Michael J. Vernon, OD, FAAO Accepting New Patients?: Yes
Dr. Michael J. Vernon, an optometrist, acquired Redmond Eye Clinic in the fall of 2012. Since then, Dr. Vernon and his staff have vigorously invested in updating the systems, services, and patient experience. The practice has especially focused on ocular surface disease (dry eyes), adding technologies and expertise that are at the leading edge of ophthalmologic and optometric eye care. All the while, Dr. Vernon remains committed to adhering to the clinic's core value of excellent medical eye care and each patient's best vision.
After graduating from high school in Springfield, Virginia, Dr. Vernon went to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Between matriculating and graduating from BYU, he lived in Uruguay for two years, learning to speak fluent Spanish. After graduating from BYU in 1996, Dr. Vernon enrolled at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California. He was a member of the honor society all four years. After graduating from SCCO in 2001, he entered a residency in hospital-based optometry (ocular disease) at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which he completed in 2002.
Dr. Vernon grew up the eldest of four children of an Air Force officer, moving often, and seeing the world. He has lived in all four continental U.S. time zones, in West Germany, and in Uruguay, and has visited many other countries on five continents. He has been married since 2004 and has three children. Everyone in the family absolutely loves the Eastside!
Dr. Vernon is a residency-trained optometric physician, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, and a member of the American Optometric Association, Optometric Physicians of Washington, and King County Optometric Society. He has a passion for primary eye care and making sure his patients' eyes are healthy and that they see clearly. He is kind, patient, knowledgeable, and . . . getting wiser (and older) every day.
Laura M. Periman, MD Accepting New Patients?: By referral only
Dr. Laura M. Periman, an ophthalmologist, has been at Redmond Eye Clinic since 2007. She is one of country's leading dry eye experts, a nationally recognized speaker, and has a passion for whole eye health. Dr. Periman often says she was born to be an eye doctor. As a child growing up in Montana, she delighted in studying the eyes of the creatures large and small that she found while exploring the woods and waters of her home state. She knew she wanted to be a physician at the age of twelve!
As a medical student, she observed a YAG laser capsulotomy (a procedure done to remove the cloudy membrane that can sometimes form after cataract surgery). She watched through the observer's scope and after three quick, painless pulses, she watched the cloudy leaflets float away from the visual axis, restoring excellent vision to the patient. She says, "In that crucible moment, I knew that ophthalmology was the specialty for me." She continues, "I saw the clouds part, the sun shine, and I even heard music!"
Dr Periman loves general ophthalmology and has a particular passion for ocular surface disorders such as dry eyes. This passion began as a research assistant at Immunex Corporation in the early 1990s, where she participated on development of the immunomodulator now known as Enbrel. The idea that immunomodulators can modify chronic inflammatory diseases, such as dry eyes, was absolutely fascinating to her.
Her clinical care is delivered in a warm, lively, energetic style with colorful and easy to understand analogies. Patients often comment, "You really love your work!" To which she replies, "Yes, I really do!" She adds, "Delivering the best possible care to the best of my ability and helping patients realize their fullest health potential is what practicing medicine is all about to me!"
Due to Dr. Periman's limited schedule, she only accepts new patients by referral, whether it is from our own Dr. Vernon or a doctor outside our office. Dr. Periman sees patients on Tuesdays.
Jeff Binstock, DVM, OD Accepting New Patients?: Yes
Dr. Jeff Binstock, an optometrist, joined Redmond Eye Clinic in the summer of 2016. He grew up in Southern California, graduating high school in Woodland Hills. He then went to the University of California, Santa Barbara where he majored in Aquatic Biology. After college, he then graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona, California. He was also given the distinct honor of being named "Who's Who in Veterinary Medicine" among new graduates entering the field. After a brief time as a veterinarian, Dr. Binstock developed a strong interest in the eyes and ocular health. He made the decision to become an optometrist and has never looked back.
Dr. Binstock attended Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California, where he was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society all four years. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and was awarded two excellence awards in both ocular disease and primary care optometry.
After graduating, Dr. Binstock completed a residency in Primary Care and Low Vision Rehabilitation at Group Health Northgate in Seattle, WA. Dr. Binstock is currently a member of the American Optometric Association, Optometric Physicians of Washington, and King County Optometric Society. He is also currently awaiting the opportunity to sit for Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry.
In his spare time, Dr. Binstock enjoys weightlifting, sports, reading, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with his fiancé and 8-year-old black Labrador Retriever. He has a passion for patient-centered care and feels that communication and compassion are vital attributes to any successful doctor. He loves providing high quality eye care to the patients of Redmond Eye Clinic!