Carolina Eye Associates

Carolina Eye Associates Carolina Eye Associates is one of the largest eye care providers in the Southeast, providing comprehensive eye care and leading-edge technology.
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Carolina Eye Associates is one of the largest eye care providers in the Southeast. Twelve regional centers provide care to patients from across the U.S. and more than 20 foreign countries. Established in Southern Pines, N.C. in 1977, Carolina Eye offers a full range of high-quality medical and surgical eye care services. Our doctors and staff provide the finest treatment, individual attention and compassionate care to patients. We use state-of-the-art technology and eye care practices. Care is never denied to anyone who needs help, regardless of their ability to pay.

It’s #FeatureFriday! Our featured doctor this week is Dr. Winston Garris, M.D. Dr. Garris is a specialist in glaucoma tr...
01/17/2020

It’s #FeatureFriday! Our featured doctor this week is Dr. Winston Garris, M.D. Dr. Garris is a specialist in glaucoma treatment and cataract surgery. He has a special interest in providing the newest and less invasive techniques for Glaucoma.
Three facts you might not know about Dr. Garris are:
His favorite hobby is taking his car out on racetracks to drive.
When he traveled to Southeast Asia, he ate a tarantula and a rat.
He loves food, cooking, traveling, and spending time swimming in the pool with his kids!

Are you nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism? Want to reduce your dependency on glasses and contacts? Here are Ca...
01/15/2020

Are you nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism? Want to reduce your dependency on glasses and contacts?
Here are Carolina Eye, we off blade-free, all-laser LASIK. If you are interested in LASIK, or just want to learn more, click here! bit.ly/LASIK-sp

Carolina Eye Associates's cover photo
01/14/2020

Carolina Eye Associates's cover photo

What are Cataracts? A cataract is when the natural lens in your eye becomes cloudy. A cloudy lens can make things look b...
01/13/2020
Cataracts Southern Pines | Cataract Surgery Greensboro | Carolina Eye

What are Cataracts?
A cataract is when the natural lens in your eye becomes cloudy. A cloudy lens can make things look blurry, hazy or dull. Cataracts occur most often due to aging and will affect adults age 60 and over.
Symptoms of cataracts include: blurry vision, seeing double, being extra sensitive to light, and having trouble seeing well at night.
If you believe you are developing cataracts or if you would like to learn more click here: bit.ly/2Q9UQBy

The surgeons at Carolina Eye Associates lead the way in the latest state-of-the-art cataract surgical procedures. Schedule a consultation to get started!

It’s #FeatureFriday! Our featured doctor this week is Dr. Tarra Millender. Dr. Millender is a specialist in glaucoma tre...
01/10/2020

It’s #FeatureFriday! Our featured doctor this week is Dr. Tarra Millender. Dr. Millender is a specialist in glaucoma treatment and cataract surgery. She is an active member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.
Three facts you might not know about Dr. Millender are:
She loves teaching children on the weekends.
She loves animals! She has two dogs, Indiana Jones and Nilla, and loves to ride horses.
In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and yoga.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month! Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve. The health of yo...
01/09/2020

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month! Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve. The health of your optic nerve is vital for good vision. Check out the information about Glaucoma below and contact us to schedule an appointment if you'd like to start treatment/prevention.

Dr. Andrew Mincey, a Cataract Specialist at our Greensboro location, was featured on an episode of TLC's "My Big Fat Fab...
01/08/2020
A Stormy Affair | My Big Fat Fabulous Life

Dr. Andrew Mincey, a Cataract Specialist at our Greensboro location, was featured on an episode of TLC's "My Big Fat Fabulous Life." Click the link below to watch the episode and see glimpses of Dr. Mincey meeting and performing Cataract surgery on Whitney's mother. http://bit.ly/CEA-TLC

Whitney and Buddy return from Alaska, raising questions about their relationship. A guest teacher shows BGDC how to twerk. Babs undergoes eye surgery as a massive hurricane approaches. Whitney, Buddy and Tal hunker down and wait for the storm to hit.

