The Laurel Eye Clinic was founded in 1973. Dr. Louis D. "Skip" Nichamin joined the practice in 1988 and now serves as the Medical Director for both the Laurel Eye Clinic and the Laurel Laser & Surgery Center. Stewart VanHorn, MD, joined the practice following his corneal and refractive fellowship at the Jules Stein Eye Institute in April 2000.
The Laurel Laser & Surgery Center was also opened in 2000. It is one of the first ambulatory surgery centers in Pennsylvania privately owned and operated by ophthalmologists. Over 3000 surgeries are performed in the Laurel Laser & Surgery Center annually, which is solely dedicated to ophthalmic procedures.
The newest addition to the practice came in the spring of 2007. A second Laurel Laser & Surgery Center was constructed near Altoona, Pennsylvania. This facility is equipped with the latest innovations in ophthalmic technology.
This landmark medical practice introduced corneal, retinal and oculoplastic surgery to Northwestern and Central Pennsylvania. This practice has performed many medical "firsts" in the area. Among these are the area's first IOL implantation, the first Argon and YAG laser treatments, and the area's first refractive procedures, RK, LASIK, and CK.
The Laurel Eye Clinic is dedicated to being the leader in Ophthalmology by providing the highest quality ophthalmic care and related services. In so doing, we are committed to upholding the highest of ethical standards and place patient satisfaction above all else. From the simplest personal interaction to the most complex technologic procedure, every facet of our practice will serve to achieve this goal.
Quality of Care
We will strive to deliver uncompromised care to every patient.
We accept our responsibility to operate with the highest integrity in all of our actions.
We treat change and new situations as opportunities for growth and development.
We will strive to provide an environment that fosters trust, respect, compassion, and communication.
We deliver on our commitments. We compete to win in a dynamic marketplace, and perform each day at the highest level.