Local Optical Providers in Fort Myers, FL

R. Aouchiche, M.D., FACS

Dr. Aouchiche has been in practice in Florida since 1988. He was fellowship trained in neuro-ophthalmology at Pennsylvania Hospital, instructed in neuro-ophthalmology at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, and performed retinal research studies at Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute.
Dr. Aouchiche also specializes in strabismus surgery and state-of-the-art cataract surgery. He has volunteered at the Bonita Lions Club and San Louis du Nord, Haiti. Dr. Aouchiche enjoys tennis, biking, and piano. His two daughters are the apples of his eyes.

What Is a Neuro-Ophthalmologist?

A neuro-ophthalmologist is a physician specializing in diseases that originate in the nervous system and affect vision. Neuro-ophthalmology, a subspecialty of both neurology and ophthalmology, requires specialized training and expertise in problems of the eyes, brain, nerves, and muscles.
Some commonly seen diseases that a neuro-ophthalmologist may see include optic neuritis, optic neuropathy, temporal arteritis, papilledema, ocular myasthenia gravis, brain tumors, or strokes affecting vision, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, unexplained vision loss, headaches, double vision and strabismus, blepharospasm, thyroid eye disease, unequal pupil size and eyelid abnormalities.
Only the most complex and difficult cases are referred to neuro-ophthalmology. The neuro-ophthalmic evaluation is one of the most comprehensive work-ups that you will experience. It may take a few hours to complete.
You will be asked to give an account of your current problem and relate your entire medical history, including prior hospitalizations, operations, serious illnesses, medical problems in your family members, current medications, and medicine allergies.
According to current statistics, there are only 36 neuro-ophthalmologists in the state of Florida. You would have to travel to Sarasota or Miami to find the next available neuro-ophthalmologist. Our practice takes pride in dedicating the time required for our patients' treatments. We apologize if this may, in any way, prolong your wait and we appreciate your patience.

Kim Aouchiche, C.O., COT

Kim Aouchiche is married to Dr. Aouchiche, and she has been in practice at West Coast Eye Care since 1990. She attended Johns Hopkins Orthoptic Program, and received her Certified Orthoptist and Certified Ophthalmic Technician degrees in 1983. She has co-authored articles in the American Orthoptic Journal and taught orthoptic courses.
Kim worked as a full-time orthoptist in pediatric ophthalmology in Baltimore as well as neuro-ophthalmology and adult strabismus in Fort Myers. She is an associate member of the AAP and AAPOS, and she has volunteered at Bonita Lions Club. Kim enjoys biking, tennis, dance, and her fun daughters and husband.

What is an Orthoptist?

West Coast Eye Care is privileged to have the only orthoptist on staff in Lee and Collier Counties. Kim Aouchiche, C.O., COT is certified in the specialized field of orthoptics. She is uniquely skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with disorders of the visual system specifically pertaining to binocular (both eyes working together) vision and eye movements.
Orthoptists typically focus on patients that have disorders, such as strabismus and amblyopia. However, she also provides adult care specific to neuro-ophthalmology and adult eye muscle disorders.
Our talented orthoptist and staff make it a priority to provide a comfortable, non-threatening environment for you. We are specially trained in working with children and we try to make each visit a rewarding experience for our patients.
We also recognize and try to alleviate any worries. We know that vision problems are concerning, and we work hard to provide accurate and understandable information about your current and future eye health.

Brenda Hart, O.D.

Brenda Hart is a Board Certified Therapeutic Optometric Physician. She has been living and practicing in Ft. Myers since 1993. She earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in biology from the University of South Florida, and her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston, College of Optometry.
Her internships were done in Orlando at the Eye Foundation and in Denver at the Colorado Optometric Center, where she focused on ocular disease and vision therapy.
The 20 years prior to joining the practice of West Coast Eye Care in 2014, Dr. Hart worked for a large multidisciplinary ophthalmology group. She then owned and operated her own optometric office.
Dr. Hart has a special interest in geriatric eye care and ocular disease. She also specializes in pediatric eye care as well as providing both pre- and post-operative eye care.
She is a lifetime member of the American Optometric Association, the Florida Optometric Association, and the Southwest Florida Optometric Association.
Dr. Hart has been married to Dr. Andrew Hart for 22 years. They have two beautiful children. Dr. Hart enjoys reading, gardening, walking, and spending time with her family.

T. Aaron Judd, O.D.

T. Aaron Judd is a Board Certified Optometric Physician. Originally from Oklahoma, Dr. Judd completed his Bachelors Degree with Distinction at the University of Oklahoma. He attended the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee and received his Doctor of Optometry, Summa cum Laude finishing second in his class.
While in Optometry school he was awarded a Health Professions Scholarship. He completed his clinical training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and at the Pentagon DiLorenzo Tricare Clinic, both in Washington, DC.
After clinical training he was selected to be the eye doctor for the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. While there he served as a clinic chief, residency/internship director and was adjunct faculty for two medical schools.
Dr. Judd also served for a one year tour during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was based in the triangle just north of Baghdad. He provided triage, emergent, traumatic and general eye care to the multinational forces, civilians, detainees and insurgency.
As a civilian since 2006, Dr. Judd has practiced in a multi-disciplinary setting in Florida and understands the role of the team approach to patient care.
Dr. Judd has been published and has a special interest in all areas of eye disease. He views the eye as the portal to the body and is diligent in determining the solution to his patients' symptoms and looks forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your goals.
Contact one of our professional providers at West Coast Eye Care in Fort Myers, Florida, to learn more about our services. Call (239) 466-3111.