New year, best you! Click below to view our January cosmetic specials that our amazing esthetician, Amy, is offering thi...
01/06/2020

New year, best you! Click below to view our January cosmetic specials that our amazing esthetician, Amy, is offering this month. Contact us today to book your self-care!

It’s #FeatureFriday! Our featured doctor this week is Dr. Gregory Mincey. Dr. Mincey is a specialist of the retina and v...
01/03/2020

It’s #FeatureFriday! Our featured doctor this week is Dr. Gregory Mincey. Dr. Mincey is a specialist of the retina and vitreous. His specialty covers the treatment and surgery of diseases and disorders affecting the back of the eye, including diabetic eye disorders, macular degeneration, retinal detachments, and more!
A few facts you didn’t know about Dr. Mincey are:
He is a husband, father, and grandfather! His son, Andrew, is a cataract surgeon at our Greensboro location and his other son, Patrick, is a lawyer in Wilmington.
He is an Eagle Scout.
In Dr. Mincey’s spare time, he enjoys fly fishing, sailing, hunting, and flying!

01/01/2020

Happy New Year! We are so thankful for our patients and employees. Wishing you all a very happy 2020 year!

On behalf of everyone here at Carolina Eye Associates, we want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! bit.ly/-CEA
12/25/2019

On behalf of everyone here at Carolina Eye Associates, we want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! bit.ly/-CEA

It's #FeatureFriday! Our featured doctor this week is Dr. Anna Fakadej. Dr. Fakadej is a specialist in refractive catara...
12/20/2019

It's #FeatureFriday! Our featured doctor this week is Dr. Anna Fakadej. Dr. Fakadej is a specialist in refractive cataract surgery and general Ophthalmic surgery. She is considered an expert in the field of laser-assisted refractive cataract surgery and lectures nationally and internationally. She has been a Principal Investigator and National Medical Director on several FDA trials. She loves what she does and has a passion for bringing the best quality of surgical eye care delivered with kindness.
Three facts you might not know about Dr. Fakadej are:
She is a foster dog volunteer for K-2 solutions, a program that trains service dogs for veterans with PTSD.
She regularly participates with volunteer missions to Ethiopia and India, where she performs sight restoration cataract surgery on patients in under-developed areas.
In Dr. Fakadej’s spare time, she enjoys yoga and hiking!

12/19/2019

Did you know that we are partners with CareCredit? CareCredit is a payment system that helps individuals cover out-of-pocket costs that insurances do not cover! At Carolina Eye Associates, we offer 6 and 12-month payment plans with no interest*! To inquire about CareCredit, call us today! 910-295-1501

We would like to welcome two of our newest doctors! Dr. Kirk Murdock and Dr. Jennifer Flaherty are now in our Winston-Sa...
12/18/2019

We would like to welcome two of our newest doctors! Dr. Kirk Murdock and Dr. Jennifer Flaherty are now in our Winston-Salem office. Please join us in welcoming them to Carolina Eye Associates! bit.ly/CEA-team

Are your eyes dry, irritated or burning? Do you sometimes find it hard to focus your eyes when you have been reading or ...
12/17/2019

Are your eyes dry, irritated or burning? Do you sometimes find it hard to focus your eyes when you have been reading or using the computer for a long time?
You may be able to participate in a research study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of an investigational eye drop for the signs and symptoms described above!
Click below for more information!

12/17/2019

In honor of the holidays and to allow our employees to enjoy time with their families, Carolina Eye Associates with be closed the following days:
December 24, 2019
December 25, 2019
December 26, 2019
January 1, 2020

Thank you and we wish everyone Happy Holidays!

