Robert P. Larys, M.D.
Dr. Larys came to us after 30 years on active duty with the United States Navy. He spent the last six of those at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. A former naval aviator and Navy test pilot, he graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1979. At the age of 38, he was accepted by the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program and received his medical degree from the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. He completed a transitional internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and ophthalmology residency training at Naval Medical Center San Diego.
Dr. Larys is now an experienced cataract and refractive surgeon specializing in comprehensive ophthalmology, including the management of glaucoma, diabetes, dry eyes and inflammatory eye disease, as well as state-of-the-art laser vision correction. His research on LASIK in Naval Aviators helped pave the way for advanced laser vision correction in today’s military pilots. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the Virginia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.
His wife, Rebecca Larys, is a commercial interior designer and a member of the Portsmouth Historic Preservation Commission. They reside in Olde Towne Portsmouth and both enjoy amateur astronomy as a hobby. “Dr. Bob” is also an avid cyclist and a member of the Team Portsmouth road cycling club.
“As a former Navy pilot and even as an astronomy buff, I’ve always been interested in the science of vision. I knew that I would enjoy the field of ophthalmology for that reason alone. What surprised me later on was how much I enjoyed taking care of people, particularly where their vision is concerned, but in every sense. Improving and protecting my patients’ eye sight is a source of great personal and professional reward.” – Bob Larys, M.D.