• What Is The Best Age To Get LASIK?

    Whether you play sports, travel frequently, or are simply sick of wearing glasses and contacts, LASIK is an amazing alternative for people with poor eyesight. But one question many people have before considering this procedure is when is the best time to get LASIK? Is there a right or wrong time? Because there are differing opinions when it comes to the best time to get LASIK we’ve compiled a list of criteria to consider before making an appointment with your optometrist. Continue reading →

  • 4 Great NBA Players Who Improved their game with LASIK

    The life of an NBA player is tough. Professional basketball players spend years practicing and working out to stay fit and competitive. They must sacrifice their time and energy to constantly improve, and these demands can be both physically and mentally challenging. Add poor vision to the mix and things get exponentially harder. Glasses are dangerous in such a physical sport and can be a nuisance to players. Although contacts can be a better option, dirt and sweat can still get in the player’s eyes, interfering with their vision and ability to play. Continue reading →

  • 5 Unexpected Benefits of LASIK

    The majority of the candidates for LASIK are simply happy enough with the freedom from glasses and contacts. What they often overlook are some of the more subtle benefits they’ll receive on a daily basis.

    These subtle benefits are what make LASIK uniquely special and life changing for patients. Let’s take a look at the top 5 unexpected benefits patients receive when they choose LASIK. Continue reading →

  • 27 Celebrities Who’ve Had LASIK Eye Surgery

    LASIK Eye Surgery is a popular procedure used to correct the vision of people who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. From someone who’s tired of dealing with glasses and contact lenses everyday to an athlete who needs his or her vision to be as sharp as possible, LASIK makes having perfect vision a reality for many.

    Laser correction surgery has become popular because of the benefits patients receive almost immediate after the procedure. Some of these benefits include:

    • Around 96% of patients will have their desired vision after the procedure.
    • There is very little, if any, discomfort associated with the procedure.
    • Quick recovery. Most patients return to their normal schedule the next day.
    • You save time and money that would otherwise be spent on glasses or contact lenses.
    • Provides the freedom from glasses and contacts so you can enjoy the beach, swimming, golf, tennis, scuba, or just playing with your children.

    Even celebrities and professional athletes are getting LASIK eye surgery to improve their vision. Check out these 27 celebrities below who’ve had the surgery. Continue reading →

  • Announcing Our Love Your LASIK Event


    Summer’s in full swing and it’s the perfect time for swimming, boating or heading to the lake…unless you wear contacts or glasses!  Well, not anymore because Virginia Eye Consultants has just announced their Love Your LASIK Event!  From now until August 31st, you’ll save $800 off All-Laser LASIK plus special financing*.  So take a vacation from glasses and contacts and see your best summer ever!  Call (757) 401-4844 today to schedule your FREE LASIK Consultation!

  • Dr. Yeu has LipiFlow at Virginia Eye Consultants!


    Elizabeth Yeu, M.D. has LipiFlow® at Virginia Eye Consultants

    Elizabeth Yeu, M.D. has LipiFlow® at Virginia Eye Consultants

    Elizabeth Yeu, M.D., one of our fellowship trained, board certified ophthalmologists, had the LipiFlow® procedure performed on her own eyes at Virginia Eye Consultants!  LipiFlow® is a revolutionary FDA-approved procedure that treats the root cause, not just the symptoms, of Evaporative Dry Eye.  LipiFlow® has been proven to provide real, lasting relief and has been beneficial for so many patients who have tried other dry eye treatments without success.

    For more information, call us today at (757) 622-2200 or visit

  • Stephen Scoper, MD & Elizabeth Yeu, MD Featured on WVEC TV Channel 13

    WVEC TV 13 Dr. Scoper & Dr. Yeu WVEC TV Dr. Scoper WVEC TV 13 Dr. Yeu

    Stephen Scoper, MD & Elizabeth Yeu, MD were featured on WVEC TV Channel 13 discussing breakthrough technology now available in cataract and LASIK surgery!  Incredible GPS tracking device built into Virginia Eye Consultants’ laser adds a another level of safety, precision and accuracy.

    Click here to watch the video:

  • The iStent: Small Wonder

    The iStent (Glaukos), one of the newer options for minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, has become increasingly popular for glaucoma patients who at the same time suffer from visually significant cataracts. This procedure is a great option for patients ready to have cataract surgery who also have early to moderate open-angle glaucoma. Ideal candidates are those already on one to three glaucoma drugs whose Intraocular Pressure (IOP) – the target pressure in patients with glaucoma are in the mid-teen range, have compliance issues and/or want to decrease using drops for managing their glaucoma.

    This procedure has several advantages. First, when compared to traditional glaucoma surgical procedures, it’s minimally invasive, with a faster operative time, more rapid healing and fewer complications. The procedure is contact lens wearer-friendly. That said, this procedure does have some disadvantages. The iStent indication is limited to implantation in combination with cataract surgery, as opposed to a stand-alone procedure. Although the implant is very small, placing a foreign object into the eye does introduce the potential risk of intraoperative complications, e.g., if the device is malpositioned and the tip becomes occluded by iris or if the device becomes dislodged. Postoperatively, there can be IOP spikes and hyphema. Also, because it is a fairly new procedure, it is considered experimental and not currently covered by many commercial insurances, although it does have excellent Medicare coverage. Preoperatively, candidates require a full glaucoma and cataract work up with ancillary testing. Blood thinners should be stopped preoperatively if possible. Post-op care is the same as traditional cataract surgery. Patients should be aware that their vision may be blurred for the first few days due to the mild bleeding during the surgery.

  • Dr. Okeke Featured in Ophthalmology Management

    OkekeOphthalmology Management recently featured Dr. Constance Okeke’s article entitled “Tackling Glaucoma One Trabectome at a Time”. Dr. Okeke is a glaucoma specialist and cataract surgeon at Virginia Eye Consultants and assistant professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. Please click here to read the article.

  • VisionWalk / Foundation Fighting Blindness

    Virginia Eye Consultants strives to make a difference by helping those in need. Last year their Team raised over $10,000 for VisionWalk / Foundation Fighting Blindness. One of the contributors to the funds raised is VEC’s annual bake sale.  This sale, typically held on one of VEC’s busiest clinic days is made possible by the VEC staff who donate baked goods to sell with all proceeds going to VisionWalk.VEC-Bake_Sale-VisionWalk-Photo

    Virginia Eye Consultant’s Team is hoping to beat last year’s donation amount with their Bake Sale this year!

    VEC is one of the Top Teams in donations each year at the Vision Walk.  VisionWalk is a signature fundraising event of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Since its beginning in the Spring of 2006, VisionWalk has raised over $28 million to fund promising treatments and research to find a cure for devastating blinding retinal diseases.  With the help of organizations such as Virginia Eye Consultants, the Foundation Fighting Blindness is making a difference today to make the world a brighter place for those suffering with retinal degenerative diseases.

  • Dr. John Sheppard Recommends HydroEye for all Dry Eye Patients

    HydroEye is a patented nutritional formulation that works from the inside out to provide continuous dry eye relief.

    “Achieving statistical significance in a dry eye study is a remarkable accomplishment, especially given the extreme difficulty that many highly regarded pharmaceutical companies have had in bringing a prescription dry eye product to market,” said John D. Sheppard, M.D., M.M.Sc., president, Virginia Eye Consultants. “This was a prospective, randomized, multicenter, placebo-controlled trial as would be any U.S. Food & Drug Administration registration clinical study.”

    Dry eye is estimated to affect 30 million Americans, but the actual number of dry eye sufferers is thought to be much higher because cases of dry eye tend to be dramatically underreported. In the U.S. alone, the economic burden of dry eye totals $3.84 billion in direct annual health care costs. When including the indirect costs of lost productivity, the societal burden of dry eye rises to $55.4 billion annually in the U.S.

    A wide variety of dry eye treatments are available; however, many have disadvantages or side effects. Oral prescription dry eye therapies such as secretagogues have a host of systemic side effects, such as intestinal cramping. Oral antibiotics such as doxycycline can cause gastrointestinal upset, sunburn sensitivity and tooth discoloration in younger patients. Topical therapies often present compliance, toxicity and cost issues, while some eye drops may sting, burn or cause allergic reactions.

    “Given these parameters, HydroEye is among the safest, best tolerated, efficacious, and most cost-effective of all dry eye therapies,” said Dr. Sheppard. “I recommend HydroEye to all of my dry eye patients.”

  • The Vanguard Ophthalmology Society focused on Virginia Eye Consultants, Dr. Elizabeth Yeu, MD

    This December, the Vanguard Ophthalmology Society focused on Dr. Elizabeth Yeu, MD, Dr. Elizabeth Yeu, MDone of the founding members of the group for young, forward-thinking ophthalmologists. With the 10 founding members, the group came together to establish society values and initiatives, as well as a mission statement “of promoting excellence and advancement in ophthalmology through a collaboration of future leaders in our field.”

