Cornea and External Disease, Refractive Surgery

John E. Bokosky John E. Bokosky, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a well-respected San Diego surgeon who specializes in Cornea Surgery and Vision Correction.

He is on staff at multiple hospitals throughout San Diego County, including Scripps-Mercy Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital.

John E. Bokosky, M.D., F.A.C.S. is the former Chief of Ophthalmology at Scripps- Mercy Hospital and Medical Center.

Currently, he is the Medical Director for the San Diego Eye Bank. Other appointments include Diplomat and Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and past President of the San Diego County Ophthalmological Society. Dr. Bokosky has been voted "Top Doctor" by his peers in the San Diego Medical Society for the years 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

His specialized training in ophthalmology includes certification to perform Laser Vision Correction, including lasik and surface laser ablation, to perform Intacs and several other procedures. Dr. Bokosky has surgical expertise in penetrating, lamellar, and endothelial corneal transplant surgery, cataract extraction using phacoemulsification, lens implants, and multifocal and accommodative IOL options including Restor multifocal, Technis multifocal, and Crystalens. He consults on complicated intraocular lens implant problems and diseases of the anterior segment of the eye, including dry eye, blephartitis, post refractive, and severe ocular and corneal conditions including infections. He performs pterygium surgery with ocular surfacing using amniotic membrane grafting and limbal stem cell transplants.

Dr. Bokosky received his Fellowship in Corneal and External Diseases form the University of Michigan. He earned his doctorate in medicine from the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry at the University of Illinois. He performed his internship at Scripps-Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in San Diego and his Ophthalmology residence at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

  • Education:
    • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Urbana Campus
    • Doctor of Medicine, University of Illinois, Chicago
    • Flexible Internship, Scripps-Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, San Diego, California
    • Residency in Ophthalmology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    • Fellowship in Corneal Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Certifications:
    • Board Certified, American Academy of Ophthalmology
    • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Associations:
    • Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
    • Member, International Society for Refractive Surgeons
    • Member, Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists
    • Member, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
    • Member, California Medical Association
    • Member, San Diego Medical Society

Glaucoma and Visual Fields

Neil T. Choplin Neil T. Choplin, MD is a graduate of New York University, with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. He received his medical degree from New York Medical College, attending on an Armed Forces Health Professional scholarship. Upon graduation he served a general surgery internship at Long Island Jewish Hillside Medical Center and residency in ophthalmology at Nassau County Medical Center in New York.

Dr. Choplin entered military service upon completion of residency training, and served four years at the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia. After completion of a glaucoma fellowship at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia under the direction of Dr. George Spaeth, Dr. Choplin transferred to the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, where he served as the director of the glaucoma service, residency director, and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology. He retired from active duty in August 2000 with the rank of Captain in the United States Navy Medical Corps, and is adjunct clinical professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. His military decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy Meritorious Service Award.

He was certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1981. Dr. Choplin is currently in private practice at Eye Care of San Diego specializing in glaucoma, and holds staff privileges at Scripps Mercy Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego.

Dr. Choplin has presented professionally 139 lectures at scientific meetings, authored or contributed to 48 scientific articles and textbook chapters, and has authored three ophthalmology textbooks. His most recent textbook, "Atlas of Glaucoma" is in its third edition, published in June 2014. His research interests include visual field testing, glaucoma medications and surgery, and retinal nerve fiber layer analysis.

He served as President of the San Diego County Ophthalmological Society from 1996 to 1998, is a past member of the Glaucoma Advisory Board of Prevent Blindness America, and served as a Commissioner on the Joint Commission for Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO), representing the American Glaucoma Society.

He is currently on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Eye Bank, where he has served as secretary/treasurer and now serves as president of the Board of Directors. Dr. Choplin is also secretary/treasurer of JCAHPO.

In his other life, Dr. Choplin plays keyboards in "FlipSide," ( a "vintage" rock band. Dr. Choplin is married to the former Lynn Rebsamen of New York, NY, and has two daughters, Danielle and Suzanne.



Asa Morton Asa Morton, M.D., a native San Diegan, received his undergraduate degree from Revelle College, University of California, San Diego. Prior to pursuing a career in medicine he took time to fulfill a childhood dream of flight and served five years as a Navy jet pilot. Having realized his dream of flight Asa Morton, M.D. was able to pursue his medical training. He received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland. During this time he was honored with selection to the prestigious Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, later serving as President of the local chapter. Upon graduation Asa Morton, M.D.was awarded the Surgeon General Award for academic excellence, medical professionalism and leadership skills.

Asa Morton, M.D. completed his internship and ophthalmology residency training at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, during which he was selected as the Intern of the Year. Upon completion of his residency Asa Morton, M.D. was assigned to the Naval Hospital Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, where he ran the Ophthalmology Department. Selected for the highly competitive University of Michigan program (Go Blue), Asa Morton, M.D. spent 2 years studying and operating with innovators in the field of Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery of the eyelids, forehead, face, orbits and lacrimal system.

Asa Morton, M.D. served as the Director of Oculoplastics and Orbital Reconstruction, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, more commonly known as the "President's Hospital". At present he is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University.

Dr. Morton is committed to volunteering on various humanitarian surgical missions and education programs for medical providers in developing nations. Over the past decade he has served as both teacher and surgeon in Pakistan, India, Brazil, Mexico and Guatemala. Asa Morton, M.D. is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.