We would like to give a warm welcome to our newest Doctors!  In our Pinehurst/Southern Pines location, we would like to ...
12/13/2019

We would like to give a warm welcome to our newest Doctors! In our Pinehurst/Southern Pines location, we would like to welcome Dr. Allen Sharpe and Dr. Lisa Sitterson! Click here to learn about all our doctors: bit.ly/CEA-team

Are you struggling to find the perfect holiday gift for your loved one? Stop by our office and purchase a Cosmetic Servi...
12/12/2019

Are you struggling to find the perfect holiday gift for your loved one? Stop by our office and purchase a Cosmetic Services gift certificate. From an eyebrow wax and facial to Botox or Dermal Fillers - give the gift that will help your loved one shine bright in 2020! Ask for Tracy Newman when you visit. bit.ly/-CEA

11/27/2019
11/11/2019
Dr. Arghavan Almony, specialist of the retina, macula, and vitreous, presented at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences last...
11/05/2019

Dr. Arghavan Almony, specialist of the retina, macula, and vitreous, presented at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences last Friday, November 1st. She discussed the evolution of sight and the anatomy and function of the eye, and also shared her inspirational story of growing up as a refugee and how her personal experiences inspired her to help people and become a surgeon.

**NOVEMBER IS PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH**Over two years ago, I was told that I had a pancreatic mass and that th...
11/01/2019
Why Pancreatic Cancer Is on the Rise

**NOVEMBER IS PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH**
Over two years ago, I was told that I had a pancreatic mass and that there was a "less than 1% chance it was not cancer". This began a life changing journey. Pancreatic cancer will soon be the second most common cause of cancer deaths. The five year survival is in the single digits. It is more common in African Americans and in men. Diabetes and smoking are risk factors for this disease. Common symptoms are abdominal pain, back pain, yellowing of the skin, and weight loss.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-pancreatic-cancer-is-on-the-rise/
http://pancreatic.org/november/
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/pancreatic-cancer/about/key-statistics.html

Please ask your doctor if you have symptoms that may concern you. New treatments may prolong survival and quality of life.

Godspeed, Anna Fakadej MD MBA

Pancreatic cancer will soon be the second-biggest cause of cancer deaths

Our doctors and staff had fun dressing up for our annual Halloween event! All participants make a contribution to the Li...
10/31/2019

Our doctors and staff had fun dressing up for our annual Halloween event! All participants make a contribution to the Lion's Club, so the festivities are also in support of a great cause. Hope you enjoy these pics!

Carolina Eye Associates's cover photo
10/31/2019

Carolina Eye Associates's cover photo

Stay safe and have fun tonight!
10/31/2019

Stay safe and have fun tonight!

Dr. Arghavan Almony, specialist of the retina, macula, and vitreous, is presenting at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences ...
10/31/2019
Teen Science Cafe: The Eyes Have It Programs and Events Calendar

Dr. Arghavan Almony, specialist of the retina, macula, and vitreous, is presenting at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences this Friday, November 1st from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Follow the link below for program details:
https://naturalsciences.org/calendar/event/teen-science-cafe-vision/

Join us as we explore the evolution of sight and the anatomy and function of the eye at this eye-mazing Café. Meet Dr. Arghavan Almony to hear her inspirational story of growing up as a refugee whose personal experiences inspired her to help people and become a surgeon. She’ll share her passion f...

Congratulations to Daniellisse M. Encarnacion Mitte, Amy Baker, and Jacquelin Chiquita, (pictured left to right), recipi...
10/25/2019

Congratulations to Daniellisse M. Encarnacion Mitte, Amy Baker, and Jacquelin Chiquita, (pictured left to right), recipients of Carolina Eye's Ophthalmic Medical Assistant program scholarships for the graduating class of 2020 at Sandhills Community College! Daniellisse, Amy, and Jacquelin were recognized last night at the College's Annual Scholarship Dinner.

08/29/2019
Alcon Introduces AcrySof IQ PanOptix Trifocal IOL in the U.S., the First and Only FDA-Approved Trifocal Lens

Alcon announced this week, the FDA approval of AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® IOL (intraocular lens for cataract surgery).

Called “The Next-Generation Trifocal”, the lens is designed to provide correction at all three distances - near, intermediate and, far. It is the first and only FDA-Approved trifocal lens for cataract surgery patients in the U.S.

