Meet Dr. Dee Stephenson

A Venice 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 Renaissance 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 microincisional cataract surgery and implantation of premium intraocular 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 the Premier 300 Surgeon Innovators 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 intraocular 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.

Dee Stephenson Award for Top Doctors   Dee Stephenson Award for Top Doctors

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 intraocular 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!

Personal

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

Education

Residency Ophthalmology
University of South Carolina
Richland Memorial Hospital
Dorn Veterans Administration Hospital
Columbia, South Carolina
July 1, 1985 – June 30, 1988

Internship Internal Medicine
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
University of Connecticut Affiliate
Hartford, Connecticut
July 1, 1984 – June 30, 1985

Graduate University of South Florida
College of Medicine
Tampa, Florida
Doctor of Medicine – 1984

Undergraduate University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Bachelor of Science – Microbiology
High Honors – 1980

Appointments
  • President-Elect American Board of Eye Surgeons
  • 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 2012-2016
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida
  • 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
  • Fellow of the American College of Eye Surgeons
  • Board of Directors American Board of Eye Surgeons
  • Editor of Cataract Section of AAO Focal Points
  • Key Opinion Leader for Baush & Lomb
Recent Awards
  • Focal Points Editor AAO 2018
  • Exceptional women in Medicine 2017
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award 2017
  • 2106 ASCRS scientific paper award
  • OSN Premium Surgeon 300- Top 300 Cataract Surgeons in the Nation 2016
  • Consultant to ATIA Vision, Inc
  • Medical Advisory Board to Guardion Health Sciences
  • President of the American College of Eye Surgeons (ACES) 2015-2017
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2015, 2016, 2017,2018
  • Editorial Board Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today
  • Co-Chairman The Caribbean Eye ACES/SEE Meeting 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Who’s Who in Ophthalmology 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Distinguished Service Award Venice Lions Club 25 years with Venice and Englewood Vision Clinic 2014
  • Founding Member ASPENS (American Society of Progressive Enterprising Surgeons) 2014
  • Founding Member AECOS (American European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgeons) 2011
  • Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow award in Lionism for humanitarian service
  • Melvin Jones Fellow for dedication in Lionism to humanitarian Service 2001-2002
  • Society of Excellence in Eyecare – Fellow 2002
  • Phi Theta Kappa – 1977
Publications

Fluctuating Vision
Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today
September 2018

Editorial Advisory Board
Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today
May 2018

The Expert View: Pointers on New Technology
Ophthalmology Management
July 2017

Advice for MDs Whose Goal is Their Own Clinic
Ophthalmology Management
May 2017

Becoming a SightLife Global Surgeon Champion
SightLife
March 2017

Best Practices for Corneal Inlay
Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today
February 2017

Elevating The Patient Experience
The Next-Level Practice
Nov/Dec 2016

Crème de la Crème, The Year’s Best Offerings in Ophthalmology
CRSToday
Nov/Dec 2016

Leading Ophthalmologist P. Dee Stephenson, MD, FACS, Recognized as a 2016 Top Doctor in Venice, Florida
PRBuzz – October 2016
Review of Ophthalmology – July 2016
Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today – July 2016

New Technology Allows Pursuit of Better Astigmatism Correction
Ocular Surgery News – June 25, 2016
Ocular Surgery News – April 25, 2016
Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today – Europe, April 2016

If You Could Do It All Again, Would You Choose Ophthalmology?
Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today
March 2016

My Algorithm for DED
Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today
January 2016

Presentations

Clinical Evaluation of a New Material For Hydrophobic Acrylic IOL
Toric IOL’S/ Power Calculation Session
ASCRS/ASOA 2018
Washington, DC
April 17, 2018

Preoperative Corneal Astigmatism before and After Optimization of Ocular Surface Versus Intraocular Aberrometry in Post Refractive Eyes
Toric IOL’s/power Calculation Session
ASCRS/ASOA 2018
Washington, DC
April17, 2018

Power Calculations/Astigmatism Measurements : Session Panel
ASCRS /ASOA 2018
Washington,DC
April 17, 2018

Macular Pigment and Lens Optical Density Measurements with a New Device
Devices and Techniques Session
ASCRS /ASOA 2018
Washington, DC
April 16,2018

Zeiss Biometry with the IOL Master 700 & SS OCT
Industry Spotlight-Presbyopia Correction 2018: Where Do We Currently Stand?
ASCRS /ASOA 2018
Washington, DC
April 16, 2018

