Alfonso Ponce, MD

Alfonso Ponce, MD, specializes in medical and surgical treatment of diseases of the retina, including age related macular degeneration, retinal detachments, diabetic retinopathy, epi-retinal membranes, macular holes and other vitreo-retinal disorders from systemic conditions or trauma.

Dr. Ponce is a board-certified ophthalmologist who grew up in Guatemala and graduated from Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala where he obtained his Bachelor in Science and MD degree. His interest in retina started when he did his residency in ophthalmology at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary where he was involved in retinal imaging studies and lutein measurement. He then continued his training by completing a fellowship in medical and surgical treatment of Retinal diseases at the Infirmary.

Dr. Ponce has actively participated in national ophthalmic trials for diabetic eye disease, he has been part of the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCRnet), and has presented at several national meetings. He also trained future ophthalmologists and retinal specialists, for which he was recognized as the outstanding teacher for three consecutive years.

Dr. Ponce was featured in Tampa Bay Metro Magazine’s 2015-2016 list of Best Doctors in Tampa Bay. He speaks Spanish and English.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmic Laser Surgical Society
  • American Society of Retina Specialists
  • Club Vit: a group of roughly 200 surgeons dedicated to practicing the highest quality vitreoretinal surgery