Community Eye Center Opens Venice Location


Community Eye Center and St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center announce their newest location at 1988 Tamiami Trail S, Venice, Florida.  The Grand Opening and ribbon cutting were held on Friday, May 6th.  The Venice location joins the Port Charlotte and North Port locations.

“Since 1981 Community Eye Center has been in Charlotte County, we have developed many ties with our patients and families from the Venice area.  This completes the path by us bringing our services to them!” stated

Dr. Joseph Spadafora, Partner and Medical Director.

Dr. Eric Schaible, Partner and Research Director said, “We are very proud of our New Venice Office.  With our regional care in SW Florida we hope patients find this convenience helpful as we care for a large number of patients in Englewood and Venice.  The office will provide comprehensive eye care, including cataract, macula and glaucoma as well as routine services related to eye health, glasses and contact lenses.”

The Venice location will be staffed by Dr. Joseph Spadafora, D.O., Dr. Jon Batzer and Dr. Tyler Roberts, sharing Ophthalmic duties.  Dr. Batzer has been Chief of Optometry for Community Eye Center for 29 years.  Dr. Prabin Mishra will be available as well for cosmetic and oculoplastic surgeries.  Dr. Mishra offers a comprehensive array of treatments, including cosmetic and functional eye lid surgery, BOTOX, cosmetic and other options.

“We are excited to have our Venice office up and running!  I have lived in Venice for many years and am looking forward to practicing in the Venice community.  Throughout my years of practice I have tried to treat all my patients as though they were my own family, providing them with an open and honest assessment of what is best for their eyes, vision and eye health.  I am fortunate to work with an outstanding group of physicians who share this philosophy of practice, and can provide a wide range of routine, medical, and surgical eyecare.  We have always appreciated the loyalty of our Venice patients, and are looking forward to providing top-quality eyecare to them in a convenient location” stated Dr. Batzer.

Dr. Roberts, who has completed an ocular disease residency at a VA hospital with a focus on low vision, stated “I and all of the physicians and staff of Community Eye Center are very excited about the recent opening of our newest office, located in Venice.  We are proud to bring our services to Venice and the surrounding communities.  Our mission is to provide total eye care for you and your family with compassion that is focused on excellent service and patient experience.”

For over 37 years Community Eye Center has served Southwest Florida providing excellence in eye care from multiple locations including their eye only surgery center, St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center and their optical centers.  Their care ranges from routine eye exams to complex eye surgery and laser eye surgery.

The Venice location, as all of CEC’s offices, is equipped for detecting, monitoring and treating glaucoma, macular degeneration, complications from diabetes, high blood pressure, and other systemic conditions and medications that affect the eyes.

David Jordan, Practice Administrator, said the desire to open up a Venice site was a direct response to their patients already in place, and the needs of the Venice community as a whole.  “Our practice has a strong commitment to the quality of patient care, as well as personal relationships we build with our patients” he said.” “Our philosophy also includes a commitment to the latest technology.  Our growth will be based on our patients’ needs.”

In celebration of the Grand Opening that was held on May 6th and through July8th everyone is invited to stop by the Venice location at 1988 Tamiami Trail South to register for their chance to win two round trip airline tickets for anywhere within the continental US. Rules and regulations are available.


Dr. Joseph Spadafora did his undergraduate studies at Boston University, followed by graduate work at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.  He received his medical degree from the University  of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Kansas City, MO.

He completed his internship at Metropolitan General Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL and his Ophthalmology Residency at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa, OK.  He was Fellowship Trained in Anterior Segment Surgery in Long Beach, CA.

Dr. Spadafora is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida, Tampa.  He is Board Certified and a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Charlotte County Medical Society and Florida Medical Society.  He is affiliated with all area hospitals and served on the Board of Governors of Prevent Blindness Florida

Dr. Spadafora has performed National Research in ocular anti-inflammatory agents, glaucoma medications, ocular antibiotic agents, and laser cataract extraction at St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center.


Dr. Eric R. Schaible received his Medical Degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. He completed his Residency in Ophthalmology at South Carolina, Charleston where he was Chief Resident.

Dr. Schaible has published research in Cataract Surgery, Neurosurgery, Corneal Surgery and Neuron-ophthalmology.  He is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is affiliated with all area hospitals.

Dr. Schaible is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Charlotte Country Medical Society and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Schaible is a Cataract and Anterior Segment Specialist with interest in advance cataract surgery techniques. 


Dr. Jon Batzer attended Ferris State College in Big Rapids, MI for undergraduate study and was accepted into the College of Optometry there on an accelerated entry, prior to completion of his undergraduate degree in Biology.  He completed his Optometric studies there, obtaining his OD degree with Highest Distinction in 1984.  Dr. Batzer completed his Residency at the VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM.

Dr. Batzer was an Assistant Professor of Optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL and an Adjunct Professor and Clinical Instructor in the Cornea/Contact Lens Service of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Dr. Batzer has published articles on topics such as Dry Eye Syndrome and Vitreoretinal Disorders.  He is a member of the American Optometric Association and Florida Optometric Association.


Dr. Tyler Roberts is a Florida board certified optometric physician with Community Eye Center.  He obtained his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina and received his Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN with Honors in Clinical Care.  While earning his doctorate, he participated in Remote Area Medical missions, performed local school and nursing home screenings, and volunteered at the Special Olympics.

Dr. Roberts completed his residency in Ocular Disease and Low Vision at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.  During his training, he focused on treatment and management of glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, corneal disease, and the fitting of specialty contact lenses.  He also lectured on various topics including pseudoexfoliation glaucoma, ocular surface neoplasms, and central serious chorioretinopathy.

He is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Florida Optometric Association, and the Manasota Optometric Society.


Dr. Prabin Mishra received his medical degree from Michigan State University School of Medicine, Lansing, Michigan.  He completed his Residency in 0phthalmology at Indiana University, School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dr. Mishra has published in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, the Journal of International Healthy, The American Journal of Emergency Medicine and The Journal of Anatomy.  He is fellowship trained in cosmetic surgery and board certified in Anti-Aging Medicine.

Dr. Mishra is a Fellow of the American Medical Association, American College of Cosmetic Medicine, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, American College of Surgeons and American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgeons.

Dr. Mishra offers a comprehensive array of treatments, including cosmetic and functional eye lid surgery, BOTOX, cosmetic and other options.

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