Our Doctor

Dr. Pooja J. Patel


Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Tampa in 2009, Dr. Patel's academic prowess laid the foundation for her career. In 2013, she earned her Doctor of Optometry and a second Bachelor’s degree in Vision Sciences from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Patel honed her skills through a residency program at the prestigious Eye Institute in Philadelphia, where she trained under nationally recognized specialists. Here, she delved into the realms of pediatric eye care, vision therapy, neuro-optometry, traumatic brain injury evaluations, and emergency eye care. With a commendable eight years of experience in private practice in the Brier Creek/Raleigh area, Dr. Patel now fulfilled her dream by opening Family Eye Wellness in 2023, a practice designed to deliver exceptional care in her unique, personable style. Her motivation was deeply rooted in a desire to spend meaningful time with each patient, ensuring not just their visual health but also offering compassion and guidance. In a world where time is often a luxury, Dr. Patel's commitment to forging genuine connections sets her apart as an eye doctor who goes beyond the conventional boundaries of healthcare.

As a mommy of two, Dr. Patel infuses her practice with a special warmth, understanding the importance of connecting with both her young patients and their families. Beyond the realm of optometry, Dr. Patel is a seasoned adventurer, an avid traveler who seeks inspiration from the diverse cultures she encounters. Her passion for exploring the world is mirrored in her approach to the unique eye care she delivers, as she believes that a broad perspective enriches her ability to provide holistic and personalized treatment.

With over a decade of experience, Dr. Patel remains at the forefront of her field, committing to lifelong learning and maintaining fellowship at the American Academy of Optometry.

Embark on a journey with Dr. Patel at Family Eye Wellness, where her commitment to personalized care, compassion, and a touch of global perspective sets a new standard in optometry. Currently accepting new patients, Dr. Patel invites you to experience eye care that goes beyond vision – an approach that values each patient as a unique individual deserving of extraordinary attention and support.

Why Pediatrics and Vision Therapy?
Many people are unaware of this but more than 75% of learning is done through vision. How incredible could it be if I could help a child right from the beginning, who is struggling with their foundational skills of learning, by evaluating their visual system and helping them through vision therapy and other treatment modalities? This is what inspired me to specialize in this area.

Languages Spoken
Aside from English, I speak Gujarati and Hindi. I grew up speaking Gujarati in my household. I learned how to speak Hindi by watching Bollywood films my entire life. Over time, I have also picked up some Urdu.

Those who know me well know that for me, "family is the most important thing". I was raised by two incredible parents who migrated to the USA from India in the late 80's. My parents have given me the best gift I could have asked for - a brother and a sister- who are very dear to me. I got married to my childhood sweetheart, Viran Patel, in 2012, and we moved to North Carolina in August 2014. We have been blessed with two beautiful daughters who serve as our inspiration every day!

Favorite Vacation
Traveling is my number one hobby. My favorite vacation has been a two-week Mediterranean cruise that took us to Greece, Italy, Croatia, and Turkey. The scenery was stunning, the food was incredible, and the time spent with twelve family members was priceless! "I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list!"

Fun Fact
When I was 17, my car got struck by lightning in Florida as I was driving it! A few weeks later, my parents' house got struck by lightning. A few years later, our house in NC got struck by lightning. I guess I attract lightning!!!