Our Doctors

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. 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. His patients were so pleased with this lens that he had the multifocal lenses implanted in his own eyes to eliminate all need for glasses.

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.

Abed Namavari, M.D.
Retinal Specialist

Dr. Abed Namavari, joined the Visual Health team after practicing as a comprehensive Ophthalmologist and Retina specialist in Los Angeles, California.  His extensive training includes completing a 2-year research fellowship at Farabi Eye Hospital in Tehran Iran followed by a 5-year post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Illinois, Chicago Department of Ophthalmology.  His internship was at Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago and Ophthalmology residency at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Namavari achieved his medical retina fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami Florida.  He is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

He has published many research papers as well as contributed a book chapter on “Stem Cells and their use in Regenerative Therapy of the Retina”, “Stem Cell Transplantation” and “Tissue Engineering and Cancer”.

Dr. Namavari enjoys swimming, fitness, concerts and travel.  He is an advocate of animal rights and wildlife preservation.  He looks forward to seeing new patients in our Palm Springs and Jupiter location.

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
  • 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 (MMI)
  • Former Board of Directors of Braille International member
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America

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