Dr. Joel Weis chose a career in optometry after a job-shadowing experience he had as a student. He attended the University of Iowa and continued his education at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Weis now practices with the same doctors he interned with. Like many healthcare providers who choose to practice in rural areas, Dr. Weis enjoys the challenges that come with regularly seeing patients of all ages with a wide variety of vision needs. He helps patients who have systemic issues, like diabetes, and ocular diseases, like macular degeneration and glaucoma. Dr. Weis’ Mount Ayr Family Vision Center is now located within Ringgold County Hospital. He coordinates with his patients’ primary care physicians to ensure they receive proper vision care. Dr. Weis participates in RCH’s specialty outpatient clinic on Thursdays.