Dr. Donald Downer, MD

Dr. Donald Downer, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Male  |  
42 y/o

Accepting new patients

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.

Clay Eye Physicians and Surgeons

2023 Professional Center Dr

Orange Park, FL 32073
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  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Care Philosophy

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. 
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Dr. Downer's Experience

Dr. Downer's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Ophthalmology
  • Board certified in Ophthalmology
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • 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

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

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
  • 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 Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Dilatation
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Melanoma
  • Eye Strain
  • Eye Trauma
  • 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
  • Iritis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Dystrophy
  • Meibomitis
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Night Blindness
  • Nystagmus
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Optic Nerve Disorder
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Optic Neuropathy
  • Orbital Cellulitis
  • Photokeratitis
  • Pigment Dispersion Syndrome
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • 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
  • 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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  • Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (ALK)
  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Antifungal Eye Drops
  • Argon Laser Surgery
  • Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty
  • Argon Laser Treatment
  • Asian Eyelid Surgery
  • Astigmatic Keratotomy
  • B-Scan Ultrasound
  • Biopsy of Cornea
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Blepharorrhaphy
  • Canthoplasty and Canthopexy
  • Canthotomy
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Clear Lens Extraction
  • Conjunctivoplasty
  • Contact Lens Exams
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • 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
  • 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
  • No-Stitch Corneal Transplantation (DLEK)
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • 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
  • Refractive Lens Exchange
  • Refractive Surgery
  • 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
  • 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.


  • 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

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Dr. Downer's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Downer to family and friends
based on 250 total reviews (23 with comments)
Dr. Downer's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (23)
in Fleming Island, FL |
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.
in Ponte Vedra, FL |
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 and knows his stuff. I would recommend for any procedures.
in orange park, fl |
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 seems to be very concerned with my well-being. I was referred by my personal dr. and I can understand why. He was just right for me in every way. I am so very happy with my experience.
in jacksonville, fl |
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.
in orange park, fl |
listens to his patients and is very likable have recommended others to him and one person had his eyes done and was very pleased
in orange park, fl |
Always a good experience. He is very knowledgeable and forth coming.
in orange park, fl |
I cannot put into words how highly I recommend Dr. Downer! I have several eye problems and he takes the time to examine my eyes, explains things in detail and answers all of my questions. The staff is also awesome. They explain what they are going to do before they do it. Everyone's very gentle and friendly. I LOVE Dr. Downer!!
in Keystone Heights, Fl |
Dr. Downer performed my cataract surgery. It was the quickest & easiest procedure I have ever had. Dr. Downer was great & the surgery was perfect. Should I need anything else for my vision, this is the Doctor I would see.
in Ponte Vedra, Fl |
Comprehensive eye exam
in jacksonville, fl |
Now on my 3rd year seeing Dr. Downer, I could never imagine ever going to another ophthalmologist. Each appointment I've had with Dr. Downer, I've been completely satisfied.
in St Johns FL |
Consulted for chronic dry eyes for which a long-used product was providing less effective relief. Impressed with his gradualistic approach -- testing the simplest first and progressing towards the simplest solution.
in Keystone Heights Fl. 32656 |
Dr. Downer performed operations on my eyes to rid them of cataracts then, due fading eyesight he carried out laser treatment in both eyes over a four day period which resulted in me having 20/20 vision. I highly recommend Dr. Downer both for his enormous skills but also for his manner.
in jacksonville, fl |
Great patient-doctor repertoire. Have a mentally challenged sister and he's always gentle and kind w/her. Appreciate that so very much!
in orange park, fl |
I was very anxious about the procedure Dr Downer and the staff explained the steps to me and accommodated my every need and made me feel at ease and treated me with the utmost respect and consideration. It was just the way they said it would be. I was very relieved and came out of the operating room with a smile on my face.
jacksonville, fl |
Very caring and showed individual attention. Had laser cataract surgery on both eyes and have great vision without glasses
in Jacksonville, FL |
Great medical knowledge and patient care.
in Middleburg FL |
I had eye surgery in September 1st and the outcome was excellent, but I was very relief and comfortable with the entire process... Clean, professional and I was educated thru the entire process by Dr Downer and staff. The service was second to none... ??
in jacksonville, fl |
Very knowledgeable, listens, explains things so I can understand,
Penney Farms, FL |
Caring, very competent, never have experienced any problems
in Jacksonville, FL |
I worked in the medical profession for 33 years and Dr. Downer is one of the best, well informed doctors I have had treat me. His no nonsense direct approach has been refreshing, and has reduced my the eye problems I had because of delays in addressing the them with previous providers. Continuity of care with the same provider makes a big difference in that they know your history and can assess the total medical picture being presented.
in Fleming island, Fl |
Cataract surgery, he was very reassuring and professional. Excellent experience
in jacksonville, fl |
Excellent doctor. Answers all of your questions. Great personality.
in orange park, fl |
He is extremely friendly and the fellow seems to know his stuff.
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  • Aetna
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
    Blue Care HMO
    Blue Select
    BlueDental Choice
  • Cigna
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    Cigna PPO
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  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
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