About Us

At Northeast Family Eyecare, we strive to provide the highest quality eye care in the area. Our practice has a long history in the Fort Wayne area, and each doctor before us has developed a long list of dedicated patients due to their exceptional care. We aim to preserve this history and emulate the high standards of care that these doctors practiced before us. In 2021, Dr. Michael Pavell and Dr. Kathryn Zachman took over the practice from Dr. Barry J. Close and established Northeast Family Eyecare.

Our Services

Comprehensive Eye Care

At Northeast Family Eyecare we provide a professional, personalized eye care experience. As we are an independent private practice and not an optical chain, we are able to take our time with our patients and not rush through our exams. We will be forthcoming with every patient, recommending new frames, lenses, or contacts only when needed and will never try to pressure a patient into purchasing something they do not want or need.

A comprehensive eye examination at Northeast Family Eyecare will not only accurately determine your correct glasses and contact prescription, but also include testing for ocular diseases and conditions. These include, but are not limited to glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and amblyopia (lazy eye).

Pediatric Vision Care

We specialize in working with children and strive to make them feel at ease during their eye exam. A child’s eye exam at our office is a painless, fun experience where we measure their tracking ability, ocular alignment, color vision, depth perception, and refractive error. Annual eye examinations are extremely important for children, 1 in 4 pediatric patients have undetected vision problems. Children rarely complain about their vision because they believe the way they see is the way everyone else sees. Early detection and treatment in children with vision problems such as refractive error, turned eye, and lazy eye (amblyopia) results in the best outcome. For this reason, we recommend annual eye exams for all our pediatric patients.

Medical Eye Conditions

The connection between vision, the eye and the rest of the body is very important. Often symptoms such as blurry vision, double vision and/or headaches can be caused by systemic issues such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Catching these problems with an annual, comprehensive eye examination can often lead to earlier diagnosis and the treatment of such conditions before they become to difficult to manage.

At Northeast Family Eyecare, we use slit lamp biomicroscopy, dilated fundus exams, retinal imaging and diagnostic visual field testing to manage and diagnose many medical conditions related to the eye.

We detect and manage glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and dry eye syndrome.

Contact Lenses

We fit all types of contact lenses at Northeast Family Eyecare. We specialize in fitting soft spherical, toric (astigmatism) and multifocal lenses as well as rigid gas permeable lenses. We work with our patients to evaluate their visual needs to find a contact lens that is the best fit.

Eye Emergencies

At Northeast Family Eyecare, we offer immediate assistance for any eye injuries, infections, or any other ocular emergency a patient may experience. Please contact us immediately if you are experiencing eye redness, irritation, light sensitivity, have a foreign body in your eye, are experiencing flashes of light or have sudden decreased vision.

Examples of emergent eye conditions that we treat include:

  • Foreign bodies in the eye
  • Abrasions (cuts) to the eye
  • Extreme allergic reactions
  • Corneal ulcers (open wounds in the eye)
  • Keratitis (inflammation to the cornea)

Meet Our Team

Dr. Michael Pavell

Dr. Michael Pavell received his bachelor’s degree in Biology and English Literature from DePauw University where he played varsity soccer and served on the executive board of his fraternity.

He then went on to receive his Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University School of Optometry and completed externships at WJB Dorn Veterans Hospital, Eye Institute of Utah, Truhlsen Eye Institute, and Atwater Eye Care Center.

Dr. Pavell has been practicing in Fort Wayne since his graduation and provides adult and pediatric eye care, treats ocular disease, co-manages refractive and cataract surgery patients and fits contact lenses.

Dr. Kathryn Zachman

Dr. Kathryn Zachman, a native of Fort Wayne, graduated from Indiana University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science.

Dr. Zachman played varsity soccer for the Hoosiers and served as philanthropy chair of her sorority.  She then went on to receive her Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University School of Optometry and completed externships at Vision Care Specialists, Atwater Eye Care Center, Indianapolis Eye Care Center and WJB Dorn Veterans Hospital.

Dr. Zachman is excited to be back in her hometown providing  comprehensive eye exams for all ages, diagnoses and treats ocular disease, co-manages refractive and cataract surgery and fits contact lenses.