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 -- March Artist

Judith Gilman-Hines


A lifelong resident of the Richmond area, Judy Gilman-Hines was educated at St. Catherine’s School and Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC.  After she raised her family of two sons and two daughters; gardening, art and travel become her
passions.  Regular trips abroad gave Mrs. Gilman subjects to paint and photograph. Each hobby helped the other.

In 1969, Mrs. Gilman began formal art lessons at the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club, Richmond, VA, with teachers Nancy Witt, Barclay Sheaks, Ruth Ensign, Helen Van Wyk, Irene Perry and I-Huing Ju.  She attended workshops at Nimrod Hall, in Bath County, VA, Helen Van Wuk  in Rockport, MA and Robert Benton in Gloucester, MA.

The artist studied in gouache, oil paint, pencil, pen, and printmaking but now works exclusively in watercolor.  Her first botanical illustration classes were with Barbara Stewart, VA, and James Linton Sain, VA, at her mountain home at Wintergreen Resort, VA.  Master classes organized by Dr. Shirley Sherwood were with Katie Lee, New York, Jenny Phillips, Australia, Coral Guest, England and Margaret Saul, Australia.  Her current teacher is Juliet Kirby of  Williamsburg who teaches the advanced botanical artists at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond.  A fruit painting class by Denise Walser-Kolar was a new approach for Judy’s work.  She was introduced to new, vibrant colors in watercolor.

Mrs. Gilman has had one woman shows and exhibits annually at the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club and around Virginia.  Her work is in the permanent collections of Longwood University, Farmville [the premier collection of contemporary Virginia artists’ work], St. Catherine’s School, Richmond and Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC.  Mrs. Gilman is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists. She earned a certificate in Botanical illustration from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA.

Mrs. Gilman is an accomplished plantsman.  She has nurtured every plant in her gardens.  She has had two gardens and homes opened for Virginia’s Historic Garden Week.  Another garden was on tour for the International Daffodil Exhibit.  She had a large wildflower garden at her Wintergreen home. Now, Judy paints to bring her garden indoors year round.  Usually, she has grown each plant herself or a friend has it in her garden.

In each painting, she tries to show the very young, mid, and full blossom as well as the old age or seed that developed during the painting process.

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