exclusively to help provide vision care to areas of the world that lack adequate health resources. Dr. Dampier served on the board of directors for the Madison Lions Club. Dr. Dampier has also donated free eye exams through his work with the Lions Club. He is a member of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., and has been active on the Jackson chapter's Health and Wellness Committee. Dr. Dampier has organized vision screenings and delivered talks about eyecare through his service to the organization.



Barbara Van, O.D.


Barbara Van, O.D.

Dr. Van was born in Portland, OR and grew up in Madison, MS. Dr. Van was a Provost Scholar at the University of Mississippi, where she received her bachelor’s degree in biology in Oxford, MS.  She subsequently received her doctorate degree and graduated with Cum Laude honors from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN.  

Dr. Van trained thoroughly in various settings and garnered experience in adult primary care, cornea and contact lenses, dry eye management, pediatrics, pre-/post-op refractive care, and ocular diseases including glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. She received mentorship from multiple talented doctors and built her clinical skills through rigorous externships including The Eye Center in Memphis, TN, Keesler Airforce Base in Biloxi, MS, and Professional Eyecare Associates in Canton/Madison, MS.  

Dr. Van has served many leadership positions on the executive boards of various organizations including AOSA and Lion’s Club and promoted philanthropy and advocacy for the profession.

Dr. Van’s passion for optometry was inspired by her mother, who suffered from an eye condition called degenerative myopia. Witnessing how proper eyecare and visual aids tremendously improved her mother’s quality of life, Dr. Van became motivated to pursue optometry and to provide the same optimal level of care for her patients, as well.



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Location

  • Ridgeland Eye Care Center, Inc.

    Address

    8 Professional Pkwy
    Ridgeland, MS 39157, US

Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

Ridgeland Office

Monday

9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Tuesday

9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Wednesday

9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Thursday

9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Friday

9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Saturday

9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Every other Saturday

Sunday

Closed

Ridgeland Office

Monday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 1:30 pm Every other Saturday
Sunday
Closed