About Us

Our History

Eye Associates, Ltd. was founded in 1958 by Samuel A. Canaan, MD, who was among one of the first African American retina trained and board certified Ophthalmologist in the United States.  Navinkumar (Navin) Amin, MD joined Dr. Canaan in private practice in 1971.  Shilpa Thornton, MD joined in 1998.

Robert Smith, OD joined the practice on a part-time basis in 2012.

Drs. Amin, Thornton and Smith pride themselves in providing excellent care with dedication and compassion. Combined they have provided over 100 years of ophthalmology services  to the residents of St. Louis City and County, serving both insured and under-insured patients.

Our Doctors

Shilpa Thornton, M.D.
Dr. Thornton is a comprehensive Ophthalmologist specializing in the treatment of diseases and surgery of the eye.  She is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Thornton is currently Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine supervising residents and working with Retina and Glaucoma Fellows from the Department of Ophthalmology.  Dr. Thornton has been awarded “Best Doctors in America” since 2008 as elected by peers.  She was awarded Clinical Teacher of the Year 2004 by the Ophthalmology residents at Washington University.

Born in St. Louis, Dr. Thornton is a graduate of Villa Duchesne School in St. Louis.  She received a BA/MD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1994 and completed her internship at the University of Hawaii.  Dr. Thornton completed her Ophthalmology residency at Washington University School of Medicine.  In addition to her busy clinical practice, Dr. Thornton participates in international medical mission trips traveling to South America and Kenya performing cataract surgery working with several organizations.

Navin Amin, M.D., F.A.C.S
Dr. Amin is a comprehensive Ophthalmologist specializing in the treatment of diseases and surgery of the eye.  He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Along his private practice at Eye Associates, Ltd, he was Associate Director of the residency program at Homer G. Phillips Hospital and City Hospital from 1971 to 1985. He served as Chief of Ophthalmology at Regional Medical Center and St. Louis ConnectCare from 1985-2013.

Dr. Amin is currently Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine having joined the department in 1972.  Dr. Amin continues to be involved in teaching and supervising residents and working with Retina and Glaucoma Fellows from the Department of Ophthalmology at his private practice.

Dr. Amin was born and finished high school in Tanzania. He received his medical degree from the University of Bombay graduating in 1965.  He did his internship in Des Moines, IA and completed his residency at Homer G. Phillips Hospital affiliated with Barnes Hospital and the Department of Ophthalmology at Washington University.

Dr. Amin has been awarded “Best Doctors in America” for the past several years as well as Washington University Department of Ophthalmology Teacher of the Year in ­­­­­­­­­­­1998 and 2006.  He also has participated in medical mission trips to Peru.

Robert Smith, O.D.
Dr. Smith began his year career as an optician.  After 15 years he felt it was time for a change.  He went on to become an optometrist where his emphasis is on diabetic and hypertensive eye disease, glaucoma and contact lenses.