Donald M. Downer, MD

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Donald Downer, MD

Dr. Donald Downer serves as an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Florida and assists with the training of young surgeons.  Dr. Downer is a cornea surgeon and his special interests include lifestyle intraocular lenses, diseases of the cornea, corneal transplantation, ocular surface reconstruction and ocular infectious disease. 


  • Cornea, Refractive, and External Disease Fellowship, University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Residency in Ophthalmology, University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Internship, Roanoke Memorial Community Hospital
  • Medical School, University of Florida College of Medicine
  • Chemistry degree, Florida International University

Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Clinical Professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville


  • Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Alcon Toric IOL certified
  • Restor IOL certified
  • Crystalens certified
  • DSAEK certified
  • VISX Laser certified

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Member
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Member
  • Florida Society of Ophthalmology
  • Florida Medical Association
  • Clay County Medical Society

Honors and Awards

  • Society of Teaching Scholars Outstanding Resident Award
  • Chief Resident in the Dept. of Ophthalmology
  • National Institute of Health fellowship


  • Cataract Surgery
  • Lifestyle Intraocular Lenses
  • Diseases of the cornea
  • Corneal transplantation
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Pterygium surgery
  • Ocular infectious disease
  • Uveitis

Research Experience

  • Non-Traumatic Dislocation of a First Generation Phakic Intraocular Lens. Poster presentation @ ARVO
  • A unique mechanism of angle closure glaucoma in patients undergoing Descemet's Stripping with Endothelial Keratoplasty (Case Report) – submitted for publication.
  • Science and Strategy for Prevention of Corneal Ulceration – accepted to Ocular Surface 2007 Jan. 5(1):23-39
  • Bilateral retinochoroiditis in a case of acute primary toxoplasmosis in an immunocompatent patient. Digital Journal of Ophthalmology, 2006 December
  • Presentation at ASCRS, “A Comparison of Partial Coherence Interferometry and Immersion A-scan for IOL Power Calculations.”

Intraocular Explantation Device- patent pending.

  • Publication in April 2005 in EyeNet; Ectopia Lentis et Pupillae.

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