Dr. Frank Bowden III, MD


Ophthalmology | Male

Dr. Frank Bowden III, MD
Dr. Frank Bowden III, MD is an ophthalmology doctor who practices in Jacksonville, FL. He is 64 years old and has been practicing for 38 years. Dr. Bowden III is affiliated with Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville.

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Board certified in Ophthalmology, the official eye doctor for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL, and a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners, Jacksonville Eye Doctor Frank Bowden is one of Florida?s most renowned physicians. He has been recognized as one of Jacksonville?s Top Eye Doctors four times by Jacksonville Magazine, and honored by the magazine as the Best Doctor of 2006 and 2007.

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Dr. Bowden III's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (14)
in Jacksonville, FL |
They surreptitiously got me to agree to take additional and questionably needed tests by stating it would be "covered at 100% by my insurance." However, upon exiting after the first of three tests I was charged $50 copay. After I explained that I had been told by their employee that my insurance would cover 100% of the bill, they insulted me with a dismissive attitude and basically said, "too bad." I would not recommend using their services.
in Jacksonville Beach, FL |
Dr. Bowden is amazing! He is incredibly compassionate and spends real time with me during my office visits, he doesn't rush through the appointment. And, let's not forget to mention that my custom Lasik has changed my life dramatically!
in Port Orange, FL |
The entire staff is GREAT, the front office ,technicians, nurses and everyone in the surgery center. I've been to another eye center and it was like night and day. At Dr.Bowden's the staff are concerned not only about your issue but as you an individual person. I could feel this vibe from the very first day I walked in their center!! Everyone is very courteous, professional and knowledgeable which made me feel much more at ease about my severe eye injury.
in ponte vedra, florida |
Definitely recommend. May spend too much time with patients some days but if ever I have lots of questions, he always stays to answer them all as well. My condition is improving now that I am in his hands.
in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL |
Dr. Bowden was able to assist my son when we were trying to figure out why his left eye was tearing non stop all the time. I am very appreciative and felt like his bed side manner was unmatched!
in Jacksonville, FL |
Dr. Bowden is an excellent doctor. But that is all he has. Wait time to see him once you arrive for your appointment is normally 2-3 hours. His staff tries to sell you cosmetic treatments, allergy testing and so many products for eye related issues. The amount of different testing on your eyes is outrageous. Seems to be a way to fleece your eye care insurance company. I have been a patient of his for ten years. No more.
in Jacksonville, FL |
I saw Dr. Bowden for almost one year. I made numerous visits to his office and it took at least three hours or more every visit until I saw Dr. Bowden. At my first visit I was informed that I suffered from "dry eyes". Almost every time I visited his office I was informed about a procedure that would cost me more out of pocket expenses. I felt like the cash register was always going! I paid about $3000 myself and saw no improvement with my eyes. I would avoid him at all costs, no pun intended!!
in Jacksonville, FL |
Dr. Bowden and his staff are absolutely amazing and so professional. I have been a patient there for a few years and everyone has always been quite knowledgeable and pleasant.
in Jacksonville, FL |
I am so thankful for Dr Bowden and his attention to detailed care. They presented several treatment options and I left educated on my condition. The wait time can be long at times, but once you are in front of him his only focus is on you and a personalized treatment plan. So thankful I was given options!
in Jacksonville, FL |
Dr. Bowden has dedicated his life to his patients and you can see that in his bedside manner. I am forever thankful for the care he has given me and now my family who visits his practice. Busy man, but you can see why.
in Orange Park, FL |
He did LASIK on my eyes and I now see 20/20 without glasses!
in Jacksonville, Fl |
Simply amazing! Finally a team of docs who listen to what is really going on with me! I am so thankful for the time and attention to the health of my eyes!
in New York, NY |
I saw 4 ophthalmologists before seeing Dr Bowden. He was the first one to listen to my complaints of severe dry eye. By treating it aggressively, he halted the destruction of the glands which supply oil to the tear film. If I had not been treated by him, these glands would have been destroyed beyond repair. My dry eye condition is dramatically better and I cannot thank Dr Bowden enough. I would recommend him very highly to anyone needing treatment for their eye problems.
in Jacksonville |
Dr. Bowden is by far the best medical professional I have ever encountered. He is genuinely concerned with not only the reason for the visit, but also in taking the time to address other issues that can arise at a later date and informing you of your best options. His staff is very detailed and organized in assisting you in your plan of care. I am very satisfied with my experiences here and highly recommend anyone to visit him for your eye care.
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Dr. Bowden III's Care Philosophy

Board certified in Ophthalmology, the official eye doctor for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL, and a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners, Jacksonville Eye Doctor Frank Bowden is one of Florida?s most renowned physicians. He has been recognized as one of Jacksonville?s Top Eye Doctors four times by Jacksonville Magazine, and honored by the magazine as the Best Doctor of 2006 and 2007.

Dr. Bowden III'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
  •  Board actions found

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    Malpractice Claims

    No malpractice history found for Florida.

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  • 0

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

    What is a sanction or disciplinary action
  • 1
    Board Action

    Dr. Bowden III has 1 board action

    What are board actions
    • Wrong-site surgery (2/15/2016)
    • Action Taken: Letter of Concern
    • Summary: Please reference the following Document
    • Documentation: Download here (PDF)
    • State: Florida

Board Certifications

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  • Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Blind Hypotensive Eye
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Disease
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Foreign Body in Eye
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Headache
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Nearsightedness
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Pterygium
  • Purulent Endophthalmitis
  • Retained Intraocular Foreign Body, Non-Magnetic
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration


  • Medical School
    Meharry Medical College School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1979

  • Internship Hospital
    Naval Med Center

    Completed in 1980

  • Residency Hospital
    Naval Med Center

    Completed in 1984

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Wills Eye Hospital

    Completed in 1988

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of Tennessee

    Graduated in 1975

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Ophthalmology

Procedures Performed

  • Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (ALK)
  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Conjunctivoplasty
  • Coreoplasty
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Extraocular Muscle Surgery
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Procedure
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Glaucoma Treatment
  • Laser Surgery
  • Ocular Prosthetics
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Removal of Intraocular Foreign Body
  • Repair of Eye Laceration
  • Scleral Reinforcement Surgery
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery