Meet Our Ophthalmologists
Ricardo Aviles, M.D.
Dr. Ricardo Aviles joined Cochise Eye & Laser in 2004 after completing his residency in Ophthalmology at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, where he was Chief Resident. He graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 2000, and before that was a Mechanical Engineer.
Dr. Aviles is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and performs state of the art surgery every week in our attached ambulatory surgery center, including cataract surgery, pterygium removal and eyelid surgery. Cataract surgeries are performed using the Dropless Cataract System, which eliminates the need for patients to use eyedrops before and after surgery. He also treats glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration, including avastin injections for wet macular degeneration.
Several years ago, Dr. Aviles sought a better way to minimize patient head movement during eye surgery while maintaining patient comfort, for patients of all sizes. He designed the Aviles Surgical Headrest and built the original prototype before partnering with Gulden Ophthalmics Corporation. Patent No. 14678722 was approved by the USPTO in 2017 and Dr. Aviles continues to use the production model for all eye surgeries.
Thomas Rodcay, M.D.
Dr. Thomas Rodcay, founder of Cochise Eye & Laser, provides highly skilled primary comprehensive eye care, having managed and served the eye care needs of Sierra Vista and Cochise Country for over 30 years. He performs cataract and other eye surgeries, eye exams, treatment of eye diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy as well as providing emergency eye care.
Board Certified in Ophthalmology, Dr. Rodcay received his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha Nebraska. He completed his internship at LA County Harbor/UCLA Medical Center. He received his residency training at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is a member of the American Academy of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Having served in the U.S. Navy for two years, Dr. Rodcay has lived in Sierra Vista for the past 35 years. Dr. Rodcay retired from the Cochise Eye and Laser in 2016.
Jeffrey Felter, M.D.
Dr. Jeffrey Felter joined Cochise Eye & Laser in 1990. Board Certified in Ophthalmology, Dr. Felter received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine in Albuquerque New Mexico. He completed his internship at Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program in Tucson Arizona. Dr. Felter received his residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh Eye and Ear Institute. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Providing comprehensive eye care, Dr. Felter specializes in treatment of eye diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
Dr. Felter has lived in Sierra Vista for the past 22 years. Dr. Felter has recently retired from Cochise Eye and Laser.