Bret L. Fisher, M.D. graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 1982 and then Duke University School of Medicine with Honors in 1986. Dr. Fisher performed an internship in General Medicine at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California, following which he completed his Ophthalmology residency at the world renowned Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While at Wills, Dr. Fisher and his residency class authored the first edition of the Wills Eye Manual, the best selling book in ophthalmology. Dr. Fisher joined Newberry Eye Clinic in Panama City, Florida as Medical Director and Attending Surgeon in 1993. Following the merger of Newberry Eye Clinic with two other practices, Dr. Fisher became the Medical Director of the newly created Eye Center of North Florida in 2000 and has held that position, as well as the position of Medical Director of The Laser and Surgery Center, the free standing ambulatory surgery center of the Eye Center of North Florida, since their opening.
Dr. Fisher specializes in refractive cataract surgery, including femtosecond laser assisted surgery and multifocal, Toric, and accommodative intraocular lens implants. Dr. Fisher was the first surgeon in the state of Florida to perform femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery, and his practice had the first LenSx femtosecond laser in Florida. Dr. Fisher also performs advanced custom LASIK utilizing a femtosecond laser for flap creation, and was one of the first five physicians in the United States to perform these procedures using the Zeimer femtosecond laser.
At the Eye Center of North Florida, Dr. Fisher has also established an active clinical research department, and he and his staff have participated in many important studies, including the FDA trials for new multifocal and Toric multifocal intraocular lens implants, as well as pharmaceutical trials for post-cataract inflammation, dry eye, and diabetic eye disease. Dr. Fisher travels widely and frequently lectures on advances in cataract surgery and other topics.
Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and certified in Cataract and Implant Surgery and LASIK by the American College of Eye Surgeons, as well as an active member of ASCRS, Dr. Fisher is always up to date on the newest ideas, concepts, and technologies in ophthalmology. He serves as a consultant to industry and a teacher and mentor to his fellow surgeons. The Eye Center is nationally recognized as a cataract surgery center of excellence and frequently hosts visiting surgeons from across the US and the world.
When he is not working at the clinic or lecturing, Dr. Fisher enjoys spending time at home on his farm with his wife Katie and their three children.