Center For Sight

David W. Shoemaker
Cataract and Lens Replacement Surgeon

Doctors & Staff

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

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.


In The News

Greater Good Awards Winner in Health Care Division
Dr. David Shoemaker wins the Health Care Division Greater Good Awards from Biz941 for his selfless participation in Mission Cataract, giving back to the community for the past 20 years!
Mission Cataract - The Gift of Clarity
Sarasota Herald-Tribune continues its coverage of the successful completion of the 2015 Mission Cataract program at Center For Sight.
Center For Sight to Complete Over 100 Donated Cataract Surgeries for Uninsured Patients on July 15, 2015
Houston Style Magazine reports on Center For Sight's participation in Mission Cataract 2015. Read more ...
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.
Life-Changing Eye Surgery Gives 20/20 Vision to Leading Golf Pro
Dr. Shoemaker was recently featured in Forbes Magazine. Read the entire article here.
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.
Famed golf coach has eye surgery at Center For Sight
Sarasota-based Center For Sight performed laser cataract surgery on well known golf instructor David Leadbetter.
Five Center For Sight Physicians Named Among America’s Top Doctors
Included on Prestigious Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. List for the Best in Healthcare
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.
Center For Sight Achieves Fourth Consecutive, Three-Year Term National "Best Practices" AAAHC Accreditation
Center For Sight, the premier vision, cosmetic and skin care practice in Southwest Florida, has achieved its fourth consecutive endorsement of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Each endorsement serves as a three-year term of certification that distinguishes Center For Sight as an outpatient facility providing the utmost in quality care to its patients.
Mission Cataract Helps Sight-Impaired People in Sarasota
ABC7 is live at the Center For Sight during Mission Cataract 2013.
Center For Sight Foundation Helps Gulf Coast Community Foundation Hit $150 Million Milestone
Center For Sight Foundation is a donor-advised fund with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to help purchase preoperative, surgical and post-operative medications and supplies. Through the generosity of the Foundation, it’s donors, and the Center For Sight doctors and staff, over 100 sight-saving surgeries were performed during Mission Cataract 2013.
Sarasota Doctors Restore Sight for 100
Sarasota Herald-Tribune's Health Report about Center For Sight's Contribution of Free Surgeries as part of Mission Cataract 2013
The Gift of Giving - Center For Sight, Sarasota, Florida
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association reports on the charitable contribution of free sight-saving surgeries from the Center For Sight during Mission Cataract 2013.
Eye Surgeons Perform Cataract Surgery For Free
Bay News 9 Witnesses Dozens Getting Free Cataract Surgery at Center For Sight in Sarasota as part of Mission Cataract 2013.
Community Spotlight: Center For Sight to Donate Over 100 Vision-Saving Surgeries
The Bradenton Times reports on how Center For Sight is giving back to its community via Mission Cataract 2013.
Center For Sight to Donate Over 100 Vision-Saving Surgeries
Tampa Bay Newswire reports on Center For Sight's donation of sight-saving surgeries for patients unable to afford their surgeries.
5 Questions With David W. Shoemaker, M.D.
Dr. Shoemaker discusses his passion for practicing ophthalmology and his commitment to providing sight-saving surgery and financial support to patients in need.
Mission Cataract 2013: Applications Being Accepted for Free Eye Surgery
For the 18th consecutive year, Center For Sight is offering free cataract and other vision-saving surgeries to those in need. The application window is now open and will close at end of business on Friday March, 29.
FDA Clears Laser for all Critical Steps in Cataract Surgery
Center For Sight performs the most LENSAR Laser procedures in U.S.
Center For Sight Expands Services in University Park
David Hunt, O.D., becomes part of Center For Sight’s comprehensive eye care team; New location opens on University Parkway
Center For Sight Launches LensAR Laser for Cataract Surgery
Not since the “no-stitch” cataract procedure has the ophthalmology profession experienced such a seismic shift in eye surgery; and it’s now in Sarasota.
Englewood Woman Makes Medical History with Center For Sight
Laser technology heightens precision and accuracy of cataract surgery.
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.
Center For Sight Among First in Nation to Perform Laser Cataract Surgery with LensAR Laser
Watch ABC-7 News Coverage of the one of the nation's first LensAR Laser Cataract Surgery procedures performed at Center For Sight.
The Power of Love Gives the Gift of Sight
Guests celebrate the Shoemaker nuptials by giving to those in need.
Center For Sight Surgeon Helps Deploy New Laser Cataract Technology in Peru
Dr. David Shoemaker, was among a select group of 18 ophthalmologists from the U.S. and abroad, who traveled to Lima, Peru to launch a laser cataract surgery program.
SNN Local News 6 Covers Mission Cataract
Coverage continues of extraordinary commitment by Center For Sight to offer free cataract surgeries to those in need.
Center For Sight Participates in Mission Cataract for 17th Consecutive Year
Foundation formed to help restore vision and transform lives.
41 People Have Vision Restored Thanks to Mission Cataract
Center For Sight helps transform lives through donated cataract surgeries. Dozens more surgeries will take place March 30.
