Webster optometry practice Family Eyecare Associates has joined the Flaum Eye Institute, continuing growth of the Ophthalmology department.
Therese Farugia, O.D, will continue to provide patients state-of-the-art vision care, augmented by convenient access to Flaum’s specialized medical and surgical eye care.
“Dr. Farugia has a sparkling reputation as an optometrist who has taken excellent care of her patients over decades and joining the faculty is a perfect fit,” said Steven Feldon, M.D., M.B.A., director of the Flaum Eye Institute and chair of Ophthalmology. “This acquisition improves access to care to advance our population eye health initiative for prevention and early detection of eye disease. Often, early treatment directly translates into preservation or restoration of vision.”
Farugia established the optometry practice 30 years ago, providing primary vision care for all ages, contact lenses, and screening and monitoring for glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. The practice is at 2000 Empire Blvd., and includes an optical shop serving several thousand patients.
“Being part of FEI has many benefits for our patients. It has the best of instrumentation and technology, research and education all of which serve patients well,” Farugia said. She leads the practice that includes others in her family – her brother, Joseph Farugia, is an optician and their mother helped manage the office for many years.
“We’re truly Family Eyecare Associates, because my family has always been a big part of this,” she said.
The Flaum Eye Institute is among the nation’s leaders in vision care and research. Ophthalmologic specialists provide diagnostic testing, advanced surgical interventions and optimized management of the most complex eye conditions. Patients from around the world travel to Flaum for expert care for artificial cornea transplants, refractive surgical correction, retinal degenerative diseases management and treatment of orbital inflammatory processes. Scientists pioneer new diagnostics and treatments and are dedicated to translating their findings to clinical advances that preserve and enhance vision.