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 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’s advanced training and extensive experience give him 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 the surrounding region.


“Our practice is based on our reputation and a long history of personalized service and pursuit of excellence.” 



Dr. Planchard has been a practicing ophthalmologist for over 10 years. He completed his ophthalmology residency at LSU Health Science Center Shreveport and completed his Cornea and Refractive Surgery Fellowship through Price Vision Group in Indianapolis. 


Before then, Dr. Planchard, a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Duke University, retained his BS Biology and Economics, and later his MD at Tulane University. 


With his advanced background, he has gained expertise in the following:


  • Lasik Surgery

  • Cataract

  • Macular Degeneration

  • Diabetic Retinopathy

  • Functional and Cosmetic Eyelid Surgeries

  • Corneal Transplantation

  • Glaucoma Care and Management 


We are thrilled to have him as a part of our team! He is incredibly knowledgeable and practices nothing but the Emerald Coast Eye “excellence” in all that he does.