Meet the experienced and friendly doctors who make Achord Eye Clinic – Vision Source of Baton Rouge the leading provider of vision care products and services in Baton Rouge.
Shonda D. Achord, O.D.
Dr. Shonda Doucet Achord is a Gonzales native. She graduated from St. Amant High School and is an alumna of Louisiana State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. After graduating from LSU, Dr. Achord attended the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) in Houston, Texas, where she earned her Doctor of Optometry degree. While at UHCO, she was nominated to be a member of Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Fraternity and was the recipient of the Contact Lens Achievement Award for outstanding performance in contact lens clinic. She was also recognized for clinical excellence with particular proficiency in the areas of allergic eye disease and pathology. Dr. Achord has been in practice serving the greater Baton Rouge area since 1992, and she established the Achord Eye Clinic in February of 2000. She currently specializes in difficult to fit contact lens cases, and is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Optometry Association of Louisiana.
Joli Shepard, O.D.
Dr. Joli Shepard was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree in Organismal Biology. She went on to attend The University of Incarnate Word Rosenberg of Optometry in San Antonio, Texas where she obtained her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2013.
Dr. Shepard is a licensed therapeutic glaucoma specialist. She has experience in primary eye care, ocular disease diagnosis and management, contact lens, diabetic eye care, dry eye, as well as post-operative care and management.
Dr. Shepard takes pride in delivering exceptional care to the community.
Dr. Shepard enjoys spending time with friends and family. She and her husband are LSU and Saints fans and enjoy attending games to support their teams whenever possible.
Lea Hair, O.D. M.S.
Dr. Lea Hair grew up in Gueydan, Louisiana and attended Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. While in Optometry school, Dr. Hair opted to start a dual-degree program and earned a Master’s in Optometric Research and Vision Science. Dr. Hair’s master’s thesis research centered on the soft multifocal contact lenses used in Myopia Management and Control. Her research was presented at national Optometry meetings and published in a peer-reviewed journal.
After graduating with her OD and MS degrees, Dr. Hair completed a one-year appointment as the Primary Care Optometry Resident at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans.
Dr. Hair’s clinical interests include primary eye care, pediatric eye care, dry eye care, the fitting of contact lenses, including hard-to-fit scleral contact lenses. Dr. Hair’s primary clinical passion is fighting the myopia pandemic. Fighting this myopia, or nearsightedness, pandemic is personal for Dr. Hair, as she is highly myopic herself and her father is blind in one eye due to complications from his nearsightedness.
When she isn’t examining and talking about eyes, Dr. Hair is
playing board games, visiting museums, or playing with her dog.
Crystal Gueldner O.D.
Dr. Crystal Gueldner is a Texas native that moved to Louisiana to attend Southeastern Louisiana University. In 2008 Dr. Gueldner received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Southeastern Louisiana University. She then went on to pursue her Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry. She graduated in 2013 with Cum Laude honors, and was recognized with outstanding clinical and academic performance. Dr. Gueldner has clinical experience in primary eye care, ocular disease management and treatment, contact lenses, pediatrics, and post-operative care and management. She enjoys all aspects of eye care, and strives to provide exceptional care for her patients. Dr. Gueldner is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Optometry Association of Louisiana.