Dr. Fanelli, Dr. Casper & Dr. Treece welcome you to the

Cape Fear Eye Institute

The Cape Fear Eye Institute has been providing the highest level of patient eye care in the Wilmington, Carolina Beach and surrounding areas for over thirty years.


Meet The Doctors


The Cape Fear Eye Institute proudly participates in the InfantSee program. InfantSee is a public health program, through the American Optometric Association, that is designed to ensure that eye and vision care become an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. This program offers a complimentary eye assessment to children ages 6-12 months. Dr. Jamie Casper has been trained in the InfantSEE program and would love to meet your little ones today.

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Ocular Disease

Ocular disease is our passion.

The eye is a window into your overall systemic health and provides indicators of states of disease. Drs. Fanelli, Casper, and Treece pride themselves on providing exceptional comprehensive eye care. Patients rely on our ability to diagnose and treat a wide variety of eye diseases and conditions and our doctors use the latest technology and training to do so. It is our goal to improve not only vision but the quality of life for our patients.

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Specialty Contact Lenses

Cape Fear Eye Institute welcomes the hard to fit contact lens patients. Dr. Meredith Treece is the director of our Specialty Lens Clinic and is trained in the fitting of specialty contact lenses, including scleral lenses. Using the latest technology, Dr. Treece is able to achieve fits on even the most complex cases, including keratoconus and corneal grafts.

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Larry R.

“I had been suffering with terrible vision that was barely sufficient for a driver’s license, even with eye glasses, for over 20 years… I had long ago given up hope of ever being able to see well again. Dr. Treece recommended and prescribed scleral contact lenses for me. When I say that Dr. Treece has made a dramatic improvement in my quality of life I’m not exaggerating.”

Bill C.

“Staff is very friendly and doctors are great. I see Dr. Fanelli as my doctor and my wife and I have both seen Dr. Casper. Senior ownership here seems to have made a solid investment in equipment and a judicious use of interns to move patients through a thorough examination process. I may actually owe my eyesight in later life to one of Dr. Fanelli’s former interns that referred me to his practice. A++ all the way around for these folks.”

Kate P.

“Such a great experience! I brought my daughter in for an InfantSEE appointment and the staff were very helpful. Dr. Casper was great and knew exactly how to keep my daughter’s attention to complete his assessment!”

Lori C.

“Was having some scary eye problems on a Saturday. Called and left a message and the on call doctor got back to me asap! I am very grateful for his call. He helped calm me down about the problem I was having. Wonderful compassionate service.”


All ophthalmic consultations are provided:




Contact Lenses

24-hr Acute Care & Trauma     

Pediatric Eye Exams

Refractive Surgery

Routine Eye Examinations

Scleral Contact Lenses


Cape Fear Eye Institute is proud of our optical department. We offer the highest quality. We’ll help you see your best and look your best!


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