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Meet the Optometrist

Optometrists serving St. Louis County

Fenton Family Eyecare has a team of friendly, qualified, and caring professionals. From reception staff to opticians, we care about each patient on a personal level. Read more about our team to get to know them better.

al3wyeg8_2.jpgDr. VITO VRICELLA, O.D. - Optometrist & Owner

A St. Louis native, Dr. Vricella completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 2005 where he graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Louis University, there he was awarded a full four-year tuition scholarship. He moved on to complete his Doctorate in Optometry in 2009 with honors at the University of Missouri – St. Louis where he serves as an adjunct clinical professor. He has had extensive training in contact lenses and medical eyecare at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH and is Board Certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. Dr. Vricella provides comprehensive eye care including prescribing eyeglasses, contact lenses, refractive surgery consultation, and ocular disease management that includes treating and managing glaucoma, diabetes, and macular degeneration. He has additional training in pediatric optometry. He is also the team eye doctor for the professional soccer team STLFC here in St. Louis. A member of the AOA and the MOA, Dr. Vricella is a guest lecturer at UMSL and is fluent in both Italian and conversational in Spanish. He welcomes these new patients to the office. Dr. Vricella has been a member of the Fenton Lion's Club and Fenton Chamber of Commerce. He has been in eyecare serving the St. Louis area for over ten years, and he resides in Chesterfield, MO. In his free time, Dr. Vricella enjoys spending time with his family, fast European cars, international soccer, and playing piano.

dr ernstDr. LAWRENCE W. ERNST, O.D. - Associate Optometrist

Dr. Lawrence W. Ernst was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. He graduated from UM - Columbia with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. He went on to receive his Doctor of Optometry from UMSL - College of Optometry in May 1990. Dr. Ernst joined the Finklang Eye Care team in June 1990 seeing patients in both the Troy and Warrenton, Missouri offices. In June 1996 he purchased the Warrenton office from Dr. Finklang and renamed it Ernst Eye Health Associates. During his 20+ year stretch in Warrenton, Dr. Ernst maintained membership in the AOA, MOA, and the St. Louis Optometric Society. In addition, he was a long time member of the Warrenton Rotary Club, the Elk's Club, the Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Lion's Club and is a 4th degree knight in the Knights of Columbus.

In April 2014 Dr. Ernst sold his office to pursue another business venture. After three years away he decided to return to the profession he enjoys the most - Optometry. Dr. Ernst joined Fenton Family Eyecare in September 2017 and is excited to bring his years of experience and knowledge to the great patients of FFE.


Dr. MASON F. BIAS, M.D., F.A.C.S. - Cataract Surgeon

A native of St. Louis, Dr. Bias graduated from Country Day School in 1984. After attending Rice University, he received his undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Dr. Bias earned his medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. Following an internship at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Dr. Bias completed his residency in ophthalmology at USAF Wilford Hall Medical Center. He then served as Chief of Ophthalmology at Keesler AFB Medical Center, and finished his military educational commitment at the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine.

Dr. Bias specializes in Advanced Cataract Care, utilizing the “No-Shot, No-Stitch, No-Patch” surgical approach that offers patients rapid visual recovery after surgery. Additionally, he is pleased to offer Custom Laser Vision Correction (LASIK) to improve distance vision and Comprehensive Ophthalmology care. Dr. Bias lives in St. Louis with his wife and three children, and has practiced in Missouri since 2001, returning to his home state after serving our country for seven years on active duty in the United States Air Force.

DUDNEY.jpgDr. B. WAYNE DUDNEY, M.D. - Retina Specialist

Dr. B. Wayne Dudney is our retina surgeon, specializing in diabetic eye care, retina tears and detachments, and age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Dudney's personal attention to each of his patients sets him apart from other retina specialists in the St. Louis and Swansea, Illinois areas.

Dr. B. Wayne Dudney earned his medical degree with honors from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and completed a vitreo-retinal surgical fellowship at the National Retina Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Dudney is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a member of the Retina Associates of St. Louis.