    The Vanguard Ophthalmology Society brings together key thought leaders in the field who are in the early stages of their careers. The collaboration facilitates discussion on topics related to research and development, future medical and surgical therapeutics, diagnostics and everything from devices to practice development, ethics, and philanthropy. The idea was to find leaders in the young ophthalmology community who represented the future of ophthalmology [and] to unite them to help foster and develop the advancement of our specialty through innovative thought sharing.

    Dr. Yeu is involved with several new technologies and has been involved both on the academic and private practice sides. “The one that I’ve really been working on has been astigmatism management, which has come into the limelight more so than ever before,” she said. Toric technology and femto phaco has helped to create another level of accuracy in astigmatism management. There are a number of devices and procedures under investigation and Dr. Yeu is staying abreast of these options as they emerge in the medical community.

    The society offers a place to talk about aspects of the business side, practice side, and research side of ophthalmology. “The collaborations have been phenomenal in that way,” she said. “I never knew the traction of being part of a group where each member has that same focus of being able to say they love and are passionate about what they do,” Dr. Yeu said. “To be able to be a part of and listen to others who are innovative, technically and technologically, has been incredible.”

  • Virginia Eye Consultations was one of this year's roaring 20's winners!


    Founded: 1963
    Business type: Specialty eye care
    Based: Norfolk

    At Virginia Eye Consultants, growth over the past few years has been unleashed in part by a new operational structure.

    Chief Executive Karen Spencer said before she and Chief Financial Officer Nancy O’Toole came about five years ago, physicians at the 50-year-old practice were juggling two roles: practice and administration.

    “There was no real sophisticated leadership at the helm,” Spencer said. “Our physicians are world-class physicians in their own right, but they’re physicians. And they were working and taking care of patients and meanwhile, they didn’t have anybody with any level of sophistication running the business side of it.”

    Suffice to say things have changed at the surgical and specialty eye care practice. Revenue is up about 22 percent from 2010 to 2012, and they’re headed for around 10.5 percent year-over-year revenue growth in 2013. They’ve added more than 20 employees since 2010 and have location expansion plans in the works.

    “It’s a fabulous honor,” Spencer said about being named to The Roaring 20s for the second year in a row.

    Spencer said the majority of the firm’s growth has come in the past four years. While having business-minded executives at the helm helped, it wasn’t the sole driver. The company has placed emphasis on recruiting world-class physicians, Spencer said, and supporting them with a world-class staff. Employees have been trained in the principles of the Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center for the past three years, she said.

    “We take extra effort to ensure that our work culture is one of individual, personal growth as well as professional and corporate growth.”

    Spencer used the phrase “world-class” further to describe VEC’s main 34,000-square-foot facility and ultimately the type of service they seek to provide. Revenue growth might be given a boost by those quality factors, but not to be overlooked is the firm’s extensive referral network.

    “We have about 140 optometric partners out in the community who provide primary eye care and utilize our service in a shared-care partner format if the patient gets beyond their scope,” Spencer said. “Really that represents about 65 percent to 70 percent of all of our business.”

    In turn, VEC offers partners continuing education, advanced testing technologies and other benefits. The referral model was in place when Spencer arrived, but it was in its infant stages. Since then, VEC has hired a director of optometric services that facilitates those relationships. There is also an advisory board with about 25 of the top referring optometrists that meets quarterly.

    “We look out for their success and they look out for our success,” Spencer said, “and together we provide the patients of Hampton Roads what they need.”

    Spencer said she expects continued growth. Besides the main VEC location, there’s a 4,000-square-feet satellite location in Hampton. In January, VEC is slated to open a 5,000-square-foot location there.

    – Jared Council
    Inside Business, The Hampton Roads Business Journal, The Roaring 20

  • Interview with Dr. John Sheppard

    Dry Eye Disease

    Click here to listen to Dr. John Sheppard’s interview about Dry Eye Disease that aired on WYPL 89.3FM radio.  Dr. Sheppard is President of Virginia Eye Consultants and a Board Certified Ophthalmologist.  Dry eye disease is a condition that affects many people, and we’re pleased to offer revolutionary treatment options that can provide lasting relief.
  • The 2013 Inaugural Eye Ball – A Big Success!

    The 2013 Inaugural Eye Ball

    The 2013 Inaugural Eye Ball

    This charming evening began with a cocktail hour and silent auction. There were 75 items donated for the silent auction and these items alone brought in over $12,000 in support of the foundation.  Dinner and dancing followed. During dinner, three of the 50 for 50 recipients spoke about their experience and how their lives had been changed. One of the recipients also talked about how they were able to drive safely since they had their surgery. The 50 for 50 was a celebration of Virginia Eye Consultant’s 50th anniversary where they provided 50 no cost eye surgeries to people in need living in the Hampton Roads region. A very touching video was shown about the 50 for 50 event. One of the 50 for 50 recipients concluded with “I have been blessed by the best”.

    This extraordinary social event for sight-saving efforts in the Hampton Roads Community was a huge success in raising money in support of the foundation.

    The Virginia Eye Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)3 tax exempt charity dedicated to sight saving eye care for the under/non-insured residents of the Hampton Roads Region.

  • The Inaugural Eye Ball

    The Virginia Eye Foundation cordially invites you to attend The Inaugural Eye Ball, a fundraising gala in support of the Virginia Eye Foundation. The gala will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Marriott Norfolk Waterside.

  • VEC Holds 50-for-50 Event: Selected Candidates To Be Announced

    Virginia Eye Consultants is celebrating its 50th anniversary by providing 50 charitable eye procedures in 2013. We call it “50-for-50.” Earlier this year, we asked for nominations and received more than 200 submissions.

    Our committee met this week to select the 50 people who will receive complex eye care procedures at no charge. This event brought together VEC doctors, other leaders in the eye care field and many respected members of the community.

    VEC Team members worked hard to make this evening rewarding for all.

    Former television anchor Jane Gardner, Theresa Cartwright, and Vicki Dickerson, wife of the late John W. Dickerson.

    Dr. Whitley and Linda M. Rice, Vice President of Hampton Roads Community Foundation

    VEC Executive Assistant Sara Peterson and Dr. Yeu

    The mood was electric as our committee members carefully read through all of the nomination submissions. We are not exaggerating when we say that we were touched by each and every one of the stories.

    Dr. Sheppard and Mrs. Dickerson

    Jane Gardner and Theresa Cartwright

    Dr. Scoper

    Dr. Sheppard

    The team at VEC is now more excited than ever about helping to change the lives of people in the community through 50-for-50. The selected nominees will be announced in June.

  • Virginia Eye Consultants Announces LipiFlow® for the Treatment of Dry Eye Disease

    Dry eye sufferers rejoice! Virginia Eye Consultants is excited to announce LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System as a new treatment option for chronic evaporative dry eye disease.

    Eighty-six percent of dry eye patients suffer from evaporative dry eye, which is caused by a blockage of the meibomian glands located behind the lower lids. Blocked meibomian glands prevent the eyes from secreting enough oily lipids to maintain a comfortable tear consistency.

    When the delicate tear balance is disrupted by a lack of lipids, tears evaporate on the surface of the eye resulting in dry eye symptoms like burning, sensitivity to light, blurred vision and extreme discomfort in dry or windy conditions. Along with adversely affecting your quality of life and general eye health, evaporative dry eye disease can worsen over time, even with continued use of eye drops and other treatments.

    LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation reduces the need for artificial tears and other prescription dry eye treatments by attending to the cause of evaporative dry eye symptoms, the meibomian glands themselves. Think of it as a “spa treatment” for your eyes. Using the Activator (eyepiece), our doctors apply gentle heat to the inner eyelid and light pressure to the outer eyelid. This warm massage stimulates the meibomian glands’ natural lipid production and helps restore the balance disrupted by evaporative dry eye.

    Four weeks after a single LipiFlow® procedure, 79 percent of patients saw a significant reduction in dry eye symptoms. And LipiFlow®’s effects are long-lasting. Most people can wait eight to twelve months before coming back to the office for retreatment.

    Do you think that LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation might be the answer for your dry eyes? Schedule a consultation with one of our expert eye care physicians to see if you are a good candidate. Like LASIK, LipiFlow® is not covered by most insurance plans, but Virginia Eye Consultants offers a number of affordable financing options that may be right for you. Don’t let chronic dry eye disease stop you from living your life to the fullest. Call us today.

