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Newsweek Names Two Center For Sight Optometric Physicians to ‘America’s Best Eye Doctors’ List

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SARASOTA, Fla. (August 16, 2022) – Center For Sight is honored to announce that Newsweek has named optometric physicians, Joseph Sowka, O.D., F.A.A.O., Diplomate and Lori Vollmer, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O., to their 2022 ‘America’s Best Eye Doctors’ list. With over 53 years of combined industry experience, the husband-and-wife duo started at the practice in 2020. This is the second year in a row that they both have appeared on the highly regarded list, which lists doctors who have earned the most respect from their peers based on the quality of care they provide, continuity of care and the quality of technology used in their practices.

“Being ranked on this list is especially humbling since the nominations come from our peers,” said Vollmer. “Doctors on this list and beyond are committed to advanced patient care and betterment of the profession. I’m honored to be able to provide full scope, compassionate care to my patients at Center For Sight.”

Industry members including ophthalmologists, optometrists, clinic managers and other related healthcare professionals were surveyed. Of 175 doctors on the list, Sowka was ranked No. 4 and Vollmer was ranked No. 62 out of more than 50,000 optometric physicians.

“Being named a top optometrist by Newsweek is personally and professionally very gratifying,” said Sowka. “There are many exceptional optometrists and ophthalmologists beyond those included on the list who give first-rate care and I am truly thrilled to be able to work alongside them at Center For Sight.”

Sowka received his bachelor’s degree with distinction from Cornell University and his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. He has become a diplomate in glaucoma through the American Academy of Optometry. Sowka has an impressive resume, having been a professor at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Optometry for 28 years, has written hundreds of peer-reviewed manuscripts and publications and plays a pivotal role in the planning and execution of optometric conferences throughout the country.

Vollmer earned her undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida. She graduated with honors and distinction from Nova Southeastern University’s College of Optometry, earning her Doctor of Optometry degree. Vollmer completed an ocular disease residency in Miami and received her Master of Science in nutrition from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University. Prior to joining Center For Sight, she also worked as a professor at Nova Southeastern University for 16 years. Vollmer has several published articles in optometric journals and has delivered numerous continuing education lectures nationally and internationally in ocular disease, trauma, medical and surgical management and nutrition. Vollmer currently oversees the newly developed Optometric Residency Program at Center For Sight.

To book your eye appointment with Sowka or Vollmer at Center For Sight’s Jacaranda Boulevard location, visit or call 941-496-4444.


About Center For Sight

Center For Sight is a leading multi-specialty eye care practice in Florida. The practice offers patients convenient access to nationally renowned surgeons, highly trained, compassionate staff members and cutting-edge technology. Center For Sight is a member practice of US Eye, a patient-centric network of premium eye care practices with 62 locations in the Southeastern United States. US Eye is a patient-first, physician-led, vertically integrated multi-specialty eye care practice group with a mission to become the country’s most admired brand in eye care. For additional information and locations, visit

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