Your eyecare home is always there for you.

Welcome home.

I’m Dr. Holly Gross, and I opened Central Maryland Eye Associates (CMEA for short) in 2006. I wanted to ensure that Central Marylanders with eye and vision problems had a true eyecare home: a warm and welcoming place where they’d be certain of receiving the best care, from doctors who care.


CMEA is that place. We care, you’ll see!

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With two offices, we care about your convenience, too.

Whether you live in Montgomery or Frederick Counties, your CMEA eyecare home is nearby. Both offices are easy to access off I-270.

We look forward to becoming your family’s trusted eyecare home.

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Patient Reviews

In good hands. Feel good about the quality care I received.
Steven D.
16:52 15 Jun 22
Dr. Chen is very thorough and genuine. Great addition to Dr. Gross's practice.
tonya M.
16:36 15 Jun 22
Dr. Gross is always thorough and takes her time to explain things.
Paul M.
22:28 09 Jun 22
The staff associates I dealt with Debbie, Robin and Sandra were all very pleasant and helpful. Holly M Gross, MD, is superb in providing a thorough examination with specific recommendations for follow up. I felt welcomed and very comfortable in communicating with everyone.
Robert S.
21:33 08 Jun 22
Excellent service.
Eric L.
22:04 06 Jun 22
I had an emergency situation with my eyes while out of town visiting my son and his familIy. I was seeing floaters and dots that were completely covering my left eye. I thought I would never be able to get in to see a doctor. The girl who answered the phone was very nice and to my surprise told me that the doctor would be able to see me the same day. I was shocked but grateful that they would squeeze me in. Dr. Holly Gross was wonderful as she examined my eyes thoroughly. I had never had an eye exam like that. She took her time and examined every corner of my eyes. She diagnosed me right away and put my mind at ease. I highly recommend this Dr Gross and her the Central Maryland Eye Associates.
Belen M.
17:46 01 Jun 22
The ophthalmologists, nurses and surgical coordinator are all wonderful. Surgery was totally anxiety free. There was a lot toread, absorb, and be mindful of before, , ,during, and after surgery. You have to pay attention! The technological tools in the office are incredible..
Susan B.
16:02 27 May 22
The Doctors and Staff are the best and brightest!!!!!
Mariko T.
22:17 26 May 22
Everyone is very nice and thorough. I saw Dr. Holly Gross and she is wonderful and very knowledgeable.
Jody J.
19:54 26 May 22
The doctor and staff were proficient and polite.
Darcy B.
22:10 24 May 22
Staff was friendly and courteous service was excellent
Clive M.
21:16 24 May 22
Excellent service by knowledgeable professionals who answered all my questions
Carl H.
19:44 17 May 22
All the nurses were kind and very patient with me. All easy going I felt comfortable thank you all so much for everything.I’m pleased with the office visits and also that my surgery went well. They even called me afterwards to check on how I was doing and feeling. They explained what things I should not do after the surgery.A couple of co-worker asked me where did I have my cataract surgery and I told them CMEAand they took good care of me.Thank youWanda Pagán
Wanda P.
15:05 15 May 22
Friendly atmosphere and thorough.I also love the fact that the Dr. Was much older and patient. I would recommend to anyone.
Pamela B.
17:08 13 May 22
I had my long awaited cataract surgery today. Needless to say I was anxious but was so relieved when the staff immediately put me at ease. Everyone was so welcoming and explained exactly what was to take place. The staff worked very well together. My Dr. is the best. Everyone seemed to have had my best interest and outcome at heart.
Gloria B.
16:15 10 May 22
Quick and concise. Very professional.
denny B.
20:08 06 May 22
Nice staff! Good overall experience.
Beatrice W.
17:04 04 May 22
Great office and great people?
Jen M.
17:40 29 Apr 22
Great customer service and all were helpful.
Thomas B.
15:38 29 Apr 22
A quick, caring and careful evaluation of my problem. Proposed treatment plan explained along with follow up options.
Frank C.
21:41 19 Apr 22
I trust this practise, and Dr Nicholas in particular. Been coming here for about nine years now for treatment and monitoring of mild glaucoma, and most recently, a most successful cataract surgery in both eyes.I had developed normal age-related cataracts in one eye especially. Dr Nicholas recently performed cataract surgery in each eye; which resulted remarkable improvement in vision. After cataract surgery, I am 20/20 uncorrected in both eyes for long distance vision, only needing reading glasses for close work. (Previously, I was near-sighted and had worn glasses constantly since 3rd grade.)
Guinness T H.
19:16 19 Apr 22
Well organized and well run office with competent staff at all levels!
Lucinda N.
20:21 15 Apr 22
Quick, professional, comprehensive service.
18:56 15 Apr 22
We were here on a referral by my daughters pediatrician, looking for a cause of chronic migraines she's experiencing. When we go to the parking lot, my daughter was begging me to just go home because she was nervous and didn't know what to expect. By the time we finished our appointment, she xunprompted* gave this practice a 11/10. From the front desk through check out, every employee was warm, friendly, polite and knowledgeable. Although we found my daughter had 20/20 vision and didn't discover any issues related to her migraines, this appointment was very helpful in unexpected ways. These wonderful and caring professionals were able to relieve the anxiety that comes with so much pain and uncertainty. And as her mom, I'm profoundly grateful.