  • Virginia Eye Consultants Raises Over $9,000 for the Foundation Fighting Blindness

    Virginia Eye Consultants had a strong showing at the 2nd Annual Hampton Roads VisionWalk this past Sunday, April, 28, 2013, in Virginia Beach.

    Team VEC raised over $9,000 and had over 100 participants! Many of our fantastic staff members and their supportive family and friends joined us for a beautiful day by the ocean, while we celebrated vision and raised money for a cure to eye diseases.

    Overall, the Hampton Roads VisionWalk raised over $80,000.

    Since 2006, VisionWalk has raised over $23 million to support the mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. The Foundation funds leading-edge research in areas such as genetics, gene therapy, transplantation, artificial retinal implants, and pharmaceutical and nutritional therapies to find treatments and cures for devastating eye diseases.

  • Reducing Eye Discomfort During Allergy Season

    The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, you’re spending more time outside and…your eyes are suddenly red, watery and horribly itchy!

    If this sounds familiar, you already know you suffer from allergies. When warmer temperatures grace us with their presence, they bring along their aggravating sidekick: pollen.

    Eye allergies, also called “allergic conjunctivitis,” are a reaction to allergens that get in the eyes and cause inflammation of the tissue that lines the inner eyelid.

    For some of us, allergies have a severe impact on everyday functioning. Fortunately, there are some simple steps we can take to reduce the impact of allergens this pollen season.

    1. Stay inside as much as possible when pollen counts are high and keep all windows and doors shut.

    2. If you do go outside, consider taking over-the-counter allergy medicine to reduce eye inflammation or using basic rewetting drops to alleviate the irritation caused by dryness.

    3. Ask someone else to cut your grass when possible.

    4. When you go outdoors, wear wrap-around sunglasses to block pollen.

    5. Keep your car windows closed.

    6. Consider purchasing a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter to remove allergens from the air indoors.

    7. Don’t rub your eyes. We know it’s hard, but rubbing irritated eyes will make the irritation worse

    8. If you wear contact lenses, try to wear your glasses more often. (This may also be an excellent time to consider LASIK). Allergens adhere to contact lenses, often making symptoms worse.

    If these methods still aren’t providing relief, book an appointment with your optometrist. An optometrist can help you rule out possible problems that may not be allergy related and can recommend medical products for your particular symptoms, so you can get out and enjoy the season.


  • Patient Testimonial: Doris Jewell

    My sewing group makes angel gowns for babies at the Children’s Hospital who have passed away.  One day, after I put the finishing touches on a beautiful cream-colored angel gown, a friend pointed out I mistakenly used bright yellow ribbon on the trim.

    That’s when I knew something was really wrong with my vision.

    Years ago, my optometrist at Pearl Vision mentioned I had a few small cataracts and said she’d look at them again the next time I went in. I waited way too long. When I finally went back, she couldn’t believe how bad it had gotten.

    Without thinking twice, she sent me to see Dr. Scoper at Virginia Eye Consultants.

    Dr. Scoper knew what was wrong as soon as he saw me.

    Soon after, he put a Toric Intraocular Lens in my left eye, which alleviated the vision problems I’ve always had, plus my cataracts and astigmatism.

    Colors come in so brightly now! The difference in my vision still amazes me. When I covered one eye, everything was cloudy and dull. When I covered the other, I could see all the beautiful, vibrant colors and crisp edges around me!

    I had the right eye done a few days later, and had excellent results again. Dr. Scoper says I probably won’t have to wear glasses ever again. I’ve worn glasses since the second grade. I never imagined I’d have the best vision of my life at this age.

    If you know anyone who is considering a Toric lens, let them know the procedure is simple. As a patient, there’s nothing to it…and that’s coming from a self-declared chicken!

    From the way he treated his employees to the expert care he gave my eyes, Dr. Scoper really impressed me. The whole staff impressed me, really. I was treated so nicely and warmly by everyone at Virginia Eye Consultants. Everyone. It was an excellent experience.

  • Elizabeth Yeu, MD: Featured Writer in Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today.

    Elizabeth Yeu, MD is a featured writer in Advanced Ocular Care’s March 2013 issue of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today.

    In her article, Dr. Yeu addresses the challenges with diagnosing and managing dry eye disease in certain categories of patients. Dr. Yeu’s article was included in Advanced Ocular Care’s monthly highlights, which you can download by clicking the image on the right.

  • John Sheppard, MD Featured in Besivance® Patient Case Study

    John Sheppard, MD, president of Virginia Eye Consultants is currently featured in a Besivance® Patient Case Study.

    In the case study, he describes a 63 year-old female who had many instances of painful red eye with acute discharge and discomfort. She also carried staphylococcus aureus in her nasal cavity.

    Dr. Sheppard treated the patient with Besivance® three times. That, combined with a course of oral antibiotics successfully halted the vicious cycle of recurrent infections.

    Our doctors at Virginia Eye Consultants have established a national profile as ophthalmic opinion leaders, as well as an international reputation for their commitment to teaching, research and surgery.

    Dr. John Sheppard is a board-certified, fellowship-trained corneal eye surgeon and the Virginia Eye Consultant specialist in corneal transplantation, dry eye syndrome, uveitis, cataract surgery, glaucoma, and premium lens implants. He is listed in The Best Doctors in America and has received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award.

    Dr. Sheppard is actively involved as a principal investigator for numerous clinical trials sponsored by many major pharmaceutical companies and for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In addition, he is the medical examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology and the co-founder of EyeRx Research and ProVision Network.


    Watch the video case study here.

  • Diagnosing Dry Eye Disease With the TearLab Osmolarity System

    Dry eye disease is a multi-factorial disease that affects an estimated 25 million people in the United States alone. In fact, dry eye disease is one of the most common reasons that people visit their eye care professional.

    The increasing prevalence of dry eye disease is precisely why Virginia Eye Consultants became certified by TearLab as an Accredited Dry Eye Center.  As an Accredited Dry Eye Center, the staff at Virginia Eye Consultants is dedicated to providing the highest quality of dry eye care by using advanced ophthalmic diagnostic techniques and treatments.

    One of the latest devices in dry eye technology is the TearLab Osmolarity System. By using the TearLab, Accredited Dry Eye Centers like Virginia Eye Consultants can quickly and painlessly measure a small sample of a patient’s tears to determine how dry they truly are.

    In fact, the TearLab is the first objective and quantitative test for diagnosing and managing dry eye patients. Using just a nanoliter of tear fluid, the osmolarity data that the TearLab gathers allows patients to understand their “level” of disease. Your unique tear number will also allow your doctor to decipher the best means of treatment for you.

    If you’ve been experiencing recurring dry eye symptoms including: itching, burning and discomfort, be sure to schedule a TearLab test with Virginia Eye Consultants today.

    Virginia Eye Consultants specializes in diagnosing and treating dry eye disease. For your comprehensive dry eye examination, please call us at 757-622-2200.

  • Vote for Virginia Eye Consultants in The Pilot’s “Best of 2013” Contest

    Vote for Virginia Eye Consultants in The Pilot’s “Best of 2013” contest.

    Text code ACNT to 21333 or go to to vote Virginia Eye Consultants Norfolk’s BEST “Place for Laser Vision Correction.”

    As a leading LASIK surgery practice with locations in Norfolk and Hampton, VA, Virginia Eye Consultants uses the most state-of-the-art techniques available in LASIK eye surgery. It is always our goal to provide patients with the highest standard of medical care.

  • The Hampton Roads Show Visits Virginia Eye Consultants to Discuss Cataract Surgery

    Dr. Stephen Scoper appeared on this morning’s broadcast of The Hampton Roads Show, discussing advances in cataract surgery.

    Reporter Cheryl Tan met with Virginia Eye Consultants patient Rita Matthews, who recently underwent the surgery. Matthews, who wore corrective lenses since the age of eight, now no longer needs corrective eye wear at all and has vision better than 20/20. “Everything has changed for me,” she says.

    Dr. Scoper has an international reputation in his field as a board-certified, fellowship-trained specialist in all areas of refractive surgery, from cataract surgery to LASIK.  Virginia Eye Consultants was the first practice in Virginia to receive the LenSx® laser for the treatment of cataracts.

    Click here to watch the segment on The Hampton Roads Show.


    Don’t forget, at Virginia Eye Consultants, we’re celebrating 50 years of world-class eye care in Hampton Roads with our “50-for-50″ program. We’re providing 50 charitable eye procedures during 2013. It’s our way of giving back to the community that has provided us so much support over the past 50 years. If you know someone who is in need of an eye procedure, please nominate them. Click here to read more and fill out the submission form.

  • Chamber of Commerce Honors VEC with 2013 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award

    We’re excited to announce that Virginia Eye Consultants has been selected as one of the 100 Blue Ribbon Award winners for 2013. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce selects the winners as part of the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam’s Club.

