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Donald M. Downer, MD

Donald Downer, MD
Donald Downer, MD

Donald Downer, MD 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 laser cataract surgery, 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
  • Medical Director, Sightpath Medical


  • Laser 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 the 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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