Dr. Robert Jaffee has recently joined the team of eye care experts at Hampton Roads Eye Associates/Oyster Point. He brings almost 40 years of medical experience to the practice as a general ophthalmologist. Dr. Jaffee grew up in New York City, in Whitestone, Queens, and comes from a family who have dedicated their lives to serving others through medicine, teaching and social work.
Dr. Jaffee attended the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he earned his Doctor of Medicine in 1975 graduating with honors in the top 10% of his class. He completed his internship at the University of Pittsburgh in 1976. He completed his residency training at the University of Connecticut and New York University. At John Sheets Associates in Odessa, TX, Dr. Jaffee became a fellow in anterior segment eye surgery. From 1982-2010, Dr. Jaffee had his own private practice in New York State.
Dr. Robert Jaffee enjoys both the mental challenges and manual dexterity associated with ophthalmology. The profession allows him to perform surgeries, as well as make diagnoses that can be lifesaving to a patient. As an ophthalmologist, Dr. Jaffee is honored to be able to make a difference in the quality of patients’ lives. Whether it is helping a child see the board at school or giving a senior citizen the independence to drive again by performing a cataract operation or a corneal transplant, Dr. Jaffee appreciates every opportunity to contribute to a patient’s health and open his or her senses to life’s beauty.
Throughout four decades of practicing ophthalmology, Dr. Jaffee has seen cataract surgery transform from a five-day hospital procedure to a two-hour outpatient stay. “I have seen tremendous advances in machinery for diagnosis of retinal diseases and glaucoma. Now, in the twilight of my career, I still enjoy using that experience to help those who honor me with their trust,” Dr. Jaffee observes.
Outside the office, Dr. Jaffee enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, a senior in college. He moved to Virginia because he is an avid history buff. He collects Civil War memorabilia and does wet plate photography at Civil War re-enactments. He also volunteers in Colonial Williamsburg at the Apothecary Shop.