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Sam Poppell, M.D.
Dr. Sam Poppell
Dr. Poppell is the founder and Medical Director of the Emerald Coast Eye Institute, PA.  He is a graduate
of the United States Air Force Academy and an honors graduate from the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio.  Dr. Poppell completed his ophthalmology residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and further training in a corneal/external disease fellowship at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida. 

Dr. Poppell’s advanced training and extensive experience gives him the expertise in the following:
  • The Latest Advances In Corneal Transplant Surgeries (IEK and DSEK)
  • State-of-the-Art Refractive Eye Surgeries (CustomVue IntraLASIK, PRK, Visian ICL, RLE as well as PTK)
  • Small Incision Sutureless and Customized Cataract Surgeries (Crystalens, Restor, ReZoom, Toric, new technology and conventional intraocular lenses)
  • Yag Laser Capsulotomies
  • Functional and Cosmetic Eyelid Surgeries
  • DCR (dacryocystorhinostomy or tear duct reconstruction)
  • Ophthalmic Reconstructive Surgeries
  • Pterygium Surgeries
  • Glaucoma Care and Management (Medical, Yag Laser Iridotomies and SLT)
  • Diabetic Eye Care and Management
  • Macular Degeneration Care and Management
  • Iritis Care and Management
  • General Eye Health, Care and Management
Dr. Poppell’s practice success stems from his diverse leadership positions while practicing in the military. He served as the Chief of Ophthalmology at Wright-Patterson Medical Center, Assistant Clinical Professor at Wright State University and Attending Surgeon at Dayton Veterans Hospital for Ohio State University, where he taught medical students and eye surgery residents.

After retiring as a full Colonel and beginning full time private practice in Fort Walton Beach, Florida in 1991, Dr. Poppell founded Emerald Coast Eye Institute, PA, to provide the most advanced and highest quality eye care for our community and surrounding region. “Our practice is based on our reputation and a long history of personalized service and pursuit of excellence.”

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