Patient Services and Resources


Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Virginia Beach Eye Center invites you to a special event featuring the latest AIR OPTIX color contact lenses from Alcon.

All participants will be able to try on the new AIR OPTIX COLORS. The AIR OPTIX lenses have advanced optics, and breathability that allows for a comfortable wear. You will no longer have to sacrifice comfort and clarity to change the color of your eyes!

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For more information you can visit the AIR OPTIX COLORS website our call our office at 757.481.5555

Dr. Garrett is a Top Doc of Hampton Roads!

We are proud to announce that Dr. Samuel Garrett is featured as one of our region’s top doctors in the August issue of Coastal Virginia Magazine!

Each year Coastal Virginia Magazine surveys physicians currently practicing in our area, to see who they would call on if a loved one needed medical care. Each physician surveyed recommended one or two doctors in more than 38 different specialties. Those who received the most votes in each specialty are listed as the Top Docs of Hampton Roads!

Congratulations, Dr. Garrett!

See the Possibilities, Enjoy the Savings!

Now, for a limited time, you can get $1000 OFF Laser Vision Correction!

Laser Vision Correction is more affordable than ever when you take advantage of our current exceptional offer of $1000 OFF when you have both eyes done.

To find out if you’re a candidate for Laser Vision Correction call our office today to schedule a FREE screening.

Learn more about the different Laser Vision Correction procedures we offer:
Z-LASIK and NuSite™ Advanced Surface Ablation

CK Calvin Klein & Nike Trunk Show

Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Virginia Beach Eye Center invites you to a special event featuring the latest fall 2014 collection from CK Calvin Klein and Nike.

Shop the latest styles for men and women, while enjoying light refreshments and special event pricing*!

Now Accepting TRICARE Prime


Virginia Beach Eye Center is very excited to announce that we are now in-network providers with TRICARE Prime!

We understand that convenient access to care is important to each and every patient. Now, the benefits of advanced technology, combined with personal attention to your eye care needs will be available to more patients.

If you have questions about your specific insurance and situation please call us at 757.481.5555

Got An Eye for Value?

Now till December 31st 2013, Virginia Beach Eye Center is offering a 40% OFF All-Laser LASIK when you have both eyes done! We want you to SEE your best this holiday season, without breaking the bank.

For a limited time, you can enjoy 40% OFF All-Laser LASIK + Special Financing†. Make your season BRIGHT with All-Laser LASIK! Call (757) 481-5555 to schedule your FREE Consultation.

Can not be combined with other offers, insurance or discounts.  Free Consultation not substitute for regular eye exam.  †Financing on approved credit.

Z-Lasik Seminar Tuesday, September 17th

Tuesday, September 17th 4:00-6:00 PM

Dr. Christopher Kurz, ophthalmologist at Virginia Beach Eye Center, will host an information seminar about refractive surgery options including Z-LASIK, the latest in all-laser LASIK technology. A short presentation will be followed by an opportunity for you to see if you would be a candidate for laser vision correction. All who attend will be eligible for a chance to win FREE all-laser vision correction. *

To register please call 757.481.5555.

465 N. Great Neck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Samuel N. Garrett, MD
Christopher J. Kurz, MD
Joy Tomko, OD

*Offer good for one eye only, second eye available at $995.



Virginia Beach, Virginia, June 20, 2013- Virginia Beach Eye Center’s ophthalmologists Dr. Samuel N. Garrett and Dr. Christopher J. Kurz have surveyed, researched and chosen to offer patients what is now hailed as the latest in “all-laser LASIK” surgical system .  It is the Ziemer Z-LASIK, technologically the most advanced procedure evolved from over 2,000,000 LASIK surgeries worldwide. This state-of-the art procedure combines the best visual results with the highest comfort and speed.


Z-LASIK is an all-laser LASIK procedure performed with the Ziemer FEMTO LDV Femtosecond Surgical Laser in conjunction with the excimer laser. With the combined use of state of-the-art lasers and diagnostic equipment, Z-LASIK provides the best available treatment for superior vision correction and ushers in the next era of bladeless, all-laser LASIK, improving accuracy, safety and comfort.  Traditional LASIK procedures form a flap with a microkeratome, a mechanical device using a blade. With Z-LASIK the need for a blade is eliminated. The femtosecond laser fires tens of million of tiny pulses under the surface of the cornea to create an ultra-thin flap, allowing better flap predictability and precision.


“Much has been integrated into Z-Lasik advances,” says Dr. Garrett, “which, contrasted to other femtosecond lasers, is an efficient procedure that increases safety, reduces side effects, and involves a much shorter, more timely surgery.”  Unlike other femtolaser-based treatments, Z-LASIK is a highly integrated procedure, creating smooth even surfaces with no tissue damage from high energy and providing rapid healing and visual recovery.


