STEPHENSON EYE ASSOCIATES
Improving People's Vision Improves Their Lives
Located inside a quaint building at 200 Palermo Place is Stephenson Eye Associates, a state-of-the-art boutique ophthalmology practice operated by Dr. Dee Stephenson. The office, in a beautifully renovated house, reflects the comfort and understanding Dr. Stephenson offers her patients. “What this means,” she explains, “is that we give our patients the personal attention they deserve, along with state-of-the-art care. I am blessed, as a physician, to have an exceptional office and technical staff with the expertise I need to support both me and our patients.”
A native of Florida and a graduate of the University of Florida, Dr. Stephenson received her medical training at the Universities of South Florida (USF), Connecticut, and South Carolina. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, and Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). She is also an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at USF, and a consultant for Bausch & Lomb’s surgical division. At the AAO meeting, held in October 2011, in Orlando, she gave three lectures about new technology. Dr. Stephenson conducts research, published four articles in 2011, and lectures extensively nationwide. Most recently, she was named one of the founding members of the American College of Ophthalmic Surgeons (ACOS). During the summer of 2011, she presented at this prestigious meeting in Park City, Utah.
As part of her commitment to giving her patients world-class eye care, Dr. Stephenson offers the MICS proce-dure using a 1.8mm incision, which is 30 to 40 percent smaller than the traditional incision and allows patients to heal faster, thereby gaining their optimal vision quicker. She uses the latest in lens implant technologies, the Crystalens HD and AO, which may eliminate the need for glasses for most activities. She does all of her surgeries at The Surgery Center at St. Andrews, a multi-specialty center of excellence in Venice. Dr. Stephenson affirms, “This is the only surgical facility in three counties that has the most cutting-edge technology available: the WaveTec Vision ORA Intraocular aberrometer for intraocular lens (IOL) calculation and astigmatism correction, the Stellaris MICS Phaco machine for the smallest phaco incision, and the Resight and Lumera 700 microscope to perform the surgery.”
According to the doctor, The Surgery Center of St. Andrews is one of only four centers in Florida to have the ORA technology. “This machine is such an advancement in helping achieve great post-op results in post Lasik and post RK patients, as well as patients with astigmatism. It is a real time, on-the-table reading that allows me to make corrections, if needed, the first time, eliminating more surgery for the patient,” says Dr. Stephenson. After more than 23 years in practice, Dr. Stephenson continues to find contact with her patients rewarding and professionally stimulating. “It’s hard work, but there’s still a romance about it,” she says. “New technology often brings changes that are available here and now and can be applied to my patients. Improving people’s vision improves their lives.” That is the goal of Dee Stephenson, M.D.
For more information about this adver-torial, call 941-485-1121 or log on to StephensonEye.com. Stephenson Eye Associates is located at 200 Palermo Place on Venice Island.