Our Doctors

Our promise is to put the patient’s vision and health above everything else!

Vision Specialty Associates, PA is an independent group of doctors that practice inside all of the Optimart stores. Each doctor is board-certified and licensed to practice in the state of Florida. We have an optometrist in every location and an ophthalmologist rotating between locations!

Our doctors provide comprehensive routine eye exams and medical exams, evaluating and treating you for many eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.evaluating you for many eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration.

These dedicated doctors and the caring staff at Optimart have earned the trust of our patients and the many medical providers with whom we coordinate patient vision care.

Dr. David Silverman

David L. Silverman, MD

Board Certified Ophthalmologist
All Locations

Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Silverman has also been an active fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology for almost two decades. He has been a practicing comprehensive ophthalmologist since 1992.

After graduating Magna cum Laude with a degree in Cellular Molecular Biology, Dr. Silverman attended Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia where he again graduated with Honors. He then completed a year of training in Internal Medicine at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center before entering and completing his Ophthalmology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.

He went directly into the private practice of ophthalmology after residency, and shortly thereafter, started his own very successful practice in Virginia. As a result, Dr. Silverman has skillfully performed a tremendous number and variety of ophthalmologic surgeries including thousands of cataract extractions.

Just before coming to Florida, Dr. Silverman was teaching ophthalmology residents about eye disease and surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Although he is no longer an instructor there, he loves to teach, and Dr. Silverman holds firmly to the belief that educating patients about their disease, as well as their available treatment options, is the best way to alleviate unnecessary anxiety and fear.

In January 2018, Dr. Silverman moved to Florida with his wife hoping to bring all this experience and knowledge back into private practice. Private practice is where Dr. Silverman feels most “at home” because he feels this is where he is more able to personally interact with and treat his patients. Of course, he and his wife, Robin, were also looking for a beautiful and warm climate, and they instantly fell in love with this area of Florida. Dr. Silverman, thus, hopes to become a permanent part of the community here and make this practice his final professional destination.

Dr. Paul Day

Paul Day, OD

Board Certified Optometrist
Inverness, Crystal River

Dr. Day is a  native of London, UK. He attended several universities in London, Paris and Cologne. He earned various diplomas and qualifications in Ophthalmic Optics, mostly from London City University. Also, he was awarded an Honors degree in Optometry from the University of Manchester. He was the first to be awarded the European Congress of Optometry & Optics diploma. He even obtained his private pilot’s license in Manston, Kent, UK- a location known for its involvement in WW2.

Dr. Day came to America in 2004, and earned his doctorate of optometry from the New England College of Optometry in 2006. He enjoys practicing all aspects of optometry and will never turn down a challenge.

Dr. Day moved to Florida with his wife Margie and his three daughters in 2007.

In his free time, he now loves to sail, work with electronics and most recently, renovate houses. Most weekends, Dr. Day can be found out in the Gulf with his family fishing (never catching any fish, just fishing).

Dr.Adam Furman

Adam Furman, OD

Board Certified Optometrist
Palm Harbor, Seminole, Sun City Center, Zephyrhills

Dr. Furman grew up in a small town in Ontario, Canada and earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Physiology at the University of Western Ontario. He earned his Doctorate of Optometry in 2014 after four years of study at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. He rotated through several sites in his final year including the Daytona Beach Outpatient VA, a binocular vision/pediatric private practice and advanced care at the Illinois Eye Institute. In 2013, he went on a mission trip to Peru and helped provide eye care for over 1,200 people. Dr. Furman specializes in primary eye care, contact lenses and managing ocular disease.

He and his wife, Megan, moved to Florida four years ago and recently moved to the St. Petersburg area. There is never a dull moment in their lives thanks to their two year old labrador retriever, Charley. He enjoys watching and playing several sports and exploring new areas in Florida.

Dr. Megan Furman

Megan Furman, OD

Board Certified Optometrist
Seminole, St. Petersburg, Sun City Center

Dr. Furman grew up in the suburbs of Indianapolis, Indiana. She received her undergraduate degree at Indiana University and continued on to the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, where she met her husband. They moved to Florida together after graduation and have been enjoying the sunshine with their dog ever since.

What Dr. Furman enjoys most about her profession is taking care of each patient’s individual needs. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, cook, and travel the world with her husband.

Dr. Alfred Lappano

Alfred Lappano, OD

Board Certified Optometrist
Zephyrhills

Dr. Lappano is a graduate from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He has practiced in the Tampa Bay Area for the past 35 years. He finds joy in helping others see to their full potential in order to enhance their quality of life. In his time off, he enjoys jogging, walking, cycling, tennis and golf.

He has been married to his wife Kathy for 35 years and has three children. He has worked in Zephyrhills for about 15 years and finds it his pleasure and passion to serve this community.

Dr. Brian Merlino

Brian Merlino, OD

Board Certified Optometrist
Spring Hill, Port Richey

Dr. Merlino is native of Ontario, Canada and received his Bachelor of Science in 2000 from the University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario. He then received his Doctor of Optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago Illinois in 2004. He graduated cum laude and is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society.

Dr. Merlino performs comprehensive eye exams on adults and children ages 4 and up. He also performs diabetic annual eye exams, as well as standard and specialty contact lens fittings. He is board certified to prescribe both oral and topical eye medications. Dr. Merlino truly enjoys caring for patients of all ages.

In his free time, Dr Merlino enjoys spending time with his wife Ashlie, and their two boys Liam and Jack. He also enjoys traveling, playing golf and cooking.

Jennifer Tai, OD

Board Certified Optometrist
Inverness, Zephyrhills

Dr. Tai grew up in Toronto, Canada and moved to Chicago, Illinois to pursue her doctorate of optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry. She recently settled in Florida with her husband in and her two fur babies so they can spend more time with their family. She is passionate about practicing optometry and enjoys meeting new people of various walks of life and backgrounds. She enjoys spending her free time trying out new restaurants with her family, playing with her dogs, and shopping for new glasses-themed trinkets. She is excited to be a part of the VSA Optometry family, practicing what she loves in the warm and beautiful sunshine state.