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“Choosing the right surgeon is the single most important decision affecting the outcome of any eye surgery.”

David R. Pernelli, MD


David R. Pernelli, MD, is a board certified ophthalmologist trained at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado, with over 25 years in practice. He is on the teaching staff at Will’s Eye Hospital where he mentors ophthalmology residents. His experience in cataract and refractive surgery started in 1986 with RK (Radial Keratectomy) surgery, the predecessor to PRK and LASIK surgery.

Terrance K. Heacox, Jr., OD, is an optometric physician trained at Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Dr. Heacox has been on staff at the Eye Institute of South Jersey, PC, since 2002.

Technologically Advanced

  • Pernelli was the first surgeon to perform custom, bladeless iLASIK in South Jersey.
  • Pernelli was the first surgeon in South Jersey and one of the first 200 surgeons nationally to implant the crystalens® Lifestyle Intraocular Lens for cataract surgery.
  • The Eye Institute of South Jersey, PC is a designated Dry Eye Center of Excellence, one of few nationally noted centers.


Dr. Pernelli personally performs all measurements and calculations necessary for a truly customized cataract surgery and LASIK experience. Our patients are provided with a high level of direct doctor care leading to the excellent visual outcomes that our patients have come to expect.

Personal Attention

Our patients are never left wondering what comes next. Dr. Pernelli and Dr. Heacox encourage open discussions to alleviate any concerns or fears you may have.  We get to know every patient on an individual level so we can provide you with the same level of care that we provide for our own families. 


Dr. Pernelli has personally devoted over 25 years of ophthalmic expertise to the residents of South Jersey and Dr. Heacox has dedicated over 15 years of caring and commitment to his patients. The doctors of the Eye Institute of South Jersey, PC, are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


There is nothing “standard” about anyone’s cataract or LASIK surgery – ever. Vision care is never one-size-fits-all. In addition to identifying your vision goals, we will work to understand your lifestyle, vision needs and budget to devise a personalized treatment plan that works for you.

Call 856-205-1100 today to meet Dr. Pernelli and Dr. Heacox at the Eye Institute of South Jersey, PC. We care. You’ll see.


Eye Institute of South Jersey, PC

Eye Institute of South Jersey, PC
3071 E Chestnut Ave Suite #6-B
Vineland, NJ 08361

(856) 205-1100