Forsyth Eye Health and Surgery – Treating Patients with Compassionate Care

Dr. Susanna Ringeman is proud of her private practice, Forsyth Eye Health and Surgery, that she opened in August of 2019.  Forsyth Eye Health and Surgery is an Ophthalmology practice offering medical and surgical care for a range of eye conditions including cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, dry eye, blepharitis, thyroid eye disease, diabetic eye care, allergic conjunctivitis, and many other systemic conditions that affect the eyes.  She and her staff are very attentive to each and every patient. “We strive to maintain long lasting relationships while offering high quality, personalized, state of the art eye care”.

“We are a small, private practice intent on treating patients and their families as individuals,” she explains. “Due to the complexity of our health care system today, getting personalized medical care can be a daunting process to navigate. Patients often feel like a number. Our goal at Forsyth Eye is for patients to feel like they can get in touch with us directly and be able to get the care they need right away, when they need it. Our staff prioritizes each patient by providing a prompt response to address their specific concerns right away.”  Additionally, Forsyth Eye Health and Surgery strives for optimized scheduling efficiency with minimal wait times. Her focus is on her patients. Dr. Ringeman’s website says it all: “Experienced, Compassionate, Eye Care.”

“I opened the practice in 2019 to be able to provide a setting where people felt like their voice and medical needs were heard, while still getting the most up-to-date care.  I also wanted to be able to have flexibility to raise my young family”.

Originally from Covington, Louisiana, Dr. Ringeman completed medical school at LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, Louisiana in 2007.  She stayed in Shreveport to complete her Ophthalmology residency and graduated in 2011. Since moving to Winston-Salem in 2012, she’s worked in both private practice and as an assistant professor at Wake Forest Ophthalmology.

Dr. Ringeman is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons.

“Ophthalmology is a fascinating field because there are so many health conditions that involve the eyes, which often are first detected during a routine eye exam,” adds Dr. Ringeman. “Screening for glaucoma and macular degeneration are especially important because there are often no symptoms, yet with preventative care, we can slow — and at times prevent — devastating vision loss.”

It’s important for everyone over the age of 40 to have a dilated eye exam every one to two years to screen for these conditions. The dilated exam is an important tool whereby the entire visual system is evaluated; though having your eyes dilated is time consuming, it may help prevent vision loss down the road.

Within her field Dr. Ringeman has a passion for performing cataract surgery and working with patients to optimize their vision and maintain their quality of life.  “We primarily see adults and the elderly population and for many patients this means cataract surgery to maintain vision.  Cataract surgery helps maintain independence, quality of life, and can also help slow the progression of dementia.

Cataract surgery involves removing the native, cloudy lens and replacing it with a lens implant.  There are a variety of lenses and tools including laser assisted cataract surgery which help achieve optimal vision.  “Our goal is customized vision so that patients can continue living their life independently and to the fullest. It’s gratifying to know we are able to make a direct impact by helping patients enjoy life in their later years, with better vision.”

In addition to Dr. Ringeman and an amazing support staff comprised of six women, Dr. Carol Ziel joined the team last October, and specializes in medical Ophthalmology and glaucoma care. After a long and successful career in the Winston-Salem area, Dr. Ziel retired in 2021.  More recently she realized she missed Ophthalmology and direct patient care. She says “I am excited to be back working in Ophthalmology,  Dr. Ringeman’s practice is a good fit for my return to the field I so enjoy.”  Delete the last sentence about being instrumental in showing….

Dr. Ziel received her doctorate of medicine and completed her Ophthalmology residency at the University of Kentucky.  She also completed a fellowship in glaucoma in Seattle and is a frequent speaker at Ophthalmology meetings across the country.

Forsyth Eye Health & Surgery is located at 2827 Lyndhurst Ave, Suite 204, Winston-Salem, NC, (336) 842-5477. Visit them online at for more information on their services, or to schedule your first consultation!


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