Florida Eye Health Celebrates 15 years in Southwest Florida
Fifteen years ago this month, area Cataract and LASIK Specialist Jonathan M. Frantz, M.D., FACS, started Florida Eye Health in a medical office building at Lee Memorial Hospital. He moved to his current Fort Myers location at 12731 New Brittany Blvd. in 1996. He now heads a multi-physician, multi-office practice that incorporates the latest techniques and technologies to provide patients throughout Southwest Florida with the most advanced options for cataract, LASIK, and cosmetic surgeries.
During 15 years of practice, Florida Eye Health has grown from three employees to 85 and now includes four satellite offices and four Centers of Excellence. In 1999, the Fort Myers office was expanded to include The Center for Laser Vision Correction and Suncoast Surgery Center, a state-of-the-art, fully accredited ambulatory surgery center. That same year, Dr. Frantz opened an office in Naples and relocated one of the satellite offices to a new location in Cape Coral. In 2002, he added an entirely new dimension to the practice, The Aesthetic & Cosmetic Laser Center, to provide Florida Eye Health patients with the convenience of having their eyelid and facial cosmetic procedures performed in a familiar and friendly setting. Two additional satellite offices opened in 2007, Punta Gorda in January of that year and Lehigh Acres at the end of the year. Dr. Frantz and Eyelid & Facial Cosmetic Surgeon Nadia A. Kazim, MD, see patients in all five office locations, while five board-certified optometrists provide comprehensive and routine eye care at the various offices.
With each new addition, new jobs were created, as well as more convenience and a higher quality of service for the practice’s customers.
Florida Eye Health’s employee orientation program has a strong emphasis on mission, values, customer satisfaction, teamwork and commitment to coworkers. The major factor in the success of Florida Eye Health is that Dr. Frantz, as the medical director and owner of the practice, believes and trusts in the administrative, technical, leadership and clerical abilities of his employees so that the company runs efficiently and effectively. He is active in all decisions of the organization and encourages teamwork and creative energy to achieve the best possible outcomes and overall excellence.
Florida Eye Health practices the FISH Philosophy, which incorporates four key concepts that help the staff work together to improve customer service and stimulate creativity in a pleasant and satisfying work environment. The company philosophy is to be consistent, honest, open, respectful, objective and fair with all employees. Communication is a high priority at Florida Eye Health with weekly newsletters providing all employees with updates on services, new policies, and recognition of employee accomplishments. Employee service awards are presented annually recognizing longevity, loyalty, and dependability.
As an organization, Florida Eye Health participates in several local professional and civic organizations, such as membership in six area Chambers of Commerce, the Health Management Association, the SWF Chapter of Florida Public Relations Association, and numerous networking groups.
A recently revamped comprehensive website (www.bettervision.net) provides viewers with details about the numerous services provided at Florida Eye Health, as well as downloadable forms for appointments, patient registration and employment opportunities.
More About Dr. Jonathan Frantz
Dr. Frantz received his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and is board certified in Ophthalmology and Eye Surgery by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American College of Eye Surgeons. He completed a Fellowship in Cornea, External Disease & Refractive Surgery at Louisiana State University Eye Center where he was the Assisting Surgeon on the very first laser vision correction surgery performed in the U.S.
Dr. Frantz is a leader in his field, both locally and nationally, and continuously seeks the latest product or service for his patients to remain on the cutting edge of technology. As a pioneer of cataract and refractive surgery, Dr. Frantz:
- Served as assistant surgeon in the first Excimer Laser surgery of a sighted person in the U. S.
- Served as principal investigator for the FDA clinical trials evaluating the VISX Excimer Laser for treatment of low, moderate and high myopia, and astigmatism
- Performed the first Excimer Laser procedure in Florida for nearsightedness and astigmatism
- Performed the first Excimer Laser procedure in Lee County following FDA approval of the Excimer Laser
- Performed the first Excimer Laser T-PRK procedure to correct farsightedness in the U. S.
- First in the area to offer VISX Star S4 WaveScan system, CustomVue LASIK, Iris Registration Technology, and iLASIK 100% blade-free technology
- Performed the area’s first ReSTOR intraocular lens implant.
Dr. Frantz has been named in Best Doctors in America and The Guide to America’s Top Ophthalmologists.