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Thomas Stokkermans, OD, PhD

Thomas Stokkermans, OD, PhD

Ratings

(4.8)

339 Ratings 64 Reviews

Specialty

Optometry

Accepting New Patients

Schedule an Appointment

216-844-3601

Biography

  • Director, Optometric Services, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Associate Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

Thomas Stokkermans, OD, PhD, has been with University Hospitals since 1998 and serves as the director of the Optometry Service and co-director of the Dry Eye Center of Excellence. He is an assistant professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

Dr. Stokkermans was born in the Netherlands, and also lived in Jakarta, Indonesia, prior to moving to the United States at the age of 22. He graduated from the Jakarta International School with an International Baccalaureate Diploma and then completed a M.Sc. in Biochemistry at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. His M.Sc. included research at the Dutch biotechnology firm, Mogen International, and as a visiting scientist at Kent State University, Ohio. Dr. Stokkermans then completed his Ph.D. in molecular, cellular and developmental Biology at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, after which he did a brief post-doctoral fellowship at Tromso University, Norway, in the same field as his Ph.D., followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in parasitology at the Dartmouth Medical School, Department of Pathology, in Hanover, N.H. Dr. Stokkermans completed his clinical training at the top-ranked New England College of Optometry in Boston, completing internships at, among others, the Bedford Veteran Administration Hospital and the Joslin Diabetes Center Beetham Eye Institute. After graduating with honors, he finished a one year optometric residency in ocular disease at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report) after which he started his current position at University Hospitals.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Stokkermans provides comprehensive eye care for adults and children over the age of 10 years, including specialty contact lens care for patients with corneal disease and care for patients with complex refractive needs such as prism fitting for strabismus and solutions for anisometropia. He also manages a wide variety of non-surgical medical eye conditions of the eye, including dry eye, eye infections and inflammation and mild to moderate glaucoma and provides triage and referral services to the different surgical sub-specialists at the University Hospitals Eye Institute. He has had a long standing interest in low vision care, has pursued additional training at the New York Light House, New York, and has been a consultant in low vision care for the Cleveland Veteran Administration Hospital System and the Cleveland Sight Center. Dr. Stokkermans sees patients at UH Eye Institute’s UH Cleveland Medical Center facility as well as the Landerbrook, Westlake and Hudson satellites.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Stokkermans is an attending faculty and does rounds with and teaches primary eye and contact lens care to our ophthalmology residents, optometry student externs from The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio), Western University of the Health Sciences (Pomona, Calif.) Colleges of Optometry, Indiana University College of Optometry (Bloomington, Ind.) and ophthalmic assisting students from Cuyahoga Community College. He is the chief preceptor for the optometric externship programs. Besides clinical teaching, he heads the didactic optics program and also lectures in optics to the ophthalmology residents and ophthalmic technicians at the UH Eye Institute. Dr. Stokkermans directs and regularly lectures at the UH Eye Institute optometric continuing education program provided to private optometrists in the Cleveland area and has also lectured on ocular disease, contact lens and low vision topics at regional ophthalmology, optometry and opticians conferences.

Research Interests

In addition to his main interest of caring for patients, Dr. Stokkermans has participated in over 30 clinical trials while on staff at UH Eye Institute. These clinical trials consist of studies on the safety and efficacy of contact lenses, contact lens solutions, and ophthalmic medications, the Argus II retinal implant, the Ivantis Hydrus glaucoma implant, and the role of accommodation in eye pressure. These studies include the largest study to date on keratoconus, Food and Drug Administration approval studies for most of the soft contact lenses and of the only hybrid (a combination of a soft and rigid gas permeable) lens on the market today and Food and Drug Administration approval studies for the therapeutic use of two different contact lenses. Several of these studies were to monitor ocular side effects of experimental systemic medications. Dr. Stokkermans has also researched the use of different commercially available prisms for homonymous hemianopia (peripheral field loss).

Dr. Stokkermans has published 27 peer-reviewed articles in the scientific and optometric literature and has appeared in the local and national media to comment on ocular disease, contact lens and low vision topics. He is the editor-in-chief and a contributing editor for the StatPearls Optometry-Advanced Medical Care Section, an educational website for health care providers.

Other Notable Achievements

Dr. Stokkermans is a fellow and member of the American Academy of Optometry, vice-chair for Communication of the American Medical Center Optometrists Special Interest Group, a member of the American and Ohio Optometric Associations, and the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Fraternity. He is co-chair of the Operations Committee of the University Hospitals Eye Institute tasked to enhance patient experience. He has also been a volunteer for at the Northeast Ohio Vision Care Outreach Program of Prevent Blindness Ohio, Lake County Division, providing free eye exams to the medically indigent or homeless and has volunteered his services in Jamaica. He is on the board of The Optical Foundation, an international organization that helps provide optometry students with educational opportunities and helps fund and organize vision screenings in Ghana. He is currently the optometrist for the Cleveland Browns team and provides vision care to players, coaches and staff.

Expertise

  • Contact Lenses
  • Glasses
  • Low Vision Care
  • Medical Eye Care
  • Optometry
  • Primary Eye Care
  • Work Exams

Languages Spoken

Dutch, English

Office Locations

CMC Bolwell Ste 3200

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland OH, 44106
216-844-3601

UH Landerbrook Health Center

5850 Landerbrook Dr
Mayfield Heights OH, 44124
440-449-9991

UH Westlake Health Center

950 Clague Rd
Westlake OH, 44145
440-250-2020

UH Hudson Health Center

5778 Darrow Rd
Hudson OH, 44236
330-655-1333

Patient Experience Reviews

4.8 out of 5

339 Ratings

Patient Comments (64)

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
Dr Stokkermans is very smart. I have complete confidence in him.

