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Eyedrops: Do You Need To Use Them?

By: Anna Fakadej, M.D. The importance of eye medication adherence can’t be stressed enough. Adhering to eye medication can help keep your eyes healthy and protect your vision for long-term eye health and a better quality of life. Part of medication adherence is knowing what to take, when to take it and how to follow… Read More

Ocular Hypertension

By Daniel Messner, M.D.Glaucoma Specialist at Carolina Eye Associates, P.A. Let’s say you go to see your eye doctor for what you expect to be a “routine” eye checkup. Perhaps you wear glasses and your distance vision could be better. Perhaps you are in your mid-40’s and you are having trouble seeing up close or… Read More

Curing Blindness Internationally: Cataract Specialist at Carolina Eye Resumes Humanitarian Work Post COVID

In late February 2020, Anna Fakadej, M.D., a Cataract Specialist at Carolina Eye Associates, was scheduled to travel to Ethiopia to perform pro-bono eye surgeries and treat patients in underdeveloped areas. Two days before her scheduled departure, the trip was cancelled due to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. Despite hopes that COVID-19 would dissipate within weeks,… Read More

Carolina Eye Associates, P.A. Appoints New CEO

A photo of T.J. McCaskill, Carolina Eye's new CEO.

Southern Pines, NC – Carolina Eye Associates, P.A. has appointed T.J. McCaskill to Chief Executive Officer, effective March 22, 2023. T.J. McCaskill replaces former CEO, Dawn Apple, who has worked for Carolina Eye for 36 years. Dawn will remain with the company and work as Chief Administrative Officer in a part-time capacity. T.J. has served… Read More


November 1, 2022 – SOUTHERN PINES, NC – Carolina Eye Associates, (CEA) a medical and surgical eye care center headquartered in Southern Pines, NC is pleased to introduce three new providers to the practice: oculoplastic surgeon Anthony Leonard, M.D., Ph.D., cataract and glaucoma specialist Nicholas Grissom, M.D. and Optometrist Pressley Hales, O.D. “Carolina Eye appreciates… Read More

Carolina Eye Associates Celebrates 45th Year in Business, Plants 45 Trees in Honor of Anniversary

OCTOBER 14, 2022 – SOUTHERN PINES, NC – Carolina Eye Associates, (CEA) a leading surgical eye care center headquartered in Southern Pines recently celebrated its 45th year in business this year.  From its inception, Carolina Eye has grown to 31 board-certified physicians and surgeons, and more than 275 employees across 14 locations.  As the preferred… Read More

Carolina Eye Associates Wins Best of the Pines 2022

SEPTEMBER 16, 2022 | SOUTHERN PINES, NC – Carolina Eye Associates (CEA) is excited to announce that they placed in the Top Three in three categories in the annual Best of the Pines contest. CEA took home 2nd place for “Best Ophthalmology/Optometry Practice”. In addition, Carolina Eye took 1st place for “Best Facial & Skincare… Read More


Carolina Eye Associates, a medical and surgical eye care practice headquartered in Southern Pines, announced its acquisition of Raeford Eye Clinic effective April 2021. Established in 1986 by Dr. Tom Inman, the practice specializes in comprehensive eye care, surgical co-management, and features a state-of-the-art optical shop.

Business NC names Eight Carolina Eye Ophthalmologists as Top Doctors for 2020

Southern Pines, NC – Eight Ophthalmologists of Carolina Eye Associates’ have been named “Top Doctors” by Business NC Magazine for 2020. Through a peer-voting process, Colorado-based research and software company DataJoe asks doctors to identify specialists they think are the best in their fields. Business NC Magazine released an abridged list of 56 specialties. As… Read More


Called “The Next-Generation Trifocal”, the lens is designed to provide correction at all three distances – near, intermediate and, far. It is the first and only FDA-Approved trifocal lens for cataract surgery patients in the U.S. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our cataract surgeons offering this new technology. Visit or… Read More