    According to the Chamber of Commerce, the award honors the nation’s outstanding small business and entrepreneurs who are working each day to strengthen our economy and create much-needed American jobs.

    The DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award recognizes businesses that excel in strategy, customer service, employee development, and community involvement.

    Show your support for VEC by voting for their business to win the 2013 Community Excellence Award. Voting runs through February 22.

  • Love Your Eyes

    Love Your EyesGiven the great importance most of us place on sight, it would seem to follow that we’d give them the best care possible, but sometimes we get too busy or we forget to do a few simple things than can keep our eyes healthy.

    For Valentine’s Day, Virginia Eye Consultants presents you with some eye care tips that will help you show your eyes just how much you love them.


    Protecting Your Eyes

    Whether it’s a bouncing ball or campfire sparks, many settings present serious eye-injury risks. The best way to play it safe it to be alert and stay aware of things going on around you.

    Sports-related eye injuries number at least 200,000 a year. When you’re on the field, court, or rink, wear protective glasses that protect you from the front and all sides.

    And when it comes to yard work and home improvement projects, safety glasses, safety goggles and full-face shields are all great options for protecting your eyes from flying debris.


    Preventing Eye Problems

    While your eyes are amazingly resilient, there’s only so much abuse they can take. Simple day-to-day actions can cause damage over the long run.

    UV Exposure

    Sunglasses cut down exposure to UV light, the portion of the sun’s rays that can cause such eye diseases as cataracts and macular degeneration. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that you protect your eyes whenever you’re in the sun long enough to get a suntan or sunburn. Additionally, wearing a brimmed hat cuts sunlight exposure to your eyes by about half.

    Keep in mind that dark glasses with no UV blocking give you no protection whatsoever. In fact, they may boost your risk of eye damage because they dilate your pupils.

    Diabetic Eye Care

    The major eye-disease risk for people with diabetes is diabetic retinopathy, in which abnormal blood vessels grow across the retina, damaging and sometimes permanently destroying vision.

    Diet, medication, and exercise are key to controlling diabetes and reducing the risks of retinopathy. Anyone with diabetes who’s at risk should be screened at least yearly for this eye disease, even if there are no vision symptoms. If caught early, advancement of retinopathy can sometimes be halted by laser treatments.

    Regular Checkups

    Don’t wait until your eyes are bothering you before getting a checkup. Often times, people have eye diseases without know it, and by the time they get to an eye-care specialist, they’ve lost valuable time for treatment. Catching an eye problem early can boost the chances of successfully treating it.


    Treating Eye Problems

    Whatever your eye problem may be, an eye doctor or surgeon can likely help.

    Virginia Eye Consultants can help people suffering from eye infections, cataracts, glaucoma, uveitis, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal diseases, connective tissue diseases, and other problems related to the retina and cornea. And we frequently hear patients say they wish they came in sooner.

    The gift of sight is precious. And at VEC, we want you to love you eyes.



    If you know someone who is in need of an eye procedure, please nominate them for our 50-for-50 Campaign. We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary by providing 50 charitable eye procedures during 2013. The “50-fo-50″ effort is our way of giving back to the community that has provided us so much support over the past 50 years.

    Keep in mind, we don’t provide optometry services such as contacts and glasses, our 50-for-50 campaign is for those needing complex eye care. Examples might include cornea transplants, glaucoma or cataract surgery, or someone with eye disease or trauma


    Source: Discovery Fit and Health


  • Frequently Asked Question: After LASIK, will I still need my reading glasses?

    As people get older, their ciliary eye muscles lose some of the elasticity that allows them to focus on objects up close. This condition, called presbyopia, is a very normal part of aging and is the reason why many individuals over 40 require reading glasses.

    Since LASIK surgery is typically performed to correct distance vision and refractive errors rather than issues stemming from presbyopia, whether or not you will need reading glasses after LASIK depends on your age.

    People over 40, regardless of whether or not they’ve had LASIK, tend to require reading glasses as a natural result of presbyopic ocular aging.  So if you wear reading glasses, you should keep them on hand after your LASIK procedure.  If you’re under 40, LASIK surgery will not cause you to need reading glasses, contrary to misconceptions.

    If you are between the ages of 45 and 50 (or older in some cases) and tired of reaching for your bifocals or reading glasses to check your email to or settle down at the end of the day with a good book, the Crystalens HD intraocular lens may be a life changing choice for you. And the great news is that you can still be an excellent candidate for Crystalens HD if you’ve had LASIK surgery!

    To learn more about LASIK  or Crystalens HD or to schedule your free LASIK consultation, call Virginia Eye Consultants at 1-800-321-EYES(3937)

    For questions regarding Virginia Beach LASIKNorfolk LASIK, and LASIK in Hampton Roads, VEC is always here to help.

  • Opening Day of VEC’s Retina Center

    Today, Virginia Eye Consultants celebrates the opening of the new Retina Center at our Norfolk location.

    Cecil Mays, the Retina Center’s very first patient, is pictured here with Dr. David M. Salib. Mays is holding VEC’s 50th anniversary wine bottle to commemorate 50 years of world-class specialty eye care in Norfolk.

    While VEC already provides advanced retinal care to patients in Hampton Roads, we look forward to being able to serve more patients with shorter waiting times at the Retina Center, which boasts five exam rooms, one procedure room, and one diagnostic testing room.

    The diagnostic testing room is equipped with a state-of-the-art Heidelberg Spectralis® OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) machine, which is a multi-functional retinal image scanner that is used to view/diagnose macular diseases, including macular degeneration. We are excited to expand our facility with the addition of the Retina Center and believe it will enhance the already excellent patient experience at VEC.

    Dr. Salib specializes in treating patients with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment and other sight-threatening disorders related to the retina and vitreous portion of the eye. The Retina Center provides him with more space and more advanced technology to better diagnose and treat patients like Mays.

    The opening of the Retina Center is a groundbreaking way to start our 50th year. We invite you to celebrate with us by participating in our “50-for-50” campaign. If you know someone who is un- or under-insured and in need of an eye procedure, please nominate them using the form here:

  • VEC Will Provide 50 Charitable Eye Procedures During 2013

    This year Virginia Eye Consultants celebrates its 50th anniversary of providing world class specialty eye care in Norfolk. In recognition of this significant milestone, the doctors and staff will provide 50 charitable eye procedures during 2013 to members of the community who are un- or under-insured and for whom paying for treatment is a financial hardship.

    The campaign is called “50-for-50” and the practice is partnering with area optometric doctors to identify candidates for the free procedures. Local civic and non-profit groups, as well as the general public are also encouraged to nominate likely candidates. Nominations are accepted online at: Submissions are being accepted through March 31, 2013.

    The “50-fo-50″ effort is our way of giving back to the community that has provided us so much support over the past 50 years.

    If you know someone who is in need of an eye procedure, please nominate them using the form here:

    Keep in mind, we don’t provide optometry services such as contacts and glasses; our 50-for-50 campaign is for those needing complex eye care. Examples might include cornea transplants, glaucoma or cataract surgery, or someone with eye disease or trauma.

    Virginia Eye Consultants doctors will treat 50-for-50 patients at the state-of-the-art eye care facility off Military Highway in Norfolk.

  • Virginia Eye Consultants – Celebrating 50 Years!

    This year, Virginia Eye Consultants celebrates 50 years of providing world-class eye procedures in Hampton Roads.

    The practice was established in 1963 by John W. Dickerson, Norfolk’s first ophthalmic pathologist and oculoplastic surgeon. In 1979 Dr. Bruce I. Bodner joined Dr. Dickerson, adding his corneal specialty expertise to the practice and founding the Lions Eye Bank of Eastern Virginia. Over the years, we’ve grown in both size and reputation, bringing industry-leading techniques and technology to our Norfolk and Hampton locations.

    Our doctors at Virginia Eye Consultants have established a national profile as ophthalmic opinion leaders, as well as an international reputation for their commitment to teaching, research and surgery.

    The mission of Virginia Eye Consultants is to provide world class specialty eye care by leaders in innovation and education using state of the art technology. We have 50 years of experience providing top quality eye procedures to residents of Hampton Roads and beyond, and we continue to grow in experience and service offerings.

    Stay tuned for exciting plans VEC has in conjunction with our 50th Anniversary!

  • Were you told years ago you were not a good LASIK candidate? That may have changed.

    Years ago, I was told I wasn’t a candidate for LASIK. Could that have changed?

    Yes. Within the past few years, medical advances have made achieving excellent vision a possibility for those who previously could not have their vision corrected surgically.

    Today, we are able to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism because of the significant successes in Laser Eye Technologies.

