David W. Shoemaker, M.D.
Founder and Director of Cataract & Lens Replacement Surgery
Location: Sarasota, Venice and Englewood
David Shoemaker, M.D. founded Center For Sight over 25 years ago with the mission “To bring clear vision to life through caring and trusting relationships and the unending pursuit of excellence in eyecare.” Dr. Shoemaker is what is known as a “super specialist,” a doctor who devotes his entire practice to one discipline; in this case, cataract and lens replacement surgery. Dr. Shoemaker is singularly focused on delivering unsurpassed results, and consequent to a life devoted to that commitment, patients travel from across the U.S. and around the world to take advantage of his care.
Under Dr. Shoemaker’s leadership, the Center For Sight cataract team helps people enjoy the benefits of today’s cataract and lens replacement surgery, benefits that include clear vision and reduced dependence on glasses. Dr. Shoemaker has been repeatedly honored as one of America’s "Top Doctors" by the prestigious Top Doctors list published annually by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd., and has been named a Top Doctor by U.S. News and World Report, and Top Doctor by Sarasota Magazine. He has also been recognized as one of the top 250 US surgeons by Premier Surgeon. Dr. Shoemaker is also among a select group of physicians who serve as FDA investigators for new ophthalmic technologies, including the revolutionary LensAR femtosecond laser system for laser cataract surgery.
A Florida native, Dr. Shoemaker was accepted early to medical school, and received combined B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Florida. He subsequently completed a residency in Ophthalmology at the Ochsner Clinic and Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans.
In 1986, Dr. Shoemaker founded what was to become Center For Sight. Today, with 7 locations and over 200 staff, including 23 board-certified physicians, Center For Sight is acclaimed as one of the country’s premier eye care facilities. Board-certified by both the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American Board of Eye Surgery, Dr. Shoemaker is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery.
In 2012, Dr. Shoemaker established the Center For Sight Foundation in order to continue his 20-year commitment of providing sight-saving surgeries to people with no means to pay. Together with Center For Sight, the Foundation provides over 100 free sight-saving surgeries each year and is just getting started! To learn more, go to CFSFoundation.org.
Dr. Shoemaker is married with two grown children. He and his wife, Yara, make their home in Sarasota close to the water, where he enjoys his favorite pastimes of sculling, cycling and flats fishing.
Fox 13 News Covers Mission Cataract 2015 Day 1
2015 Mission Cataract is well underway. On Wednesday, July 8, free cataract surgeries were performed for patients otherwise unable to afford them. Watch this coverage for their stories. The second half of the surgeries will be performed on Wednesday, July 15.
SNN 6 News Comments on Mission Cataract 2015
SNN 6 covered the first day of Mission Cataract 2015. Surgeons David W. Shoemaker, M.D., William J. Lahners, M.D., FACS, Joshua W. Kim, M.D., and William L. Soscia, M.D. performed the free surgeries at the AAAHC-accredited surgery facility of Center For Sight.
World-Renowned Golf Instructor Chooses Center For Sight
Championship Golf Instructor, David Leadbetter, could go anywhere in the world for his cataract surgery, but he chose Dr. David Shoemaker and Center For Sight. "Thanks to Dr. Shoemaker, I will continue to be at the top of my game."
Letter of Commendation from the Governor
Dr. Shoemaker was recently presented with a letter of commendation from Governor Rick Scott for the contributions of Center For Sight to the state of Florida's "Keep Florida Working" Initiative.
Center For Sight is proud to announce our 2014 STARS of the Year!
An anonymous panel pours through the many STARS received by our staff to determine three individuals that best exemplify the high standards we strive for at Center For Sight. Center For Sight Team Members received almost 2,000 STARS last year from patients, physicians and fellow employees.
Grateful for better sight!
A patient recently wrote a Letter to the Editor, published in the Charlotte Sun, about her positive experience with Center For Sight. Click to read the letter.
Center For Sight Unveils Newest Englewood Location
State-of-the-Art Facility Brings Nation’s Best Surgeons to the Area. There’s a new home for clear vision, beautiful skin and cosmetic care – and the residents of Englewood and its surrounding areas couldn’t be happier.
Laser Cataract Surgery Is Here
Learn about the world's most advanced cataract solution -- Laser Cataract Surgery. This laser technique is a technological breakthrough in cataract surgery that provides unmatched precision and accuracy. And, it's in Sarasota today - only at Center For Sight.
Eyewire TV Alzheimer Study
Those with mild Alzheimer disease whose vision improved after cataract surgery also experienced improvements in cognitive behavior, mood, sleep patterns and other behaviors.
Creating a Center for Excellence
Center For Sight was founded
nearly 25 years ago by David W.
Shoemaker, MD, with a mission
to be the best in the world at
bringing clear vision to life through caring
and trusting relationships and the pursuit
of excellence in eye care.
Dr. Shoemaker & Tom Sullivan
Dr. Shoemaker gave his Center For Sight staff a special evening by inviting well-known motivational speaker, Tom Sullivan.
Center For Sight Recognizes 2007 Stars of the Year
The star award program recognizes excellence in customer service and team spirit. Katherine Watkins won the gold star, Catherine Fletcher won the silver star and the bronze star was awarded to Deborah O'Hara.
Dr. Soscia Joins Center for Sight
Center For Sight expands into Manatee County, opening an office on State Road 64. William L. Soscia, MD, is the Cataract and Lens REplacement Surgeon located in the Bradenton office.
What you should know before you buy your glasses at a chain store
A recent ABC News report showed a variety of defects in eyeglass prescriptions from national chair stores which showed poor training and lack of licensing requirements for opticians. At Center For Sight we have licensed opticians and optical technicians that work under the direction of board-certified optometrists.
Dr. Shoemaker listed for Second Consecutive Year as one of America's Top Doctors
For the second consecutive year, Dr. Shoemaker was voted one of America’s Top Doctors. Castle Connolly, which is an independent organization, compiles the list each year and features physicians who are at the forefront in their specialties. Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers follows a rigorous screening process to select top doctors.
Center For Sight Performs Free Surgery
Bradenton Herald features Center For Sight’s involvement in the national charity, Mission Cataract program where Center For Sight performs free cataract surgery to those that are uninsured and can’t afford the surgery. Center For Sight is the only eye care center on Florida’s west coast that participates in this annual charity, giving the gift of sight.
ReZoom Article in Bradenton Herald
Bradenton Herald interviews Dr. David Shoemaker about the benefits of the premium ReZoom multifocal lens implants that gives patients the vision of their youth and reduces the need for glasses.
The Crystalens® Featured in the Sarasota Herald Tribune
The Crystalens® was featured in a front-page article in the Sarasota Herald Tribune on Thursday, February 26, 2004.
UPDATE: As of March 2004, William J. Lahners, M.D. is fully certified by eyeonics, inc. to implant the Crystalens®.