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Dr. David Medford


Dr. Medford attended Cornell University and  completed his medical school training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Rutgers-UMDNJ).  He performed his Internship at University Hospital and his Ophthalmology Residency at United Eye Hospital, both part of the Rutgers-UMDNJ system.

Dr. Medford has been in private practice since 1988, with a concentration in Cataract and Refractive Surgery.  He uses state of the art surgical techniques including LASER enhanced LenSx Cataract surgery, "No-Stitch", "No-Needle" Cataract surgery, Intralase & Custom View LASIK, Yag & Argon laser procedures, SLT laser treatment for glaucoma and Botox Cosmetic treatments.  

Dr. Medford is a past member of the NJAO Board of Governors.  For 2 decades, he held the position of Director of the Morris County Eye Health Service as well as the Township Ophthalmologist for the West Orange Board of Health. He is the recipient of the NJ ARC award for professionals.  He is an Attending Physician at both Morristown Memorial & St. Barnabas Hospitals as well as an Attending Physician, Founder & Shareholder at Ridgedale Surgical Center in Cedar Knolls.  Dr. Medford's professional affiliations include the American Academy of Ophthalmology, NJ Academy of Ophthalmology, Morris County Medical Society, Medical Society of NJ and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Nicholas Apostolopoulos


We are excited to welcome Nicholas Apostolopoulos, MD to Affiliated Eye Surgeons.

Dr. Nicholas Apostolopoulos was born and raised in Hanover Township, NJ. He graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a BA in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Between undergraduate and medical school, he spent two years conducting research in the Genetics Department at Harvard Medical School. He completed his medical school at Yale School of Medicine.

Among his many accomplishments, he was elected as a co-president of his class and a member of the medical school admissions committee. He developed a keen interest in ophthalmology and took an extra year to complete a research thesis on eye development. He furthered his education and training at Yale to complete his internship and residency in Ophthalmology. His passion has always been to master the science as well as the art of medicine – he cared for every patient as a family member and devoted himself to the residency program and education and was awarded the prestigious Patrick Mathews Award for exemplifying his devotion to the profession. 

Dr. Apostolopoulos has an active clinical interest in cataract and refractive surgery and complex anterior segment surgery for adults using the latest technology and surgical techniques. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He has published several peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of the American Medical Association Ophthalmology

We are excited that he is returning to his hometown and join Affiliated Eye Surgeons. He hopes to bring his passion for helping patients see better and takes pride in every patient whom he sees and in every surgery that he performs. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Apostolopoulos enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter as well as traveling, hiking, camping, skiing and cycling. 

Education & Training

  • Undergraduate – Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Medical School – Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
  • Internship – Internal Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT
  • Residency – Ophthalmology, Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

Dr. Jocelyn Hess


Dr. Hess completed her undergraduate studies at the State University of New York earning a Bachelors of Science in Medical Technology. After working as a Clinical Microbiologist, she went on to complete her Medical Degree, graduating Magna cum Laude from the State University of New York – Health Science Center at Brooklyn and being inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.

She performed her Internship in Internal Medicine at the Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore, completing her Ophthalmology Residency at the Friendenwald Eye Institute at Maryland General Hospital. Dr. Hess furthered her training by completing a Fellowship in Cornea and External Diseases and Surgery with Contact Lens Training at the Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans.

Dr. Hess has been in private practice since 1995, with a concentration in Anterior Segment and Corneal Surgery. Currently she practices Medical Corneal and General Ophthalmology. She is Board Certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Patient Testimonials

