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Our Doctors

Philip R. Niswander, M.D., F.A.C.S.picRight

A native of Buffalo, New York, Dr. Philip Niswander attended Nichols School.  He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Davis, and continued on to achieve his medical degree at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1979.

Dr. Niswander returned to New York, did his internship in Internal Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and completed 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 Subspecialty Board Certified in Cataract/Lens Implant Surgery by the American Board of Eye Surgery. He has been in practice in Williamsville, New York since 1983.

Dr. Niswander is a member of the Erie County Medical Society, the Buffalo Ophthalmologic Society, the New York State Ophthalmology Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness. He is affiliated with the Ambulatory Surgery Center of WNY and Kaleida Health. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Ellen C. Fitzgerald Farkas, M.D.picRight

Ellen Fitzgerald Farkas, M.D. is a native of Fredonia, N.Y. She is a graduate of Fredonia Central School and from Niagara University, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology. She then went on to the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where she was conferred her medical degree. She was awarded, and appointed, as a member into Alpha Omega Alpha and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. After completion of an internal medicine preliminary internship year at the University of New York at Buffalo, she pursued her Ophthalmology training through her residency at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. She was selected to be Clinical Chief Resident, helping to guide and lead her peers.

Dr. Fitzgerald Farkas is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. She resides in Buffalo with her husband and son.


Mary Ellen Loughrey, O.D., F.A.A.O.mary

A native of Jamestown, New York, Dr. Loughrey graduated from Jamestown High School and Niagara University, where she was awarded the Niagara University Distinguished Student Award. She graduated magna cum laude and is a member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society.

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

Our Staff

Ophthalmic Assistants

Ophthalmic Assistants support our doctors. They administer routine tests and assist in the use of advanced diagnostic instruments, laser treatments, and ocular imaging equipment. Ophthalmic Assistants have up to two years of technical training, and must pass rigorous written tests.


Our opticians are state licensed to make and fit eyeglasses, and to dispense contact lenses. We are fortunate to have two of the most experienced optician professionals in Buffalo. They are an important part of our eyecare team, and are here to serve your needs.

kevinweb Kevin Weber has been serving the Williamsville area as a licensed optician and contact lens practitioner for over 20 years. His goal is to give each patient the individual attention that it takes to help them find the eye wear that they require. He holds the title of Managing Optician.


Robert Reed
has over 20 years of experience in Western New York as a licensed optician and contact lens fitter. Bob's priority is providing quality, friendly service, while utilizing the latest eye care products and technology.

Please call The Visionary at 716.631.3950.

Business Office

Our reception team will greet you upon arrival. They will answer any questions you might have about scheduling, insurance, and billing matters. If you have any questions, just ask. We are here to serve you!

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