What is an Ophthalmologist?
Ophthalmologists are physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care. They diagnose and treat all eye diseases. Many ophthalmologists conduct scientific research to improve treatment options and to find cures for eye diseases and vision disorders. Ophthalmologists differ from Optometrists and Opticians in their levels of training and in what they can diagnose and treat. As a medical doctor who has completed college and at least eight years of additional medical training, an Ophthalmologist is licensed to practice medicine and perform surgery.


Founded in 1916, the American Board of Ophthalmology is an independent, non-profit organization responsible for certifying ophthalmologists in the United States. The ABO was the first American Board established to certify medical specialists and is one of 24 specialty Boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties and the American Medical Association.

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

Director of East Florida Eye Institute


founder of the Eye Research FoundatioN

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 Cataract, Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Frenkel is a Former Professor of Ophthalmology on the Voluntary Faculty at the US News #1 Ranked Eye Hospital Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award of the Kresge Eye Institute and has been annually rated a Top Doctor by U.S. News and World Report and Castle Connolly.

Dr. Frenkel a recipient of the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Frenkel was honored with an Ophthalmology Fellowship at Harvard Medical School, did his residency at the Kresge Eye Institute and his internship at Harvard Medical School. His multi-field expertise is evidenced by him being one of the very few Elected Members of both the American Society of Retina Specialists and the American Glaucoma Society.

Dr. Frenkel has spoken at over 100+ Medical meetings, published over 80+ Peer Reviewed Manuscripts & Abstracts, and has been a Principal Investigator in 90+ Clinical Trials that have brought revolutionary new treatments to patients in his field of studies.


Paul Schacknow, M.D., Ph.D

Glaucoma Specialist

Harvard Trained Eye Physician

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 at Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Schacknow participates in many additional activities in the professional eye care 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


Dr. Faust is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He joined East Florida Eye Institute & The Center for Eye Care and Surgery in April 2019.

Dr. Faust graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He has performed over 20,000 Cataract surgeries and over 15,000 LASIK surgeries. He is a Former Adjunct Clinical Professor at the Indiana School of Optometry. He completed his fellowship with the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Faust has extensive comprehensive glaucoma and medical retina experience and has been in practice for over 30 years.