Meet Dr. Stephenson

A Sarasota Cataract Surgeon with Extensive Expertise

Since 1989, Dr. Dee Stephenson has successfully treated today's common vision problems; she can help you maintain your vision and your independence. If you are seeking a Sarasota cataract surgery expert you have come to best place in Sarasota area. Dr. Stephenson and her staff make every effort to put you at ease—her boutique practice is located in a beautiful renovated 1926 Italian Renissance home which is accented by her expertise and her staffs friendly and courteous approach to caring for your vision needs. She is a Board Certified Ophthalmic Surgeon with extensive expertise in micro-incisional cataract surgery and implantation of premium intra-ocular lenses, as well as custom femto cataract techniques.

Dr. Stephenson of Stephenson Eye Associates has been recognized by numerous institutions for her expertise including being named one of 250 in Premier surgeons list of leading Innovators for her contributions to cataract surgery and premium IOL’s and also in Who’s Who in Ophthalmology . She is continuously engaged in clinical research and studies to evaluate new technology and is at the forefront of research and development in the creation of specialized surgical instrumentation and techniques, as well as the development of the next generation of intra-ocular lenses. She passes on her knowledge through lecturing and instruction to ophthalmologists worldwide, and to ophthalmology residents, as an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida.

Dr. Stephenson has been recognized by numerous institutions for her expertise. She is at the forefront of research and development in the creation of specialized surgical instrumentation and techniques, Dr. Stephenson is also involved in the development of the next generation of intra-ocular lenses.

Our web site was created as a patient education resource for any interested patient. Feel free to explore the entire website to get the answers to the questions that you have been seeking. If you are seeking cataract surgery in Florida or have questions regarding cataract surgery call us – we can help!

 

Doctor Stephenson

Dr. Stephenson is a native Floridian and resides in Venice, Florida with her daughter.
She enjoys traveling, art collecting and cooking.

 

 

 


Dr. Dee Stephenson Was Recently Elected as the President of ACES


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  • Undergraduate: BS with Honors University of Florida
  • Medical School: University of South Florida
  • Internship in Internal Medicine: St. Francis Medical Center, University of Connecticut Affiliate
  • Residency in Ophthalmology: University of South Carolina
  • President of the American College of Eye Surgeons (ACES) 2015-2017
  • Editorial Board Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today
  • Co-Chairman The Caribbean Eye ACES/SEE Meeting 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Secretary of American College Of Eye Surgeons 2013-2015
  • Surgical Advisory Board Wavetec Vision
  • Surgical Advisory Board Aaren Surgical
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida
  • Preceptor to new Reps from Bausch and Lomb
  • Fellow of the American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of the Society of Excellence in Eyecare
  • Fellow of the American Board of Eye Surgeons
  • Board of Directors American Board of Eye Surgeons
  • Editorial Board for CRST Today
  • Surgical Advisory Board for Wavetec Vision
  • Key Opinion Leader for Baush & Lomb
  • Surgical Advisory Board for Aaren Scientific
  • Co-Chairman Caribbean Eye meeting February 2014 Cancun, Mexico
  • Co-Chairman Caribbean Eye Meeting February 2013 San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Secretary American College Eye Surgeons 2013-2015

Castle Connolly - Top Doctors - 2015 - Dee StephensonSarasota Magazine Top Doctors 2016Sarasota Magazine Top Doctors 2016

Sarasota Magazine Top Doctors 2015

Castle Conolly Top Doctors 2015

Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2014

Best of Venice 2013 Winner

Best of Venice 2014 Winner

Venice Choice Awards Ophthalmology 2014

Patients Choice AwardsCastle Connolly Top Doctors 2015 - Dee StephensonCastle Connolly Top Doctors 2015 - Dee StephensonVenice Choice Awards Ophthalmology 2013

Patient Choice Award Winner for 2014

Patients' Choice Award Winner for 2013

Who’s Who in Ophthalmology 2014

Who’s Who in Ophthalmology 2013

Who’s Who in Ophthalmology 2012

Founding Member of AECOS

Premier Surgeon PS250: DeeStephenson, MD wasnamed among the top 250 leading Innovators in the Field of Premium IOL implant surgery. The PS250 are designated such by the publisher and editors of Premier Surgeon Magazine, published by Slack, a highly respected publisher of Ophthalmology Journals and Magazines.

