Dr. Julie Steinhauer
If you were to visit Dr. Steinhauer during a vision therapy session with one of her patients, it does not take long for you to realize she is passionate about working with children. Her shoes come off, she crawls on the floor, and she often races her young patients down the hallway to the VT room!
In 2000 Dr. Steinhauer entered her last year of Optometry School at the University of Missouri St. Louis, prepared to join a practice that focused solely on eye disease management when she realized her true passion always has, and always would lie in working with children. It was during this time that she began traveling and shadowing other optometrist’s vision therapy practices, in hopes that she would one day add therapy to her practice.
Before opening Vision For Life, Dr. Steinhauer owned and operated Jersey Family Vision Care in Jerseyville, IL for 9 years. In 2011 she decided to close that practice and focus solely on providing developmental vision care to the greater Edwardsville area. Vision For Life opened in April 2012.
Dr. Steinhauer is a developmental optometrist specializing in vision related learning problems, sports vision, and rehabilitative optometry. She is board certified in vision development as a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
Dr. Steinhauer is a member of the Illinois Optometric Association, American Optometric Association, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Optometric Extension Program, Parents Active for Vision Enhancement, the College of Syntonic Optometry, and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association.
In her spare time Dr. Steinhauer enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, playing cards, traveling, baking, decorating, and spending time with her two children, Emma and Ethan.