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our cataract surgeons offering this new technology. Visit www.carolinaeye.com or call 910-295-2100 or 800-733-5357.

https://www.alcon.com/media-release/alcon-introduces-acrysof-iq-panoptix-trifocal-iol-us-first-and-only-fda-approved

Geneva, August 27, 2019 – Alcon (SIX/NYSE:ALC), the global leader in eye care, today announced the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and its initial commercial launch of AcrySof®IQ PanOptix®Trifocal Intraocular Lens (IOL), the first and only trifocal lens for U.S. patients undergoing c...

Thanks to your help, Carolina Eye is among the final nominees in the Ophthalmology/Optometry category for the "Best of t...
06/28/2019
2019 Best of the Pines – Presented by Pinehurst Surgical

Thanks to your help, Carolina Eye is among the final nominees in the Ophthalmology/Optometry category for the "Best of the Pines" award! Voting is now open through July 23rd to determine the winner, and we'd like to ask for your help one last time. Please follow the below link to cast your vote for Carolina Eye. You can only submit one vote per email address this time. Thanks so much for your help!

https://bestofthepines.com/#/gallery/165854043/?group=317480

Congratulations to Usiwoma Abugo, M.D. for the well-deserved recognition from her alma mater, the University of Notre Da...
06/20/2019
London Alumni Series: Usi Abugo realizes adventure is the best way to learn | London Global Gateway | University of Notre Dame

Congratulations to Usiwoma Abugo, M.D. for the well-deserved recognition from her alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. We are proud to have you as a part of the Carolina Eye team! https://ntrda.me/2MFigAu

London Alumni Series: Usi Abugo realizes adventure is the best way to learn Published: June 11, 2019 Author: Joanna Byrne Usiwoma Abugo ‘08 is probably the only oculoplastic surgeon who is instafamous. With nearly 17,000 followers, Abugo provides mentoring to medical students through various socia...

05/29/2019
In honor of Healthy Vision Month, Anna F. Fakadej, M.D. shares how to make vision a priority in this month's issue of Ou...
05/21/2019
OutreachNC May 2019

In honor of Healthy Vision Month, Anna F. Fakadej, M.D. shares how to make vision a priority in this month's issue of OutreachNC Magazine.

The Gardening Issue

Wishing you Happy Mother's Day from all of us at Carolina Eye Associates.
05/12/2019

Wishing you Happy Mother's Day from all of us at Carolina Eye Associates.

This Mother's Day, treat Mom to some well-deserved pampering with these specials from our Aesthetic Center in Pinehurst!...
05/01/2019

This Mother's Day, treat Mom to some well-deserved pampering with these specials from our Aesthetic Center in Pinehurst!

Of course, a gift certificate is always a perfect fit - available from our Aesthetic Centers in both Pinehurst and Greensboro.

Carolina Eye Associates has long been recognized as a leader in clinical research for the study of innovative diagnostic...
04/25/2019
OutreachNC April 2019

Carolina Eye Associates has long been recognized as a leader in clinical research for the study of innovative diagnostic techniques and new therapies for patients with vision disorders.

Read the article in this month’s OutreachNC magazine to learn more about what we do!

The New Face of Aging

Did you know exercise is good for your eyes? Join the Rock n' Run and exercise for a good cause!
04/17/2019

Did you know exercise is good for your eyes? Join the Rock n' Run and exercise for a good cause!

According to this recently published Sports Illustrated article, NBA star Steph Curry found some relief for his Keratoco...
04/04/2019
Stephen Curry recently started wearing contacts

According to this recently published Sports Illustrated article, NBA star Steph Curry found some relief for his Keratoconus with contacts…but what exactly is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease where the normally round cornea thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape. This cone shape deflects light as it enters the eye on its way to the light-sensitive retina, causing blurry and distorted vision.

In the early stages of the disease your vision may be helped with glasses or contact lenses. It’s also possible Curry could also benefit from a relatively new FDA-approved method of treatment of corneal cross-linking.

Cross-linking is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a special UV light and eye drops to strengthen the collagen fibers in the cornea to stop it from bulging.