Crystalens & Trulign AO-Actively Accomodating for Patients Presbyoptic Needs
Industry Spotlight-Presbyopia Correction 2018: Where Do We Currently Stand?
ASCRS/ASOA 2018
Washington, DC
April 16, 2018

Examining the Patient Journey: Optimization for Outcomes & Flow
Zeiss Booth Panel
ASCRS/ASOA 2018
April 15, 2018

New MX60E Outcomes
Transitioning to Premium Cataract and Refractive Surgery
EyeWorld Symposium Panel
EyeWorld Theater 2 Walter E Washington Convention Center
ASCRS/ASOA 2018
Washington, DC
April 15, 2018

The Accomodating Nightmare in Post LASIK Patient
i-Trace User Meeting / ASCRS/ASOA 2018
Embassey Suites Hotel
Washington, DC
April 13, 2018

Intelliaxis-L and Trulign
LENSAR User meeting/ ASCRS/ASOA 2018
W Hotel
Washington, DC
April 12, 2018

Building a Boutique Practice-My Story
LENSAR User Meeting/ASCRS/ASOA 2018
W Hotel
Washington, DC
April 12, 2018

The Future is now: A New Hydrophobic Acylic IOL
Caribbean Eye 2018
Cancun, Mexico
Feb 4, 2018

Neurogenic Dry Eye Syndrome : The Third Rail
Caribbean Eye Meeting 2018
Cancun, Mexico
Feb 5, 2018

Ladies Night Panel
CSTILII
Amelia Island, FL
Jan 17, 2018

Toric Alignment Showdown at CSTILII
ORA presentation
CSTILII
Amelia Island, Fl
Jan 18, 2018

Bausch & Lomb Lunch Symposia
Presenter and Faculty
“enVista® with StableFlex™ Technology
The Next Generation of Hydrophobic Acrylic IOL”
CSTILII
Amelia Island, Fl
Jan 20, 2018

Alcon Breakfast Symposia
Alcon Delivers Cataract Surgery Breakthroughs
Presenter and Faculty
ORA
CSTILII
Amelia Island, Fl
Jan 20, 2018

Shire Educational Series
Xiidra : The New Dry Eye Treatment
The Veranda
Ft Myers , FL
December 5, 2017

Bausch & Lomb Surgical Mentor Resident Program: “Intraocular Lens Selection, Bausch & Lomb Portfolio Overview, Where and When? And Why?”
Faculty and Speaker
The Sheraton Sand Key
Clearwater, Fl
Dec 1-2 2017

“enVista® with StableFlex™ Technology
The Next Generation of Hydrophobic Acrylic IOL
The Design is Distinctive, The Outcomes are Clear”
Bausch & Lomb Dinner Meeting Innovations to improve outcomes and efficiency at Tableau
AAO New Orleans, LA
November 10, 2017

AAO Meet the Expert’s
“The Next generation Biometry: Navigating Technologies, Techniques and Formulae”
Zeiss booth
November 12, 2017
AAO New Orleans, LA

Alcon Axis : “Take the next step with Bridging the Gap to Cataract Refractive Surgery”
Presenter and Faculty
Scottsdale, Arizona
October 27-28 201
OSN New York
“Are LRI’s relavent anymore?”
October 21, 2017

OSN New York
“Is there a place for accommodative IOL’s”
October 21, 2017

Bausch & Lomb Surgical Mentor Resident Program: “Intraocular Lens Selection, Bausch & Lomb Portfolio Overview, Where and When? And Why?”
Faculty and Speaker
The Westin Tampa Bay
Tampa, Fl
August 25-27 2017

Alcon Axis : “Take the next step with Bridging the Gap to Cataract Refractive Surgery”
Presenter and Faculty
Washington, DC
August 18 – 19, 2017

“Enhancing Recovery Following Cataract Surgery using Bromsite Sun Ophthalmics”
USC Resident’s Journal Club University of South Carolina Department of Ophthalmology
Saluda’s Restaurant
Columbia, SC
July 18, 2017

Innovation on the Horizon
“Macular Pigment and Lens Optical Density Measurements with a New Device “
AECOS Summer Symposia Deer Valley Utah
July 17, 2017

Complex Cataract Video presentation Cataract, ICL and COAG
AECOS Summer Symposia Deer Valley Utah
July 14, 2017