To the advances in equipment, prospective candidates for Z-LASIK can add important additional factors. The qualifications of the center’s two ophthalmic surgeons are diverse and excelled in expertise and dedication to patient care. Being consistently selected as the ophthalmologist most often cited by the region’s physicians for care of their own and families’ eyes led to Dr. Garrett’s being selected in Hampton Roads Magazine’s Top Doc Hall of Fame. Corneal Specialist, Dr. Christopher J. Kurz came to Virginia Beach Eye Center with years of dedicated service as a flight surgeon, field surgeon and instructor in the United States Air Force. To Z-LASIK surgery, Dr. Kurz brings specialized skills in refractive laser surgery.


In honor of the arrival of Ziemer’s FEMTO LDV Femtosecond Surgical Laser, Virginia Beach Eye Center will offer Z-LASIK surgery for only $995 per eye! The technology is unsurpassed. This is a one time introductory offer and you must act fast! To find out if you’re a candidate please call 757.481.5555 to set up a FREE screening.


A premier eye care center of excellence for South Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach Eye Center’s 12,000 square foot facility is the first state-licensed, Medicare-certified and AAAHC-accredited ambulatory surgery facility in south eastern Virginia. For all your vision care needs visit Virginia Beach Eye Center, at 465 North Great Neck Road. Virginia Beach Eye Center specializes in the latest vision technology and offers comprehensive, state-of-the-art eye care services including testing, diagnosis, and treatment for diseases of the eye; laser vision correction, refractive lens exchange, cataract surgery, and other ophthalmic procedures using the most advanced techniques.  The center also provides optometry and optician services.  For more information, regarding Z-LASIK visit or call 757.481.5555.

Oliver Peoples Trunk Show

SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Virginia Beach Eye Center invites you to a special event featuring the latest fall 2013 collection from Oliver Peoples. Shop the latest styles for men and women, while enjoying light refreshments and special event pricing*!

*Receive 50% off prescription lenses and a gift with the purchase of a frame from the collection

Dr. Garrett Stays Busy at Free Clinic

Jambo! Nancy, Allison and I had a nice time this weekend on safari at Tsavo West national park. On the way we spotted the photo below with two men and two goats on one tiny scooter. Our driver told us that the goats would probably be used during Ramadan as sacrifice. During our stay in Tsavo I got a chance to have a long conversation with one of the Masai guards/guides at our camp. We called him “Harrison” which was his English name, but can’t recall his Masai name. I talked to him about his religious beliefs. I asked if he believed in God, and he told me yes. I asked if it was the Christian God. Yes again. It turns out that he reported going to a catholic church. When I asked him what “believing in God” meant to him, he carefully explained how all the Masai people believe that all the cows in the world belong to the Masai people. If there is a drought or famine, the Masai will all gather in one place to ask God to give them rain, and He will give it to them. That’s about as “deep” as I could get with him. It’s probably not a surprise since the night before he was explaining how the Masai can have multiple wives, and that their store of value is in cows (so how many cows are in your 401K?). When you need something else besides cow, you sell a cow for money or trade it for what you need. Also when it’s time for a wife, your father picks her out for you and then pays her dowery in cows. I asked Harrison how many cows does a wife go for these days, and he said around 8 or so. So I asked him whether a really pretty woman would fetch more cows for her father and he stated an emphatic yes, and that his wife was a 12 cow woman and he was very happy!

It was really amazing seeing all the animals, plants and birds there in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro. It’s so hard to imagine anyone seeing the diversity and not attribute it to our Creator. Thank you Lord, the majesty of your creation witnesses to your power and glory. Thank you for letting me experience the fullness of your creation!

Today was busy in the free clinic. Took out multiple foreign bodies from corneas, diagnosed glaucoma, scheduled more cataract surgeries, saw other bad “stick” injuries, etc. (no one wears eye protection here). Saw one young man today with Stevens-Johnson syndrome (auto-immune disease of the eye covering) with a corneal perforation (eye is leaking the internal fluid) who will probably lose his vision and maybe his eye. It’s so sad, because with the right treatment he probably would not have progressed this far. We don’t have any corneal graft material here, so the best we could offer him was a conjunctival graft which is definitely not ideal. I’m sending a couple pics of happy post-op cataract patients to bring me back to the reality that we can’t fix everybody, but we can help some people and ultimately, that’s what Jesus asked us to do. Upendo, Sam

Happy post-op patients enjoying their new vision after cataract surgery

On the way to Tsavo West we spotted two men and two goats on one tiny scooter.

Pictures from the Safari

Pictures from the Safari

One of the Masai guards/guides at our camp

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