Our Staff Cares About You!

Our doctors at Piedmont Eye Center care about you and the health of your unique eyes. You can feel confident and cared for when you walk into our office. Take a moment to meet our doctors and review their experience and expertise.


Dr. Lotano- Founder Emeritus

As founder emeritus of Piedmont Eye Center, Remo Lotano, MD has provided medical eye care to Central Virginia for over 30 years and retired in June 2007. His extensive credentials include degrees from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and Albany College of Pharmacy, as well as a rotating internship completed at Albany Medical College. Dr. Lotano completed residency training in ophthalmology at McGuires Veterans Hospital at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.   His vision for Piedmont Eye Center is still at the heart of our practice to this day.

Dr. Vogel

Robert Vogel, MD, JD joined Piedmont Eye Center in 1994 as Lynchburg’s first full-time retina specialist.  He completed his residency at the University of Virginia and received specialty training in the area of retinal and vitreous surgery at the University of Texas in Houston.  Dr. Vogel’s expertise includes treating patients with diabetes, macular degeneration, “floaters,” retinal detachments, and other retinal problems using some of the area’s most advanced technology available. Dr. Vogel has been practicing medicine since 1994. Read bio

Dr. Bowers

Darin Bowers, MD received his medical training through Marshall University followed by a full Internal Medicine residency through West Virginia University. He then completed his Ophthalmology training at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania. Dr. Bowers received dual board certification in both Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology and now specializes in advanced laser cataract and Lasik eye surgery. He’s been involved with ophthalmic medical missions to Honduras since 2005 and helped establish the faith-based non-profit organization known as Health In Sight Mission of Roatan. Dr. Bowers is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons. He serves as a clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology for the Liberty University College of Medicine and is currently on the editing subcommittee for the American Academy of Ophthalmology Basic & Clinical Science Course publication. Dr. Bowers has been practicing medicine since 1993. Read bio

Dr. Ganser

Gail Ganser, MD is Lynchburg’s only pediatric ophthalmologist. She completed her extensive training at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and received further specialty training in pediatric ophthalmology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. In addition to pediatric and general ophthalmology, she also provides Botox® cosmetic treatment to patients.  Dr. Ganser is board certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Ganser has been practicing medicine since 1997. Read bio

Dr. Ceballos

Elizenda Ceballos, MD specializes in glaucoma and cataract surgery. After completing her ophthalmology training at Emory University in Atlanta, she received subspecialty fellowship training in glaucoma at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. As an American Board of Ophthalmology-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Ceballos has published numerous scientific articles and has given presentations at regional and national meetings. In addition to the medical, laser, and surgical treatment of glaucoma, Dr. Ceballos also performs advanced cataract surgery using the latest techniques.  Dr. Ceballos is bilingual in English and Spanish. Dr. Ceballos has been practicing medicine since 2001. Read bio

Dr. Saxton Moss

Saxton Moss, MD specializes in advanced laser cataract surgery using the latest techniques available. He also provides medical and surgical management for a variety of eye diseases and performs routine eye exams. Dr. Moss received his medical education at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa and went on to fulfill an internship at Carilion Health System in Roanoke. Dr. Moss completed his ophthalmology training at Emory University in Atlanta, GA., and is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is the twin brother of Gene T. Moss Jr., MD. Dr. Moss has been practicing medicine since 2003. Read bio

Dr. Gene T. Moss Jr.

Gene T. Moss Jr., MD specializes in advanced laser cataract surgery in addition to treating diseases of the cornea using the latest techniques available. Dr. Moss received his medical degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa and served a general surgery internship and ophthalmology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Gene then completed a fellowship in cornea and external disease at the Brandon Eye Clinic and St. Luke’s Cataract and Laser Institute in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Moss is certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology and is the twin brother of Saxton T. Moss, MD. Dr. Moss has been practicing medicine since 2004. Read bio

Dr. Javey

Golnaz Javey, MD received her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She completed her ophthalmology residency at Virginia Commonwealth University and served as the Chief Resident during her last year of residency. She then continued with fellowship training in Vitreo-Retinal diseases at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Javey has presented in local and national meetings and has published in national scientific journals.