2008-2009 Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow awarded by The Venice Lions Club and Lions Club International for continued service and dedication to humanitarian service www.venicelionsclub.com

2008 Center of Excellence award presented by Bausch & Lomb to Dr. Stephenson who is considered a national recognized leader in Crystalens implantation who has implanted at least 100 Crystalens.
2001-2002 Melvin Jones Fellow awarded by The Venice Lions Club and Lions Club International for dedication to humanitarian service.

Reducing IOL Prediction Error - May 05, 2015
Ophthalmology Times
Dee Stephenson MD 

Ophthalmology Times March 2015

“Cataract Surgical Problem: An inadvertent tear created in the anterior capsule during intravitreal injection for a choroidal neovascular membrane.”
Consultation Section
Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery February 2015 Vol .41 No.2 pg 471-475

“Complex case Management: Traumatic Leukocoria
Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today January 2015 Vol. 15 No.1 pg 43-45

"Raising the Bar in 2013 With Intraoperative Aberrometry"
Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today EUROPE
November/December 2013 Volume 8, No. 10

"The Best of 2013" Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today - December 2013
Members of Cataract & Refractive Surgery

"Tracking Outcomes with the enVista IOL"
Ophthalmology Management
November 2013

"Physician perspective: ORA and my results with a glistening-free IOL"
Special to Ophthalmology Times
October 2013

"Vaulted Accommodating IOL Cataract Complex Case Management"
Cataract& Refractive Surgery Today
Volume 13, No. 6 June 2013

"Early Users Share the enVista Experience"
Review of Ophthalmology
Vol.XX No. 1 January 2013

"How to do Biometry on the Table"
Review of Ophthalmology
Vol. XX no..2 February 2013

Maddux Tampa Bay News Wire - July 2012

Venice News on AmericanTowns.com - July 2012

"Raising the bar for Cataract Outcomes"
Advanced Ocular Care
Voulume 3, No. 3 May/June 2012

"Implementing Toric Lenses in the OR"
Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today
Volume 12, No. 4
April 2012
http://bmctoday.net/crstoday/2012/04/index.asp?news=1

"Bringing Monofocal IOL's into Focus"
Review of Ophthalmology
Volume XIX No. 1 January 2012

Premier Surgeon January-February 2011
Consultation Corner

Ocular Surgery News January 25, 2011
"Trusting new technology brings patients better results: An intraoperative wavefront aberrometer helps a cataract surgeon obtain better refractive outcomes by providing data unavailable in presurgical workup"

Ocular Surgery News Dec 25, 2010 Cover story " Intraoperative aberrometry changing standard of care for cataract surgery

Ocular Surgery News Dec 25, 2010 "Accomodating IOL combination my result in optimum visual results"

Review of Ophthalmology Oct 2010
" Clearer capsules, better vision with these Two New Instruments"
Volume XVII no.10 page 131

Review of Ophthalmology Sept 2010
"Seven Hints for Hooks"
Volume XVII no. 9 page 86

Review of Ophthalmology May 2010
"Seeing Orange: How one New Technology is Benefiting My Patients"

Ladies Home Journal March 2010
Leading Healthcare Providers in Western Florida

Review of Ophthalmology January 2010
"Pearls for better Micro-Incison Cataract Surgery"

Ophthalmology
Sept 2009 116:1615-1623 and Appendix
"Efficacy and Safety of Besifloxacin Ophthalmic Suspension 0.6% Compared with Moxifloxacin Ophthalmic Solution 0.5% for Treating Bacterial Conjunctivitis"

Ophthalmology Times April 2008
" AsphericOptic Lens Performs at a clinical acceptable level way beyond a year."

University of Tennessee Hamilton Eye Institute
Clinical Update Meeting & Annual Convention of the Memphis Eye Society
Memphis, Tennessee
May 2, 2015
“Identifying Appropriate Surgical Candidates and Maximizing Outcomes for Premium IOL’S: The Nuts and Bolts of Pre op Assessment and Surgical Planning for Success”

University of Tennessee Hamilton Eye Institute
Clinical Update Meeting & Annual Convention of the Memphis Eye Society
Memphis, Tennessee
May 2, 2015
“Maximizing Efficiencies, Minimizing Adverse Outcomes”

University of Tennessee Hamilton Eye Institute
Clinical Update Meeting & Annual Convention of the Memphis Eye Society
Memphis, Tennessee
May 2, 2015
“Cataract and Implant Surgery”