"Dr. Medford is the finest ophthalmologist. He is professional, very knowledgeable, takes time to explain procedures and answer questions. His staff is also very courteous and professional."
"Dr. Medford has been my ophthalmologist for over 20 years. He has seen me through contact lenses, cataract surgery, and glaucoma. Do you have questions about a procedure or exam? Ask Dr. Medford; he takes the time to fully explain all procedures and test results. He gives me peace of mind that I will continue to have good vision for life. " Connie
"Dr. Medford is not only a complete professional, he has the unique ability, even with his demanding schedule, to make you fee like you are the only patient he has. He is a most effective communicator and never smothers you with medical jargon. What Dr. Medford engenders most of all is trust. I have been seeing him for over fifteen years, but now we are relocating out of state. I leave this doctors care with sadness and reluctance because he and his wonderful team have provided the very, very best of care.
"We are pleased with the recent surgery in both eyes and the clarity of sight and the beautiful colors we are now experiencing. Dr. Medford was very caring and concerned as was the staff at both his office and the surgery center.
"I have been a patient of Dr. Medford for many years...When it became obvious that I needed cataract surgery Dr. Medford was very reassuring and answered all my questions which was very helpful since I was a bit nervous but knowing my eyes were in good hands made all the difference... My vision after the surgery has been amazing, as I told Dr. Medford at one of my appointments I feel like I am now seeing in HD.
"Dr. Medford is a throwback to the days when physicians/surgeons patiently took the time to carefully explain treatments and procedures, answer questions thoroughly and objectively discuss outcomes. He is a master surgeon whose team is thorough, efficient and empathic. I could not have had a more comfortable and successful experience.
"Dr. Medford is a most professional and through physician who takes the time to listen to his patients and provide the best eye care available."
"I had cataract surgery in 2019. It was recommended that I also put in Symfony lenses in each eye. While the lenses were not covered by my insurance, I thought and agreed this would be the best approach for me. I now have 20/20 vision again and no longer need glasses. The surgery went well. I had no complaints except it has taken me a while to get used to seeing rings around streetlights etc. Dr. Medford said this was due to the type of lens in my eye that was doing this and it just took a little while to get used to it. Otherwise, this was a piece of cake.
"Love Dr Medford. He is a wonderful caring Dr who puts you at ease. I had cataract surgery and all went well and was so easy.
"Dr. Medford is a skilled Ophthalmologist. I am always treated with compassion and kindness by Dr. Medford and his office staff. Dr. Medford always takes his time answering my questions and putting me at ease. I leave confident that I am getting the best eye care possible. Melba was particularly helpful with my eye glasses at my last appointment. Office Staff. is very friendly and respectful. I would highly recommend Dr. Medford for the health of your eyes.
"A year ago I had a cataract surgery in my right eye from another doctor. I was not very satisfied with the out come, so this time I went to Dr. Medford for my left eye cataract. Dr. Medford did a wonderful job. A month down the road, I can "see" the difference. The pun intended. Dr. Medford is very approachable and treats his patient very well. I would recommend Dr. Medford with out hesitation.
"I recently had cataract surgery on both eyes. Dr. Medford spent time with me explaining what would happen and we decided together which lenses would be best for me. I didn't feel anything during the procedure and the doctor and his staff made me feel comfortable and confident. Everything went well and no problems after. I have had multiple follow up appointments and he still takes time with me listening and explaining. I would highly recommend.
"The exam took a long time to setup. Dr. Medford came HIGHLY recommended. Simply stated, it was 100% worth the wait. Best eye exam ever! Best eyeglasses ever. No hesitation to recommend!"
"While it may have taken a few weeks to get my exam, I can only say that my experience (and that of my family) has been EXCELLENT. Dr. Medford is a caring and careful doctor. His staff is 1st rate... they all listen well to my concerns and address them fully. My mom's cataract surgery was just amazing. She sees better than me! WOW! Thank you Dr. Medford" "I know, it's your eyes. I was, like most people, very apprehensive about anybody poking around in my eyes. But my cataracts were starting to interfere with my day to day activities and I finally realized I had to do something about it. When I first saw Dr. Medford he immediately put me at ease. I admitted that I was very squeamish about my eyes, and his reply was "well, luckily, I'm not!" He went on to explain to me exactly what the procedure involved, and the benefits of the Femto laser (which I opted for). The results were more than I could have hoped for. The lens for one eye was for distance, and the lens for my second eye was for reading (tuned to about arms length). Now, for the…
"Dr. Medford performed cataract surgery on my left eye, where vision had declined significantly. Being mostly blind in my right eye, I was apprehensive about both the surgical process itself (would I have a period of blindness?) and the possibility of a bad procedure resulting in permanent blindness. On all counts, I could not have had a better outcome, including now having the best vision I have ever enjoyed (with my astigmatism corrected). I have already recommended Dr. Medford to some key friends."
"I am so appreciative of the kindness and expert care of Dr. Medford. From my initial examination, correct diagnosis followed by two very successful cataract surgeries, Dr. Medford has been wonderful! He takes the time to explain and to answer any questions with thorough explanations and great respect, and at times with reassuring humor. During the surgeries his "bedside manner" was comforting and very kind. It is hard to find doctors who treat patients with the respect and dignity that Dr. Medford gives. Thank you, Dr. Medford!"
"I have never hugged a doctor so many times! Dr. Medford is such a funny, personable guy that it is almost hard to believe at first what a great doctor he is - but believe it! That calm, disarming, friendly manner is an essential part of his bedside manner. Thank you, Dr. Medford!"
"I have been seeing Dr. Medford for many years. Dr. Medford is wonderful and I travel a distance to see him because I will not trust anyone else! About 20 years ago I had Lasik done by him (a huge step) and not for a moment was I worried. He is an excellent doctor, kind and caring and you never feel rushed when you see him." Margrit V.

Patient Testimonials

"Decided to switch Doctors and looked at many reviews. Decided on Dr. Hess. Office staff was friendly and efficient. Did not wait long to see Doctor. Exam was thorough and Dr. listened and provided detail information to me. I highly recommend Dr. Hess."
"Dr. Hess and her staff provided an excellent examination, and answered all my questions in a frank and patient way. Well worth the wait to see her. I was very, very satisfied. She recommended surgery, which Dr. Medford performed and now I can see amazingly. 100% satisfied... Thank you Dr. Hess & Dr. Medford."
"Wouldn't trust my eyes to anyone else. Dr. Hess is thorough and explains in detail the results of tests run by the technicians. She is patient and kind. She is a credit to her profession."
"Dr. Hess is kind and compassionate and listens to your problem. She is the best at getting to the root of the issue and very thorough."
"I needed to see Dr. Hess for an emergency and the Office Staff was able to give me an appointment for the same day! The Office Staff is great. Dr. Hess was terrific - she explained the entire examination and diagnosis. She listened and she took her time with me."
"Dr. Hess is an excellent doctor. I have a great deal of confidence knowing she is caring for my eyes. She is thorough in going over the tests that the techs run, and she explains in detail any questions I might have. Dr. Hess is very down to earth and is not rude like some docs are. She is easy to talk to, and I always feel I am in good hands with her as my doctor. I highly recommend her to family and friends."