David W. Shoemaker, M.D.
Founder, CEO and Director of Cataract & Lens Replacement Surgery
Location: Venice and Sarasota
Dr. David Shoemaker is a nationally recognized expert in cataract and lens replacement surgery, and has dedicated his career to delivering unsurpassed surgical results. As a result of this commitment, more patients have chosen Dr. Shoemaker to restore their vision than any other surgeon his age in the United States.
Under his leadership, the Center For Sight cataract team has helped over 100,000 people enjoy the benefits of today’s advanced cataract 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. He has also been named by Bausch + Lomb® as an inaugural member of the Millennium Society. This Society is an elite group of twelve cataract surgeons from around the world who have implanted 1,000 or more Crystalens® lenses – the first and only FDA approved accommodating intraocular lens used to treat cataracts and presbyopia. 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 received his bachelor and medical degrees from the University of Florida, and completed a residency in ophthalmology at the Ochsner Clinic and Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans.
In 1983, Dr. Shoemaker established his practice in Venice, Florida. Today, Center For Sight is acclaimed as one of the world’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 College of Ophthalmic Surgery.
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.
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.
Landmark Article: Experience Matters
A study published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology confirms that busy surgeons like Dr. Shoemaker experience more successful patient outcomes with dramatically reduced complications.
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®.