Cataract Case 3:
CASE Presentation :ICL Patient Now Has a Cataract
Discussants: Stephen Slade MD, P. Dee Stephenson MD, John Vukich MD
AECOS Summer Symposia Deer Valley Utah
July 14, 2017

Pharma Case 3:
Severe Dry Eye Syndrome Patient with History of Medicamentosa Needs
Better IOP Control on 2 Meds. Steven Vold, MD
Discussants: Alan Faulkner MD, Sheri Rowen MD, P. Dee Stephenson MD
AECOS Summer Symposia
July 14, 2017

Cataract Technology Summit Bausch & Lomb
A Scientific Showcase : Discussion on Advancements in Cataract Technology “Comparison of Glare and Halo Symptoms with 2 IOL Models”
J W Marriott Miami, FL
June 23-24, 2017

Alcon Axis meeting: “Take the Next step with Bridging the Gap to Cataract Refractive Surgery “
Presenter and faculty
Houston, Texas
May 19-20, 2017

NSAIDS, CME and Corticosteroids
Panelist
ASCRS Los Angeles, Ca
May 6th, 2017

“Comparison of Preop Equivalent K, Topography and Optical Biometry Measurements with Intraocular Biometry in Post refractive Eye
ASCRS Los Angeles, CA
May 6th 2017

“Toric IOL Axis Alignment by total corneal Astigmatism with Femtosecond Laser Marking and Intraoperative Aberrometry”
ASCRS
Los Angeles, CA
May 6th 2017

Alcon Axis Meeting ASCRS:
” Maximizing Utilization of The ORA System for the Performance Driven Surgeon”
Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles, CA
May 5th, 2017

iTrace User Meeting: ” Utilizing I trace in post refractive RK patient who underwent Femto Cataract Surgery and Toric IOL “
ASCRS Meeting
Los Angeles, CA
May 5th 2017

Zeiss Dinner Presentation at the ASCRS
“The New IOL Master 700: How I utilize it in My Practice”
Los Angeles, CA
May 5th, 2017

LENSAR User Meeting at ASCRS
“How Intelliaxis with LENSAR Changed my Practice”
Los Angeles, CA
May 4th 2017

Alcon AXIS Meeting: “Utilizing ORA with Verifeye”
Faculty
Miami, FL
Feb 25-26th 2017

“Topography: Your GPS for Refractive Cataract Surgery”
ACES/SEE Caribbean Eye Meeting
Ritz Carlton, Cancun Mexico
Feb 5th, 20-17

Course & Meetings

CEDARS/ASPENS
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
December 7-9, 2018

AAO
Chicago, IL
October 26-30,2018OSN – New York
New York, NY
September 26-30, 2018

Women in Opthalmology Summer Symposium
Ponte Vedra, FL
August 16-19, 2018

AECOS
Deer Valley, UT
July 12-15, 2018

Bausch & Lomb Cataract Technology Summit
Clearwater, FL
May 18, 2018

ASCRS
Washington, DC
April 13-17, 2018

LENSAR Users Meeting
W Hotel
Washington, DC
April 12, 2018

ACES/SEE Caribbean Eye Meeting
The Ritz Carlton
Cancun, Mexico
February 2-6, 2018

Cataract Surgery: Telling it Like it is
The Ritz Carlton
Amelia Island, Florida
January 17-21, 2018

LENSAR Users Meeting
Marriott Hotel
New Orleans, Louisiana
November 10, 2017

AAO
New Orleans, Louisiana
November 10-14 2017

AAO
Subspecialty Day Glaucoma
New Orleans, Louisiana
November 10, 2017

OSN New York
New York, New York
October 20-22 2017

AECOS Summer Symposium
St Regis Hotel Deer Valley, Utah
July 13-17, 2017

ASCRS/ASOA
Los Angeles, California
May 5-9, 2017

ACES/SEE Caribbean Eye Meeting
Ritz Carlton
Cancun, Mexico
February 2-7, 2017

Research

EYEKON Medical
Capsular Tension Ring Clinical Study CTR-01Protocol
March 2015- ongoing

Bausch & Lomb
Trulign Study 858 Study
A Prospective, Post Approval Study to Evaluate the Trulign Toric Posterior Chamber Intraocular Lens (IOL)
April 2016- ongoing

Locations

Stephenson Eye Associates

200 Palermo Pl.
Venice. FL 34285

Surgery Center at St. Andrews

1350 East Venice Ave.
Venice, FL 34285