Carolina Eye cornea surgeons, John W. French, M.D. and Richard B. Phinney, M.D., are pleased to offer corneal cross-linking to Keratoconus patients who would benefit from the procedure. For more information call (910) 295-2100.

Steph Curry has a cornea condition and recently addressed the problem by getting contact lenses.

Happy Doctor’s Day to an awesome group of doctors!
03/30/2019

Happy Doctor’s Day to an awesome group of doctors!

Be sure to check out Dr. White's recent article on Eyelid Cancer in OutreachNC Magazine!
03/27/2019
OutreachNC March 2019

Be sure to check out Dr. White's recent article on Eyelid Cancer in OutreachNC Magazine!

The Navigating New Frontiers Issue

You have limited time with your doctor, so it is important to make the most of it. The Agency for Healthcare Research an...
03/20/2019

You have limited time with your doctor, so it is important to make the most of it. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has launched a new mobile app to help patients prepare and organize questions and other helpful information prior to medical visits.

The Question Builder app helps patients prepare for medical visits and organize their medical information so they can maximize the time they have with their doctors, nurses and others on their health care team.

Information entered into the Question Builder app resides on the user’s own device and is available for free on iTunes and Google Play. Find out more at https://tinyurl.com/y6yfbpq

Carolina Eye Hosts Statewide SymposiumsMore than 600 optometrists and optometric technicians from North and South Caroli...
03/18/2019

Carolina Eye Hosts Statewide Symposiums

More than 600 optometrists and optometric technicians from North and South Carolina and Virginia attended symposiums hosted by Carolina Eye Associates in Southern Pines and Greensboro N.C. The 33rd Annual Robert G. Martin, M.D. Symposium on Ocular Disease offered participants the opportunity to obtain continuing education credit while attending lectures on the latest advances in the treatment of glaucoma, cataracts, vitreoretinal diseases, corneal disease and oculoplastics.

Presentations were given by ophthalmologists, Usiwoma Abugo, M.D.; Arghavan Almony, M.D.; Jenna Bottorff, D.O.; Anna Fakadej, M.D.; John French, M.D.; Winston Garris, M.D.; Zeina Haddad, M.D.; Nicholas Marchase, M.D.; Daniel Messner, M.D.; Tarra Millender, M.D.; Andrew Mincey, M.D.; Gregory Mincey, M.D.; Christopher Shah, M.D.; Allen Sharpe, M.D.; Lisa Sitterson. M.D.; and Jeffrey White, M.D.

Happy National Pi Day! #PiDay
03/14/2019

Happy National Pi Day! #PiDay

Licensed esthetician, Amy Schultz, is ready to help you spring forward looking your best! Take advantage of these specia...
03/13/2019

Licensed esthetician, Amy Schultz, is ready to help you spring forward looking your best! Take advantage of these specials to renew and refresh your skin for spring.

Tune into tonight’s episode of My Big Fat Fabulous Life to see one of our own - Andrew “Drew” Mincey, M.D. - as he makes...
03/12/2019

Tune into tonight’s episode of My Big Fat Fabulous Life to see one of our own - Andrew “Drew” Mincey, M.D. - as he makes a guest appearance on the show! We don’t want to spoil the surprise so be sure to watch tonight at 8 p.m. on TLC.

In case you aren’t familiar with the program - it follows Whitney Thore’s emotional journey after being diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. The disease caused Whitney, a slender dancer at the time, to gain more than 200 pounds in one year at college. Whitney, who is from Greensboro, N.C. is trying to find her way in a world that tends to judge people by their size.

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2170 Midland Road
Southern Pines, NC
28387

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Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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(910) 295-2100

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Carolina Eye Associates is one of the largest eye care providers in the Southeast. Twelve regional centers provide care to patients from across the U.S. and more than 20 foreign countries. Established in Southern Pines, N.C. in 1977, Carolina Eye offers a full range of high-quality medical and surgical eye care services. Using state-of-the-art technology and eye care practices, our doctors and staff provide the finest treatment, individual attention and compassionate care to patients.

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