Dr. J. David Stephens is a fellowship trained, board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cornea and glaucoma disorders. Dr. Stephens utilizes his extensive training and education to provide his patients with the best possible clinical and surgical care. His experience in cornea, glaucoma, and cataract surgeries has made him an expert in dealing with multiple aspects of the eye.

His experience with the light adjustable cataract lens began during FDA trials, making him one of the most experienced ophthalmologists in Southwest Florida using this technology. 

DR. Stephens


  • Vance Thompson Vision, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    Cornea and Glaucoma Fellowship, July 2018-July 2019
  • Wills Eye Hospital Residency at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Ophthalmology Residency Program, 2015-2018
  • John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas
    Transitional Year Residency Program, 2014-2015
  • University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    Doctor of Medicine with Special Distinction, May 2014
  • Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma
    Bachelors of Science in Biology, May 2010

Patient Testimonials


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • American Medical Association


  • SEE International Resident Education Program
    San Felipe National Residency Program, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 2019
  • Wills International Resident Experience
    Tenwek Eye Hospital, Bomet, Kenya, 2018
  • Christian Ophthalmology Society Annual conference
    Grand rounds presenter, conference attendee, 2017
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Advocacy Day
    Resident Advocacy Ambassador, 2016


  • Stephens JD, Ferguson T, Scott R, Greenwood M, Stunkel M, Berdahl JP.
    Evaluation of outcomes of combined DMEK with trabecular microbypass
    stent implantation and concomitant cataract surgery. Paper presentation, ASCRS-ASOA Annual Meeting, May 2019
  • Su D, Stephens JD, Obeid A, Borkar D, Storey P, Hsu J, Garg S, Gupta O.
    Refractive Outcomes After Pars Plana Vitrectomy and Scleral Fixated Intraocular
    Lens with Gore-Tex Suture. Paper presentation, 51st Annual Retina Society Meeting, September 2018; Poster presentation, American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting October 2018
  • Stephens JD, Adam MK, Todorich B, et al. Optical Coherence Tomography Findings
    in Endogenous Fungal Chorioretinitis, Retinitis, and Endophthalmitis. Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers and Imaging Retina. 2017;48(11):894-901.