Kenneth Lipstock, M.D.

Dr Lipstock specialilzes in ophthalmology. He is board certified by The American Board of Ophthalmology.


Dr. Lipstock graduated summa cum laude from Queens College in New York. He attended medical school at MCV and finished his residency in ophthalmology at MCV in 1985. Dr. Lipstock went on to train further with Luis Ruiz, M.D., the inventor of the surgical instrument that made LASIK possible. Dr. Lipstock is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.


Dr. Lipstock has 25 years of experience treating eye diseases both medically and surgically. He has performed thousands of laser procedures for glaucoma and retinal disorders. He has performed thousands of cataract surgery procedures, and is one of the few surgeons in central Virginia to routinely perform the advanced cataract surgery technique known as “no-needle—no-stitch—no-patch.” Dr. Lipstock was the first surgeon in Virginia to perform LASIK and the first in central Virginia to perform blade free LASIK. Along with Luis Ruiz, M.D., he founded the International Center of Refractive Surgery, where together they trained surgeons from across the United States in advanced LASIK techniques. The early years spent learning and teaching with Dr. Ruiz, have provided Dr. Lipstock with an in-depth knowledge of the LASIK procedure and a masterful surgical technique. In 2010 he presented the latest results of his research in cataract surgery in Charlottesville at the Virginia Society of Ophthalmology’s annual meeting, and in Paris during the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery`s annual meeting, as well as in Chicago at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.


Dr. Lipstock runs a comprehensive ophthalmology practice. He specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma and cataracts as well as the surgical treatment for refractive errors known as LASIK. For those with or without cataracts, he is dedicated to the goal of eliminating the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses for both distance and near vision, even for those over the age of 40. Dr. Lipstock has led the way to help Virginians see clearly for years. He is very involved in research to advance the field of cataract and refractive surgery.

Personal Profile

Dr. Lipstock was born in Long Island, New York and has resided in Richmond, Virginia for over 30 years with his wife, Joan. They have three grown boys. They all enjoy many outdoor activities. The Lipstock family is also involved in activities that foster the education and social support of autistic children and young adults.


2019 MEDARVA Patient Choice Award

2019 Patient Choice Award


The following procedures are performed by this doctor.

Cataract surgery

Your eye works like a camera, with a transparent lens located behind your iris (the colored part of the eye) to help focus light onto your retina. With age or trauma, the lens can change, becoming less transparent. When the cornea is abnormal, misshaped, damaged or no longer clear, transplanting a donor cornea is a well-known and time-tested treatment.

Dry eye/tear solutions

Tears lubricate and protect your eyes and help maintain clear vision. When too few or poor quality tears are produced, dry eye occurs, causing a gritty, uncomfortable feeling, with blurriness and a feeling of something lodged in the eye.


Iridotomy is the formation of a small hole in the iris (the colored portion of your eye) to allow excess fluid to drain behind the iris, where it can be more easily absorbed.

Removal of cyst/pimple on or in eyelid

Cysts, pimples, or sties are caused by bacteria that get into the oil glands in the eyelids.

Removal of growth on conjunctiva

These growths are thought to be caused by UV light exposure, such as sunlight. The growth typically occurs from the nasal side of the sclera, or the white part of your eye.

Repair of non-functioning or blocked tear duct

A blocked tear duct results in your tears not being able to drain normally. This often leaves you with a watery and irritated eye. Blocked tear ducts are the result of a partial or complete obstruction in the tear drainage system.