    To learn more about LASIK or to schedule your free LASIK consultation, call Virginia Eye Consultants at 1-800-321-EYES(3937)

    For questions regarding Virginia Beach LASIK, Norfolk LASIK, and LASIK in Hampton Roads, VEC is always here to help.

  • LASIK Researchers to Receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation

    A team of IBM researchers who made a major discovery now used in LASIK eye surgery will receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation at a White House ceremony this year.

    On Dec. 21, President Barack Obama announced the 11 inventors as recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honor bestowed by the White House on engineers and innovators.

    In 1981, Rangaswamy Srinivasan, Samuel Blum and James Wynne at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown, New York – were exploring new ways to use the excimer laser.

    “We wondered if the excimer laser could so cleanly etch polymeric material, what would happen if we tried it on human or animal tissue?” recalled Wynne in a blog on IBM’s Web site. “What really broke things open, after all the talk of what kind of tissue we would use, was that Sri brought his Thanksgiving turkey leftovers into the lab the day after Thanksgiving,” said Wynne.

    “He used the excimer laser to etch a pattern in whatever bone, cartilage or meat was on the tissue sample. I had this moment of ‘Eureka, we have a new form of surgery,’” said Wynne, adding that the laser provided a very clean cut with no evidence of damage to the tissues surrounding it.
    Fifteen years later, the team’s discovery was approved for use in LASIK eye surgery.

    “The hallmark of this heatless, pulsed laser etching of tissue is the absence of thermal damage, which means living tissue can heal with virtually no scarring,” said IBM in a statement.

    “I am proud to honor these inspiring American innovators,” Obama said Dec. 21. “They represent the ingenuity and imagination that has long made this nation great—and they remind us of the enormous impact a few good ideas can have when these creative qualities are unleashed in an entrepreneurial environment.”


  • Patient Testimonial: Joanie Needham

    Good afternoon, VEC,

    I had a great experience with VEC this morning as a new patient. When I walked into your lobby, I was immediately greeted, kindly and professionally. My wait was never very long and everyone who assisted me along the way performed in a most professional, experienced and friendly manner. I noticed everyone around me was also receiving the same wonderful service.

    The atmosphere is warm, comfortable and inviting. I just love the décor and the ambience. I remember reading that the VEC staff participates in an annual training seminar from the Ritz Carlton Leadership Center. From design to service, I must say Virginia Eye Consultants is very Ritz Carlton-like.

    Thank you so much. I am thrilled to (finally!) be a patient of VEC!

    As an aside, Dr. Lago was wonderful.

    Take care,

    Joanie Needham

  • Frequently Asked Question: Does LASIK Hurt?

    Most LASIK patients tell us they can’t believe how fast and painless the procedure is.

    In preparation for your LASIK surgery, we’ll administer some anesthetic eye drops that numb your eyes. As a result, you’ll only feel a slight pressure on the eye and perhaps some mild discomfort from the instrument we use to keep your eye open during the procedure – since our natural inclination is to blink. Fortunately, the surgery only takes a few minutes, so this discomfort is very brief.

    During the next few days, you may experience mild stinging or dryness, but artificial tear drops quickly take care of these symptoms. Typically, any residual discomfort after LASIK can be alleviated using over-the-counter painkillers and a little rest time.

    To learn more about LASIK or to schedule your free LASIK consultation, call Virginia Eye Consultants at 1-800-321-EYES(3937)

    For questions regarding Virginia Beach LASIK, Norfolk LASIK, and LASIK in Hampton Roads, VEC is always here to help.

  • Frequently Asked Question: Is LASIK safe?

    The FDA has approved LASIK as a safe and effective procedure.

    It is important to remember, though, that LASIK isn’t right for everybody. If someone isn’t a good candidate for LASIK, they could have less than optimal results. That’s why Virginia Eye Consultants offers a free consultation to anyone considering LASIK.

    When you come to Virginia Eye Consultants, you will experience the most extensive diagnostic testing available and meet with our physicians to determine if you are indeed perfectly suited to have LASIK Laser Vision Correction. During this appointment, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the procedure. You will have all of your questions answered and your concerns addressed.

    We prefer that our LASIK patients be at least 18 years of age or older, have healthy corneas and a stable vision prescription for at least one year.

    Virginia Eye Consultants uses the latest LASIK laser technology available today in order to perform our blade-free LASIK procedures at maximum efficiency and predictability.

    Give us a call today at 1-800-321-EYES (3937) to schedule your free consultation now.

    For questions regarding Virginia Beach LASIK, Norfolk LASIK, and LASIK in Hampton Roads, VEC is always here to help.

  • Can I Use My Flex Spending Dollars on LASIK?

    Yes, Flex Plans are a great way to pay for LASIK, and one that many can use but few even know about.

    Your Flex Plan is essentially a zero down, zero percent financing plan provided by many employers.  You have guaranteed approval with no credit check, and you pay for LASIK using pre-tax dollars.

    If you or your spouse has a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), you can use pre-tax dollars for your LASIK and still take advantage of our great financing options and promotions at Virginia Eye Consultants.

    The most important point to know about using your FSA is that you MUST make sure you are a good candidate for LASIK BEFORE you set aside any money in your plan.  There’s only one month left to use your Flex Points for 2012, so call today to schedule your free consultation. Call 1(800) 321-EYES (3937).

    For questions regarding Virginia Beach LASIK, Norfolk LASIK, and LASIK in Hampton Roads, VEC is always here to help.

  • Is LASIK Covered by Insurance?

    Many health insurance companies consider LASIK an “elective” or “cosmetic” procedure, meaning your life does not depend on having the treatment.

    Some health insurance policies may cover LASIK surgery, or at least a portion of it. Many will not, but it doesn’t hurt to double check. If your procedure is medically necessary, your insurance should help you out.

    Additionally, LASIK is now included in many patients’ Medical Spending Accounts (MSA), Flex Plans (FP) or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA).

    Since most health insurance companies sell numerous different plans and those plans can differ quite a bit in what they cover, you should talk with your benefits coordinator directly to find out if you have any coverage.

    Please remember, Virginia Eye Consultants offers our patients a variety of attractive financing options in paying for their All-Laser LASIK or other procedures. We also accept Care Credit.

    For details, please call our knowledgeable patient counselors today at 1(800)321-EYES!

    For questions regarding Virginia Beach LASIK, Norfolk LASIK, and LASIK in Hampton Roads, VEC is always here to help.

  • Who is eligible for LASIK?

    Who is eligible for LASIK?

    Due to recent advances in technology, there are fewer restrictions on who can receive LASIK than there were when it was first invented. Now, most patients who wear corrective lenses are good candidates for LASIK.

    While there are still people whose medical conditions and vision issues make them poor candidates for LASIK, that population is shrinking due to improved technologies and therapies.

    In general, you should be over 21 years of age and have healthy corneas. There is no upper age limit to having LASIK as long as your eyes are healthy and your vision is stable.

    If you are considering LASIK—or if you were told you were ineligible in the past—it’s worth your time to schedule a free consultation with Virginia Eye Consultants.

    For questions regarding Virginia Beach LASIK, Norfolk LASIK, and LASIK in Hampton Roads, VEC is always here to help.

  • Virginia Eye Consultants Receives “Roaring 20” Award from Inside Business

    Virginia Eye Consultants is honored to receive a 2012 “Roaring 20” award from Inside Business.

    “The Roaring 20 Award not only highlights the region’s fastest-growing companies, but also shares stories of determination, perseverance and fortitude,” Inside Business writes. The Roaring 20 award dinner was held at the Westin Town Center November 1st.

    For a company to be eligible for the Roaring 20 award, they needed to be headquartered in the Hampton Roads area and established prior to FY 2009, realized gross revenues of at least $2 million in 2011 and experienced three years of growth.

    There have been major changes at Virginia Eye Consultants in the past four years. In time, it’s built a $9 million, state-of-the-art medical facility that includes a clinic, ambulatory surgery center, research department and a small foundation.

    The culture of the office focuses on “world-class service, world class technology and world-class patient care.”

    Guided by the Ritz Carlton Leadership Center, the staff runs the practice similar to Ritz Carlton hotels, with a strong culture of customer service.

    Today the practice has nine physicians, each with his or her own subspecialty.

    “We mirror an academic center and can take care of all specialty surgical eye care needs under one roof,” CEO Karen Spencer said.

    Virginia Eye Consultants works with a network of 140 optometrists in the area. It specializes in vision surgery and refers patients back to their optometrists for continuing care and follow-ups.

    VEC is the first practice in Virginia and the 13th in the nation to offer the latest advancement in cataract surgery, laser treatment of cataracts.

    This laser is an advanced, precision-based technology that operates with unmatched accuracy and computer control, offering the most technologically advanced procedure for cataract patients.