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
The appointment was great and Dr. Stokkerman helped me to understand what was happening.

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
He is a doctor we can reliable and trust. We are happy in a good hand!

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
very good !

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
This was the best eye exam I've ever had; great job!

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
*** Dr has patience and understanding that my child has special health needs.. very good dr.. office staff is excellent

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
This physician is very good

Reviewed On 6/1/2021
Dr. Stokkerman and the medical student and resident he had with him were very kind and professional. ***

Reviewed On 6/1/2021
best ever!been seeing him for years now.

Reviewed On 6/1/2021
Calm demeanor, explained everything thoroughly and then simple terms

Reviewed On 6/1/2021
very caring and informative.

Reviewed On 6/1/2021
very good

Reviewed On 5/1/2021
detailed and knowledgable

Reviewed On 5/1/2021
Great experience

Reviewed On 5/1/2021
best eye doc ever

Reviewed On 5/1/2021
I've been seeing Dr. Stokkermans for well over a decade. Always great care.

Reviewed On 5/1/2021
Excellent visit. Staff and Dr. were great.

Reviewed On 4/1/2021
Dr. Stokkermans does a very thorough job which is why I continue in his care.

Reviewed On 4/1/2021
The provider was outstanding. Thank you!

Reviewed On 4/1/2021
We love Dr. Stokkermans. My immediate family members all go to him. He is knowledgeable and seems to really care about what he does.

Reviewed On 4/1/2021
good experience!

Reviewed On 4/1/2021
very professional, informative, great experience.

Reviewed On 4/1/2021
excellent experience!

Reviewed On 3/1/2021
Dr and staff gave great service I thank them it was a pleasure made it easy and professional

Reviewed On 3/1/2021
I like seeing Dr.Stokkermans. He is professional, listens to my questions and concerns and explains things well. He is very personable and engaged during appointments.

Reviewed On 3/1/2021
This is my first time with Dr Stokkermans and his staff. The staff are very hard working and as busy as the office was that day,they did a great job keeping patient's satisfied while they waited to see the doctor. Dr Stokkermans is a wonderful doctor. Very professional, but also easy to talk to and very accommodating. I would recommend him and his staff to everyone.

Reviewed On 3/1/2021
Dr. Stokkermans is a wonderful physician.

Reviewed On 3/1/2021
Excellent care.

Reviewed On 3/1/2021
very knowledgeable and skilled

Reviewed On 2/1/2021
Good Dr.

Reviewed On 2/1/2021
This was my first visit with Dr. Stokkermans. I had visited several eye doctors, none could fit me with contacts that worked ***. He did it, and I am so very thankful. Dr. Stokkermans is a smart, good man. Busy, yes, but there's a reason for that.

Reviewed On 2/1/2021
In his communication this time, he was very short and curt, almost dismissive of my questions. This is not how he's been in the past.

Reviewed On 2/1/2021
He is a good doctor and i very much trust him. He explains and answers whatever I ask. ***

Reviewed On 2/1/2021
it was a very good visit!

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
As always he and the team were great respectful and pleasant

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
Have been seeing Dr. Stokkermans for 20 years and will not see anyone else. He is very professional and gives patients confidence in their care.

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
Highly professional, very caring and very thorough - great team great Doctor

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
dr was very thorough. this was the best visit I ever had with an eye doctor.

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
Dr. explained things very thoroughly, which was most helpful and appreciated.

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
Dr. Stockermanns always does a great job of explaining everything. He is great a tweeking contact lens prescriptions so that I can have the best sight and comfort. He is a great physician.

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
Excellent customer service experience

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
Very clean office and exam room. Every person very polite and profess from start to finish. I felt I was in good hands!

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
This was a positive experience.

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
good experience

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
all great!

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
good

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
He really is a excellent doctor. However he takes too long to see you after the initial exam and tests by the assistants.

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
Dr STOKKERMANS was able to easily diagnose my eye problems and prescribe a fix. My eye problem has since cleared up nicely. Thank you Dr STOKKERMANS and team : )

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
Great experience with care provider. ***

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
He is fun to talk to because of some shared interests we have. However, he is totally professional and does a thorough exam.

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
Always professional and takes his time to explain things.

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
Dr Stokkermanns is an excellent doctor and I'm grateful for the expert care he provides.

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
I appreciate how thorough Dr. Stokkermans was during the exam. He discussed a previous diagnosis and current status with me in language I understood. A medical student observed the exam and I was very impressed with the care Dr. Stokkermans took in explaining the diagnosis, potential changes and treatment.

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
Dr. Stokkerman was fantastic. Very warm, caring and super competent. He always takes great care with me. Excellent provider. Many thanks.

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
Dr. Stokkermans and his fellow were both extremely thorough and helpful. I was very pleased with the care I was shown and am thankful that he is in charge of my vision care.

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
excellent overall, I'm glad I was connected with Dr Stokkerman

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
A very good Doctor and Assistant.

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
Dr.Stokkermans has taken great care of my vision needs over the last several years. I'm lucky to have him as my vision caregiver.

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
excellent service from beginning to end

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
Really really like this doctor and will continue to see him, just end up waiting a long time

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
Dr Stokkerman's is a very fine doctor who has helped my eyes tremendously

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
it was Excellent

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
My experience with my provider is always an informed and updated experince.

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
this physician was wonderful. ***

Education

Residency | Optometry
Optometry - Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (1997 - 1998)

Professional Education
The New England College Of Optometry (1997)

Other Education
The Ohio State University (1994)

Other Education
Universiteit Leiden (1989)

Undergraduate
Universiteit Leiden (1987)

Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

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As of December 31, 2016, Thomas Stokkermans did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.