Dr. Javey is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. She is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, Virginia Society of Ophthalmology, and Lynchburg Academy of Medicine. Dr. Javey’s areas of expertise include diabetes, macular degeneration, “floaters”, retinal detachment and retinal vascular disease.   Dr. Javey performs advanced Vitreo-Retinal surgery using the latest techniques available. Dr. Javey has been practicing medicine since 2005. Read bio

Dr. Paauw

James Paauw, MD (pronounced “Pow”) specializes in glaucoma and cataract surgery. He earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, MI with distinction in research. He then completed a general surgery internship and ophthalmology residency through Texas A&M in Temple, TX. During this time, he served as co-editor of Career Physician Briefings in Ophthalmology and in his final year of residency he acted as chief resident for the program.

Dr. Paauw completed a glaucoma fellowship at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He has a great deal of research experience and is a prolific writer and presenter on eye care topics. Among his charitable activities, Dr. Paauw has participated in multiple ophthalmology mission trips to Mexico, Kenya and Haiti. Dr. Paauw is board certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Paauw has been practicing medicine since 2010. Read bio


What Our Patients Think

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    I couldn't recommend a better doctor, a better facility, and I'm so glad I did it.
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    Brenda Edson /
    "I could not have asked for a better experience at Piedmont Eye Center. From my very first visit, the staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and genuinely interested in me."
  • Bobby Moore /
    "I wish I would have done it many years ago now."
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    Bryan Mitchell / ANALYST
    "My vision was the best it had been since I was a teen. I had my LASIK surgery performed almost 2 years ago, and it is as good today as it was then."
  • Caroline Trexler /
    "They ensured that the entire process from preliminary appointments to follow up visits went seamlessly – the perfect team that gave me perfect vision."
    "All and all, this has been a very pleasant and beneficial period for me. I recommend it highly for anyone in a similar situation.'
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    Cynthia /
    "I feel almost like a new person It’s a wonderful feeling to wake up in the morning and be able to actually see across the room without fumbling for my glasses. "
  • Frances / RETIRED
    "Dr. Ceballos has always been very positive, clarifying everything medically, never leaving me in doubt and has always made me feel special and important."
  • Guy / RETIRED
    "The procedure was painless, and now I’m happy to say I only wear glasses to read. I have 20/20 vision in my left eye and 20/25 in my right. "
  • Janice Bloom standing in front of a tree
    "Dr. Bowers and his staff treated me with the utmost in professional care, making sure I was comfortable throughout the entire process."
  • Barbara / RETIRED
    "The procedure was pain free and I am so pleased with the results. It was money well spent and it is unbelievable how clear and colorful everything is. I want to tell Dr. Bowers and his staff how grateful I am."
  • Jerome / RETIRED
    "Doctor Vogel has treated me professionally as has his staff. They have been caring and have answered my questions to my satisfaction."
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    Jon Dupin / PASTOR
    "LASIK is not just a medical advancement to me; it’s a miracle"
  • Josh Brewer / HUMANITARIAN AID
    "Because of Dr. Bowers and his team at Piedmont Eye Center, my everyday life is now a whole lot easier. "
  • Judy Bowman / MISSIONARY
    "My experience of having Laser Vision Correction was fantastic. Dr. Bowers and all his staff are so knowledgeable and professional, yet very personal, warm, caring, and friendly."
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    Lucy /
    "Dr. Bowers and his team were very comforting. The next morning, I opened my eyes and was able to see the alarm clock across the room, which I was never able to see before. It was a miracle!"
  • Martha Ann / GRANDMOTHER
    "It is a wonderful feeling to have no RX lenses. I want to thank Dr. Bowers and the Surgery Center for the freedom I feel.”
  • Monica Shelton / Featured Patient
    "Everyone told me what they were going to be doing to me and what to expect every step of the way. My experience with Piedmont Eye Center and Dr. Bowers and the whole LASIK team was awesome!"
  • Adelia / RETIRED
    "God led me to Dr. Vogel. He is absolutely the most wonderful doctor in the world. Not only is he a great doctor, he is a great ‘people person’. You always feel safe with him."
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    Penny Abbott / Financial Consultant
    "From the great staff who helped me, to the simplicity of setting up my flexible spending account, to my complete satisfaction and enjoyment of having clear sight, this has been an easy process."
    "The staff at Piedmont eased my nerves and the procedure was swift and smooth."
  • Sue Earsing and lasik eye surgery
    "I have always seen the world through glasses or contacts, so the sharpness of vision I have now was never there before."
    “Dr. Bowers not only met my expectations, he surpassed them. I had no idea that vision like this was possible. I no longer struggle in the shadows of a course- everything is clearer.”
  • Troy Doss
    "Piedmont Eye Center takes care of the little things to make LASIK a comfortable process."
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