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Dr. Melvin Roat, MD, FACS

Dr. Roat is an experienced and caring, comprehensive, board certified ophthalmologist.  

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who first finishes medical school and an internship, and then completes a residency to specialize in the medical and surgical care of eyes.  To become board certified, an ophthalmologist must pass several days of challenging, comprehensive written and oral exams.  In 1987, Dr. Roat became Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, placing in the top 3%.  In addition, he placed in the top 2% on the exam of the National Board of Medical Examiners of the United States of America, which is used to grant a medical license to doctors.  

Dr. Roat has also completed a Fellowship.  After finishing the residency required of general ophthalmologists, Dr. Roat completed four additional years of training (a Fellowship) to become a sub-specialist.  In addition, Dr. Roat has been named a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons which allows him to use the designation F.A.C.S.  The American College of Surgeons is a professional association of surgeons that accepts only experienced, board certified ophthalmologists with exceptional surgical results and with an excellent reputation among their peers.

Dr. Roat is on the teaching staff of Wills Eye Hospital and Jefferson Medical College, where he is actively involved in training medical students, ophthalmology residents and fellows.  

He gives lectures, and supervises ophthalmology residents in the clinic and the operating room.  

Dr. Roat has a university appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University.  In order to qualify for the rank of Clinical Associate Professor - the second highest possible, Dr. Roat had to have extensive experience in patient care, he had to show clinical excellence as demonstrated by his reputation among other ophthalmologists and by excellent patient outcomes.  In addition, he had to have superior scholarly accomplishments, exhibit exceptional teaching ability and have an excellent national reputation in his field.  In 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012, Dr. Roat was named a “Top Doctor” in Main Line Today.  An honor awarded to “the best in the area, selected by their peers”.

Dr. Roat lectures to other ophthalmologists at regional, national and international meetings.  In addition to his clinical and surgical expertise, he has contributed widely to his specialty through more than 50 publications in medical journals and textbooks.  Dr. Roat has written several chapters on eye diseases for the well-known Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, the most widely used medical text in the world.  He has also written several chapters on eye diseases for the Merck Manual of Medical Information-Home Edition, a version of the Merck Manual for the general public, the world's best-selling home medical reference.  His important and innovative clinical and laboratory research has earned him awards, honors and grants from the National Institutes of Health.  

Dr. Roat is experienced in cataract surgery and corneal transplantation surgery.  In addition he has experience in caring for patients with all forms of eye disease.


Lacye, Ophthalmic Technician

Lacye has been a Ophthalmic Technician for 25 years. In 1990, she began working at a large practice in New Jersey. She learned so much there and brought that knowledge back here to Pennsylvania, where she met and worked with Dr. Roat at another practice between 2002-2008. In 2008, Dr. Roat began his own practice and she joined him there. Her favorite part of her job is getting to meet and help so many wonderful people.

Lacye has been married for 17 years and has a beautiful daughter Maura, who is in her third year of college at Drexel. She also has two stepchildren, Jennifer and Steven, two grandchildren, and a niece. She loves being with her family, traveling, and the beach!


Andrea, Certified Medical Assistant

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Caryn, Certified Medical Assistant

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Beth, Medical Receptionist

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Caroline, Medical Receptionist

Caroline became a Medical Receptionist with Dr. Roat in February of 2012. Working part time in a medical setting has been rewarding and the staff and patients are a great pleasure to interact with in the office. Caroline’s work history has been primarily with arts and culture nonprofit organizations in the local area and New England. Her greatest joy has been performing for both amateur and professional events in music and theater as a hobby.    


Maureen, Billing Manager

Unfortunately, no one likes to hear from a billing department, but talking with Maureen can be a great experience.  She is very knowledgeable and can answer any of your questions about your insurance coverage, deductibles, referrals, etc.  Maureen has sixteen years of ophthalmic billing experience and owns her own company which specializes in billing for eye care practitioners.  Maureen can be reached at 610-530-4211 if you want to call her prior to your visit to make sure you have coverage or have questions about a bill.