Tom M. Coffman, M.D., F.S.E.E.
Cataract and Refractive Specialist
Dr. Tom Coffman has been practicing ophthalmology since 1973 and is the founder of the Visual Health & Surgical Center. He specializes in cataract removal and surgery to reduce or eliminate the need for bifocals. Currently Dr. Coffman is utilizing the most advanced form of laser assisted cataract removal for his patients.
Dr. Coffman, an Ohio native, earned his M.D. degree at the University of Miami while also participating in research at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and Johns Hopkins Medical Center. His internship was in St. Louis at Washington University- Barnes Hospital, and his residency at Ohio State University in Columbus. Dr. Coffman is a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a member of the American College of Eye Surgeons. His involvement in many South Florida and national ophthalmology groups allows him to bring immediate developments to his patients as they occur.
In 1990, he was certified by the American Board of Eye Surgery, distinguishing himself as a surgeon with skills of excellent quality. His expertise in small-incision and multi-focal implant surgery continue to gain him frequent invitations to teach in this country and throughout Europe. According to Allergan, he has implanted more multi-focal lenses than anyone in the world.
Alejandro Espaillat, M.D.
Alejandro Espaillat, M.D. was trained at Harvard University and Brown University Schools of Medicine and their affiliated hospitals. He specializes in state-of-the-art cataract surgery as well as cosmetic eyelid surgery. He has performed thousands of successful ophthalmic and aesthetic surgical procedures including cataract surgeries, aesthetic facial neurochemical injections, dermal fillers, laser skin rejuvenation, advanced chemical peels, plasma rich platelets, fibrin, and stem cells anti-aging injections.
He is a member in good standing of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. As well, Dr. Espaillat is a Diplomate in Aesthetic Medicine and Board Certified from the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. He is also a member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery.
Dr. Espaillat enjoys participating in research and has co-authored many published medical reports.
Shamim Haji, M.D.
Board Certified Retinal Specialist
Dr. Haji was born and raised in Kashmir, India. He obtained his medical degree from the Government Medical College Srinagar, Kashmir University, India. After moving to the United States, he completed multiple fellowships because he believed that ophthalmology offers the opportunity to improve a patient’s quality of life.
He completed a clinical research post-doctoral fellowship in Cornea and Refractive surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, and a clinical Glaucoma and medical Retina fellowship at the East Florida Eye Institute (Campus).
He completed his ophthalmology residency from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine, in Kansas City, Missouri. He then went on to complete a two-year fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal diseases at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, Florida.
Dr. Haji is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He has authored and coauthored thirteen papers in peer-review journals, including the Archives of Ophthalmology, and presented over 30 posters at major national and international meetings. He co-authored a book chapter in “The Glaucoma Book: A Practical, Evidence-Based Approach to Patient Care.”
The field of retinal diseases is fast evolving, especially in retina surgery. Dr. Haji strives to keep up with the cutting-edge technology, so he can provide the best possible care to his patients.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Haji enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. His hobbies are sports including golf, soccer, ping pong and tennis.
Dr. Haji is seeing patients at both Visual Health locations in Palm Springs and Jupiter.
Richard (Scott) Hearing, O.D. F.A.A.O.
Board Certified Optometric Physician
Dr. M. Richard Hearing has been a resident of Florida since 1968. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree and received a Doctorate in 1984 from the Southern College of Optometry in California. He is a fellow at the American Academy of Optometry and is an active member of the Palm Beach Florida Optometric Association. Further highlights from his career include:
- Adjunct Faculty at West Virginia University, School of Medicine
- Certified in Low Vision by the State of Florida, Division of Blind Services
- NASA, Georgia Teach, West Virginia University Research Developer in the next generation of low vision technology
- Clinical affiliation for the Summit Excimer Laser Program
- Refractive Surgery and Corneal Reshaping Consultant
- Former U.S. Army Reserve Medical Officer
- Private Pilot’s License, Missionary Flights Volunteer
- Former Director of Clinical Eye Care at the Providenciales Health Medical Center (PHMC)
- Former Director of Optometric Services for Medical Ministries International (MM)
- Board of Directors of Braille International member
- Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
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Melissa Iglesias, D.O.
Cataract & Premium Lens Specialist
Dr. Melissa Iglesias has extensive experience as an eye physician and surgeon in the military and private practice. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Philadelphia University and her D.O. from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where she received the PCOM Jesse Young Memorial Award. Dr. Iglesias served as an Ophthalmology Resident at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and served her internship at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. Dr. Iglesias has received several awards for her military service and has also taught at the University of South Carolina, Philadelphia College of Medicine, and the University of Florida. She has been published in Military Medicine and Medscape General Medicine for her research in ocular diseases and hypertensive retinopathy. Dr. Iglesias is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the American Osteopathic Association.