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Our Eye Doctors

Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision - many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Meet our doctors:

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Dr. Susan Whaley

Dr. Susan Whaley graduated magna cum laude from the University of Central Florida and the University of Houston College of Optometry. She completed her externship training at Bay Pines Veterans Administration Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida and at the Eye Foundation in Orlando, Florida. She is actively involved in clinical research regarding the development of new contact lenses and solutions and serves as a Principle Investigator for Vistakon, Alcon, CooperVision and Bausch & Lomb.

Dr. Whaley is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, an organization dedicated to the highest standards of optometric practice through clinical care, education, and research. She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, a designation currently held by approximately five percent of optometrists nationwide. She is a member and past President Northwest Florida Optometric Association. Dr. Whaley is also a member of the Florida Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, and of Wildwood Church.
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Dr. Catherine Hough

Dr. Catherine Hough was born in Miami, Fl. She received her Bachelor’s in Exercise Physiology at Florida State University. She then pursued her Doctorate of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University, graduating with Honors. She is extensively trained and specializes in primary care, management of ocular disease, and contact lens fitting.

Dr. Hough completed externship rotations specializing in contact lens fittings at The Eye Center of Pembroke Pines, ocular disease management at Aran Eye Associates, and low vision at the Lighthouse of Broward County. She was also awarded “The Pioneer Instrument’s Primary Care Award”. Dr. Hough is a member of the American Optometric Association, Florida Optometric Association, and Northwest Florida Optometric Association.

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Dr. Rebecca Lassley

Dr. Rebecca Lassley was born in Jacksonville, FL. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in biochemistry and went on to pursue her Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. She completed externship training in primary eye care at Coastal Vision Center in Fernandina Beach, FL and training in ocular disease at the Malcolm Randall Veterans Administration Medical Center in Gainesville, FL. In her fourth year in optometry school, she received an award for Clinical Excellence in Ocular Disease.

Following graduation from Southern College of Optometry, Dr. Lassley completed a residency in Primary Care with a focus in Ocular Disease at the Sergeant Ernest I. “Boots” Thomas Veterans Affairs Medical Center.