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.
Meir Baalhaness, M.D.
Board Certified Retina Specialist
Dr. Meir Baalhaness specializes in the treatment of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, and other diseases of the retina and vitreous. Dr. Baalhaness received his undergraduate training at Brooklyn College City University of New York. He received the Dr. Franklin Epstein Scholarship for the Department of Chemistry and was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from State University of New York at Stony Brook with a Doctor of Medicine degree. During this time, he was honored with the Engel Memorial Scholarship and a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center and received additional training as a Fellow in Retinal and Vitreous Surgery and Disease at the University of Texas, Medical Branch at Galveston, where he was also a Clinical Instructor in Ophthalmology.
Dr. Baalhaness is Board-Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, New York State Ophthalmologic Society and the Medical Society of New York. He is licensed to practice medicine in Florida and New York. Dr. Baalhaness is available to see patients in Palm Springs and Jupiter offices.
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
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.
Darren Payne, M.D.
Cataract & Premium Lens Specialist
Dr. Darren Payne specializes in cataract surgery and general ophthalmology. He has performed over 6000 refractive procedures since 1992 and I was one of the first doctors to perform Lasik in North America. Dr. Payne was accepted in medical school at the age of 18 and benefited from a private scholarship. He earned his doctorate from the University of Montreal in 1983. He then rotated through internship and ophthalmology residency through the same institution. He has over 25 years of experience in ophthalmology. He is Board Certified since 1991 by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada since 1989. He has been a Medical Director of several Ophthalmology practices as well as an Ambulatory Surgery Center Director of another practice. He has worked both in Canada and in the US and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.