ASCRS American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
San Diego, CA
April 20,2015
“ Initial Clinical Experience With a New Phaco Handpiece for Lens Fragment Removal in Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery without Ultrasound “

ASCRS American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
San Diego, CA
April 20, 2015
“Accuracy and Stability of Refractive Astigmatism Correction at Time of Cataract Surgery”

ASCRS American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
San Diego, CA
April 20, 2015
Panelist for IOL Calculations

LENSAR User Meeting
San Diego, CA
April 16, 2015
“Custom Fragmentation: Best Pattern to Utilize Zero Phaco Power “

LENSAR Booth Talk
San Diego, CA
April 19, 2015
“Harness the Power: How Augmented Reality™ Drives Laser Cataract Surgery”

Bausch & Lomb
ASCRS Booth Presentation
Panel: ” The Aspheric Optics” of the enVista and Trulign”

Cassini Users Meeting
ASCRS
April 19, 2015
“My Diagnostic Package: Cassini and Intraoperative Aberrometry”

WHO/ASPENS Meeting
ASCRS
April 18, 2015
Key Note Speaker
“My Story”

AECOS Winter Symposium
Aspen, Colorado
March 3, 2015
Women in Ophthalmology: The ASPENS Panel:
An Update American Society of Progressive Enterprising Surgeons

AECOS Winter Symposium 2015
Aspen, Colorado
March 3, 2015
“What about my Astigmatism , Doc?”
Panel Discussion

AECOS Winter Symposium 2015
Aspen, Colorado
March 4, 2015
“Clinical Importance of Intraoperative Alignment- The Dynamic Reticule”

ACES/SEE Caribbean Eye Meeting
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Feb 9, 2015
“Power up or Not”

ACES/SEE Caribbean Eye Meeting
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Feb 9, 2015
“Zero Phaco Handpiece”

Cataract Surgery: Telling it like it is
Sarasota , FL
Jan 15, 2015
“Phaco Machine Countdown”

Cataract Surgery: Telling it like it is
Sarasota , FL
Jan 15, 2015
“Presbyopia show down on Trulign and Crystalens”

Milliennial Eye LIVE Meeting
Austin, Texas
November 22, 2014
“ My experience”

Ocular Surgery News (OSN) New York 2014
New York, New York
November 14, 2014
“IFIS Strategies”

AAO American Academy of Ophthalmology
Chicago, Illinois
Oct 19, 2014
“Refractive Outcomes in Post-Refractive Eyes Undergoing Cataract Surgery with Toric IOL Implantation Guided by Intraoperative “

AAO American Academy of Ophthalmology
Chicago, Illinois
Oct 19, 2014
Bausch & Lomb Booth Talk
“Trulign the New Toric”

AAO American Academy of Ophthalmology
Chicago, Illinois
Oct 20, 2014
Bausch & Lomb Booth Talk
“Implementing Zero Phaco Handpiece”

AAO American Academy of Ophthalmology
Chicago, Illinois
Oct 21, 2014
“ Understanding Intraoperative Aberrometry Course”

ESCRS European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
XXXII Congress of the ESCRS
London, England
Sept 14, 2014
“Refractive Outcomes in Post-Refractive Eyes Undergoing Cataract Surgery with Toric IOL Implantation Guided by Intraoperative “

ESCRS European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
XXII Congress of the ESCRS
London, England
Sept 16, 2014
“Retrospective Comparison of Trulign Toric IOL Outcomes with Intraoperative Aberrometry vs. Standard Toric IOL Calculator “

AECOS Summer Symposium 2014
Deer Valley, Utah
July 26, 2014
“Dynamics of the Dynamic Reticle”

"enVista IOL: Clinical experience in 125 eyes"
AAO 2013 New Orleans

"Trulign: The Only IOL that delivers MORE"
AAO 2014 New Orleans

ESCRS
European Society Of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons
Amsterdam, Netherlands October 9th, 2013
“ Intraoperative Aberrometry for Rapid Optimization of Power Calculations to Improve Refractive Outcomes

ACOS American-European Congress Opthalmic Surgery Symposium
Deer Valley, Utah August 1-4, 2013
“When you think ORA is giving You a Lemon, It might be giving you Lemon-AID”

Breakfast with the Experts
Beaumont Eye Institute
Spring Cataract & Refractive Surgical Symposium May 18th, 2013
“ How to improve Your Post Refractive Surgery IOL Calculations”

