Niswander Eye Center Team

You get more than expert eye care at Niswander Eye Center. You get one-on-one attention from ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians that care about the Western New York community. Like most of you, they grew up and went to school in the area.

Dr. Niswander, Dr. Fitzgerald Farkas and Dr. Loughrey know how valuable your sight is to you, and they treat it as such. They realize what it means to call Western New York home.

Philip R. Niswander, MD, FACS

Dr. Philip Niswander is a Buffalo, NY native, and has been practicing since 1983. He attended the University of California at Davis for his undergraduate degree. Dr. Niswander earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1979, before returning to Western New York and completing an internship in Internal Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Niswander is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is Specialty Board Certified in Cataract/Lens Implant Surgery by the American Board of Eye Surgery. He is a member of several local and national societies and organizations including the Erie County Medical Society, Buffalo Ophthalmologic Society, New York State Ophthalmology Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness. Dr. Niswander is affiliated with the Ambulatory Surgery Center of WNY and Kaleida Health. Dr. Niswander is committed to educating tomorrow’s doctors as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Ellen C. Fitzgerald Farkas, MD

Dr. Ellen C. Fitzgerald Farkas is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Having grown up in Fredonia, NY, she attended Niagara University where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology. Dr. Fitzgerald Farkas then went on to receive her medical degree from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Upon completion, she earned membership into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and Alpha Omega Alpha.

After completing an internal medicine internship year at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Dr. Fitzgerald Farkas pursued ophthalmology training through her residency at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She was selected as Clinical Chief Resident and helped lead and guide her fellow peers. Dr. Fitzgerald Farkas is affiliated with the Ambulatory Surgery Center of WNY and Brooks Memorial Hospital.






Mary Ellen Loughrey, OD, FAAO

A native of Jamestown, NY, Dr. Mary Ellen Loughrey graduated magna cum laude from Niagara University, where she was awarded the Niagara University Distinguished Student Award. She is also an esteemed member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society.

Dr. Loughrey completed her four-year doctor of optometry program at The Ohio State University of Optometry, where she achieved dean’s list status. She then completed her externship at the United States Naval Academy Eye Clinic in Annapolis, MD. Dr. Loughrey is now a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and an active member of the Western New York Society of Optometrists.



The entire team of doctors and staff at Niswander Eye Center works together to bring you the best in eye care. Our opticians work to bring patients the latest technologies and styles of eyewear and contact lenses. Not only do they help you see better, they help you look your best!

Kevin Weber

Managing Optician Kevin Weber gives each patient the individual care and attention they deserve. He’s been serving patients for over 20 years as a licensed optician and contact lens practitioner.

Robert Reed

Robert Reed has over 20 years of experience serving Western New York as a licensed optician and contact lens fitter. He’s driven to provide patients with quality, friendly service by staying on top of the latest technologies and products in eye care.