Dr. Thomas Newsom, MD

Dr. Thomas Newsom, MD


Ophthalmology | Male | 47 years old

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Dr. Newsom is the founder and Medical Director of our ophthalmology practice. He specializes in Cataract and LASIK surgery, and...Read more

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in Land O Lakes, FL |
had cataract surgery in Oct 2016, scheduled for followup visit Jan 2017 and was called by personnel to tell me that they NO LONGER accept my insurance 2 days before my appointment , that I now have to pay out of pocket for this office visit..and I am having an issue with my cataract replacement lens and need surgery to fix it but they suggest I contact another doctor that does take my insurance. Lousy way to do business, they should have informed me they dropped my insurance plan
in New Port Richey, FL |
Dr. Newsom wanted to do surgery on baby cataracts. I went to another doctor who said he would never do surgery so soon. I never went to the pre-op surgery appointment but they called me the day before the surgery was scheduled to remind me. They are money hungry lunatics.
Clearwater, FL |
Poor bedside manner, arrogant, unethical.
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Dr. Newsom is the founder and Medical Director of our ophthalmology practice. He specializes in Cataract and LASIK surgery, and Glaucoma. Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Newsom brings a wealth of experience, awards, and research to the practice.


  • Residency in Ophthalmology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, ranked top three in the nation
  • Medical and Surgical Internship, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Doctor of Medicine with Honors, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  • Bachelor of Science with Honors, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida


  • Inventor of the Newsom Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery Technique adapting the IntraLase Femtosecond Laser for use in cataract surgery
  • First surgeon in the world to implant Aphakic Artisan™ intraocular lens in a patient with megalocornea
  • First surgeon in the United States to implant FDA approved bilateral Aphakic Artisan™ intraocular lenses
  • University of Iowa Lifetime Visiting Professor, where Dr. Newsom trains the next generation of cataract and LASIK surgeons
  • One of only two surgeons nationally recognized for "Surgical Excellence" in cataract and implant surgery awarded by the American College of Eye Surgeons
  • One of the first surgeons in the United States to surgically implant both the Visian™ and Verisyse ™ phakic intraocular lenses
  • Member of Alumni Ambassador Network, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida


  • FDA Clinical Study for Segmented Bifocal Intraocular Lens, Lenstec, Inc
  • FDA Clinical Study for the Light Adjustable Lens, Calhoun Vision
  • FDA Clinical Study for Lenstec Softec HD™ Dr. Newsom's personal research was instrumental in Lenstec Softec HD™, becoming available for all surgeons in the US
  • FDA Clinical Study for EYEFILL Viscoelastic, Croma Pharmaceuticals, Inc
  • FDA Clinical Study for VISCO SHIELD Viscoelastic, OASIS Medical
  • Serves on Editorial Board for American Academy of Ophthalmology ONE Network
  • Serves on the Medical Advisory Board of MACS (Most Accurate Cataract Surgery)
  • One of the youngest surgeons in the United States to develop three Ambulatory Surgical Centers capable of performing FDA research in eye surgery
  • Received the Albert G. King award for Outstanding Research


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
  • American College of Eye Surgeons
  • American Medical Association

Dr. Newsom's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Ophthalmology
  •  Board certified in Ophthalmology
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Ophthalmology

Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Cataract
  • Chalazion
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Esotropia
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Keratitis
  • Lazy Eye
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Pterygium
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Trichiasis
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration


  • Medical School
    University Of Florida

    Graduated in 1996

  • Internship Hospital
    Mayo Clinic Jacksonville

    Completed in 1997

  • Residency Hospital
    University of Iowa College of Medicine

    Completed in 2000

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of Florida

    Graduated in 1993

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Ophthalmology

Procedures Performed

  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Eye Surgery
  • Glaucoma Surgery