Breakfast with the Experts
Beaumont Eye Institute
Spring Cataract & Refractive Surgical Symposium May 18th, 2013
“Initial Results with a New Aspheric Aberration-Free Hydrophobic Acrylic IOL”

American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
San Francisco, CA April 20-23, 2013
“Clarity of Vision With New Hydrophobic Acrylic IOL” E- Poster

American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
San Francisco, CA April 20-23, 2013
“Use of Intraoperative Wavefront Aberrometer With New Aspheric Hydrophobic Acrylic IOL”

American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
San Francisco, CA April 20, 2013
Bausch & Lomb Booth Presentation
“enVista IOL-The Choice is Clear”

American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
San Francisco, CA April 20, 2013
“WaveTec Vision Straight Talk”

American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
San Francisco, CA April 23, 2013
Panelist for Intraocular Surgery Power Calculations

“L’ Excellence dans les soins oculaires”
Bausch & Lomb
Quebec City, Quebec
February 22-23, 2013
“New enVista IOL: End of Glistening”

“L’ Excellence dans les soins oculaires”
Bausch & Lomb
Quebec City, Quebec
February 22-23, 2013
“Experience avec Crystalens AO”

The Caribbean Eye ACES/SEE Meeting
San Juan, Puerto Rico
February 9-13, 2013
Co-Chairman for the Meeting

The Caribbean Eye ACES/SEE Meeting
San Juan, Puerto Rico
February 9, 2013
Breakfast Symposium
“Initial Clinical experience with New Hydrophopic Acrylic IOL”

The Caribbean Eye ACES/SEE Meeting
San Juan, Puerto Rico
February 9, 2013 “Results with New Aspheric Aberration Free Hydrophobic Acrylic IOL”

American Academy of Ophthalmology
Nov 10-13, 2012 Chicago, IL
Instructor Phacoemulsification and Advanced Techniques Lab

Charleston Ophthalmologic Society Sept 27, 2012
Charleston Aquarium
“enVista a New Hydrophobic Acyrlic IOL”
Bausch& Lomb

XXX Congress of the ESCRS European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons
Sept 8, 2012 Milan, Italy
“The Incorporation of an Intraocular Aberrometer into Cataract Surgery”

XXX Congress of the ESCRS European Society of Cataract &Refractive Surgeons
Sept 8, 2012 Milan, Italy
Video Symposium on Challenging cases
“Case Study: Use of an intraocular wavefront aberrometer in a complicated cataract removal following penetrating keratoplasty”

XXX Congress of the ESCRS European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons
Sept 9, 2012 Milan, Italy
E-Poster: “The use of an intraoperative wavefront aberrometer in eyes in order to improve outcomes Sith presbyopia-correcting IOL’s”

XXX Congress of the ESCRS European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons
Sept 9, 2012 Milan, Italy
E-Poster: How to Improve Post-Refractive IOL power calculations”

ACOS American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery Symposium
Deer Valley, Utah July 26-29, 2012
Advanced Cataract Surgery Video Session: “My Best Technique or Surgical Pearl”

ASCRS American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons
Chicago, Illinois April 23, 2012
“Evaluation of Use of Intraoperative Wavefront Aberrometer in Complicated Cataract Removal Following Penetrating Keratoplasty for Keratoconus"

ASCRS American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons
Chicago, Illinois April 23, 2012
“Consecutive case series of patients Implanted with Single-Piece Accommodating IOL using IntraOperative Wavefront Aberrometry”

ASCRS American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons
Chicago, Illinois April 22, 2012
Vitrectomy for the Anterior Segment Surgeon Wet Lab
Faculty and Co Instructor

ASCRS Panelist for Section Intraocular Implants and Bioptics
Chicago, Illinois April 22, 2012

Caribbean Eye ACES/SEE Island Meeting
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Feb 3-7 2012
“Intraoperative Aberrometry in Cataract Surgery: The What and the Why”

Caribbean Eye ACES/SEE Island Meeting
Grand Cayman,Cayman Islands
Feb 3-7 2012
Co-Chair For The Meeting

ASCRS San Deigo, CA March 29, 2011
Wavetec Vision Booth Talk
" Combining the Crystalens HD & AO with the ORange Technology for the Best of Both Worlds"

ASCRS San Diego, CA March 28, 2011
"Combining 2 Single-Optic Accommodating IOLs for Optimum Visual Results"

ASCRS San Diego, CA March 28, 2011
"Use of Intraoperative Wavefront Aberrometer to Improve Outcomes in Accommodating IOL Patients"

