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Special Recognitions

  • Mid Florida Eye Center was named "Best Ophthalmology Group Practice in Central Florida" in the 14th Annual Florida Medical Business Awards presented by Florida Medical Business.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Baumann is currently a Principal Investigator for a new astigmatism correcting intraocular lens implant (IOL), used in cataract surgery. Mid Florida Eye Center is just one of four Ophthalmology practices nationwide to participate in this eye care device study.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Baumann, who is one of the most experienced cataract surgeons in the nation, was selected to be a  guest lecturer at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami School of Medicine. He discussed cataract and implant surgery with residents and fellows.
  • Mid Florida Eye Center has been named an advanced care teaching clinic, offering community based education and training for 4th year optometry students from around the world.
  • Our ophthalmologists have participated in The National Eye Care Project, a public-service program sponsored by the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc.
  • Dr. Gregory Panzo was selected to introduce to the region several of the most sensitive methods of glaucoma detection available, including: HVF and HRT.
  • Dr. Gregory Panzo also was selected to introduce advanced treatment options for glaucoma, including the Aquaflow and Optanol shunts to our community.
  • Dr. Ray Maizel’s participation in the Phase III Trial of Lucentis®, the FDA-approved medication for stabilizing vision in those with the wet form of macular degeneration, and Visudyne® photodynamic therapy, have given him additional measures of  knowledge and expertise in the treatment of this sight stealing condition. This translates to better patient care.
  • Dr. Stacia Goldey was the featured speaker at the 40th anniversary celebration of the University of Florida's College of Medical Ophthalmology.
  • Dr. Stacia Goldey is one of an elite group of physicians nationwide who has passed the stringent requirements to become a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
  • She was also named the only doctor in Lake, Sumter and Marion Counties whose practice has been designated a National Training Center by BOTOX manufacturer Allergan. She has been selected to teach Botox techniques to other physicians.
  • Dr. Keith Charles has been named a certified international LASIK instructor, and he has been the guest lecturer on LASIK at international symposiums of physicians.
  • Dr. Keith Charles was also selected to participate in an investigative LASIK study for nearsighted patients with or without astigmatism.

A History of Firsts

  • Mid Florida Eye Center helped pioneer innovations in small-incision/no-stitch cataract surgery and implant technology, which are the gold standard of eye surgeons around the world.
  • Mid Florida Eye Center helped develop foldable lens implants, and become the first in Central Florida to introduce multi-focal implants that correct for distance and near vision.
  • Mid Florida Eye Center is among the first ophthalmology practices in Central Florida to introduce premium intraocular lenses for cataract patients.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Baumann and Dr. Gregory Panzo opened the area's first accredited outpatient surgery center specifically for eyes, (spotlighted among the best in the nation by Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today), and in 2008 opened the first eye surgery facility in The Villages.
  • Mid Florida Eye Center participated in clinical trials of treatments for glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other vision threatening conditions.
  • Mid Florida Eye Center physicians taught other physicians nationally and internationally in techniques, including: cataract surgery, LASIK, and Botox.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Baumann was the first ophthalmologist in Central Florida to introduce accommodating and multi-focal implants that correct for distance and near vision.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Baumann, one of the most experienced cataract surgeons in the nation, has taught cataract surgery with implants to ophthalmology residents.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Baumann was named principal investigator and was one of only four physicians in the United States selected to participate in a clinical trail of a new astigmatism-correcting intraocular lens implant.
  • Dr. Gregory Panzo was the first physician in Central Florida to safely reduce inner eye pressure in patients with certain types of glaucoma by using selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT).
  • Dr. Ray Maizel introduced new diagnostic ICG therapy to detect abnormalities of the arteries and veins of the retina.
  • Dr. Ray Maizel also was one of the first to introduce Macugen, shown to slow or even halt some types of progressive vision loss associated with macular degeneration
  • Dr. Stacia Goldey was the first oculoplastic surgeon in Lake County and has more than 15 years of experience performing injections the FDA-approved drug, Botox, to reduce facial wrinkles.
  • Dr. Stacia Goldey was one of the first surgeons in the region to use Restylane, Juvederm, and CO2 and fractional lasers for the treatment of wrinkles and skin lesions.