Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrist takes the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet our doctors:
Dr. Watkins has been serving the Laveen Area since 2007. Dr. Torrence Watkins graduated from Northeast Missouri State University (Truman State University) with a Bachelor's of Science in Pre-Medicine/Biology. He attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (Salus University) and earned a Doctorate of Optometry with honors in Pediatrics and Ocular Disease. His specialties include contact lenses, Lasik, cataract co-management and pediatrics. He enjoys being active in the community via mentoring, sponsoring local sports teams and coaching.
After growing up in Southern Germany, Dr. Fintelmann completed his doctorate at the University of Ulm in Germany. He then traveled to the United States for his Ophthalmology residency, which he accomplished at the prestigious Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then completed a Corneal and Refractive Surgery Fellowship at the Francis I. Proctor Foundation at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) before moving to Phoenix.
Dr. Fintelmann has performed thousands of cataract surgeries, over two thousand vision correction procedures (including LASIK, PRK, and ICL), and hundreds of corneal transplants. His experience includes a wide range of refractive procedures: LASIK, PRK, implantable contact lenses (ICL), laser assisted cataract surgery, refractive lens exchange, . He has taught cataract, cornea and refractive surgery to other ophthalmologists.
Dr. Fintelmann particularly enjoys improving his patient's surgical outcomes by optimizing their ocular surface before surgery. He currently serves as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Associate Professor at Midwestern University. He spends his free time enjoying the outdoors with his two children and wife, Dr. Laura Snyder, a Neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute. Dr. Fintelmann is fluent in German, English, Spanish, and French.
He is a board certified in ophthalmology in both the USA and Austria.