Education and Training Undergraduate: 1973-1977 Mercer University, B.S., Macon, Georgia Doctorates: 1977-1981 University of Houston College of Optometry, O.D., Houston, Texas1984-1988 Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, M.D., Bethesda, Maryland Internship: 1988-1989 Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. Residency: 1990-1993 Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology, Washington, D.C. Professional History 1981-1984: Chief, Optometry, USAMEDDAC, Bremerhaven, Germany 1989-1990: Director, Health Services, Ft. Dietrich, Maryland 1992-1993: Chief Resident, Ophthalmology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. 1993-1999: Clinical Instructor of Surgery, UNC School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 1993-present Clinical Instructor of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of Health Services, Bethesda, Maryland 1993-1997: Chief of Ophthalmology, Womack Army Medical Center, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina 1997-1999: Assistant Chief, Department of Surgery, Womack Army Medical Center, Ft.Bragg, NC 1999-Present: Cape Fear Eye Associates, Fayetteville, North Carolina Staff Privileges Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fayetteville Ambulatory Surgery Center Professional Awards and Honors1992, 1998 Outstanding Clinical Instructor, Womack Army Medical Center, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina2014-The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Professional Interests Cataract Surgery, Refractive Surgery, Strabismus/Muscle Surgery, Glaucoma Surgery, Neonatal Exams, Corneal Transplants, Oculoplastic Surgery Professional Memberships American Academy of Ophthalmology, Fellow North Carolina Medical Society American Society of Military Ophthalmologists Cumberland County Medical Society American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Clinical Trial1996- Photorefractive Keratectomy for the treatment of refractive error in the United States Army Service Members, Principal Investigator.2014- Evaluating a non-contact fundus camera for retinopathy of prematurity screening, NIH/Duke University Military ServiceColonel Medical Corps U.S. Army Reserve (Retired).
We strive to provide the highest quality eye care to our patients with compassion and integrity.Our office is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality ophthalmic care. Every decision and every action are aimed towards this goal. We believe that our patients are our most important assets. Without them, we would have no purpose. We place great importance on treating our patients with courtesy, fairness and respect.
Gain confidence in your healthcare decisions by comparing quality indicators on our provider profiles: education, board certification, years of practice, patient experience, and now Top Care Areas, which gives frequency in conditions treated or procedures performed. More about finding the right doctor for you
Top Care Areas for Dr. Riggins by Patient Volume
Dr. Rigginstreated this condition for more patients than 99% of his peers nationwide.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Dr. Rigginstreated this condition for more patients than 95% of his peers nationwide.
Dr. Rigginstreated this condition for more patients than 94% of his peers nationwide.
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Where our data comes from - The data you see on providers' Healthgrades profiles comes from both the provider and public sources. The Top Care Areas section uses public data from billing claims that providers submit to insurance companies. That data is filed nationwide on behalf of the provider to either the government or a private health insurance company.
How we evaluate our data - Patient volume is analyzed by provider and compared nationally with all providers who perform the same procedure, or treat the same condition. We organize the volume data in percentile ranking from 'may perform' for the lowest claims volume to 'Very High' for the highest claims volume data. For a given condition or procedure, performance categories are defined based on 80%, 90%, and 95% confidence intervals from the average patient volume for all providers in our database. Providers identified as ‘may perform’ do not have sufficient volume for Healthgrades to create a statistical evaluation.
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Accidental Eye Injuries
Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
Binocular Vision Disorder
Blocked Tear Duct
Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
Chronic Eye Diseases
Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
Corneal Flash Burns
Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus
Diabetes-Like Retinal Edema
Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
Ectropion of Eyelid
Eye Muscle Disorders
Foreign Body in Eye
Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis
Glaucoma - Iridogoniodysgenesia
Glaucoma Diabetic Eye Disease
Poor Color Vision
Primary Open Angle Glaucoma
Retinal Artery Occlusion
Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
Retinal Vein Occlusion
Strabismus-Like Double Vision
Tear Duct Disorders
Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
Visual Field Defects
Visual Field Loss
Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Antifungal Eye Drops
Cataract Removal Surgery
Contact Lens Exams
Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
Diabetes Eye Care
Diabetic Eye Exam
Excision of Chalazion
Extraocular Muscle Surgery
Foreign Body Removal from Eye
Ocular Surface Reconstruction
Ophthalmic Surgical Procedures
Orbital Decompression and Orbitotomy
Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
Phakic Refractive Lens Implantation
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
Ptosis (Eyelids) Surgery
Refractive Lens Exchange
Repair of Brow Ptosis and Blepharoptosis
Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
Soft Contact Lenses
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for North Carolina.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Mercer University / School of Medicine
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1977
University of Houston / College of Optometry
Medical School | Graduated 1981
Army Medical College
Internship Hospital | Completed 1989
Walter Reed Army Medical Center Washington, DC
Residency Hospital | Completed 1993
University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill
Other Education | Completed 1999
Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Department Of Ophthamology, Residency
Other Education | Completed 1993
Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Internship
Other Education | Completed 1989
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Outstanding Clinical Instructor, Womack Army Medical Center, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, 1992, 1998
Media & Publications
Dr. Riggins has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
American Academy of Ophthalmology, Fellow
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, Member
American Society of Military Ophthalmologists, Member