Sean W. Smolenyak, O.D.

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Dr. Sean W. Smolenyak, O.D.

Sean W. Smolenyak, O.D.

Optometric Physician

Dr. Sean W. Smolenyak was born and raised in Virginia, in the little town of Great Falls. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1997 and followed that up with a Bachelor of visual science in 1998. Dr. Smolenyak then got his Doctorate of Optometry from The Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2001. 

Dr. Smolenyak was nearsighted since kindergarten, and his early visits to the eye doctor’s office fueled his passion for helping others maximize their vision and protect their eye health. Dr. Smolenyak started his career at Albemarle Eye Center in 2001 but was recruited to join The Kelly Eye Center in Raleigh in 2005. During his 16-year tenure in Raleigh, he had the opportunity to utilize some of the newest technologies and treatments for a range of ocular diseases. Dr. Smolenyak has since returned to the Albemarle Eye Center family and is excited to get started. 

Dr. Smolenyak specializes in the medical management of eye diseases, including: 

  • Ocular emergencies
  • Ocular surface disease
  • Macular degeneration
  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Glaucoma

Dr. Smolenyak also has extensive experience in the pre and post-operative management of cataract surgery and has helped manage over 40,000 patients.

Dr. Smolenyak is a member of the North Carolina Optometric Society and The American Optometric Association, serving in numerous leadership positions within the state society. Dr. Smolenyak researches new technologies and treatments for his patients to ensure they have access to the most current treatments. Dr. Smolenyak has been recognized as an essential educator by his peers and has been invited to lecture throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Dr. Smolenyak’s wife, Heather, is originally from Elizabeth City. Their family has always dreamed of returning home to northeastern North Carolina. When Dr. Smolenyak is not visiting patients, he enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Heather, and their daughter, Madelyn. They enjoy their time visiting the Outer Banks and some time on the water, taking in all that the Albemarle Area has to offer. 

Dr. Smolenyak’s hobbies include classic and muscle cars, visiting antique stores, and cheering for the Carolina Hurricanes. He is looking forward to continuing to provide quality eye care to the residents of northeastern North Carolina.

Location served: Edenton

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