ASCRS San Diego, CA March 27, 2011
Paper Session Panelist for" Intraocular Surgery Challenging Cases, Bioptics, PCO"

ASCRS San Diego, CA March 27, 2011
Faculty Instructor for Skills Transfer Session on Anterior Vitrectomy

ASCRS San Deigo, CA March 27, 2011
Bausch & Lomb Speaker Forum
"Microincision Cataract Surgery (MICS) Tips and Pearls in 3D"

Caribbean Eye ACES/SEE Review St. Thomas, AVI Feb 12, 2011
" A New Preimum Package"

Caribbean Eye ACES/SEE Review St. Thomas, AVI Feb 14, 2011
"The Best of Both Worlds: Combining Crystalens AO and HD for Optimum Visual Results"

AAO Chicago Oct 18, 2010
Bausch & Lomb speakers Forum
" Akreos MiCS IOL Outcomes, Tips & Pearls"

AAO Chicago Oct 18, 2010
Bausch & Lomb Speakers Forum
" Succcessful Management of Complicated Phaco cases:
Silicone Oil and the Stellaris"

AAO Chicago 17 2010
Wavetec Vision Speakers Forum
" Combining Crystalens with ORange for Optimal Visual Outcomes"

Bausch & Lomb Speakers Forum
AAO San Francisco Oct 26, 2009
"the NEW AKREOS MICS IOL Outcomes, Wavefront Aberrations and Surgically Induced Astigmatism"

AAO San Francisco Oct 26, 2009
Wavetec Vision Forum
" A new Users Perspective on the Orange Surgical Wavefront Aberrometer"

ACES/SEE Island Meeting Puerto Rico Feb 13, 2010
"My First Hundred Crystalens...The Good and the Bad"

ACES/SEE Island Meeting Puerto Rico Feb 14, 2010
" MICS Surgery-The Next Frontier of Cataract Surgery"

ASCRS Boston, MA April 11, 2010
" Patient Outcomes and Surgically Induced Astigmatism After Implantation of Acrylic Micro-Incision IOL as part of 1.8mm MICS Procedure"

ASCRS Boston, MA April 11 2010
Instructor for Anterior Vitrectomy Skill Lab

VIEW Visionary Insights for Eye Care Women
Advisory Board Allergan
April 30-May 1, 2015

ASCRS American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery
San Diego, CA
April17-21,2015

AECOS Winter Symposium 2015
St. Regis Aspen
Aspen, Colorado
March 1-4, 2015

ACES/SEE Caribbean Eye Meeting
The Ritz Carlton
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Feb 6-10, 2015

Cataract Surgery :Telling it Like it Is
The Ritz- Carlton Sarasota
Sarasota, Fl
January 15-18, 2015

Milliennial Eye LIVE Meeting
The W Hotel- Austin
Austin, Texas
November 21-23, 2014

Ocular Surgery News (OSN) New York 2014
The Seraton, New York
New York, NY
November 14-16, 2014

AAO American Academy of Ophthalmology
Chicago, Illinois
Oct 17-21, 2014

ESCRS European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
XXXII Congress of the ESCRS
London, England
Sept 12-17, 2014

AECOS Summer Symposium 2014
St Regis, Deer Valley
Dear Valley, Utah
July 24-27 2014

Cataract Surgery: Telling It Like It Is
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, FL
January 16-19, 2014

A multi-Center, Prospective, Randomized Evaluation of the IOL Power Calculation Application in the ORange Intraoperative Aberrometer Utilized During Cataract Surgery or Refractive Lens Exchange

Protocol WA-10-007 Current Study withWavetec Vision systems, Inc.

A Retrospective Scientific Study for Posterior Capsular Fibrosis of the EC-3 IOL Implant Subjects with AArenCurrent Study

A Study To Evaluate the Clinical and Microbial Efficacy of 0.6% ISV-403 Compared to Vigamox in the Treatment of Bacterial Conjunctivitis Study 434 2007 Bausch & Lomb

Clinical Evaluation of the EC-3 Hydrophobic Acrylic Posterior Chamber Aphakic Intraocular lens 2007-2008 for Oii

USPS-AOV-001"Monocular Paired-Eye Testing of the Mesopic Contrast Sensitivity and Color Discrimination with the Sofport Advanced Optics (AO) and Sofport Advanced Optics with Violet Shield Technology (AOV) IOL's Bausch & Lomb Aug 2007