Morgen M.
20:26 11 Apr 22
I had a great time at the eye center and at this was hard bc of covid but they was very understanding and helpful with my cataracts Thanks also Debbie for explaining to mandi husband and sister and she was very helpful 😀 ❤
Jeanie W.
16:12 07 Apr 22
Very caring and efficient. Friendly faces, caring attitudes, and a smooth system is wonderful.
Belinda M.
17:18 06 Apr 22
Staff was cordial. Every one was professional.
Tanzeem A.
15:49 05 Apr 22
Staff is very efficient. Dr. Nicholas is very thorough and answers all questions.
Ray G.
17:36 31 Mar 22
Very organized and pleasant visit as always. Dr Nicholas and staff were very attentive and professional. My appointment was informative as usual and I left with expert knowledge of a path forward for my eye care.
aaron W.
17:30 25 Mar 22
The exam was quick and efficient. The explanation of the results and next steps was helpful. I left feeling confident that we had a good plan and that my vision problems would be solved.The cataract operation went very well. The explanation of options available and cost associated with them were accurate. The surgery center and doctors communicated regularly.I could tell the difference in my vision as soon as I got home. Dr Nichols contacted me later in the evening to check on how things were going. The post operative check up the next day revealed vision was improved from 20-80 to 20-25.I am very happy that the article in The Washingtonian Top Doctors led me to Central Maryland Eye Associates.
Richard Delridge (.
23:29 23 Mar 22
I called for an urgent problem and was able to get an appointment the very next day. Dr. Gross is wonderful and reassuring.
Lisa B.
19:04 23 Mar 22
Love the way they explained with detailed my cataract surgery! Dr. Amy Nicholas and Debbie are the best!!!!
Karen Nieles (.
12:05 21 Mar 22
Great experience with no waiting and exceptional COVID protocols. See you next year.
Lance L.
20:35 09 Mar 22
Great experience. Everyone was friendly, caring and professional. Very through exam, all questions answered. Felt comfortable during the process.
John G
01:34 09 Mar 22
Polite, professional, caring and ultra-knowledgeable! A delightful visit!
Ray C.
15:00 03 Mar 22
This practice is friendly and professional. I highly recommend.
Patricia R.
14:13 03 Mar 22
Great practice. Very knowledgeable docs and extremely efficient and friendly staff.
Keiron M.
16:13 28 Feb 22
Everything from the minute I walked in was Efficient .Well done Thank you
Judy K.
13:43 25 Feb 22
Courteous health care team. Dr. Gross is knowledgeable with an excellent bedside manner.
Aaron C.
20:03 24 Feb 22
Staff is very efficient and friendly. Dr. Chen is very knowledgeable and has an excellent demeanor.
James A.
16:54 24 Feb 22
Dr. Nicholas was very friendly, caring and professional as was the staff. I completely trust Dr. Nicholas with my eye care. She was genuinely interested in my eye care.
Lori H.
22:46 23 Feb 22
Second annual visit with Dr Gross. Everything about this appointment deserves 5 stars. The staff is courteous, knowledgeable, and caring. Dr Gross is the epitome of what I expect from my Ophthalmologist and I would (and have) highly recommend her to my friends and family.
Donna P.
21:38 23 Feb 22
My experience was amazing. The staff was very kind and professional. Dr. Chen was wonderful. He and his assistant answered all of my questions and addressed all of my concerns and needs. Thanks for a great experience!
Mary A.
21:00 22 Feb 22
All of the staff and doctors there are always wonderful patient, and professional!
Paula R.
18:28 18 Feb 22
Everyone at this practice is very knowledgeable and so kind and friendly!
Linda D.
23:18 14 Feb 22
Dr. Gross is professional yet caring. She listened to my concerns and addressed my questions clearly and with patience, explaining in terms I understood. Her staff was courteous, helpful and patient. The office is clean, easy to park and access. A very positive experience!
01:48 11 Feb 22
Central Eye Associates are friendly and welcoming. I have been treated there for many years and have always appreciated the wonderful care.
Martha M.
20:47 27 Jan 22
This office is great! The front desk staff, assistants and doctors I have met with have all been very professional, and kind. Highly recommend.
lisa G.
16:38 24 Jan 22
Great staff and clean practice. My mom had issue with an eye they got her in the very next day that too as a new patient so thank you for that. Dr. Chen was very helpful, knowledgeable and polite. He explained everything very nicely and took care of the issue. No wait time and patients are in and out in timely manner. Thank you!
onsale 2.
23:09 20 Jan 22
Very thorough eye exam and service!
Amanda L.
18:41 20 Jan 22
Welcoming front staff excellent technicians - warm and professional doc.Overall, great experience with entire staff.
Helene K.
21:21 12 Jan 22
I had an early evening appointment which was thorough and got me up to date with my eye health. Thanks to Dr. Chen and the Central MD Eye Associates staff who made this a great experience.
Rob M.
12:56 11 Jan 22
Terrific experience all around.
Jim J.
19:10 10 Jan 22
Excellent staff, quick check in and great Dr. Nicholas!
15:55 10 Jan 22
