Meet the Staff
Dr. Russ Van Norman
Dr. Russ Van Norman first arrived in Shreveport in 1994 to begin his medical education. After graduating from medical school in 1998, he went on to complete his internship and ophthalmology residency at LSUHSC. Wanting to further his training, Dr. Van Norman embarked on a two-year fellowship in Cornea/External Disease and Refractive surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern. This extra education was critical in learning and implementing advanced techniques in corneal transplantation, cataract surgery, refractive procedures (LASIK), and also makes him the most highly trained Corneal specialist in the area.
Upon completion of Dr. Van Norman’s fellowship, he returned to the Shreveport area in 2004 and began his private practice. To date, he has performed over 20,000 ophthalmic procedures including cataract removal, laser cataract surgery, premium IOL’s, LASIK, Advanced Surface Ablations, and sophisticated anterior segment procedures. Dr. Van Norman also has an extensive glaucoma practice that includes performing laser glaucoma surgery.
Dr. Van Norman is a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Academy of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Cornea Society, and the Shreveport Medical Society. Dr. Van Norman has held many roles in the medical community, including being a past President of the Shreveport Medical Society in 2016. In addition, he has previously served as the medical Director of the Northwest Louisiana Lions Eye Bank.
Dr. Rachel Meyer-Borel
Dr. Rachel Borel, OD was born in Metairie, Louisiana and later moved to Shreveport, LA where she graduated from Caddo Magnet High School. She attended Louisiana State University in Shreveport, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences.
After graduation, she worked as an Optician and Optometry Assistant for many years. Her joy of the field and love of working with patients caused her to pursue a career in Optometry. She attended the Oklahoma College of Optometry where she had the privilege of working in the Cherokee Nation clinics providing state-of-the-art eye care to an under-served population. Dr. Borel is thoroughly trained to diagnose and treat glaucoma, dry eye, corneal diseases, as well as other eye and vision problems.
She is a member of the Optometry Association of Louisiana as well as the American Optometric Association. She is currently an Optometrist at Shreveport Eye Specialists.
“Dr. Van Norman and his staff are exceptional professionals. What a joy to be attended by such fine folks. Looking forward to cataract surgery under such capable hands.”
“Dr. Van Norman did a wonderful job on my cataracts and would highly recommend him. I have seen the optometrist several times for minor problems and always helpful and accurate with the problem.”
“Great staff. Professional with a great sense of humor.”
“Dr. Borel was professional, thorough, efficient and yet friendly and welcoming all at the same time. Thank you!”
Meet Iris Shreveport's Newest Landmark
Shreveport’s beloved new landmark, Iris, was designed and brought to life by Susanna Van Norman and artist Bruce Allen, of Bruce Allen Art and Design.
If you’re driving down Line Avenue on any given day this sight will certainly leave an impression, as the enormous ocular organ stands nearly 8 feet across! She was welcomed to her home at Shreveport Eye Specialists on February 19, 2019 and quickly became the talk of the town.