Board-Certified Ophthalmologist, Eye Florida

Patients who visit Dr. Ly Nguyen’s office say she is a wonderful doctor; some say she is one of the most skilled ophthalmologists 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 commercial fisherman. These personal experiences shaped Dr. Nguyen’s passion and mission in helping her patients see better.

After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Biology with Honors and Bachelor of Arts in Biomedical Ethics at Brown University, Dr. Nguyen completed her medical training and preliminary surgery internship at the John A Burn’s School of Medicine at the University of Hawai’i. One month after giving birth to her son Aaron, she relocated to Denver to start her ophthalmology training at the University of Colorado Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute. Through her rigorous clinic rotations and trauma calls, she cultivated a deeper sense of empathy and compassion for her patient’s wellbeing and healthcare.

As a board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Nguyen specializes in cataract, oculoplastic, and minimally-invasive glaucoma surgeries. When she is not operating or running her private practice, Dr. Nguyen enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and reading. 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. Dr. Nguyen is a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) as well as member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO), and Association of Women Surgeons (AWS). Dr. Nguyen has received numerous awards, including Top Doctors and Best of Florida as well as being voted as Orlando Style’s Elite Doctors, Top Eye Doctors, and Women of the Year. 

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 and shared openly, “Now I can finally see my son’s face. It has been many years I have not seen his face and now I can watch him grow up.” Reflecting back on this Dr. Nguyen states, “We often take our gift of sight for granted and experiences like these allows me to make a difference in my patient’s life.”

Location: Orlando Health Medical Pavillon, 1330 Budinger Ave., Suite 200,  St. Cloud, FL 34769

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