John Gooch, MD

Dr. John Gooch is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in comprehensive ophthalmology including detection and treatment plans for cataracts, glaucoma, retinal conditions, and cornea diseases.

Dr. Gooch earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland and his Medical Degree, graduating with honors, from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky. He completed his Ophthalmology Residency at the Wilford Hall US Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio, TX and in 2001 he was Chief Resident.

Prior to joining St. Luke’s at The Villages in May 2016, Dr. Gooch was a Staff Ophthalmologist at St. Elizabeth’s Physicians in Florence, Kentucky.

Dr. Gooch served 28 years in the US Air Force and held several esteemed roles including Chief, Aerospace Ophthalmology at the US Air Force Aeromedical Consultation Service from October 2006 to February 2014. He was Chief Consultant to the US Air Force Surgeon General for Aerospace Ophthalmology, and a Chief Flight Surgeon with over 1,000 total military flying hours in both fighter and transport aircraft. He retired from active duty in February 2014 at the rank of Colonel.

With over 20 years in practice, Dr. Gooch brings a wealth of experience to St. Luke’s at The Villages. He was personally selected by Dr. Kimberly Ireland and Dr. Pit Gills to join the practice. Dr. Gooch sees patients seeking treatment of cataracts, glaucoma, retinal conditions, cornea diseases as well as other eye concerns, eye glasses prescriptions and wellness exams.

Dr. Gooch resides in Lady Lake with his wife Laura and son Wesley. In his spare time he enjoys golf, fishing and spending time on the water.

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