David J. O'Brien, M.D., FACS joined New Vision Eye Center July 20, 2009. His practice includes the medical and surgical management of corneal disease and refractive surgery including Excimer laser vision correction. He also continues with general ophthalmology, glaucoma, and eyelid surgery. He earned his bachelor degree at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. While there, he was awarded the Cor Et Manus award for distinguished service to the college. Dr. O'Brien then completed his internship and residency in Ophthalmology at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center in New York, NY. He also has participated in missionary eye surgery at Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India.
Because of his interest in diseases of the cornea and refractive surgery, Dr. O'Brien pursued fellowship training in these areas at the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, OK. There, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons commended Dr. O'Brien for his care of patients during the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building.
Dr. O'Brien's area of expertise includes Laser Vision Correction (LASIK and Advanced Surface Treatment performed with the Excimer Laser), Custom Wavefront guided laser vision correction, Astigmatic Keratotomy, and CK (Conductive Keratoplasty). He practices general ophthalmology but specializes in treatment of corneal disorders and external diseases of the eye.
Clinical research has been a large part of Dr. O'Brien's training. He has written extensively about his research in the area of corneal disease and refractive surgery, much of which has been published in National and International ophthalmic literature. He is the Medical Director of the Laser Center at the New Vision Eye Center, one of forty sites in the country chosen as an FDA investigational center for advanced study of refractive surgical procedures. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, fellow of the American College of Surgeons, member of the International Society of Refractive Surgery, member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and member of the Castroviejo Cornea Society.
Dr. O'Brien has three children and is married to Dr. Julie Vargo. They enjoy sports, fishing, travel, and family.
"I am an eye surgeon who specializes in vision correction procedures. I had LASIK done on both of my eyes in 1999 with excellent results. I experienced total freedom from eyewear for many years. I was thrilled and found myself doing things I had never done previously. I became a certified diver, an avid triathlete, and a beginner surfer.
Then I had my fortieth birthday. I soon began experiencing the inevitable vision changes of middle age. I lost my near vision seemingly overnight. I was totally frustrated with having to put on reading glasses to see anything within my arm's length. It was the first time that I felt old.
I began doing CK (conductive keratoplasty) in 2003. I have enjoyed offering CK in my practice because of its safety, ease, and rapid results. My patients love the freedom of not having to reach for glasses for near tasks. I wanted that freedom back!
I had CK done myself on September 2, 2004 by Dan Durrie, MD. I have enjoyed turning the clock back and regaining my near vision. It has been a life changing event for me. I now see well at distance and near. I have sacrificed no vision for night driving or racing my bike. Mostly, I am more free to perform daily activities without the hassle of being so dependant on glasses.
I wouldn't hesitate to have CK again. I urge those of you who desire more visual freedom to visit us for further information. My personal experience with this procedure gives me a unique perspective and insight as to how to help you simplify your life."
While our facilities are located in Vero Beach, we proudly serve patients from the surrounding areas of Fort Pierce, Palm Bay, Barefoot Bay, Sebastian and Okeechobee.