Dr. Samuel Garrett

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Samuel Garrett, M.D.


Dr. Samuel N. Garrett, founder and President of Virginia Beach Eye Center, is a recognized leader in the Hampton Roads medical community, where he is known as a “physicians’ physician” because he cares for such a large number of the area’s doctors and their families. Dr. Garrett is also consistently named one of the region’s top ophthalmologists by his fellow physicians in polls conducted by Hampton Roads Magazine for its annual “Top Docs” issue and was recently inducted into their “Top Docs Hall of Fame”. In addition, he has received four “Top Ophthalmologist” awards in cataract and refractive surgery from the Consumers Research Council of America.


Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Dr. Garrett trained in family medicine in Tacoma, Washington before completing his ophthalmology residency. He trained at Letterman Army Medical Center; the University of California-San Francisco; Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center; Tripler Army Medical Center and attended the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology at Colby College in Waterville, Maine sponsored by The Massachusetts Eye And Ear Infirmary. Dr. Garrett also received training in eyelid plastic surgery at Duke University Eye Center.


As a major in the U.S. Army, Dr. Garrett completed tours of duty in Seoul, South Korea and Fayetteville, NC. During that posting he helped train ophthalmology residents at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he was Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology.


Upon receiving his honorable discharge from the Army, Dr. Garrett returned home to Virginia Beach in 1990 where he opened Virginia Beach Eye Surgery, now Virginia Beach Eye Center. He is a previous Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, a previous Associate Director of the Medical Society of Virginia, and past President of the Virginia Beach Medical Society. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Virginia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and is published in major ophthalmic journals including Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, American College of Surgeons Program Volume, Journal of Clinical Neuro-ophthalmology, and Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.


He served as team eye surgeon for both the Hampton Roads Admirals Ice Hockey team and US National Field Hockey team.


Dr. Garrett lives in Virginia Beach with his wife, Nancy and daughter, Allison. He is a member of Trinity Church where he serves on the missions committee. He is previous board member of the Virginia Beach Rotary Club where he was a Paul Harris fellow. He is currently serving as President of the Board of Directors for Lighthouse for Christ Eye Center in Mombasa, Kenya. He will make his third trip to Mombasa, Kenya in August 2016 as a medical missionary where he performs cataract surgery, participates in rural eye camps, examines patients and treats eye disease. Locally, he treats the homeless in his practice through the Winter Homeless Shelter Program and does cataract surgery on patients with no medical insurance and no ability to pay through our Lampstand Cataract Mission.


Hear what Dr. Garrett’s patients have to say:


“Dr. Garrett, I was blind (legally) but now I see, thanks to you I am eternally grateful.”- Robert Behr


“Every day I wake up and I am still amazed that I can see perfectly without contacts or glasses! I truly consider this a miracle that we have such technology to fix my vision. I absolutely love that I do not have to take my contacts out before going to bed, put them back in in the morning, or wear glasses on occasion; I can go swimming, running, camping, biking, and even drive in to work and it is one less thing I have to worry about. I live a very active lifestyle and having contacts was a burden; it required too much maintenance, care, and time. I do not have to buy contact solution or stress-out about going to the eye doctor to get a new prescription. I notice every day that I can see clearly and it still amazes me; I have one less thing to worry about in my busy schedule.” – Lauren Ellcessor


“I knew when I walked in to Virginia Beach Eye Center, it was the place I wanted for my cataract surgery. Everyone was very knowledgeable and courteous. The nursing staff and Dr. Garrett were great!”  – Barbara Atkins


“Born with congenital cataracts, a rare condition, Bradley Anderson of Norfolk wore eyeglasses until, at age 28, he had cataract surgery by Dr. Samuel Garrett of Virginia Beach Eye Center. Today, six years later, he reports, ‘Ever since then, I have had 20-20 eyesight.’ Enjoying family fun with his wife Heidi and three young children, he adds, ‘Life is great without glasses’.” – Bradley Anderson


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