About Us

Virginia Eye Institute | Ophthalmology | Lasik Surgery | Richmond VA | Chester VA | Petersburg VA

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.

Our Mission

To enhance lives by delivering world-class, comprehensive eye care services.

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

April Artist

Walter Hutchinson Studio Panoramic Photo-Paintings of Richmond. Even before attending St. Christopher's school and graduating from University of Richmond where he was taking images for their publications, Walter Hutchinson was fascinated with the magic of photography using Brownie Hawkeye Cameras and the original Polaroid Land Instant cameras in the mid 1950's, and hand coloring black and white photographs before color film was readily available. 

Before opening his photography studio in Richmond during the early 1980's, he worked as a staff writer/photographer for United Press International and the Fort Lauderdale News/Sun Sentinel as well as a public relations company in South Florida while working with many distinguished photographers in that area.

Since starting his studio, he and his wife Sharon have personally photographed well over 1200 weddings and at least as many studio bridal portraits, family portraits and executive portraits and has had several exhibits of his original panoramic photo-paintings of most every landmark and monument in Richmond that have been shown in numerous locations including two floors of the general assembly at the State Capital.

His fascination with the magic of Photography has never diminished and even now, he spends virtually all his time either working in his studio or on location taking photographs while at the same time continuing to learn not only advanced techniques in studio portraiture but in "after image capture" skills using the very latest imaging software.  To learn about his studio and view images go to www.WalterHutchinsonStudio.com.

Virginia Eye Institute welcomes other local artists who wish to exhibit their work. Please contact Cheryl Lunger at lungerc@vaeye.com for information.

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Contact Us by Phone

  • Appointments in Richmond (804) 287-4200
  • Appointments in Tri-Cities (804) 733-7300
  • For Information (804) 287-4200
  • Richmond Toll Free (800) 348-2393
  • Tri-Cities Toll Free (888) 393-7384
  • After Hours (804) 764-7759
  • Fax Number (804) 287-4210