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Cedar Lake 219-374-7800
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Meet Karen Derks


Why did you decide to work at Illiana Eyecare?

Having 15 years of experience in the optical field and hearing friends and relatives speak highly about Illiane Eyecare, I wanted to be a part of their team.

What is your favorite part of working at Illiana Eyecare?

Working with a great group of women who care for each other and the patients who they meet.

What’s your motto or personal mantra?

Life is a gift.  Wake up every day and realize that.

Where is your favorite place to vacation?


What is a fun fact that people might not know about you?

I took a mule trip down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and we spent the night there and returned up the next day.  At first it was terrifying, but a beautiful way to experience God’s creation.

What keeps you busy when you aren’t at Illiana Eyecare?

Enjoying the blessings of being a grandparent.

What is your favorite part about your job?

Choosing the perfect frame for the patient after their exam and seeing the benefits of how their new prescription is helping them to see clearer.

What would you like people to know about Illiana Eyecare?

We truly care about their vision needs and will strive to make it an experience that when they leave, they will want to tell others about us.


Important updates

Our clinic and optical are closed. We hope to reopen on Friday, April 3. The Cedar Lake office will be open Monday through Friday, from 9:00AM to 2:00 PM for phone calls and product pick up only. Please handle any account balances by phone and credit card before picking up your products. We regret to implement these limitations. Hopefully these actions will ensure the safety of our employees, our families and our community. Thank you for your continued support.

Due to an ongoing utility problem, our Dyer location will be continue to be closed until Tuesday, April 7.

Please call 219-374-7800 if you need to speak to someone.