Dr. Donald Downer, MD

Dr. Donald Downer, MD

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42 y/o
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Dr. Donald Downer, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Orange Park, FL and has been practicing for 11 years. He specializes in ophthalmology, anterior segment ophthalmology, and more.Read his story

Clay Eye Physicians and Surgeons

2023 Professional Center Dr

Orange Park, FL 32073
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Downer performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
very high
more than 99% of peers
Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
very high
more than 98% of peers
Corneal Diseases
very high
more than 98% of peers

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Dr. Downer's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Downer "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. Education: 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 Certifications: 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 Interests: 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 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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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Downer "Using state of the art surgical techniques and the newest innovations in lens implant technology, our surgeons will work with you to restore your vision and allow you to continue to enjoy your active lifestyle. Many of our patients achieve excellent vision for most activities with little need for glasses. "

13  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology
  • Anterior Segment Ophthalmology
  • Anterior Segment Surgery
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Cornea & External Diseases
  • Cornea & Refractive Surgery
  • Ocular Immunology
  • Ocular Oncology
  • Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Reconstructive Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Orbital Disorders

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

138  Conditions Treated

  • Accidental Eye Injuries
  • Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Amaurosis Fugax
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Aphakia
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Bacterial Conjunctivitis
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Binocular Vision Disorder
  • Black Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Blind Hypotensive Eye
  • Blindness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cataract
  • Cataract - Alopecia - Sclerodactyly
  • Cataract - Ataxia - Deafness
  • Cataract - Cardiomyopathy
  • Cataract - Congenital Ichthyosis
  • Cataract - Microcornea Syndrome
  • Cataract Congenital Dominant Non Nuclear
  • Cataract Dental Syndrome
  • Cataract Hutterite Type
  • Chalazion
  • Chemical Burn - Eyes
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Chronic Eye Diseases
  • Color Blindness
  • Conjunctival Disorders
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Flash Burns
  • Corneal Scar
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Diabetes-Like Blepharitis
  • Diabetes-Like Retinal Edema
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Dilatation
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Entropion
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Injuries
  • Eye Melanoma
  • Eye Strain
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Eczema
  • Eyelid Lesions
  • Eyelid Spasm
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Foreign Body in Eye
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma - Iridogoniodysgenesia
  • Glaucoma Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Glaucoma in Ciliochorodial Detachment
  • Glaucoma in Epithelial Ingrowth
  • Glaucoma in Phacomatoses
  • Graves' Disease
  • Hazy Vision
  • Headache
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Hypertensive Retinopathy
  • Hyphema
  • Hypopyon
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Hypotropia
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Iritis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Dystrophy
  • Meibomitis
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Night Blindness
  • Nystagmus
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Optic Nerve Disorder
  • Optic Neuropathy
  • Orbital Cellulitis
  • Photokeratitis
  • Pigment Dispersion Syndrome
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Primary Open Angle Glaucoma
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Pterygium
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Reading Disorders
  • Refractive Error
  • Refractive Eye Disorders
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Severe Myopia
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Strabismus
  • Stye
  • Sympathetic Uveitis
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vision Impairment
  • Vision Loss
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Visual Field Loss
  • Vitreous Detachment
  • Watering Eyes
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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89  Procedures

  • Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (ALK)
  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Antifungal Eye Drops
  • Argon Laser Surgery
  • Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty
  • Argon Laser Treatment
  • Asian Eyelid Surgery
  • Astigmatic Keratotomy
  • Biopsy of Cornea
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Blepharorrhaphy
  • B-Scan Ultrasound
  • Canthoplasty and Canthopexy
  • Canthotomy
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Clear Lens Extraction
  • Conjunctivoplasty
  • Contact Lens Exams
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Corneal Tattooing
  • Cyclocryotherapy
  • Diabetes Eye Care
  • Diabetic Eye Exam
  • Dilation of Outflow Canal
  • Drainage of Conjunctival Cyst
  • Enucleation of Eye
  • Epi-LASIK Eye Surgery
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Extracapsular Cataract Extraction
  • Extraocular Muscle Surgery
  • Eye Drops
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Injection
  • Eye Procedure
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyeglasses
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Glaucoma Medical Therapy
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Glaucoma Treatment
  • Implantable Contact Lens
  • Intracorneal Ring (ICR)
  • Iridectomy
  • Iridotomy
  • Laser Cataract Surgery
  • Laser Microsurgery
  • Laser Office Procedure
  • Laser Surgery
  • Laser Trabeculoplasty or Iridectomy
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • No-Stitch Corneal Transplantation (DLEK)
  • Ocular Prosthetics
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Oculoplastics
  • Ophthalmic Surgical Procedures
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Peripheral Iridotomy
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Phakic Refractive Lens Implantation
  • Photo Therapeutic Keratectomy
  • Photocoagulation
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Punctal Plug Insertion
  • Radial Keratotomy
  • Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
  • Refractive Lens Exchange
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Relaxing Incisions, Corneal
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Removal of Intraocular Foreign Body
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Repair of Eye Laceration
  • Repair of Lid Retraction
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment
  • Soft Contact Lenses
  • Sutureless Cataract Surgery
  • Temporal Artery Biopsy
  • Transillumination
  • Ultrasound
  • Vitrectomy
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
  • YAG Iridotomy
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy
  • YAG Laser Surgery

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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • University Of Florida
    Medical School | Graduated 2002
  • Memorial Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2003
  • Shands Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2006
  • Shands Med Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2007

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Downer has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Downer's Reviews

4.8
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Downer to family and friends
406 total reviews (23 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (406)

  • 5
    (359)
  • 4
    (29)
  • 3
    (11)
  • 2
    (1)
  • 1
    (6)

Dr. Downer's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well

    EXCELLENT
  • Answers questions

    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment

    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness

    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (23)

New to this practice and I have seen Dr. Downer several times and am very happy with his professionalism and explaining things so I can understand them.
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Dr. Downer and the practice, is efficient and knowledgeable and is the only place to go for any eye related issues. I had dry eye, and before jumping to the prescription treatment, he recommended the OTC drops and then evaluated two weeks later. I needed the plugs and the script, but he is fast...more
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I loved Dr. Downer. First, my vision in my right eye was almost none. He gave me a cornea transplant and the next day my vision was already improving. My family was so surprised when I started reading captions off the TV screen. He is very professional, very caring, easy to get along with and...more
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I think Dr Downer is awesome. He has helped me so much with all my eye problems. He has a great personality and I just sent my daughter to him. I would recommend him highly.
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listens to his patients and is very likable have recommended others to him and one person had his eyes done and was very pleased
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