Our Eye Doctors
Optometrists are Doctors of Optometry who are independent primary health care providers. Our eye doctors examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as diagnosing systemic conditions. They examine the internal and external structures of the eyes to diagnose eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts and retinal disorders; systemic diseases like hypertension, diabetes and elevated cholesterol; vision conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Optometrists prescribe medications to treat eye disorders such as pink eye, dry eyes, glaucoma and other eye diseases and injuries.
Michael Higgins, O.D.
Dr. Michael Higgins has been in private optometric practice at Stirling Eye Center since 1993. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1988 and Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1992.
Professionally, Dr. Higgins has been an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Pennsylvania Optometric Association, and the Western Pennsylvania Optometric Society, where he served on the Board of Directors. He received the “Young Optometrist of the Year” award in 1998 from the Western Pennsylvania Optometric Society.
Dr. Higgins’ professional interests include creating a complete eyecare center that includes, but is not limited to, treating eye disease, fitting contact lenses, and laser vision correction. He personally had laser vision correction in 2000 after wearing contact lenses for 20 years.
Dr. Higgins is a member of St. Fidelis Church, where he is an active member in The Men’s Club. He is married to Dr. Gonzalez, and they have two boys, Justin and Nathan.
Claudia Gonzalez, O.D.
Dr. Claudia Gonzalez has been in private optometry practice at Stirling Eyecare Center since 1993. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Richmond in 1986 and Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1992.
Professionally, Dr. Gonzalez has been a member of the American Optometric Association, the Pennsylvania Optometric Association, and the Western Pennsylvania Optometric Society.
Dr. Gonzalez’s professional interests include creating a complete eyecare center that includes, but is not limited to, treating eye disease, fitting contact lenses, and laser vision correction. She routinely treats patients for pink eye, dry eye disease, and glaucoma.
Dr. Gonzalez is a member of St. Fidelis Church. Through the church, she runs a soup kitchen that provides meals to the needy. She is married to Dr. Higgins, and they have two boys, Justin and Nathan.
Amanda Frye, O.D.
Dr. Amanda Frye grew up in Gibsonia and Went to Pine-Richland High School. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 2007, where she earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.
Dr. Frye enjoys taking care of eyes of all ages, and getting to know her patients and their families. She practices full-scope optometry, including comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eye emergencies, dry eye, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetes and treating many other Ocular diseases.
In her spare time, she loves watching movies, spending time with family and friends, reading, CrossFit training, and traveling. She is delighted to be back in Pittsburgh, and she is looking forward to meeting you at Stirling Eye Care.