Dr. Frank Bowden III, MD

Dr. Frank Bowden III, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Male  |  
Age 64
Insurances AcceptedSave
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.

7205 Bonneval Rd

Jacksonville, FL 32256

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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
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more than 99% of peers
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more than 99% of peers
Eyelid Disorders
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Bowden III "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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  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Blepharitis
  • Blind Hypotensive Eye
  • Blindness
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Chorioretinitis
  • Choroidal Neovascular Membranes (CNVM)
  • 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
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Endophthalmitis
  • Entropion
  • Esotropia
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Disease
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Spasm
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Foreign Body in Eye
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Headache
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Juvenile Macular Degeneration
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Eye
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Mechanical Strabismus
  • Nearsightedness
  • Nystagmus
  • 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 Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Strabismus
  • Stye
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (ALK)
  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Biopsy of Cornea
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Blepharorrhaphy
  • 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
  • Iridectomy
  • Iridotomy
  • Laser Surgery
  • Ocular Prosthetics
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Relaxing Incisions, Corneal
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Removal of Intraocular Foreign Body
  • Repair of Brow Ptosis and Blepharoptosis
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Repair of Eye Laceration
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • Scleral Reinforcement Surgery
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal 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.

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


  • University Of Tennessee
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1975
  • Meharry Medical College School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1979
  • Naval Med Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1980
  • Naval Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1984
  • Wills Eye Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1988

Awards & Recognition

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Dr. Bowden III's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Bowden III to family and friends
based on 48 total reviews (14 with comments)
Dr. Bowden III's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • 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)
There's no better doctor that I could recommend in our area than Dr. Bowden.
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 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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  • Aetna
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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
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    Cigna HMO
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  • Coventry Health Care
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Hospitals where Dr. Bowden III has admitting privileges

Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville
800 Prudential Dr
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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