Main Office: 1330 Budinger Ave., Suite 200, St. Cloud, FL 34769
Eye Florida, A Comprehensive Ophthalmology Practice
Patients who visit Dr. Ly Nguyen’s office say she is a wonderful doctor; some say she is one of the most skilled ophthalmologist serving the Kissimmee and Saint Cloud communities. She smiles warmly when her patients tell her that she is a caring person who takes the time to listen and get to know them personally. Dr Nguyen says, “I have seen tens of thousands of cases but each patient’s life story is unique, and I can still remember the details of most of my patients.”
Reflecting on her life, many signs point to her path in the field of ophthalmology. Growing up in the countryside in Vietnam, she developed night blindness due to malnutrition. While she was still in college at Brown University, her father developed early cataracts due to the harsh sun as a longline fisherman. These personal experiences shaped Dr. Nguyen’s passion and mission in helping her patients see better.
As a board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Nguyen specializes in cataract, oculoplastic, and minimally-invasive glaucoma surgeries. She brings extensive surgical expertise and a warm Aloha spirit to her practice at Eye Florida through her residency training at the University of Hawai’i School of Medicine and Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute at University of Colorado. Her number one goal is to deliver exceptional and personalized eye care for the whole family.
When she is not operating or running her private practice, Dr. Nguyen enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, and exploring historical sites. She dedicates her time to giving back to the community. She contributes as the current Chief of Surgery and previous member of the Board of Trustee for Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital. She is a co-founding member of the An Bang Professionals, a non-profit organization committed to providing financial assistance to promising high school graduates and underserved communities in the United States and aboard. She shares her time and knowledge to aspire the next generation of young professionals through mentorship programs. Several of her mentees have gone on to pursue careers in ophthalmology and many have been selected to present research paper at prestigious meetings including the Women in Ophthalmology Annual Meeting in 2020.
When asked to share some memorable cases in her career, Dr. Nguyen spoke about a case of a young mother who was legally blind due to mature cataracts and insurance delays. By the time this young mother was referred to Dr. Nguyen, many had feared that her sight was permanently lost. Dr. Nguyen performed the cataract surgery and soon after, the mother was able to see! During her follow-up visit with Dr. Nguyen, she was overjoyed with tears that she could now see her young son’s face and watch him grow up.
“We often take our gift of sight for granted and experiences like these allows me to make a difference in my patient’s life,” says Dr. Nguyen.