Dr. Laurel Gropper and Dr. Scott Sikes are the doctors at Chapel Hill Eyecare. Our entire staff specializes in the highest quality eye care, utilizing the most current technology in a warm and responsive environment.


Dr. Laurel Gropper

Dr. Gropper has been a primary care optometrist for 29 years. She received her doctorate from the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry in 1982, and the following year, pursued additional training in the treatment and management of ocular disease and injury at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She gained first-rate experience in ocular disease management during her 10 years in joint practice with Comprehensive Ophthalmologists (Dr. Markoff, Dr. Levine, and Dr. Blecher) as well as with the teaching faculty at Wills Eye Hospital. Her love of nature and a desire to practice with outstanding professional colleagues motivated her and her husband, Carl, to relocate to Chapel Hill. In 1993, they purchased Chapel Hill Eyecare.

Currently, Dr. Gropper’s multi-specialty private optometric practice places emphasis on listening to and meeting the visual and medical needs of patients ranging in age from infants to geriatric. This includes routine treatment for refractive problems, binocularity concerns, specialty contact lenses, and ocular disease — including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and chronic dry eye. She is equally open to the integration of complementary medicine into the treatment regimen when it falls within the scope of optometric practice. She is pleased with the co-management among local specialty ophthalmologists and primary care physicians for patients’ ocular surgical needs.

When Dr. Gropper is not working at the office, she enjoys yoga, dance, gardening, kite surfing, piano, and loves to laugh and find balance in life.


Dr. Scott Sikes

Dr. Sikes has been in optometry from a very early age.  He started out working at his father’s office in high school and has been in the profession ever since.  He graduated from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a B.S. in Biology Pre-Med in 2005 and then attended The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry where he graduated in 2009.  Dr. Sikes practiced optometry in Wilmington for almost five years before moving back to the Triangle area to join Chapel Hill Eyecare.

Dr. Sikes enjoys treating all diseases of the eye, as well as fitting basic and specialty contact lenses for patients of all ages.  He provides care for patients with glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and chronic dry eye.  Dr. Sikes enjoys actively co-managing patient care with primary care physicians as well as ophthalmologists whenever possible.

Dr. Sikes is married to the love of his life, Afton, and they have two sons named Hudson and Foster.  They welcomed Foster into the family in March of 2016!  They also have a Scottish Terrier named Tucker.  When Dr. Sikes isn’t seeing patients, he enjoys wakeboarding, soccer, golf, surfing, woodworking, and DIY projects.