    In 2011 Virginia Eye Consultants was named the City of Norfolk’s Small Business of the Year by the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. It was then named the southeastern region’s winner of America’s Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    The practice looks forward to expanding, hiring new physicians and offering services in different locations.

  • VEC's "PINK OUT" Fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure

    In celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the VEC staff held an office-wide “PINK OUT” fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Every staff member who donated enjoyed “dressing down” in pink.  It was great to show our support for such an important cause with so many LASIK and other eye patients in our Virginia Beach and Hampton offices.

    Since 1982, Komen for the Cure has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer – transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors.

  • For $99, Receive a $1,500 Discount on Bilateral All Laser LASIK

    As announced on’s Daily Deal site, Virginia Eye Consultants is currently offering a limited time offer on LASIK surgery, now through Thursday, November 1.

    For $99, receive a $1,500 discount on bilateral All Laser LASIK!

    Click this link to get the deal:

    Find out if you are a candidate for this life-changing procedure by visiting Virginia Eye Consultants for your no risk, no obligation, free consultation.  We have locations in Norfolk and  Hampton, convenient to Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk and surrounding cities.

    We offer affordable payment options such as 24 months interest free financing. Medical spending accounts and Flex plans are also accepted for Lasik, Laser vision correction.

  • VEC Employee Takes Medical Mission Trip to Africa

    VEC helped fund employee Erin Allen’s medical mission trip to Africa.

    Erin collected several hundred pairs of donated and new reading glasses before she left, then distributed them in the small towns she visited.

    The following is Erin’s description of her trip:

    Our trip was amazing. I wish I could describe to you in words what it felt like to witness someone see, to entertain 100+ children with only bubbles, to spend 12 hours a day working constantly and yet still wanting more. It was truly a blessing.

    Whenever we first arrived in the villages, I would get gaping stares and children running away from my touch. However, by the end of the week, you would have thought we were all neighbors. I’ve never before seen how genuine love can truly cross cultural and language barriers. It didn’t matter if I had the Swahili level of a 3 year old child; just spending time with those children was enough to have them open up.

    On Wednesday of last week, we did the Radiance Seminar with the women. We had about 70+ women attend. We pampered them, painted their nails, gave them lotions and soaps, and just let them feel special for the afternoon.

    I was in the back, fitting women for glasses when this 80 year old man shuffled in, asking for glasses. After I made him wait for the women to finish, he told our interpreter he had difficulty seeing distance. I tried to explain that I only had reading glasses and few random prescription glasses. There was no equipment for me to check his prescription.

    He asked me to try anyway, so I grabbed my “MISC” Ziplock bag and pulled out a pair of glasses. The first pair he said weren’t helpful. I grabbed a second pair. To be honest, I wasn’t very hopeful this experiment was going to work. Nonetheless, I gave him the second pair of glasses and stood back.

    He put on the glasses and it was like a light bulb went off. Suddenly, this hunched over old man with a cane stood up straight and with pride. He could see. Telling you through this email won’t give the moment justice. It truly was a miracle that a random pair of glasses from a random donation in America could be the right pair for this elderly gentleman in a dusty church with a dirt floor in Tanzania.

    Of course, there were also some somber moments. There was a lot of need: lack of adequate water, health care, education, shelter, and food. I am incredibly grateful for the time I had in Africa, the people I met, and the small impact I was able to be a part of.

    I’d like to thank VEC again for their support through this adventure. It truly is a blessing to work for a company that not only supports those who desperately are in need, but also believes in their employees’ dreams. And this was a dream.

  • World Sight Day at VEC

    Yesterday, October 11th, was World Sight Day, the annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired.

    The VEC staff decorated the hospital in World Sight Day colors and held an office-wide fundraiser for the Optometry Giving Sight Campaign—a global movement to eliminate avoidable blindness. Every staff member who donated enjoyed “dressing down,” wearing jeans and a VEC t-shirt to work yesterday. Additionally, VEC donated a portion of all Thursday profits to the campaign.

    The mission of the Optometry Giving Sight Campaign is to improve the quality of life of people who are needlessly blind or vision impaired simply because they do not have access to an eye exam and a pair of glasses.


    World Sight Day at VEC

  • Jennifer DeWitt Named Director of Marketing & Provider Relations

    Jennifer DeWitt has been named Director of Marketing & Provider Relations at Virginia Eye Consultants in Norfolk. In her new role, DeWitt is responsible for fostering and maintaining relationships with referring providers as well as supporting the practice’s ongoing promotional efforts. Prior to joining Virginia Eye Consultants, DeWitt served as the Marketing Manager for the University of North Carolina Health Care System in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Spanish, from North Carolina State University. DeWitt resides in Chesapeake with her husband.

    “Jennifer’s industry knowledge and enthusiasm have already made her a key addition the VEC family. We view her appointment as a sign of our ongoing commitment to fulfilling the needs of our referring O.D.s.,” said CEO Karen Spencer. “Our national success and recognition in the field led us to look for an addition to our team who will effectively communicate our achievements, and we were very fortunate to find someone like Jennifer.”

  • The Laser Cataract Surgery Difference

    Dr. Scoper is one of only a few eye surgeons in the entire country certified to use revolutionary laser technology for the treatment of cataracts, making Virginia Eye Consultants the first practice in Virginia and the 13th in the nation to offer this advanced technology.

    What is the revolutionary laser technology? It’s the most technologically advanced option for cataract patients today. The laser makes a map of the eye, making the procedure 100 percent customized for each patient.

    For nearly a decade, femtosecond lasers have helped surgeons perform LASIK. The laser technology allows doctors to use femtosecond laser technology for cataract removal, making cataract surgery more precise, predictable and safe.

    Prior to the laser, traditional cataract surgery involved several small, manually-made incisions with a blade. The surgeon would use ultrasound vibrations to remove the cloudy lens, then replace it with a manmade lens implant.

    With laser technology, the surgeon can create those incisions with a significantly higher degree of precision. The femtosecond laser makes the corneal incisions, breaks apart the cloudy cataract lens and creates a perfect size capsulotomy.

    Overall, the laser provides more accuracy, precision and control than traditional cataract surgery.

    Call Virginia Eye Consultants at 757-622-2200 for your cataract surgery evaluation or to learn more about this bladeless alternative.

  • The VEC Commitment to Delivering First Class Service

    At VEC, we pride ourselves on delivering first class treatment and excellent service to every person who walks through our doors. Exceeding your expectations and delivering the best experience possible is the VEC mission. From the person you talk to when you first call to the surgeon working on your eyes, outstanding customer service is our priority.

    We know that every employee is important to our success as a company, so we closed the office for an afternoon last week, and our entire team took part in our annual Ritz Carlton training seminar.

    Launched in 2000, The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center has welcomed thousands of executives and staff members from leading organizations interested in benchmarking many of the business practices that led to the Ritz Carlton becoming a two-time recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award .

    Diana Oreck, Vice President of the Ritz Carlton Leadership Center was our speaker for the afternoon. It was a great refresher course on our power as individuals, work etiquette and customer engagement.

    These seminars are just another thing VEC does to ensure the best possible experience for our patients.

  • For $100, Receive a $1,200 Discount on Bilateral All Laser LASIK

    As announced on, Virginia Eye Consultants is currently offering a limited time offer on LASIK surgery, now through September 30th.

    For $100, receive a $1,200 discount on bilateral All Laser LASIK!

    Click this link to get the deal:

    Find out if you are a candidate for this life-changing procedure by visiting VEC for your no risk, no obligation, free consultation.

    We offer affordable payment options such as 24 months interest free financing. Medical spending accounts and Flex plans are also accepted for Lasik, Laser vision correction.

  • Dr. Scoper Discusses the Basics of Cataract Surgery on The Hampton Roads Show

    August is National Cataract Awareness Month. According to a study by the National Eye Institute, cataracts affect more than 20 million Americans age 40 and older.

    Dr. Scoper visited the Hampton Roads Show today to discuss the warning signs of a cataract, the benefits of removal and the speed of recovery.

    Dr. Scoper also has an international reputation for performing LASIK surgery. Don’t forget that VEC is currently offering a special limited time offer to students and educators on LASIK!

    Call by September 10, 2012 to schedule your free consultation and receive $1,000 off any bi-lateral LASIK procedure done before 2013.

    Contact us now at 757-622-2200 (or contact us online) to schedule your free consultation.

    *This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotion.


    Click here to see video of Dr. Scoper on The Hampton Roads Show.

  • Virginia Eye Consultants’ Back-to-School LASIK Special!

    As announced on the Hampton Roads Show, Virginia Eye Consultants is offering a special limited time offer to students and educators.

