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Dr. Mark A. Pavilack

Dr. Pavilack is a Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Surgeon.  He is Board-Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  Dr. Pavilack was among the first in the Hampton Road’s area to perform advance corneal transplantation procedures including DSAEK, Ultra-Thin, DSAEK, DMEK, DALK, and Keratoprotheses.  He was also one of the earliest to use both Toric and Multifocal Lens implants with cataract surgery following their initial approval by the FDA.  With having performed over 15,000 cataract, refractive, corneal, and laser surgeries, Dr. Pavilack is one of the most experienced corneal specialists in Virginia.

Accolades and Awards

Dr. Pavilack has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including being named as

Top Ophthalmologist, the Leading Physicians of the World, the International Assoc of Ophthalmologists

#1 LASIK Surgeon Award, American Ophthalmology Council

Top Doctors Award, Coastal Living Magazine

Top LASIK Surgeons Award, America Top 10

Top Doctors Award, Hampton Roads Magazine

America’s Top Ophthalmologist Award, Consumer Research Council of America

Among the top LASIK laser eye surgery and refractive surgeons and cataract surgery specialists in the United States, Trusted LASIK


Dr. Pavilack is a Phi Beta Kappa and High Honors graduate of the University of Florida. He obtained his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine as President of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in 1987. He was distinguished as a University of Michigan Resident and in a Corneal Fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary of Harvard Medical School. He has received numerous honors and awards including appointments to the prestigious Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary in Boston, and the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. Dr. Pavilack has authored numerous articles and book chapters, as well as lectured at national and international meetings.  After working in Pennsylvania and in his own practice for a numerous years, he joined Tidewater Eye Centers as a partner in 2007.

Community Service

Dr. Pavilack has had a near lifelong involvement in community service starting as a hospital volunteer as a teenager and throughout college.   He later served for many years as a Physician Volunteer, Prevention of Blindness Committee Chairman, and Board Member of both the Susquehanna Association for the Blind and Vision Impaired and Lancaster County Association for the Blind.  Dr. Pavilack has been a volunteer for EyeCare America and Mission Cataract as well as at the Lions Eye Clinic over 10 years providing free eye care and surgery.  He has served as the Asst Medical Director for the Lions Medical Eye Bank & Research Center of Eastern Virginia since 2013.


Dr. Pavilack resides in Virginia Beach with his wife, Ann, and their three children. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his family.