When Brear started his Commonwealth Eye Center practice in 1985, it took one and a half hours to perform the same procedure.
â€œItâ€™s amazing,â€� said Brear
about the changing technology that allows for faster surgical procedures.
The original surgical equipment wasnâ€™t the greatest and certainly not technically advanced.
Brear was the first doctor to offer cataract surgery in Culpeper.
Before then, anyone requiring that procedure had to go to Fredericksburg or Charlottesville.
Although in business for 30 years, Brear
, 63, doesnâ€™t have any plans to fold up his
eye chart and retire any time soon.
loves providing total eye care to his
many patients both in Culpeper
and during his
many missions to South and Central America helping the less fortunate.
On a recent mission to Guatemala, Brear
recalled a blind woman, estimated to be between 80 and 90 years old, with â€œhard cataracts.â€� He
eyelids were tight - mere slits - and her
eyes were sunken in her
had never encountered anyone with a condition like hers.
The veteran surgeon worked on a plan.
â€œShe didnâ€™t know me from Adam,â€� said Brear. â€œWe basically prayed about this for a moment.â€�
The womanâ€™s minister held her
head at a 45-degree angle so fluid would flow.
then made incisions at the corner of her
eyelids to expose more of the eyeballs.
said other than cataracts, her
eyes were healthy.
â€œThat was something I had never seen before,â€� he
Before deciding on ophthalmology, Brear, a 1978 graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas, served a three-year general practice stint as a U.S. Public Health Service doctor in a barrio in San Antonio.
While there, he
provided general medical care and even delivered babies.
Bringing a new life into the world, he
described, as a miracle.
â€œThat was fun,â€� said Brear
The barrio was where he
learned to speak Spanish.
While fun and interesting, Brear
medical career from general practice to ophthalmology.
â€œI get to see all different people - young, old, men and women,â€� he
said. â€œYou donâ€™t have to tell people they are going to die.â€�
Besides the medical practice, Brear
also owns Eye Deal, an optical shop next door to his
He also is a partner in the Culpeper Surgery Center, which was established in 2003, where he performs surgeries once a week.
Technological surgical advances in the last 10 to 15 years allow people who wear glasses to discard them by implanting accommodating lenses.
â€œThe lens will go from seeing in a distance to close up with no glasses,â€� said Brear. â€œItâ€™s for people with astigmatism.â€�
While Brear tends to the medical side, Kerry Hall serves as the practiceâ€™s business manager.
â€œItâ€™s definitely very challenging,â€� said Hall, who has been working with Brear
for 2 Â½ years. â€œOne thing we both agree upon is great patient care.â€�
Ophthalmology Technician Wes Murray has been working with Brear for about eight years, after working for nine years in Fredericksburg.
â€œI am originally from Culpeper
,â€� said Murray. â€œIt turned out Dr. Brear
needed some help.