Ronald E. P. Frenkel, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S., F.A.A.O.

Director of East Florida Eye Institute

Director and founder of the Eye Research FoundatioN

Harvard Trained Eye Physician and Surgeon

Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma Specialist

Laser Cataract Surgeon


Member of the American Glaucoma Society

MEMBER OF the american academy of OPHTHALMOLOGY

Dr. Frenkel founded the East Florida Eye Institute in 1989 to bring state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment to the Treasure Coast, specializing in the most advanced treatments for Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma. He has been selected as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for eight years in a row (2008-2015). He has also been selected as one of the US News and World Report Top Ophthalmologists. 

Dr. Frenkel is a Board Certified and fellowship-trained ophthalmologist. He earned his medical degree from Wayne State University of Medicine where he was awarded numerous honors for his clinical work.  Dr. Frenkel interned at Harvard Medical School as well as Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. While at Harvard he was made Clinical Fellow in Medicine. He completed his Ophthalmology residency at Kresge Eye Institute.  Before founding East Florida Eye Institute, Dr. Frenkel returned to Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary to pursue advanced sub-specialty fellowship training.

Dr. Frenkel is frequently sought out for his expert opinion on the research studies of ophthalmologists nationwide. He has published over 100 manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters in ophthalmology concentrating on retina and glaucoma, and has been featured on the cover of Eurotimes, as well as being featured in OphthalmologyTime Europe, Ocular Surgery News, Time magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.  His work has been presented at 100+ major ophthalmology meetings such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology, European Society of Ophthalmology, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, Retina Society, Macula Society, Bascom-Palmer Angiogenesis Meeting, Euretina, American Glaucoma Society, World Glaucoma Congress, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Health System and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has again been ranked as the nation’s best in ophthalmology by U.S News & World Report in its Best Hospitals edition. It is the 14th year in a row and the 16th time that Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has been ranked #1 since the publication began surveying U.S. physicians for its annual rankings. Dr. Frenkel is a former Voluntary Professor of Ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He has been the only Bascom Palmer staff member on the Treasure Coast. Dr. Frenkel is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is also the only Academy of Ophthalmology's Achievement Award recipient on the Treasure Coast. He is also the Treasure Coast's only American Glaucoma Society Member. He served on the Board of Director’s of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology and as President of the Treasure Coast Ophthalmologic Society for many years. Dr. Frenkel is also a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.


Paul Schacknow, M.D., Ph.D

Glaucoma Specialist

Harvard Trained Eye Physician

Paul N. Schacknow M.D., Ph.D., ophthalmologist, is Consultant in Glaucoma at the East Florida Eye Institute, in Stuart, FL.   Dr. Schacknow, a native of Brooklyn, New York, did not take the typical career path to become a physician.  He finished his undergraduate degree in psychology with honors at Brooklyn College and then completed his Ph.D. in auditory and visual psychophysics at the City University of New York.  He became a college professor, teaching and doing research in the Division of Natural Sciences, State University at Purchase, New York. Seven years into his professorial career, he decided to undertake medical studies.  

He entered the unique, accelerated curriculum of the Ph.D. to M.D. Program at the University of Miami, receiving the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1983 after 23 months of study and training.  He completed his medical and surgical internship at Framingham-Union Hospital in Massachusetts, followed by an ophthalmology residency at Harvard Medical School, at the world renowned Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.   His formal ophthalmology training concluded in San Francisco at California Pacific Medical Center, with a fellowship in glaucoma management.  

Dr. Schacknow is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and he has been elected to membership in the American Glaucoma Society.  He currently holds an appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Ophthalmology, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dr. Schacknow participates in many additional activities in the professional eyecare community.  He was President of the Palm Beach County Ophthalmology Society in 2001.  He has published articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and written book chapters on glaucoma diagnostic and surgical techniques.   He is co-editor for two major ophthalmology textbooks, “The Glaucoma Book,” and “Clinical Glaucoma Care.”  He frequently is invited to lecture nationally and internationally at professional meetings of ophthalmologists, optometrists and vision research scientists.

Joseph Faust, M.D., F.A.C.S.

MEMBER OF the american academy of OPHTHALMOLOGY


Joseph F. Faust, M.D., F.A.C.S, is a Board Certified ophthalmologist that joined East Florida Eye Institute & The Center for Eye Care and Surgery in April 2019 for a Medical Retina Specialty Fellowship. He has performed over 20,000 Cataract surgeries and over 15,000 LASIK surgeries. He is a former adjunct clinical professor of Optometry at the Indiana School of Optometry. Dr. Faust has extensive comprehensive Glaucoma and Medical Retina experience and has been in practice for over 30 years.

Dr. Faust graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He completed his fellowship with the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Frenkel is meticulous in his selection of Dr. Faust and all physicians and staff at East Florida Eye Institute and The Center for Eye Care and Surgery and is proud to announce Dr. Faust as an addition to the team!