Our History

Virginia Eye Institute, founded in 1976, is an association of board-certified ophthalmologists and optometrists who provide Virginians state-of-the-art comprehensive medical and surgical eye care as well as optical services.

In 1981, Virginia Eye Institute made medical history when Anthony D. Sakowski, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S. and Walter E. Bundy, III, M.D., F.A.C.S. performed Virginia’s first refractive surgery procedure.

In 1983, Virginia Eye Institute revolutionized ophthalmology in Virginia yet again when it began development of a free standing outpatient ophthalmic ambulatory surgery center, the first of its kind in the state. This was followed shortly in 1985 by the ground breaking of the Huguenot Bridge facility that was to become a new full service eye care facility.

The following years brought substantial growth to Virginia Eye Institute, as the number of practicing ophthalmologists grew rapidly. This was highlighted by Richmond Retinal Associates joining Virginia Eye Institute in 2000 and Petersburg Eye Center joining Virginia Eye Institute in 2005.

In 2003, Virginia Eye Institute’s new free-standing Ambulatory Surgery Center opened at the Huguenot Bridge campus. The first surgery case was performed on January 26, 2003. Virginia Eye Institute’s surgery center soon became a practice site for Virginia Ear Nose & Throat Associates (VENTA).

Today, our board-certified ophthalmologists and optometrists continue to provide Virginians with state-of-the-art comprehensive medical and surgical eye care as well as optical services. Our physicians include fellowship-trained ophthalmic subspecialists for cataract surgery, glaucoma, retina and vitreous, cornea and external disease, pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, LASIK and refractive surgery, neuro-ophthalmology, and general ophthalmology. Optometry, low vision services, optical centers, and ophthalmic photography are also offered. Our surgeons employ innovative surgical methods and contemporary technology to treat patients. Ophthalmic care is provided in 8 conveniently located offices throughout Richmond, Midlothian, Chester, Hanover, and Colonial Heights.