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Our History

Practice Founded

Dr George Gilbert opened a small optical on exchange street in Owosso, MI

June 1918


Gilbert and Son

Dr. Madison Gilbert joined his father, renaming the practice to “Gilbert and Son, Optometrists”

Gilbert and Hass

Dr Gilbert’s bother in law, Dr. Robert A Hass, graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1946 following his service in the Army Air Corps during World War II.  Upon returning to Michigan, he Joined Dr. Madison Gilbert, and the two practiced together in the Conner building in Owosso.



Durand Office Opens

Gilbert and Hass expanded to Durand, opening a small satellite office on Saginaw street.

Owosso Moves

Gilbert and Hass opened a new office on Hickory Street in Owosso, which is still used by Hass Vision Center today.



Dr. William Hass Joins The Practice

1976 Dr. Robert A. Hass’s son, Dr. William Hass graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry, and joined his father and uncle in practice.

Chesaning Office Opens

Gilbert and Hass open a satillite office in Chesaning, MI



Dr. Robert M. Hass Joins The Practice

Dr. Robert A. Hass’s youngest son, Dr. Robert M. Hass joined the practice after graduating from the Illinois College of Optometry.

Chesaning Office Moves

The Chesaning office moved to its current location on Broad Street



Dr. Madison Gilbert Retires

Dr. Madison Gilbert retired in 1986 after practicing optometry in Owosso for 66 years.

Durand Office Moves

The Durand location moved from downtown to a larger space in Monroe Plaza.



Dr. Robert A. Hass Retires

Dr. Robert A. Hass retired due to failing health. 

Durand Office Expands

The Durand location moved next door into a much larger facility.



Dr. Steven Hass Joins The Practice

Dr. Robert M Hass’s son, Dr. Steven Hass, joined Hass Vision Center after graduating from the Illinois College of Optometry.

Hass Vision Center Turns 100

Hass Vision Center celebrated a century of eyecare in Owosso.


Dr. Robert A. Hass 1947

Dr. Robert A. Hass in his exam room, 1947

Gilbert and Hass, Owosso, 1965

The Owossso office of Drs Gilbert and Hass 1965

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