It’s hard to believe that 2017 will be the fifteenth year that we’ve been open. It’s even harder to believe that it’s been 6 years since we built our 6,000 sq ft office. Time sure flies when you’re having fun!
As a small optometry practice of 17 people, made up of 4 eye doctors and 13 support staff, we are always looking forward to what the next milestone in our history will be. Who knows- perhaps you’ll play a part in it!
Dr. Ramos, our founding partner and lead optometrist, has a long history with vision therapy, particularly when looking at vision therapy from an athletic perspective. She graduated, and in early 2002, she came to the conclusion that it was time to start her own.
As the practice grew - thanks in no small part to our incredibly vocal and tremendously supportive patients - Dr. Swatts is Dr. Ramos’ husband (they met back when they were attending Optometry school), joined EVEA.
Today, we’re four doctors strong… and growing!
Thank you Chesapeake for giving us the opportunity to grow alongside you, your children, and your families.
We believe that taking a role as leaders in our community starts with giving back to it. As a family-focused optometry practice, it seems only fitting that we give our support to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.
The CHKD has done a lot of wonderful things for kids and family in the area, and we are proud to fundraise and donate to them. Whenever you see us running a donation drive, bake sale, lemonade stand, trunk show, etc., you can bet the proceeds are going to the CHKD!
Dr. Shane Swatts grew up in Princeton, WV and studied Pharmacology and Toxicology at West Virginia University prior to receiving his doctorate degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. He is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Virginia Optometric Association, the Tidewater Optometric Society, The Orthokeratology Academy of America and the Ocular Nutrition Society.
Following graduation from Optometry school, Dr. Swatts worked at the renowned Vision and Conceptual Development Center in Washington, DC. There he concentrated on Sports Vision Training, working with both the National Football league (NFL) as well as traveling overseas to perform intense vision and perceptual testing on professional athletes in England.
Dr. Swatts joined Eastern Virginia Eye Associates in 2007 after working at ophthalmology practices and surgery centers in Hampton Roads. Dr. Swatts has volunteered his time at Chesapeake Free Clinic and provided services to nursing homes throughout Virginia.
Dr. Swatts' services include Advanced Dry Eye Treatments, Glaucoma Diagnosis and Treatment, evaluations for Diabetes related eye disease, Cataract Pre- and Post-Operative Care, Macular Degeneration genetic testing and evaluation for many other eye diseases.
He has a special interest in anterior segment disease and Ocular Manifestations of Autoimmune Disease (Sjogren's Syndrome, Lupus Erythematosus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitits, etc.) and lectures about his topic locally. He is also an advocate of nutritional therapies and is an active member of the Ocular Nutrition Society.
Dr. Swatts is certified in and has been performing Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT), a non-surgical and clinically proven method of correcting myopia (nearsightedness), since 2002. With significant advances in lens technology and diagnostic technology, Dr. Swatts\' practice is now focused heavily in this area in an effort to address the myopic epidemic in children and adolescents.
Dr. Swatts received the Inside Business "Entrepreneurial Excellence Award" in 2011 and has been featured in numerous publications relating to eyecare. He is a parishioner at St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church and a member of the Great Bridge Rotary Club.
He is married to Dr. Leah Ramos and they reside in Chesapeake with their two daughters. Dr. Swatts stays active by biking, swimming, yoga, triathlon and his recent obsession - Stand Up Paddle Boarding.
Knapp joined Eastern Virginia Eye Associates, in 2013. Hailing from New Jersey, she was raised in Cinnaminson, graduated from Holy Cross High School, received her bachelor's degree from Rowan University and her doctorate degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in Philadelphia, PA in 2011.
Dr. Knapp completed her training at Wyomissing Optometric Center, in Pennsylvania, Family Eyecare Associates, in New Jersey, the Newington Veterans Hospital in Connecticut, and Virginia Eye Consultants in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Knapp graduated with clinical honors and relocated to Hampton Roads where she has worked in private optometric practices in Suffolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.
Dr. Knapp provides comprehensive eye care, contact lens evaluations, Diabetic and Glaucoma evaluations as well as treatment of ocular surface disease and post-operative care.
Dr. Knapps' passion lies within the field of Vision Development and Vision Therapy. Helping children and adults alike, Dr. Knapp focuses her exams on the evaluation of visual skills, focusing, eye tracking, eye coordination, vision perception and developmental eye conditions. She has a flourishing pediatric practice and welcomes those with special needs. Dr. Knapp is a Member/Fellowship Candidate of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD).
Dr. Knapp is married and she and her husband reside in Suffolk with their three dogs.
Dr. Ramos established Lifetime Eye Care Center, now known as Eastern Virginia Eye Associates, in 2003. With military roots, she was raised in the Hampton Roads area, graduated from Norfolk Academy, received her bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and then her doctorate degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry/Salus University in Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Ramos has truly enjoyed seeing her patients and their families grow throughout the years. It is this personal connection with her patients that she feels has made this her true calling and has made her genuinely love her profession. Although Dr. Knapp currently sees most of our pediatric patients, Dr. Ramos still takes special interest in seeing children, teens and their families. She emphasizes the importance of preventative eye care, such as nutritional supplements and eyelid hygiene, to ensure a lifetime of eye health and comfortable vision. She enjoys fitting contact lenses of all types and stays up to date on the latest technological advances in contact lenses so she can offer these services and products to her patients. She works closely with other doctors in the practice to manage medical conditions, such as dry eye and glaucoma, as well as other vision conditions, such as eye teaming ad focusing issues.
After completing internships at the Beverly Hills Laser and Vision Institute in California, Newington Veterans Hospital in Connecticut, and the Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic in North Carolina, she graduated and accepted a position at the renowned Vision and Conceptual Development Center in Washington, DC. There she diagnosed and treated children and adults with developmental delays, ADD/ADHD, autism and sensory integration dysfunction. She also performed vision rehabilitation on stroke patients and those suffering from traumatic brain injury.
Being an athlete herself, Dr. Ramos was invited to use her knowledge of vision at the National Football League (NFL) combines in Indianapolis, IN in 2001 where she worked with professional athletes and recruits, evaluating their visual performance and eye coordination skills.
Dr. Ramos was awarded "Top 40 under 40" in 2004. She is a graduate of the Disney Business Institute where she learned to implement the world renowned Disney service principles to better her patient's experience at Eastern Virginia Eye Associates. She has also completed the Management Business Academy program and was featured in the MBA publication. She is a member of St. Stephen Martyr, Roman Catholic Church. She enjoys travelling and stays physically active, especially practicing yoga for balance and relaxation. She is married to Dr. Shane Swatts and they reside in Chesapeake with their two daughters.
Dr. Courtney Kness grew up on a farm in south-central Nebraska. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology from the University of Nebraska – Omaha. She pursued her doctorate in Chicago, Illinois where she graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2010. Since graduation, Dr. Kness has practiced around the greater San Diego area and in small town, rural Nebraska. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and is looking forward to becoming part of the Chesapeake community.
In addition to delivering the highest quality comprehensive eye care for adults and children, Dr. Kness's optometric interests include surgical co-management of cataract extraction, refractive surgery, corneal transplantation, and procedures involving the ocular adnexa, diagnosis and management of a variety of anterior and posterior ocular disease, and fitting all types of contact lenses. Dr. Kness is certified in Corneal Refractive Therapy and is available for emergency eye care.
Dr. Kness lives in Virginia Beach with her husband, children and their family dog.