Staffed by a team of nine eye doctors and surgeons, Tidewater Eye Center has racked up recognition in three categories from HamptonRoads.com's Best of Hampton Roads, including Best Health Care Provider and Best Place for Laser Vision Correction. Patients can receive a variety of optometry services at each of the clinic’s three locations, including basic eye exams; treatments for glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration; and even aesthetic procedures, including eyelid surgery. Yet, the center’s most popular treatment is blade-free LASIK eye surgery, which eliminates the need for lenses and soda-bottle monocles in as little as 15 minutes.
As a board-certified ophthalmologist who has been practicing since 1975, First Colonial Eye Center's Dr. Douglas Rampona has seen eye-care technologies come and go. But not many eye doctors can say that they have developed and federally patented an all-laser procedure that corrects nearsightedness and astigmatism. The innovative process is called Supralase, and, unlike traditional LASIK or one-piece PJs, the forward-thinking treatment does not require the creation of a flap. Dr. Rampona and his team, including ophthalmologist Dr. Avrum 'Avi' Meier, whose career-focus has been in treating diseases of they eye, also offer traditional laser vision-correction surgery, treatments for cataracts and glaucoma, eye exams, and cosmetic Botox injections.
In addition to having a medical degree from Baylor University, Dr. Rampona has been elected Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and The Royal Society of Medicine. He also served his country in the military?both as a Naval medical officer and as a chief medical-readiness officer?and supports others around the globe by donating his time and services during medical and humanitarian missions. First Colonial Eye Center was recently added to Coastal Virginia magazine's Reader's Choice Awards 2014 list.
Foot traffic and trophies reinforce Beach Eye Care?s reputation as one of Virginia Beach?s premiere health care centers. It has treated more than 120,000 patients to date and cleaned up the Virginian-Pilot?s Best of Virginia Beach awards in 2011, 2012, and 2013, winning Best Doctor/Health Care Provider, Best Place for Laser Vision Correction, Best Place for Eye Care, and Best Designer Eyewear.
Responsible for this success is a staff of two doctors of optometry and three medical doctors, including board-certified ophthalmologists and LASIK surgeons Vivek K. Jain, MD, and G. Peyton Neatrour, MD, who alone has performed more than 25,000 LASIK surgeries. Together, they help to correct ocular issues during a range of medical treatments and vision-correction services. Their toolbox of advanced technology includes intraocular lenses and LenSx lasers for treating cataracts, Crizal anti-reflective lenses to pair with their selection of designer eyewear, bladeless IntraLase technology to guide their LASIK surgeries, and endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation lasers for treating certain types of glaucoma and signing their names in certain near-Earth asteroids.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular service: Eye exams and glasses
Designers: Kate Spade, Penguin, IZOD, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marc Ecko
Brands Used: Crizal, Transitions, Varilux Lenses, Xperio Polarized
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Magazines and water
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a client?
One customer said the following: "My daughter is scared to death of doctors. When we went to see Dr. Townsend and the Magic Doctor came out, I was thrilled. He did magic tricks with her for a while to get her comfortable. He was real patience and sweet with her. We left there with a great smile on our faces asking when are we going back. His staff is always real friendly. I would recommend him to all my friends." Click to read more testimonials.
Dr. Ron Frenkel began his studies at Washington University in St. Louis before returning to his native Connecticut to obtain an MD, and eventually moving to Virginia to found AAPECS Eye Care with the desire for pursuing the latest technologies in vision restoration. Dr. Frenkel draws from a strong family tradition of eye care, filling the shoes of his father, also an ophthalmologist, but shunning traditional treatments of glasses, contacts, and intense squinting by catapulting ocular health into the future through a range of laser-based and glasses-free vision-correction treatments. Customized iLasik procedures safely and swiftly reshape corneas based on computerized corneal maps, while cataract surgeries and glaucoma treatment regimens can potentially help whisk away cloudy visions bringing about the gift of sight.
At Norfolk Eye Physicians & Surgeons, a bounty of Gucci, Nine West, and Fossil frames perch inside grandiose wooden display armoires, waiting to be matched with high-definition, polarized, and anti-reflective lenses. On-staff optometrists and ophthalmologists utilize state-of-the-art equipment during surgeries, routine exams, and the treatment of eye diseases. The attentive staff is quick to field patients' questions about ideal lens types or how to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.