Eye Surgeons in Wilmington, NC

The Ophthalmologists at Coastal Carolina Eye Clinic provide comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages, from regular exams and contact lens fittings to surgical treatments for serious conditions. With more than 37 years in business, we combine unmatched expertise with the latest proven treatment modalities.


Our doctors provide comprehensive care in a range of specialty areas. All of our doctors focus on the treatments of glaucoma and macular degeneration, as well as diabetic retinopathy and dry eyes.  Dr. Robert van der Vaart and Dr. Samantha Watson are our cataract surgeons, and have a focus on reducing reliance on glasses after cataract surgery. They also perform other ophthalmology surgeries and cosmetic eyelid surgeries. Dr. van der Vaart, also, sees children of any age with any eye problems.

In the area of laser cataract surgery, Dr. James Kesler was the first surgeon in the region to provide laser treatment for glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, as well as the first to perform a successful corneal transplant. Dr. Molly Allen was the first female surgeon and ophthalmologist in Wilmington. Dr. James Kesler and Dr. Molly Allen have extensive experience in all aspects of eye care. All of our doctors are accepting patients for office visits to determine your eye care needs.


Whether you need routine care or need diagnosis and treatment for a specific vision or eye health problem, Coastal Carolina Eye Clinic is a knowledgeable provider with a focus on excellent customer service.

With regular eye exams and recommended screening, you can detect vision problems early and prevent them from worsening. If you need corrective lenses, we provide fittings for glasses and contact lenses.

We also provide minimally invasive surgery for cataract lens replacement, as well as premium intraocular lenses and astigmatism correction. These procedures limit your need for corrective lenses after cataract surgery even if you wore glasses before developing cataracts.

Strabismus, commonly known as crossed eyes, affects up to five percent of children. We can safely correct this condition before the age of six in order to limit its effect on vision.

Cosmetic surgery is also available at Coastal Carolina Eye Clinic. Blepharoplasty is an eyelid procedure that reduces puffiness, fine lines, and other imperfections for a more youthful look.

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    Molly V. Allen | MD, FACS

    Dr. Allen offers comprehensive ophthalmology services, with specialized expertise in cataract evaluation, glaucoma and diabetic…

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    (RETIRED) James L. Kesler, MD, FACS | MD, FACS

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    Robert van der Vaart | MD

    Dr. van der Vaart practices comprehensive ophthalmology, including cataract surgery, medical and surgical management of…

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    Samantha Watson | MD

    Dr. Watson offers comprehensive ophthalmology services, including state-of-the-art cataract surgery; femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery; premium…

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