Dr. Mark Gendal and Dr. Jeffrey Reisch

Best Eye Doctors – Serving the Coral Springs, Margate, Parkland and Tamarac area for Over 3 Decades!

Dr. Mark Gendal and Dr. Jeffrey Reisch

Dr. Mark Gendal, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Education, Board Certifications & Professional Memberships

  • Education
    • University of Albany (Graduation Year: 1974)
    • SUNY College of Optometry (Graduation Year: 1980)
  • Board Certifications
    • Board Certified Optometrist, with Oral Perspective Authority
  • Professional Memberships
    • Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry
    • Optometric Council on Refractive Technology

1) Tell us a little about yourself?

I have lived in Coral Springs, Florida for the past 29 years.   My wife, Stacey and I are blessed with five children: Stephanie who is at her fourth year at SUNY College of Optometry; Joshua who is a Graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Comparative Politics; Jared who graduated from University of Central Florida and is on his way to Brooklyn Law School; Chase who is at Florida Gulf Coast University and wants to be a college basketball coach; and Jake who is a junior at Coral Glades High School.

2) Why did you want to be a Doctor of Optometry?

I originally started my education as a Biology Major at Albany State University. My goal was to be a Biology teacher. I developed an enormous passion for Child Psychology and development.

While doing a preceptorship at a Montessori School it clicked in my head to observe the visual and perceptual development of the children I was working with. I remembered that as a child, how our family Optometrist Dr. Myron Weinstein was integral in improving my vision and how Vision Therapy helped me to learn and be a better student and athlete.

After this experience, I oriented my study towards a career towards becoming a family Doctor of Optometry. To this day my specialty is Pediatric Optometry.

3) What most excites you about your work and the contribution you make?

I am so fortunate to love my profession. I come to work every day with a passion for preserving, treating and enhancing the visual system of my patients. I contribute to well-being of my patients every day. With general eye health exams I am enhancing vision by prescribing and providing state of the art glasses and contact lenses for myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia, and to enhance vison.

We have a fabulous Optical with exclusive lines such as Dita, Lafont, Dior, and Oliver Peoples that only we carry in Coral Springs. I am making my pediatric patients better students, athletes, and musicians. I am preserving vision through treating eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, dry eye, conjunctivitis, styes, foreign bodies, red eye, trauma, high blood pressure, diabetes, strabismus and amblyopia, and keratoconus.

I am excited to have at my disposal the finest state of the art diagnostic equipment such as, OCT, Pachymetry, Visual Fields, Topography, Auto-refraction and more to diagnose and treat my patients.

What excites me most of all is treating whole families for more than three decades. My patients have become my friends. I love watching kids grow up and be successful. We have mentored so many students and brought interns into our practice. I enjoy teaching and spreading the love I have for the wonderful profession of Optometry!

4) What is the best part of your day at Drs. Reisch and Gendal’s Vision World?

It’s Not Grey’s Anatomy But:

Instead of boring you with menial facts about what an Optometric Physician with Oral Prescriptive Authority does, let’s go my typical day.

  • Went to Sight Trust with the great Dr. Andrew Shatz, to sit in on a cataract surgery for my patient that I am Co-Managing. The patients appreciate my presence and it allows me to provide better Post-Op care.
  • In Office, 83 year old woman feels like a brick is in her eye, tremendous scratching pain due to entropian eyelash (turned in lash). Removed three eyelashes, antibiotic prescribed.
  • 9 year old boy not doing well in school. He hates to read. Cycloplegic refraction reveals Far Sighted Astigmatism; glasses will help him learn and assimilate information. I expect a one grade level increase in reading in two months with glasses. I love seeing kids.
  • 54 year old woman has sudden vision decrease and grey out vision in right eye. Exam and visual field performed. Blood pressure is high and carotid artery plaque is detected. Patient sent to cardiologist immediately due to suspect carotid artery disease.
  • 46 year old male with suspicious Optic nerve and high pressure. Glaucoma workup including BIO, Fields, OCT, Pachs etc. performed. Optic nerve damage detected, Initiate glaucoma treatment with drops to reduce pressure by 20%.
  • Patient has red gritty eyes, poor contact lens tolerance, Diagnose Demodex Blepharitis. Cliradex “lid facial” performed, prescribed Tea Oil pads and PRN fish oil.
  • !6 year old high school baseball catcher wears glasses that get in his way. Fit first ever contact lenses; fit with the new B&L Biotrue Daily Aspheric contact lens for better sports performance.
  • 35 year old house painter has metal foreign body. Removed with Alger brush to “drill out” rust in the cornea. Anti -biotic prescribed.
  • 43 year old disc jockey works the early AM shift and has trouble seeing the dials on his instruments. Anti-glare progressive lenses for reading and close work are prescribed.
  • 34 year old severely nearsighted patient wants to rid himself of glasses and contacts. Lasik pre-op exam is performed and surgery is scheduled.
  • 57 year old male with advanced dry eye. When initially seen, the eyes were so dry that if it got worse, this patient would need corneal transplant. Punctal Plugs and steroid drop therapy two weeks, then Restasis. (3 months later this patient’s corneas rejuvenated). He is doing great!
  • 37 year old male who loves golf wears contacts for astigmatism, fit him with new Moist One Day Toric silicon lenses and promised him no help with his golf game.
  • 18 year old diabetic is well maintained with insulin pump. Digital retinal photography shows perfect retina. These pictures are crucial to establish a baseline for this patient’s future vision care.

