Through the Lens: Getting to Know the Doctors of Park Ophthalmology

Beth Friedland (pictured right) was 15 years old when she observed an ophthalmologist surgically restore an artist’s sight. She knew then that she wanted to become an eye doctor.

“At that point I had witnessed the powerful change that could be accomplished in the lives of others through medicine and specifically ophthalmology, so I answered the call,” she says.

Dr. Friedland, who was raised in Miami, later earned her medical degree from the University of Florida School of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida.  She completed fellowships in ocular immunology at Harvard University, and a National Eye Institute fellowship studying glaucoma medications at the University of Florida.

She was introduced to North Carolina during an internship at Duke University Medical Center. She later returned to the Triangle after completing her residency training in Ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami.

“The road was not always easy, but I have not wavered in my resolve to accomplish goals set, and to open more windows and help more people,” she comments.

Now, in addition to her practice, she teaches at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine and consults on new drug clinical trials. Her work as a lecturer has taken her to China, Israel and Europe.

When not working or lecturing, she enjoys fly fishing, travel, skiing, and singing, particularly liturgical and folk music.


For Dr. Daluvoy (pictured left), becoming an eye doctor is a lot like running a marathon.

Melissa Daluvoy would know. The multiple marathon runner not only received her medical degree (Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia), but earned her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy; she interned in medicine and pediatrics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. where she also completed her residency training and served as Chief Resident.

She also completed an additional year of training, specializing in cornea and external disease at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.

Studying for a difficult field is similar to training for a marathon, she said, “It takes a lot of work to improve every day and sometimes it can be challenging. But if you keep going, the results can be worth the effort!”

Today, Dr. Daluvoy uses her energy and fortitude to specialize in cataract surgery and corneal transplants along with other complex procedures.

Daluvoy recently celebrated the birth of her son. She and her husband are dedicated to mission work and frequently offer their services on international missions. In her free time, she enjoys reading, skiing, golfing, and of course, running.


This article about the doctors of Park Ophthalmology is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina in two convenient locations.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829


Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Office Manager Jenny Whitman, e-mail:

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