About Virginia Beach Eye Center
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Our Doctors

Samuel N. Garrett, MD

Samuel N. Garrett, MD
To be praised by your colleagues shows the utmost trust and respect for a professional. 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 over 4,000 of his fellow physicians in polls (surveyed over 4,000, but only 4% responded) 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 Lettterman 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 Diplomate 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 attends Baylake United Methodist Church where he participates in the music ministry, Appalachian Service Project and Winter Homeless Shelter programs.



Joy Tomko

Christopher J. Kurz, M.D.
Recently joining Virginia Beach Eye Center, doctor of ophthalmology, Christopher Kurz M.D., caps years of dedicated service as a flight surgeon, field surgeon, instructor and international humanitarian mission leader in the United States Air Force. From his most recent position as director of the USAF Warfighter Laser Refractive Center at Travis Force Base, California, Dr. Kurz brings advanced skills including those of refractive laser surgery, intraocular lens implantation, corneal transplants and cataract extraction. He holds awards for outstanding medical service in this country as well as with Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Dr. Kurz received his M.D. degree from the University of California's San Diego School of Medicine where he received honors in clinical clerkship. Dr. Kurz completed his residency in ophthalmology at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium followed by fellowship training in corneal disease and refractive surgery from the John A. Moran Eye Center in Salt lake City, Utah.

Growing up in Huntington Beach, California Dr. Kurz enjoys anything to do with water including sailing, surfing, and volleyball. He and his wife are now happily at home in Virginia Beach with his daughters Tessa, 5 and Lucy, 2, as well as their first son Warren, newly arrived here through the couple's first international adoption.



Joy Tomko

Joy Tomko, OD
Dr. Joy Tomko is a licensed therapeutic optometrist. She was raised in Pennsylvania and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Saint Vincent College. After graduation, she attended Pennsylvania College of Optometry where she received her Doctor of Optometry degree.

Dr. Tomko has been practicing optometry in Hampton Roads since receiving her degree. Dr. Tomko joins us from a local practice where she focused on refractions, contact fittings and disease management. She has extensive training in the treatment of eye disease, along with pediatric vision and low vision. She also has widespread knowledge in prescribing contact lenses.

Dr. Tomko is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Virginia Optometric Association and the Tidewater Optometric Association. She currently resides in Chesapeake with her husband, Paul, a local pediatrician. Her outside interests include reading, and spending time outdoors.

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