Asa Morton, M.D. brings this extensive training and experience to Eye Care of San Diego / California Laser Vision Inc., offering Facial Rejuvenation services.



Robert Thomas Dr. Robert M. Thomas Jr. received his medical degree from the St. Louis University School of Medicine. After completing an internship at St. Louis University Hospitals, Dr. Thomas completed a three-year residency in Ophthalmology at the Metropolitan General Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Thomas, a pioneer of small incision cataract surgery, has been one of the leaders in the field of refractive surgery since 1984. As one of the few doctors who is board-certified by both the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American Board of Eye Surgeons, Dr. Thomas is highly qualified to provide you with the level of care and skill you seek in an eye care professional.

As a testament to his leadership in the field of ophthalmology, Dr. Thomas has been a regular speaker at surgical seminars and has published articles for the American Intra-Ocular Implant Society Journal and Ophthalmology Management. He is a member of many professional societies and one of the founding members of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Thomas is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons. He is a charter member of the American College of Eye Surgeons. Dr. Thomas is also a member of the California Medical Association, the San Diego County Medical Society, and is a past president of the San Diego Eye Bank. He is on the medical staff of Scripps Mercy Hospital and the San Diego Outpatient Surgery Center.

For over thirty years, Dr. Robert M. Thomas has achieved superior surgical results while providing only the highest standards of care to his valued patients


Cataract and Glaucoma

Cristiana Vasile Cristiana Vasile, M.D. is an American Board Certified Ophthalmologist and Fellowship trained Cataract and Glaucoma specialist with advanced training and experience developed at the Shiley Eye Institute, University of California San Diego.

She has provided medical, laser and surgical management in glaucoma, cataract surgery, as well as comprehensive ophthalmology care at Eye Care of San Diego since October 2015.

Born in Romania, Dr. Vasile graduated with distinction with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Physics and a Medical Degree from Bucharest University of Medicine. She moved to the United States to pursue her academic and clinical interests.

Early in her career, Dr. Vasile developed a keen interest in optic nerve evaluation and imaging for early detection, progression and treatment of glaucoma. She spent several years at the Hamilton Glaucoma Center at the University California San Diego (UCSD) doing vision research.

She served as the founding Director of the UCSD Optic Nerve Reading Center and provided invaluable clinical expertise for several NIH and industry sponsored clinical trials in glaucoma. Her work has been published in high impact peer reviewed ophthalmology journals and has authored several book chapters. Dr. Vasile served as an optic nerve expert on the World Glaucoma Association Consensus Panel for Glaucoma Diagnosis.

Prior to her internship and residency, she completed a Masters in Advanced Studies (MAS) in Clinical Research at UCSD where she graduated at the top of her class. Subsequently, she was an intern in Internal Medicine at UCSD and then served as Resident in Ophthalmology also at UCSD. As a resident, she was the recipient of the UCSD Resident Research Award. She then completed a Glaucoma Fellowship at UCSD, among the leading glaucoma training programs in the country. She is an expert in all areas of glaucoma including, but not limited to, diagnosis, medical management and surgery (standard, complex and minimally invasive).

Dr. Vasile is a member of American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Glaucoma Society, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, Association for Research in Vision in Ophthalmology and the San Diego County Medical Society. She is fluent in English, Italian, French, Romanian and proficient in Spanish. Her hobbies include music, traveling, architecture and design.


Doctor of Optometry

Philip Taunton Philip Taunton, O.D. earned his degree from Bradford University School of Optometry in Great Britain in 1968. He studied with The New England College of Optometry, where he earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Ocular Disease and Pharmaceutical Application.

Dr. Taunton is licensed with the California state Board and recently passed the National Board of Optometry exams in Basic Science, Clinical Science, Clinical Skills and Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease. In 1997, he joined Eye Care of San Diego as a Resident Optometrist and Contact Lens Specialist. He specialized in aphakic, keratoconus and post-surgical contact lens fitting. Dr. Taunton attained Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent certification with the California State Board in December 1997. He became one of the first Optometrist in California to receive certification for the treatment and management of Glaucoma.

Taunton has worked professionally as an optometrist in Great Britain and South Africa and was involved in providing the first one-hour comprehensive laboratory service for eyeglasses in Durban, S.A

- Bradford University School of Optometry, Great Britain
- The New England College of Optometry
- Westville University Natal South Africa


Doctor of Optometry

Nickolet A. Boermans Dr. Nickolet A. Boermans graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Science. She then earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Boermans is board certified by the California State Board of Optometry. She also has her Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent (TPA) and Glaucoma Certification. This allows her to prescribe medication and to treat and manage glaucoma. Dr. Boermans is also TLG certified, licensing her to perform lacrimal irrigation and dilation procedures for patients. Her interests lie in primary care optometry, ocular disease and contact lenses.

Dr. Boermans is a board member of the San Diego Optometric Society and is very active in the local society. She has also been a member of the California and American Optometric Association for over 10 years. Dr. Boermans joined Eye Care of San Diego in 2009 and practices at all 3 locations: Hillcrest, Escondido and La Jolla.

Dr. Boermans enjoys seeing patients of all ages and concentrates on giving her patients clear and comfortable vision at all distances, as well as, comprehensive ocular health evaluations.

Dr. Boermans moved to California in 2009 from Toronto, Canada. She enjoys all California has to offer including hiking, rollerblading on the beach and skiing.