Space Coast Ophthalmology opens new practice in Viera


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Dr. Staci Walters recently joined Space Coast Ophthalmology in Viera.

Adam Palumbo

It's a name familiar to Titusville patients. Soon, Space Coast Ophthalmology will be a name familiar to Viera patients seeking state-of-the-art eye care.

A new practice opened in Viera in early September.

The new facility at 2328 Medico Lane offers a comprehensive range of services, including treatment for cataracts, dry eye, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic eye diseases, pediatric eye exams, ocular nutrition, eye infections and blepharoplasty (eyelid lift surgery). LASIK/PRK surgery also will be offered in the near future. Of course, the practice also performs routine eye exams, as well as exams for contact lenses.

Dr. Nicholas Pefkaros, who launched the original Titusville practice, is joined by Dr. Staci Walters, O.D., F.A.A.O.

A board-certified member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Pefkaros graduated magna cum laude from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and did his residency training at the highly regarded Wills Eye Hospital, also in the City of Brotherly Love. He served four years as a major in the United States Army, where his mission was to surgically repair eye trauma from soldiers on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Walters is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. She earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University in Oregon.

Dry eye, which causes irritation, redness, burning and stinging, is one of the most common complaints these specialists treat. Depending on the severity, treatment commences with artificial lubricating drops, prescription drops (Xiidra, Restasis), punctal occlusion and dry eye amniotic membranes.

AmbioDisk, a new treatment for dry eye, is about the size of a small contact lens that contains an amniotic membrane with regenerative properties to heal the eye, soothe pain and improve vision.

The disk, which is inserted and removed during an office visit, is placed on the cornea and kept in place with a soft contact lens for a five- to seven-day period, during which the nutrients in the disk dissolve into the cornea. The nutrients bring the eye back to a normal state, so eyedrops and other treatments can be more effective.

In addition to treating dry eye, AmbioDisk also can be used to treat non-healing epithelial corneal defects, corneal erosions caused by dry eyes, acute chemical/thermal burns and eye infections.

Another condition commonly treated at Space Coast Ophthalmology are cataracts. Pefkaros is highly trained in the ORA System, a sophisticated device that provides real time measurements of the patient’s eye during cataract surgery in order to provide more precise outcomes.

“At any point during cataract surgery, Pefkaros can use the ORA to take measurements, which allows for more precise lens implant selection,” said Valerie Clark, the director of business development.

The technology has been clinically proven to improve outcomes for patients who had prior LASIK, as well as astigmatism patients.

Recently, Pefkaros became the first surgeon in Brevard County to implant the PanOptix trifocal intraocular lens (IOL) during cataract surgery. This unique IOL has the ability to achieve distance, near and intermediate vision after cataract removal.

Patients can expect the highest level of care at the new practice.

“The most important thing that differentiates us is our personal approach to every patient,” Pefkaros said.

“At SCO, every patient is treated like family and not like a number. Our doctors are always available for our patients, who can be assured of the highest quality care as well as the personalization which we believe is paramount to an excellent medical practice.”

The new Space Coast Ophthalmology practice in Viera is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays. For more information, call 321-267-0008 or go to SpaceCoastOphthalmology.com.