We proudly welcome Ron Norman, O.D., to the Florida Eye Specialists team. As an optometrist, he specializes in primary patient eye care. Dr. Norman is known for his deep passion for treating ocular diseases and commitment to providing exceptional patient care. Keep reading to learn more about his background, and the experience he brings to our team.
Tell us a little about yourself and your experience as an optometrist.
I graduated from the University of Florida in 2009 and spent a few years exploring different aspects of optometry to determine my specialty. I was drawn to optometry because I believe vision is one of our most important senses, and I wanted to play a role in restoring and replenishing it.
Before joining Florida Eye Specialists, I worked at an eye care practice in Ormond Beach, focusing on cataract treatment and care. Transitioning to the team at Florida Eye Specialists opened up a whole new world for me, with more challenging and rewarding cases.
What made you want to join the Florida Eye Specialists team?
Here I get to work alongside highly trained eye surgeons and eye care professionals, and I’m part of a practice focused on the latest research in eye health. We’re at the forefront of cataract treatment, glaucoma treatment, and leading cutting-edge technology, and I am passionate about continuous learning. When patients come to us, they know they’re getting the absolute best care.
What motivated you to pursue a career in optometry?
During my undergraduate studies in biology, I realized that choosing optometry would allow me to connect with people in a unique way and build relationships with patients. The challenge of this profession is what attracted me, and I thoroughly enjoy it. Not only can I help patients with glasses and contacts, but I also collaborate closely with surgeons to tackle specialty cases.
What are your areas of eye care specialty?
I currently specialize in primary eye care. I’m passionate about providing preventative care for patients with ocular diseases, including glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, hypertension, and other acute issues.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Working alongside remarkable surgeons who handle complex cases and witnessing patients emerge from cataract surgery with 20/20 vision is truly rewarding. Things like lowering severe eye pressure in glaucoma patients or detecting early symptoms of wet macular degeneration can make all the difference between blindness and preserving their sight.
Each day presents new challenges and rewards, but the ability to be a catalyst for improved vision is incredibly fulfilling and gives me a great sense of accomplishment.
What is your approach to patient care?
The most important aspect of patient care is transparency. I speak to patients like they’re my close family members, taking the time to explain complex conditions and all their treatment options. This approach helps motivate patients to keep up with their treatments, to schedule an appointment when they see issues, and ultimately leads to better outcomes for their vision. I always make myself available for questions, add-on appointments, or whatever my patients need.
Looking ahead, what technological advancements or new treatments are you most excited about?
I’m excited about advancements in treating severe dry macular degeneration. There’s a new eye injection treatment that’s in testing to help reduce the progression of this condition. It’s a pretty amazing breakthrough and has a huge potential to help our patients.
When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time?
I enjoy spending time with my wife, our two cats and pet chameleon. We enjoy walking outdoors and exploring nature. I also love to read in my free time.