    Call by September 10, 2012 to schedule your free consultation and receive $1,000 off any bi-lateral LASIK procedure done before 2013.

    Contact us now at 757-622-2200 (or contact us online) to schedule your free consultation.

    *This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotion.

    Click here to see video of Dr. Whitley on The Hampton Roads Show.

  • Friday, August 10: Check Out VEC on The Hampton Roads Show!

    Virginia Eye Consultants’ Dr. Whitley will discuss LASIK eye surgery tomorrow on the Hampton Roads Show.

    Tune in to Channel 10 at 11 a.m. on Friday!

  • Study Shows Cataracts Surgery Can Reduce the Risk of Hip Fractures

    A recent study shows the risk of hip fractures is greatly reduced for Medicare patients who undergo cataracts surgery compared to those who have cataracts, but do not have them removed.

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, collaborated on the study, which was published in the August edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

    Researches tracked hip fracture incidences from 2002-09 by analyzing the medical records of about 800,000 cataracts patients, half of whom had undergone cataract surgery. Cataract surgery was associated with a 16 percent decrease in the likelihood of suffering a hip injury within the first year after the procedure.

    The high risk of falling among the older population makes them especially susceptible to hip injuries. Previous studies have found that loss of vision plays a major role in seniors’ increased risk of falling. Overall, the greatest reduction in hip fracture risk was seen in patients aged 80 to 84.

    “A lot of patients think they’re too old for cataracts surgery,” says Dr. Stephen Scoper of Virginia Eye Consultants. “This study shows the opposite. It’s especially important to have cataracts removed at an older age–not only for your quality of life, but for your safety.”

    Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology


  • VEC Named Southeast Regional Finalist for 2012 DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award

    Virginia Eye Consultants is honored to be the Southeast Regional Finalist for the 2012 DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award.


  • A Vision in Blue…

    This past Sunday several employees of Virginia Eye Consultants and their loved ones started off their Sunday afternoon by walking for a cause: walking to fight blindness. We gathered around in blue to support Hampton Road’s first ever Vision Walk, an organization created to aid in research for those who battle, or know someone who battles with retinal degenerative diseases. It was a three mile walk along the Oceanfront’s board, with over 500 walkers-all there to support the foundation. Whilst Virginia Eye Consultants raised over $2,000.00, collectively we achieved $62,527.28! How’s that for a first?! We are proud and honored to have been apart of a walk that has made such a difference.


  • VEC Groupon is Now Running. Get Yours!

    Been thinking about Lasik? The TIME IS NOW!

    Buy your Groupon for $100 and received a $1,200 Discount…that is a 92% savings! The deal is on. Purchase yours before May 4.

    In a Nutshell: All-laser LASIK corrects poor vision by reshaping corneas in quick, in-office procedure.
    The Fine Print Expires Aug 29, 2012 Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Consultation required; non-candidates will be refunded. See the rules that apply to all deals.

    When used for good, lasers can correct vision, but when used for evil, they can undermine superheroes during important PowerPoint presentations. Fight the villainy of poor eyesight with this Groupon. $100 for $1,200 Toward LASIK Eye Procedure Dr. Scoper reshapes corneas so that eyes may see clearer with the all-laser LASIK procedure. After numbing the eyeballs, he creates a small flap in the ocular surface then uses an Allegretto Wave laser to whittle away sight-inhibiting tissue. The flap lowers to protect newly corrected corneas and patients will notice crisper vision right away and, more dramatically, the next day. The average price of the LASIK procedure for both eyes is $4,400–$4,800.

    If your thinking about Lasik and are interested in setting up your FREE evaluation, give us a call at Virginia Eye Consultants, where every patient is a V.I.P! 1.800.321.3937


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  • Virginia Eye Consultants Named BLUE RIBBON Finalist by US Chamber

    Virginia Eye Consultants One of Seven Small Business Finalists Named U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Award Winners

    Washington D.C—March 15, 2012 —Virginia Eye Consultants, a leading vision care center headquartered in Norfolk, VA, was selected as one of seven companies across the country named BLUE RIBBON SMALL BUSINESS AWARD® winners by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Virginia Eye Consultants and other recipients were recognized for their dedication to the principles of free enterprise and their contributions to restoring jobs and prosperity.

    “The recipients of this year’s Blue Ribbon Award excelled in business amid great uncertainty and thrived despite difficult economic times,” said Thomas J. Donohue, U.S. Chamber president and CEO. “More important than profits, their successes have provided much-needed jobs and hope to the people in their communities.”

    The awards program, sponsored by Sam’s Club®, honors companies, like Virginia Eye Consultants, that demonstrate excellent business practices in several areas, including strategy, employee development, community involvement, and customer service.

    Originally selected as part of 2012’s 75 Blue Ribbon winners from a record number of nationwide applicants, Virginia Eye Consultants was named one of the seven award finalists.

    Blue Ribbon businesses are also eligible for the COMMUNITY EXCELLENCE AWARD, which will be decided in March through online public voting.

  • Walter O. Whitley, OD EyeTube OD Filming and Lectures in Boston, MA

    Dr. Walter Whitley, our Director of Optometric Services here at Virginia Eye Consultants, is currently in Boston, MA filming a variety of lectures for EyeTube OD

    Some of the lectures included key speaking points on:

    1.) A Special session with an expert panel reviewing the latest from the contact lens world-with emphasis on various age groups
    2.) A course that will help explore the benefits of electronic health records/ case studies/ and the differences between vision and medical insurance
    3.) Patient satisfaction and practice success, helping identify inter office processes.

    We wish Dr. Whitley safe travels and are looking forward to seeing his videos posted at:

    *EyeTube OD is a Optometrist’s video resource dedicated to all discussions on eye care.

  • Blue Ribbon Small Business Award

    We are excited, honored, and extremely proud to announce that Virginia Eye Consultants has been presented the Blue Ribbon Small Business Award! This award pays homage to the top 75 small businesses, nationwide! As we celebrate this recognition, it warms our heart and we are all so appreciative and humbled by this. Virginia Eye Consultants realizes this is quiet an honor; for the US Chamber of Commerce represents well over 3 million businesses through out the country!

    “Today, the Chamber celebrates the positive impact made by these companies and is proud to recognize them for their outstanding achievements,” said Thomas J. Donohue, U.S. Chamber president and CEO.

    All Blue Ribbon recipients will be recognized during America’s Small Business Summit, where an overall winner will be announced Tuesday the 22nd of May.

    Currently,Virginia Eye Consultants is entered into the running for the COMMUNITY EXCELLENCE AWARD. This award showcases a company who displays outstanding achievements by demonstrating community excellence. What an honor!

    You are given an opportunity to show your support by voting for us at:

  • The Virginia Opera's Little Red

    Funded by the Virginia Opera’s Board of Directors and our very own Dr. Stephen Scoper; the Virginia Opera show cased an amazing rendition of a childhood classic: Little Red. The Performance was held Tuesday morning at the Lower Norfolk Academy by the Virginia Opera’s in school touring Opera.
    As the children flooded the auditorium, you could see the uncertainty as to what they were going to expect. However, as soon as the big bad wolf came on stage and started to sing, you could see a change in the children’s faces. Immediately they began to light up, and as the performance progressed, laughter filled the rooms. At the end of Little Red, the children were encouraged to ask the performers questions…hands shot up, waving, flagging, and asking great questions. Mission accomplished, the children were both entertained and inspired! Mrs. Nancy Scoper, wife of Dr. Stephen Scoper, shared her enthusiasm and support as she was amongst the audience during Tuesdays viewing.
    Dr. Scoper, being a fan of the fine arts himself, believed it was important to share and expose our youth to the complex and riveting culture we know as the Opera. Sharing the same mission was Educational Program Director, Laura Wigginton. Laura explained to the audience that each performance is carefully selected with consideration on a number of things: entertainment, morals & lessons, and most importantly: stories our children know, love and can relate to.
    Per Laura, the artists are all apart of the Virginia Opera’s Emerging Artists Program, who are responsible for memorizing their parts before collectively coming together for rehearsal just prior to their opening shows. The nature of the play, whilst educational and entertaining, also displayed wonderful team support, compassion and excitement for each performers craft.
    I think it’s safe to say the children and adults in the audience, myself included, were given a refreshed image to the fine arts. On behalf of Dr. Stephen and Nancy Scoper, and Virginia Eye Consultants, we would like to give a special thank you to the Virginia Opera for making in school touring performances possible!
    For more information on the Virginia Opera and upcoming performances, be sure to check out their web page at:
    The Virginia Opera’s: Little Red

    John Arida: Pianist/Tour Music Director

    Julia Ebner: Little Red

    Megan Marino: Mother/Grandmother

    Cairan Ryan: Wolf/Woodsman

  • Meet the Staff Monday's

    Each Monday we will be high lighting a staff member of our Facility, it’ll be a friendly face to look forward to at your appointment!
    We are proud to introduce: Kelly Wittwer, an employee of Virginia Eye Consultants for over half a decade. Enthusiastic, upbeat, and dedicated to the best quality care, Kelly paves the way as a COMT and Clinical lead.
    Make sure you check back next Monday to meet another staff member here at Virginia Eye Consultants!
  • One large step for Dr. Okeke, one giant leap for Virginia Eye Consultants!

