At Excellent Vision, our doctors offer comprehensive eye care covering everything from contact lens consultations to glaucoma treatment and cataract surgery. What sets us apart is the care we provide to each and every patient, as we encourage open communication every step of the way. Before your visit, we recommend getting acquainted with the unique roles of ophthalmologists and optometrists.
An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specializes in eye care and diseases of the eye. Their training typically involves completing four years of college, four years of medical school, one year of intern work, and a few years of hands-on residency training. Since their training is thorough, they can diagnose more complex eye issues. Ophthalmologists are ideal for working with patients who have glaucoma, cataracts, or any condition that may involve surgery.
Optometrists are similar to ophthalmologists because they are eye care professionals with thorough training in vision and health problems. However, optometrists complete a doctor of optometry degree (O.D.) - which includes four years in an optometry program - instead of attending medical school.
Optometrists will typically see most patients seeking a routine eye exam. They can also prescribe contact lenses and eyeglasses. If an optometrist discovers any severe eye conditions, they will refer the patient to an ophthalmologist. These two types of doctors work together to provide the best customer care.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth and Brown Medical Schools, Dr. Richard J. Lasonde has received his fellowship training in corneal surgery and external diseases of the eye at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Lasonde specializes in cataract surgery, Lensx-Laser vision correction, and the treatment of glaucoma, diabetic eye conditions, and macular degeneration.
Richard J. Lasonde, M.D. has the experience and the expertise you can trust. Lensx-Laser is a corneal procedure, and Dr. Lasonde is one of a select few fellowship-trained corneal specialists in New England.
Having performed over 3,000 laser surgery procedures and thousands of cataract surgeries, Medical Director and Chief Surgeon Dr. Lasonde also brings his unique skills as a refractive surgeon to his cataract surgery by helping patients achieve the best vision possible.
Dr. Aslam is an honors graduate of the New England College of Optometry, Boston, MA. She received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University with a major in biology and a minor in microbiology. Dr. Aslam is licensed in New Hampshire and Maine. She is a member of the New Hampshire Optometric Association as well as the American Optometric Association.
Her specialty interests include dry eyes, red eyes, and allergic itchy eyes, as well as pre- and post-care of laser surgery, cataract surgery, and complicated contact lens consultations. She sees both children and adults. She is experienced in routine and difficult contact lens fits. She evaluates and treats a variety of eye care problems. She evaluates the retina for diabetic and high blood pressure changes to the eye, and she checks for cataracts and macular degeneration. Dr. Aslam is currently accepting new patients for complete eye examinations, contact lens fittings, and complex contact lens care.
Dr. Nancy E. Bonachea has more than 18 years of vitreoretinal medical and surgical experience. Dr. Bonachea is board-certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Ophthalmology. She is also a member of the American Society of Retinal Specialists, New Hampshire Medical Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology, New Hampshire Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, and the New England Ophthalmological Society.
She graduated summa cum laude from St. Louis University with a bachelor's degree in biology and earned her medical degree at Tufts University. Dr. Bonachea served her ophthalmology residency and vitreoretinal fellowship at Georgetown University Medical Center where she was elected Chief Resident. She served her internship in internal medicine at Washington Hospital Center.
Dr. Bonachea has undertaken research in the areas of macular degeneration, retinopathy of prematurity, sickle cell retinopathy, diabetic retinopathy and endophthalmitis, and presented her findings at national conferences. In 1994, she received a Retina Research Foundation/Lawrence Fund Fellowship Grant.
Dr. Bonachea's special interests are macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and surgical retina. She was reelected Chief of Ophthalmology at the Elliot Hospital for 2012-2014, and she also has active privileges at Catholic Medical Center. Since 2010, Dr. Bonachea has been the retina specialist screening premature infants for retinopathy at CMC's Special Care Nursery.
Dr. Federico is originally from Westerly, RI and graduated from The University of New Hampshire in 2010 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from The Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) at Salus University where she graduated with high honors. During her time at PCO, she served as both a clinical skills and optics teaching assistant, was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society, and was the president of the Sports Vision club.
Dr. Federico has participated in countless vision screenings in under-served communities in Philadelphia and also traveled to Haiti for a week long service trip to provide eye care in various villages throughout Haiti. During her training, Dr. Federico underwent an advanced pediatric rotation where she helped treat and manage many pediatric vision issues.
In addition to her Doctor of Optometry Degree, Dr. Federico also received a certificate in advanced studies in contact lenses from PCO. After graduation Dr. Federico completed her residency in primary care and ocular disease at the Newington VA Hospital in Newington, CT. Dr. Federico lives in Portsmouth and in her free time enjoys hiking, running, playing tennis and spending time with friends and family.