This part of the day!! It’s not quite Grey’s Anatomy but the life of an Optometric Physician can be pretty exciting. Next week’s episode is a real cliffhanger!

5) Any volunteer activities you are crazy about?

I consult at two homes for severely mentally disabled adults. I conduct vision screenings for local schools. I also participate in the Coral Springs and Tamarac employee health fairs. I help sponsor the  Coral Springs Museum of Art and our practice contributes to countless silent auctions and athletic events including Chamber raffles and galas. In addition, I am also on the board of directors of Temple Beth Torah. For more than ten years, I was the director of the United Jewish Communities campaign and programming in Coral Springs and Parkland, and am currently serving on the Broward Board  of  Directors of  The Jewish National Fund (JNF).  Not to mention I am an original and very active member of the Chamber of Commerce.

6) What do you like to do when you are not working?

I love health, yoga, and cycling. I have served on the Broward County Pedestrian and Cycling Committee, Youth and Family Committee, the Commit 2 Be Fit Committee. I am this year’s Chair of the Tour de Cure Bike ride for Diabetes, here in Coral Springs. I regularly ride and help to raise thousands of dollars for the MS 150 Miami Ride and the Smart Ride for AIDS Charities. I rode the Israel Ride last year and will be doing it again this November.

Dr. Jeffrey Reisch, O.D.

Education, Board Certifications & Professional Memberships

  • Education
    • Binghamton University – SUNY (Graduation Year: 1974)
    • SUNY College of Optometry (Graduation Year: 1980)
  • Board Certifications
    • Board Certified Optometrist, with Oral Perspective Authority
  • Professional Memberships
    • American Optometric Association
    • Florida Optometric Association

1) Tell us a little about yourself?

I grew up in Brooklyn, New York.  I’ve been married to my High School sweetheart, Lucie since 1975.  We have two beautiful daughters, Marissa and Barri.  Marissa is a civil engineer with and MBA from New York University who helps construct apartment builds in New York city.  Barri graduated from Emory Law school and practices litigation in South Florida.

I moved down to Florida because I love the warm weather and wanted to be near many of my family members who relocated to South Florida.  I remember coming home from an off Broadway show in New York with my wife, and after walking in slush up to my knees, I decided to move to the Sunshine state.

2) Why did you want to be a Doctor of Optometry?

I became fascinated by Optometry when I was fit with the old type of contact lenses to play sports by my neighborhood Optometrist.  I always wanted to be a health professional and help people.

3) What most excites you about your work and the contribution you make?

Many patients do not realize the importance of a thorough eye exam and that the eye is connected to the brain and the central nervous system.  We have discovered a number of brain tumors (benign and malignant).  It is also not uncommon to diagnose retina tears, diabetes and other systematic conditions.

4) What is the best part of your day at Vision World?

Patient interaction is the highlight of my day.  It is the reason I continue to practice after 30 years.  It is very rewarding to have.

5) Any volunteer activities you are crazy about?

My wife and I organize minyans for people who have lost family members.  We also visit members of our congregation who are in the hospital. Lucie and I are strong supporters of March for the Hungry and NCIW committee that donates to Broward Country residents in need.  I am also on the executive board and have served as the chairman for numerous committees for our synagogue, Temple Beth Torah.

6) What do you like to do when you are not working?

My favorite pastimes are playing tennis, riding my bike and hanging out at the beach with a good book.

Dr. Mark Gendal and Dr. Jeffrey Reisch