Our Doctors

Based in Charlotte, NC, and Rock Hill, SC, our eye and vision specialists are independent primary health care providers who specialize in the examination, diagnosis, treatment and management of diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures. They can prescribe medications and fit and dispense glasses and contact lenses. As eye and vision specialists, our providers treat urgent and ongoing visual healthcare for your entire family.

Our medical staff includes the following physicians:
Charles Blotnick, M.D. | Oscar Kuruvilla, M.D.
Lee Raykovicz, O.D. | James Bedrick, M.D. Emeritus

Charles Blotnick, M.D.

Charles Blotnick, M.D.

Dr. Blotnick attended Union College in Schenectady, NY, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and chemistry in 1988. He received his medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, VT. After obtaining his M.D., Dr. Blotnick performed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center for Intraocular Lens Research, Storm Eye Institute in Charleston, SC. The research focused on cataract surgery and intraocular lens implantation. He was co-author of five publications pertaining to the research and studies. These were published in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Journal of Ophthalmology, and the Journal of Iatrogenics.

After completing his fellowship, Dr. Blotnick performed an internship at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, and residency at the Kresge Eye Institute of Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.

Dr. Blotnick is board certified in ophthalmology. He is a diplomate of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the American Medical Association. He enjoys hiking, biking, and sports with his wife and two sons.

Oscar Kuruvilla, M.D.

Oscar Kuruvilla, M.D.

Dr. Kuruvilla grew up in the Philadelphia area. He attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, where he graduated with honors with B.A. degrees in Biology and Psychology. From there he moved south to Columbus, OH and completed medical school at The Ohio State University. During this time he completed a course in traditional Chinese medicine in Wenzhou, China. He finished his internship and residency in Ophthalmology at the Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan where he served as Chief Resident.

He completed a fellowship specializing in diseases of the retina at Vanderbilt Eye Institute in Nashville, TN. His areas of interest and specialized training include diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, with additional training in uveitis. In addition, he practices general ophthalmology with a special interest in cataract surgery. He prides himself on his communication skills and the rapport he establishes with his patients.

He has authored scientific papers in the areas of neurodegenerative disease, ocular pharmacology and acquired macular diseases. In addition, he has had numerous presentations at the Academy of Ophthalmology and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

Dr. Kuruvilla is married and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. He also enjoys football, outdoor activities, cooking and movies.

Lee Raykovicz, O.D.

Lee Raykovicz, O.D.

Dr. Raykovicz received his Bachelors of Arts in Biology from the State University of New York and earned his Doctor of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston Massachusetts. Dr. Raykovicz also completed an optometric residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses from the State University of New York College of Optometry. This additional year allowed for continued training and advanced expertise in the fitting and management of specialty contact lenses for the treatment of corneal disease and other corneal irregularities. Dr. Raykovicz subsequently joined the renowned Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was a faculty member of Johns Hopkins Medical School and Director of Contact Lenses in the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Department until he and his family moved to Charlotte.

Dr. Raykovicz also served as the Director of Clinical Relations for Rapid Pathogen Screening, a point-of-care medical device company for the eye. He has lectured extensively and has published articles both in print and online. Dr. Raykovicz has extensive experience in the evaluation and care of patients considering refractive (LASIK and PRK), cataract and lens implant surgery.

Dr. Raykovicz is a member of the American Optometric Association, the North Carolina Optometric Society, and the Piedmont Optometric Society. His interests include all aspects of primary eye care, including diabetic exams, glaucoma, dry eye disease, and both routine and medically indicated contact lenses.

Dr. Raykovicz enjoys all kinds of sports but especially playing softball and coaching his children in baseball, basketball, and football. He lives in Union County, North Carolina with his wife (also an eye doctor) and two children.

James Bedrick, M.D. Emeritus

James Bedrick, M.D.

Dr. Bedrick attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated Phi Beta Kapa with a B.A. in 1974 and an M.D. in 1977. He served his internship in internal medicine the following year at North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill. His residency in ophthalmology was at the University of Pennsylvania's Scheie Eye Institute and affiliated hospitals. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Bedrick began his fellowship on the teaching faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology at Emory University, specializing in disorders and surgery of the retina and vitreous. Advanced training and experience in laser and microsurgery of the eye were obtained.

Dr. Bedrick's practice is limited to disorders and surgery of the retina and vitreous (including diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration and retinal detachment), cataract surgery, and consultative ophthalmology. He founded Mecklenburg Eye Associates in 1984 and currently serves as president of the practice.

Board certified in ophthalmology, Dr. Bedrick is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, The Vitreous Society, The North Carolina Medical Society and The North Carolina Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. He has published scientific articles in the Archives of Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, the Journal of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and Current Ocular Therapy, and has co-authored the chapter "Diabetic Retinopathy" in the major text Clinical Diabetes Mellitus.

Dr. Bedrick holds a faculty appointment of Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology in the Emory University School of Medicine, and enjoys teaching residents and medical students at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Atlanta. He has also lectured to the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Charlotte Area Health Education Center. Dr. Bedrick has given presentations on vitreoretinal and laser surgery at major scientific meetings including the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Retinal Specialists, the Southeastern Retinal Seminar at Emory University as well as at the Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Medical Society. He is actively involved in vitreoretinal surgery research to improve patient care.

Dr. Bedrick enjoys spending time in the Carolina low country with his wife Adele and their family. His daughter Emily Bedrick Graubart, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Emory University Medical School and lives with her husband in Atlanta. His son Jonathan is an Associate with Tri-Artisan Partners and lives with his wife in NYC. Dr. Bedrick's hobbies include golf, tennis, hunting, fishing, and music. He is the lead guitarist and a founding member of the classic rock group the RocDox.

Physician Spotlight: Dr. James Bedrick on Charlotte Medical News Inc. [PDF]