Our Doctors

Michael P. Pennachio, M.D.

Michael P. Pennachio, M.D., is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in laser, cataract and implant surgery. He uses the very latest treatments and technologies to help restore and protect your vision.

The founder of Pennachio Eye, he has been practicing ophthalmology since 1985 when he started Total Eye Care Center. In February he decided to start Pennachio Eye to focus his practice on patient needs. Patient care has always been Dr. Pennachio’s top priority, and Pennachio Eye will have patient care be the foundation of the practice

Dr. Pennachio works tirelessly to research new treatments and technologies to make his procedures even safer and more effective.

“I look forward to a bright future of providing our families the most advanced eye care with a hometown touch.”



  • Medical degree: University of South Florida
  • Ophthalmology residency: Tulane University


    • American Academy of Ophthalmology
    • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
    • Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology

Erica Benson, OD

Erica Benson, OD, MS is a Florida native that attended the University of Florida to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology and Master’s Degree in Health Education and Behavior. She then earned her Doctorate in Optometry from Nova Southeastern University, where she received extensive clinical experience and training at the Nova Eye Institute and the Lake Baldwin VA.

Upon graduation, she was awarded the William Feinbloom Low Vision Award for demonstrating outstanding application of low vision treatment.

As an optometrist, Dr. Benson will provide comprehensive eye exams to diagnose various eye conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism as well as eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, dry eye, macular degeneration, corneal problems and more. She will also prescribe glasses, contact lenses, medications, and vision therapies.

In 2016 Dr. Benson worked with other professionals through Opening Eyes® to provide over 400 vision screenings for athletes at the Special Olympics in Orlando, Florida. She is dedicated to be an advocate for her patients.

“I look forward to improving my patients’ quality of life and to providing compassionate, comprehensive eyecare.”


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