Founded in 1976, Virginia Eye Institute is one of Virginia’s oldest, largest and best-known ophthalmology practices. We offer a unique comprehensive model of care with a diverse collection of ophthalmologists and subspecialists providing eye-care expertise under one roof.
VEI provides treatment for an entire range of ophthalmic needs, including cataract surgery, retinal disorders, glaucoma care, corneal disorders, pediatric eye care and adult strabismus, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, LASIK and refractive surgery, neuro-ophthalmology, optometry, as well as optical shops for glasses or customized contact lenses. We participate with all major managed care plans.
VEI’s physicians are board certified and fellowship-trained by some of the world’s leading ophthalmology medical schools and sub-specialty society members. Inside of our optical shops, we staff board-certified opticians and contact lens fitters.
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To carry out this mission Virginia Eye Institute will strive to:
- Ensure that Quality underpins every decision.
- Deliver Excellence in Diagnosis and Treatment as evidenced by outcomes and overall patient experience.
- Provide Convenient and Efficient Access to a comprehensive array of Ophthalmic services throughout the region via clinical sites and community outreach.
- Continuously Evaluate Clinical and Technological Advancements.
- Excel in specialized Ophthalmic Care supported by comprehensive Research and Education.
Artist of the Month
Dr. Ivan W. Perkinson: Ivan is the twin brother of the well-known Richmond dentist and artist Dr. W. Baxter Perkinson, Jr. Ivan earned his doctorate in Ministry and Baxter earned his doctorate in dentistry. They don't look like twins and certainly have had very different career paths, but they share one common talent and passion...they both paint watercolors.
Both men began painting as adults, having never even doodled as boys. Baxter began painting at the age of 35. Ivan began painting at the age of 46 inspired and coached by his twin brother.
At a Christmas party at Baxter's house in 1990, Ivan said "I'd give anything to paint like that." Baxter replied, "it's a skill you can learn, like playing the piano or typing. Come to my house on Saturday's and I'll teach you". That first lesson took place 23 years ago in 1991.
Today, both men are well known as professional watercolor artists. Ivan paints historical settings while Baxter is much more impressionistic, colorful and free.
Ivan has been married to his high school sweetheart, Peggy, for 51 years. They have 3 children, 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. They live in the Village of Matoaca in one of the oldest homes in Chesterfield, built in 1720.
Virginia Eye Institute welcomes other local artists who wish to exhibit their work. Please contact Cheryl Lunger at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.