Cape Fear Eye Institute

Dr. Fanelli & Dr. Casper welcome you to the Cape Fear Eye Institute & Fanelli Eye Associates. Proudly providing the highest level of eyecare for over the last twenty-five years to the Wilmington and Carolina Beach region.

Operating as usual

Have a safe Halloween weekend!!

[09/03/20]   We at Cape Fear Eye Institute hope all are staying healthy during this time. The office will be closing today, 9/3/2020, at 12:30PM and remain closed for staff training. We will reopen tomorrow at 8:30 AM. Thank you.

We at the Cape Fear Eye Institute consider our team a family. On Monday, our CFEI family member Jannon was taken from us unexpectedly to serve a higher purpose. We appreciate all our friends, family and patients that have reached out to us as we continue to heal as an office. Please know that we will continue to provide the highest care you expect from us, we just do it with a heavy heart at this time. Jannon will be missed by all.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Cape Fear Eye Institute family! We will be closed Dec. 24, 25 & 26th and will back Friday the 27th.

For the safety our our patients and staff, the Cape Fear Eye Institute will be closed Thursday and Friday (Sept 5th and 6th) due to the risk of severe weather. We are rescheduling patients today.

If you want to be seen this week, we have opened additional appointment times Wed (Sept 4th) to accommodate patient needs.

Thank you for understanding and please be safe as the storm approaches.

Hope you are having a great Labor Day holiday!

We are watching the path of Dorian over the next couple of days to see the impact on the Cape Fear region. We will be open tomorrow, Tuesday Sept 3rd for patient care.

The Cape Fear Eye Institute will be closed July 4th & July 5th, 2019. Enjoy your holiday and be safe with the fireworks!

[05/31/19]   The Cape Fear Eye Institute will be closed this afternoon (5/31/19) for staff training. Everyone have a great and safe weekend!

Happy Easter from the Cape Fear Eye Institute. Our office is closed for the holiday weekend and will reopen on Tues, April 23rd at 8:30 AM. If you need to speak with a doctor - call our office and leave a message for the doctor on call. Stay safe and enjoy your weekend!

Merry Christmas from everyone at the Cape Fear Eye Institute! Santa visited our office and saw Kelly and Jannon - one of them was on the naughty list!

Happy Thanksgiving! Be safe in your travels and enjoy your family and friends.

[09/24/18]   We still do not have phones or internet at the office. We apologize for any inconvenience. Spectrum has not serviced our location at this time.

We are open and can see patients during regular office hours.

Again, thank you for your patience.

[09/20/18]   Unfortunately, our phone and internet services provided by Spectrum are not currently working at the office.

We will reopen on Monday, normal business hours.

Thank you for understanding.

[09/20/18]   Our office will be closed Thursday and Friday. Tomorrow morning, we will reach out to patients scheduled this week for rescheduling. Our emergency line will be available Thursday and Friday. We will resume normal hours on Monday, September 24. We hope everyone is safe. #HurricaneFlorence #ilmstrong #capefear

[09/16/18]   The office will be closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, possibly longer due to Hurricane Florence. Please be safe.

The eye of the hurricane is over the office right now.

For the safety of our staff and patients, the office will be closing at 2 PM today (9/11). Please be safe and prepare as necessary for Hurricane Florence. We will see you Tuesday!

Due to Hurricane Florence and the projection of a direct hit to the Cape Fear region, we will be closing the office Wed, September 12th at 12 PM. The office will be closed Thursday (9/13) and Friday (9/14) as well.

Please be safe.

Dr. Casper is at the North Carolina legislature educating our leaders on improving patient access to quality eye care.


Cape Fear Eye Institute are now proud suppliers of Costa Delmar sunglasses!!

We offer a great variety of styles as well as affordable prices!! With a large of selection of frames including: Vera Wang, Lily Pulitzer, Zac Posen and many more options to choose from - You can't go wrong!

Stop by 5526-B Carolina Beach Road to take a look and talk to one of our team members about any of your eye needs!

Come in and show us that you "Like", "Share" or "Follow" us on Facebook to get extra incentives with your new eyewear!!

Our externs Jannifer and Ryan did a great job presenting cases to area doctors at the NCOS local continuing education meeting. They knocked it out of the park. Many doctors commented on how impressed they were with their clinical presentations.