ABC-7 Covers How Center For Sight Restores Vision to People in Need
Center For Sight more than doubled the number of free cataract surgeries during Mission Cataract 2012. Lauren Dorsett covers the event.
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.
New Cataract Study
Vegetarians have a Lower Incidence of Cataracts.
New Cataract Study
Vegetarians Have a Lower Incidence of Cataracts
Center For Sight Conducts FDA Trials for LensAR femtosecond Laser Cataract System
In September 2011, the cataract surgeons at Center For Sight completed a portion of the FDA clinical trials for the LensAR femtosecond Laser Cataract System.
Medical Tourism in Sarasota
Center For Sight and Dr. Shoemaker on the front page of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Laser Cataract Surgery: Center For Sight leads the industry.
Founder and director of cataract and lens replacement surgery at Center For Sight, David W. Shoemaker, MD, announces the future of cataract surgery.
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.
Center For Sight Brings Clear Vision to Life to those who cannot afford it
“You know, it’s hard enough to be homeless, but when you are legally blind in both eyes the difficulty in just surviving is multiplied by a number I can’t even fathom.”
Eye surgeries restore mobility
After a surgery that took less than 10 minutes, Glenda Whittle's life became hers again.
Center For Sight Participates in Mission Cataract
Drs. Lahners, Kim and Soscia as well as Center For Sight staff members gave back to our community, providing 26 Free cataract surgeries to those in need.
Dr. Shoemaker's Son Nominated as Best Young Tech Entrepreneur
Austin Shoemaker a Pine View grad is Chief Technology Officer of Cooliris and one of three finalist for’s annual Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs.
Center For Sight Sponsors an Evening with Entertainer and Actor, Tom Sullivan
Blind from birth, Tom Sullivan gives an inspiring performance on living life to your fullest.
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 Nominated for Top Workplaces
The Wall Street Journal will soon announce the winners of their “Top Small Workplaces” list.
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.
Center For Sight's Director of Patient Relations Explains IOL Counselor
Ms. Kelly utilizes the IOL Counselor to help educate patients about lens options before cataract surgery.
Center For Sight Launches Re-Designed Website
The new website is organized and easy for patients to navigate. The redesign was intended to enhance the look while giving more detailed information as a resource for patients.
Center For Sight Major Sponsor for Visionary Walk
Center For Sight physicians and staff participate in the Lighthouse of Manasota's 5th annual Be A Visionary Walk.
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.
Center For Sight Earns Accreditation
Center For Sight Surgery Center receives accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health.
Center For Sight Softball Team Wins National Championship
Center For Sight Softball Team Wins National Championship
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 Gives Back to the Community with Free Cataract Surgery
Dr. Jo from Fox 13 News featured Center For Sight’s participation in National Mission Cataract, providing free cataract surgery to those that can’t afford surgery.
Center For Sight Sponsors the Be A Visionary Walk and Helps Raise $40,000
The Venice Gondolier highlights the participation by Center For Sight employees in the “Be a Visionary Walk,” which raised $40,000 for Lighthouse of Manasota.
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.
Top 3 Staff Members Recognized
Center For Sight recognizes three of its top staff members for 2006, through its Star Awards Program.
Irene Maher Interviews Dr. Shoemaker About Premium Lenses
Irene Maher from NBC 8 interviews Dr. David Shoemaker about the breakthrough technology in cataract surgery, using premium lens implants, which provide near, intermediate and distance vision after surgery.
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.
Accessibility Advisory Commitee Celebrates Center For Sight Improvements
Venice City Newsletter highlights the award presented to Dr. Shoemaker by the Accessibility Advisory Committee, celebrating community improvements, noting that Center For Sight made improvements by adding the automatic electronic door to aid people with disabilities.
Center For Sight Celebrates 20 Years with Family Day for Employees
Center For Sight celebrates the 20th anniversary with a family day, children of the employees spent the entire day learning about vision, playing games and visiting with their parents.
Business Buzz Section of the Sarasota Herald Tribune Highlight's 2006 Mission Cataract
Center For Sight provides free cataract surgery through Mission Cataract USA.
Sarasota Magazine's June Issue Lists Dr. Shoemaker as one of the Area's Top Docs, Based on Castle Connolly Listing of America's Top Doctors
Castle Connolly lists Dr. Shoemaker’s nomination as one of America’s Top Doctors. Castle Connolly is an independent organization that features physicians who are at the forefront of their specialties.
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®.
Center For Sight Implants the Crystalens® Promising a Full Range of Vision Without Glasses
On Monday, November 24, history was made in Sarasota, Florida.
MISSION CATARACT USA and CENTER FOR SIGHT Provide Free Cataract Surgery to Those In Need
Free cataract surgery for those who can't afford it will be available on May 15, 2003 as David W. Shoemaker, MD & William J. Lahners, MD, along with hundreds of eye surgeons throughout the United States, offer free cataract surgery as part of Mission Cataract USA.