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 speaks Spanish and English.
We proudly serve patients at our eye clinics in Tarpon Springs, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Spring Hill, and in The Villages at Lake Sumter Landing, Brownwood and coming to Wesley Chapel in Spring 2023. Our philosophy is to treat those we serve as though they are a member of our own families. From the first phone call or email to the follow-up visit and beyond, we’re here to serve you. Our goal is to help preserve and optimize your vision.