Dr. Robert Rainer, RVA Eye Care Optometrists
Dr. Rainer is a Richmond native. He attended J.R. Tucker High School, and then University of Richmond followed by VMI on wrestling scholarships. He is in J.R. Tucker's Sports Hall of Fame. He is a 1989 graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia where he was awarded clinical honors.
He has owned "West End Eye Care" since 1990 and has partnered with Dr Pat Ryan since 2000 at "Dr's Rainer and Ryan." On January 1,2017 they unified and renamed all 3 locations under the new name "RVA Eye Care." Dr. Rainer has been a member of the American and Virginia Optometric Associations and Richmond Optometric Society since 1985. Dr. Rainer is board certified to treat eye diseases including glaucoma. He has been trained as a co-manager on the latest refractive surgery techniques with some of the area's best surgeons and he has had LASIK himself in 2002. Dr. Rainer has been the eye doctor for University of Richmond sports since 1989.
Dr. Rainer was voted first place in "Our Health Magazine" Best Bedside Manner Awards with nearly 14,000 votes cast.
Dr. Rainer has three daughters and two stepsons. He and his wife live in Richmond's near west end where they enjoy gardening, physical fitness activities and hitting many of Richmond's great restaurants and breweries. Throw in a little white water rafting, hand over hand hiking and some scuba diving for Dr. Rainer's thrill seaking side.
Dr. Jeffrey Fardink
Dr. Fardink received a degree in chemistry from Princeton University in 2011 and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 2017. Dr. Fardink focuses on specialty contacts, fitting patients in scleral lenses, corneal (rigid) gas permeable lenses (GPs/RGPs), and corneal reshaping therapy (CRT) lenses (also called orthokeratology or OrthoK). He has completed an advanced practice rotation with honors at the Case Western Reserve University Department of Ophthalmology, where he fitted specialty contact lenses onto cornea transplant patients. He also completed an ocular disease rotation at the Chillicothe VA Medical center, where he treated patients with glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and other ocular disorders.
While an optometry student at Ohio State, Dr. Fardink worked under Joseph Barr, OD, MS, assisting in developing new contact lens materials and designs. He co-founded OSU's Contact Lens Advancement Society, of which he was also president, and served as vice president of OSU's Private Practice Club. In his spare time, he enjoys serving as a volunteer EMT, playing guitar in The Band Keratopathy (an all-optometry rock band), and playing board games with his wife.