We will reopen tomorrow, Friday, January 5 at 10:30 am. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Due to the larger than anticipated amounts of snow in the Cape Fear region our offices will be closed January 4th, 2018. Sorry for any inconvenience. Stay safe enjoy this rare event! We will reopen Friday, January 5th at 8:30 AM.

Happy New Year! As we welcome the first winter storm of 2018 we are going to close our office at 1 PM today and reopen at 10 AM tomorrow, January 4th. Roads are expected to be iced later this afternoon and snow later tonight. Be safe out there!

Scientists find what on illegal contact lenses?

For those patients who have questions about contact lenses and why they are considered medical devices by the FDA, this is an informational and interesting read.

Hospital waste water and spoiled food bacteria found in the sealed counterfeit contact lens cases- Yikes!

The following statement alone sums up what you need to know about the products you may receive from online contact lens distributors who try to cut costs and don't follow current Federal and FDA laws: "60 % of the suspected lenses obtained directly from manufacturers without a prescription were contaminated. That's compared to the 3 percent of authentic, prescribed contact lenses."

Counterfeit contact from other countries may be cheaper but bacterial infections are common complications and can lead to loss of vision. Think rinsing your eyes with hospital toilet water is revolting? In that case, what researchers found on knock-off contact lenses is sure to make you squeamish.

Eclipse Home Viewer Tutorial

Here is our Dr. Casper demonstrating how to safely view the solar eclipse with some household materials. Remember - looking at the sun can cause serious damage to your vision. Do not look directly at the sun during the eclipse. You can find more information on viewing the solar eclipse at NC Eyes website: If the video is blurry, select the view HD under options or schedule an appointment with us.


Congrats to Melody on winning this week's deliver from Round for her and her co-workers at Cape Fear Eye Institute! Enjoy your bagels ladies!

NC Eyes Informational Video

Dr. Casper was featured in the television commercial for promoting eye health and yearly eye examinations.

The North Carolina Optometric Society reminds you that healthy eyes = healthier lives. For more information on keeping your eyes healthy or to find the right...

Dr. Fanelli, Dr. Casper and Cape Fear Eye Staff hope y'all remain safe and sound over the next 24 hours as Hurricane Matthew passes by our region.

Dr. Casper was mentioned in the Star News paper this weekend for his work with the Wilmington Lions Club. Dr. Casper will be taking your locally donated glasss to Guatemala this fall with the Ohio State SVOSH team.

This Clip of a Husband Seeing His Wife and Baby For The First Time Will Make You Cry

Technology continues to advance for those who suffer from blinding conditions of the macula such as Stargardt’s Disease & Macular Degeneration. The cost of this technology is between $10,000 and $15,000 but as production costs reduce over time, the price may become more affordable. This Clip of a Husband Seeing His Wife and Baby For The First Time Will Make You Cry

Congratulations to Dr. Jamie Casper. He was awarded the 2015 John D. Robinson Award Clinical Excellence Award, one of the highest honors given by North Carolina Optometry. He joins Dr. Fanelli who won the award in 2007. Out of nearly 1300 licensed optometrists in the state, only a handful have won the award and the Cape Fear Eye Institute has two of the recipients.

The doctors and staff wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Optometry Scope of Practice & Legislation in North Carolina

Dr. Casper is quoted in an article on the website. Here's is a quick reference guide to becoming an optometrist in North Carolina as well as the current scope of practice in optometry.

Dr. Casper recently received the honor of being named a "Melvin Jones Fellow" by the Lions Club International Foundation for his work with the Cape Fear Lions both here locally in Wilmington and internationally.

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5526 Carolina Beach Rd, Suite B
Wilmington, NC

General information

Doctors: James L Fanelli OD FAAO Jamie J Casper OD PhD FAAO All ophthalmic consultations are provided - Glaucoma, Diabetes, Cataracts, Contact Lenses, 24-hr Acute Care & Trauma, Pediatrics, Refractive Surgery, Routine Eye Examinations.

Opening Hours

Monday 13:45 - 17:30
Monday 08:30 - 12:30
Tuesday 13:45 - 17:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 12:30
Wednesday 13:45 - 17:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 12:30
Thursday 13:45 - 17:30
Thursday 08:30 - 12:30
Friday 08:30 - 12:00
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