    We are celebrating yet another advancement and achievement by our very own Glaucoma specialist, Dr. Constance Okeke, MD, MSCE. Dr. Okeke, being no stranger to both laser cataract surgeries and Trabectome glaucoma surgeries, has made new head way in combining the best of both technological advancements into one.
    The ground breaking news started upon Dr. Okeke’s arrival to Virginia Eye Consultants, when Dr. Okeke became the first certified Trabectome Surgeon to provide the surgical technique. The Trabectome is a manually invasive procedure for glaucoma, in which the eye’s natural fluid balance is being restored. Dr. Okeke has secured the position as the only doctor in the area to take on the know-how and challenge of this advanced procedure.
    Since then, Virginia Eye Consultants has obtained the newest technology in cataract surgeries with the laser- assisted cataract procedure. Our revolutionary laser technology provides unparalleled precision and safety, redefining cataract surgery in its entirety!
    Dr. Okeke has taken the initiative to integrate both technology and technique by combining a laser cataract procedure along with a Trabectome glaucoma procedure, and the results speak for themselves! But rather than taking my word for it, take Dr. Okeke’s:
    “With the Trabectome, this advanced glaucoma procedure gives patients the opportunity to lower pressure using the newest technology. Combined with laser technology, the patients can improve their vision and treat glaucoma. The benefits of combining both glaucoma and cataract surgery with laser technology and the Trabectome offers more precision, improves the sealing ability, efficiency of the incision, and over all quality combined in one surgical procedure.”
    Often, we fear that once we commit to the newest technology, another ‘newer or better’ version appears. In the case of traditional cataract surgery combined with Trabectome vs. Laser cataract surgery, this is not the case! Both are effective, efficient, performed by a skilled physician, and prosper great results. In this progressive day and age, Dr. Okeke and Virginia Eye consultants never miss a beat.
    “Even glaucoma and cataract procedures can continue to have new advances in technology that can allow for better outcomes.” -Dr. Constance O. Okeke, MD, MSCE
  • Dr. Scoper on the Hidden Dangers of UV Rays

    Dr. Scoper appeared on WAVY-TV 10 to talk about need for quality sunglasses and the hidden dangers UV rays pose to our eyes. Watch the video below or click here to read more.

  • VEC is Named Small Business of the Year

    Virginia Eye Consultants of Norfolk was named the Small Business of the Year by the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce last week.

    The practice, which started in 1963, specializes in eye surgery and has seen 20 percent growth in the past year.

    With 90 employees, the business at 241 Corporate Blvd. is managed by Karen J. Spencer, chief executive officer; Dr. John D. Sheppard, president; and Dr. Stephen V. Scoper, vice president.

    Virginia Eye Consultants was selected from five finalists from each of the Southside cities for the honor. The other businesses were Russell’s Heating & Cooling of Chesapeake; Stealth Shredding Inc., which recently moved from Portsmouth to Chesapeake; Bennett’s Creek Pharmacy in Suffolk; and B&T Kitchens of Virginia Beach, which also has a location in Norfolk.

    “Each of the city award winners are exceptional companies with tremendous operations, customer service, employee involvement and the accomplishment of major goals and growth,” said Jim Carroll, vice president of small business for the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads Inc.

    “The judging committee felt that Virginia Eye Consultants’ operations, longevity and accomplishments were unmatched. This is an exceptional company with tremendous achievements and potential for even more in the future.”

    Congressman Scott Rigell (left) and Nelson Adcock, Chamber’s Chair (right)

    Jim Carroll, Vice President of Small Business for the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of the Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads, Inc.; Neal Crawford, President, Monarch Bank; Dr. Stephen Scoper, Vice President, Virginia Eye Consultants; Karen Spencer, CEO, Virginia Eye Consultants; and Jack Hornbeck, CCE, President & CEO, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. Photo courtesy of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce.

  • Speaking Engagements at 2011 ASCRS Conference

    Dr. Scoper several speaking engagements scheduled at this month’s American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) conference in San Diego, CA covering a wide variety of topics from allergy to infections to Restor IOL technology. His clinical research experience as principal investigator for numerous studies, Dr. Scoper brings a unique perspective into his discussions to educate our peers on advancements in ophthalmology.

    Click here for more information on the 2011 ASCRS conference.

  • Save the Date: Friday October 25, 2010

    AAOPH Symposium

    Join our expert panel to learn more about the new paradigm for treating Ocular Surface Complications of Blepharitis, and the introduction of two new products for OSD management.

    Friday, October 25, 2010


    Registration and Reception: 5:45-6:15pm
    Presentation: 6:15-7:15pm
    Dinner Reception: 7:15-8:15pm
    Adler Planetarium
    1300 S. Lake Shore Drive
    Chicago, IL 60605
    Adler #: 312-922-7827
    Stephen S. Lane, MD
    Distinguished Speakers:
    James McCulley, MD
    Professor & Chairman of the David Bruton Jr. Chair in Opthalmology of the Southwestern Medical School
    Victor Perez, MD
    Associate Professor of Opthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
    Secondary Appointment in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology

    Stephen Scoper, MD
    Vice President, Virginia Eye Consultants
    Associate Professor of Opthalmology, Easter Virginia Medical School

    or call 877-451-6511

    Transportation will be provided to and from the venue.
  • Virginia Eye Consultants Updated Event Schedule

    Upcoming Speaking Engagements

    June 5, 2010

    Optometrists of Southeast Missouri, OD Meeting and Educational Presentation

    Springfield, MO

    June 16, 2010

    Ocular Infections and Inflammation, Educational Presentation

    Hoboken, NJ

    June 24, 2010

    Department of Defense – Pataday, Alcon Labs

    Dallas, TX

    June 23, 2010

    OD Network Building Seminar, Miller Public Relations

    Dallas, TX

    July 31, 2010

    Sustane Blepharitis Advisory Fouum, Presentation, Alcon Labs

    New York, NY

    Clinical Research

    June 19, 2010

    Alcon Investigator’s Meeting

    Dallas, TX

  • Stephen V. Scoper, M.D. – Guest Lecturer at CPE Optometry Program Seminar | Fort Worth, Texas | Alcon Campus

    Dr. Stephen V. Scoper, Vice President of Virginia Eye Consultants, was a guest lecturer at an optometric student conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 12th, 2010 at Alcon’s Fort Worth campus. This is one of two conferences that Dr. Scoper has presented at (the first in late January) and over 100 students were in attendance.

    CPE Optometry Program is a two day seminar for fourth-year optometry students. This program is an interactive lecture on topics of dry eye, allergy, contact lens, glaucoma and co-management of IOLs. Dr. Lebow was also a guest lecturer at the event.
    Visit to learn more about Dr. Scoper.
  • Dr. Stephen V. Scoper | Guest Speaker at InSIGHT Educational Program | Durham, NC

    Dr. Stephen V. Scoper of Virginia Eye Consultants was a guest speaker at the InSIGHT educational program at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, North Carolina, on Saturday January 23rd, 2010!

    The program gave special insight into:

    • The latest advancements in PCIOL technology
    • Improving outcomes
    • Enhancing patient selection
    • Improving patient education
    • Managing patients post op
    • Accurate biometry with “hands on” session

    Faculty and Speakers included in the session:

    Steven Scoper, M.D., Virginia Eye Consultants
    Joseph L. Parisi, M.D., Clemson Ophthalmology
    Mary Lou Parisi, Executive Director, Clemson Ophthalmology
    William G. Martin, M.D., OptiVue, Toledo, Ohio
    Robin Vann, M.D., Duke Eye Center

    8:00-8:30am – Registration and Breakfast
    8:30-11:45am – Educational Session
    11:45-12:30pm – Lunch with Panel discussion
    12:30-2:30pm – Educational Session

    On Friday January 22nd, 2010, Dr. Scoper also hosted a roudtable dinner with Dr. William G. Martin and Mary Lou Parisi at Án New World Cuisine in Cary, North Carolina. The dinner was hosted as a precursor to the InSIGHT program the following day.

    We encourage all of our attendees to comment on their experience at InSIGHT! To do so, please use the comment box below this post.