Office staff demonstrated courtesy and professionalism. Wait time was mere minutes before being taken back for my examination. The technician was patient during her interview, thorough and very knowledgeable. The same could be said of Dr Amy Nicholas. She asked appropriate questions and listened intently and patiently to my responses as she performed her examination. Her description of my diagnosis was spot on. For the first time in months I believe that my problem has been identified and I feel like I have the knowledge and guidance to remedy my issues. Many thanks to Dr Nicholas and staff. I highly recommend them!
Thomas M.
16:46 06 Jan 22
The best place for you eyes from the front desk people, all the nurses, and the Doctors are very professional and attended to your needs. Thank you Dr Gross and Central Maryland Eye Associates. ❤
Sandra K.
22:09 29 Dec 21
Very accommodating, friendly and patient.
T M.
15:47 28 Dec 21
I was fearful before I went because I hadn't seen an eye doctor for a year and a half and I was sure the results would be discouraging. But I was treated very well by the technicians and by Dr. Nicholas and left feeling very good and the results hadn't changed much in 1 1/2 years. I came home very pleased and had been treated very kindly and respectfully. Thank you !!
Dorothy W.
21:35 22 Dec 21
My first appointment at this practice was very satisfying. Dr. Chen was very professional and more than willing to answer any of my questions. He was very good at explaining everything during the examination. I would definitely recommend to others and will be utilizing this practices services again.
Tyrone J.
02:35 22 Dec 21
Central Maryland Eye Association made me feel comfortable from the moment I entered the office. Each member of the staff was professional, extremely careful when administrating an exam. The precautions each staff member used for disinfecting any and all areas I entered was excellent. Excellent from beginning to end.Surgery was surprisingly comfortable with each contact, my well-being was their goal. Skilled, professional and caring.
Joanne L.
17:30 21 Dec 21
Dr. Gross is an excellent doctor. She is very knowledgeable, very competent and kind. Her staff are friendly, helpful and perform their jobs well.
22:56 20 Dec 21
Always happy with the service
Wanda S.
19:49 16 Dec 21
Dr. Gross is an excellent physician and her staff is professional and courteous.
Kevin C.
01:36 15 Dec 21
First time visiting and it was a great experience. Minimal wait time and the technician, Ashley (can't remember her name), was exceptional. She was friendly and very thorough. Then enters Dr. Chen who was equally welcoming, thorough and emphatic. Shared all the required information and addressed all my questions. I will be returning for a surgical consult.
Karla C.
20:22 14 Dec 21
Sincere concern and exceptional care. All you could wish for...
Russ A.
17:46 09 Dec 21
The technicians were very efficient to prepare for me to see my ophthalmologist, Dr. Wanicur. He took time to answer all my questions with specific explanations. I was very comfortable and satisfied with my experience today.
Matsuko B.
19:28 03 Dec 21
The whole staff in the Rockville office are very professional and caring. Dr Gross is a wonderful doctor. Highly recommend her
Alisa I.
17:52 02 Dec 21
Staff is always friendly and professional.Dr. Gross is the best! I highly recommend this practice.
Patricia B.
03:26 02 Dec 21
I love Dr. Gross. She do care for her patient. She explain very thorough about any concerns that bothers me. She listened and answered whatever questions I have. Her staff are very nice.
Fancy R.
08:41 01 Dec 21
Been coming to this practice for numerous years always had great care and will continue.
Kim S.
21:56 30 Nov 21
Professional and courteous. Dr. Chen was excellent!
Wayne B.
21:46 30 Nov 21
I enjoy my appointments with Dr. Gross. She is through and kind. Her staff is very nice and caring. My favorite person there is Randi. She is so sweet and personable (they all are) and I love to chat with her. I feel Dr. Gross takes great care of me. Her office is convenient getting in and out. All around great experience. I have been seen at the Frederick office for many years.
Cristi H.
22:31 23 Nov 21
Overall this practice offered a very highly professional and courteous service during my visit. Dr. Gross and her entire staff are highly trained professionals providing prompt, timely and caring service.
Essri V.
18:51 20 Nov 21
As usual, from the moment I walked in the door to the moment I left, my experience at Central Eye in Frederick was a five star. The front desk staff and Robin the assistant were professional, courteous and easy to deal with. Dr. Nicholas spent time beyond the exam asking questions and listening to all my concerns. She was thorough, professional and caring. Overall, a great experience. I have and will continue to recommend this office in the future.
Deborah M.
19:43 16 Nov 21
Always great care.
Robert Watters J.
15:44 12 Nov 21
Dr. Holly Gross and her staff consistantly provide excellent care.
Rose W.
23:55 03 Nov 21

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We care, you’ll see!

By Phone:

Frederick: 301-662-4545

Rockville:  301-610-2020


Our Professional Affiliations

We are proud to be joined with this prestigious group of national and Maryland-based
professional ophthalmological associations:

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Montgomery County Medical Society logo
MedChi logo
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery logo