J. Rex Parent, M.D.
President & CEO of The Eye Center of Fort Wayne


Dr. Parent has lectured nationally and internationally and has authored numerous medical journal articles on advanced cataract and refractive surgical techniques. He has also been involved in several approval studies for various cataract surgery devices.


Dr. Parent is a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, an initial member of the Intraocular Lens Implant Society, as well as the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgical Society and Society For Excellence in Eyecare. He is also a member of the Fort Wayne Medical Society and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Parent has received the American Medical Association’s Physician Recognition Award. He has also participated in early scientific exchanges between China and the U.S., and has done teaching and humanitarian work in Guatemala and Honduras. Dr. Parent has lectured extensively in the U.S., South Africa and throughout Europe at the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. For his frequent participation in medical humanitarian missions abroad, he has been presented a “Tribute from the Heart” award from the Military Order of the Purple Heart of the United States of America.

If you would like Dr. Parent to speak to your group or organization about cataracts and intraocular lens implantation or laser surgery, please let us know. If arrangements can be made, he would be happy to do so.

“The best compliment that I can receive is when one of my patients is satisfied enough to recommend a family member or friend to our clinic.”

Dr. Padma Ponugoti, M.D.

Dr. Ponugoti is a board-certified ophthalmologist who graduated from Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. She did her internship at MacNeal Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois and her residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Ponugoti has been providing surgical services at The Eye Center of Fort Wayne since 2013. Dr. Ponugoti has extensive experience with cataract surgery, multifocal intraocular implants, toric intraocular implants and RELACS (Refractive Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery).

Dr. Paul Gill

Dr. Paul Gill graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989. He earned his Doctorate in Optometry at Indiana in 1993 and served six years in the United States Air Force under a Health Professions Scholarship Program. Dr. Gill is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and an active member of the Northeast Indiana Optometric Society. He is currently a Trustee in the Indiana Optometric Association. Dr. Gill volunteers at Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic. Matthew 25 delivers quality medical and dental care to people who would not otherwise have access to it. He became an associate at The Eye Center of Fort Wayne in 1999.

Dr. James French

Dr. James French graduated from Purdue University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He graduated with Honors from the prestigious Indiana University School of Optometry in 1994. He became an associate at The Eye Center of Fort Wayne in 2001.

Dr. French is a native of Fort Wayne, graduating from Elmhurst High School in 1986. He lives with his two sons and daughter.

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