Reading an eye chart mounted or projected on a wall is a standard part of every visit to the optometrist today, but it wasn't always that way. Centuries ago, practitioners struggled to measure vis ...View Article
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Dr. Huggett is a board certified Optometric Physician specializing in Binocular Vision and Low Vision. He has dedicated his life to helping patients of all ages who suffer from severe vision loss and vision impairment.
Prior to his career as an optometrist, Dr. Huggett was a certified teacher for the Citrus County School Board, from 1981 to 1986, teaching primary and secondary students in Crystal River, FL. Dr. Huggett received his undergraduate degree(BA) from the University of South Florida and Doctor of Optometry (OD) from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas.
While there, he received training at the Lighthouse for the Blind in Low Vision and Low Vision Rehabilitation. While attending the University of Houston, he taught physiologic optics to potential optometry students from 1987-89. Dr. Huggett completed an externship at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center, St. Petersburg, Florida.
In 1990, Dr. Huggett developed the Low Vision Clinic at James Haley VA Medical Center Outpatient Clinic, New Port Richey, Florida. He was the Team Eye Physician for the MLB Toronto Blue Jays in 1994 serving the needs of the team and providing sports vision therapy.
He developed cognitive and vision exercises for the improvement of visual-motor integration and vision related learning and reading problems. These exercises are used today by patients, students and athletes both professional and amateur.
Dr. Huggett was Chairman for the Low Vision section of the Florida Optometric Association, 2008-2010. He has participated as a Study Center Adviser for John Hopkins University.
He is co-presenter of the International Macular Degeneration Support Group: www.MDSupport.org. MDsupport.org is a monthly International Web-cast conference originally sponsored by the National Eye Institute which helps patients with Macular Degeneration and Severe Vision Loss worldwide. He has been providing binocular 4 4 4 4 vision services in Pinellas County since 1990 and has expanded his practice to Hillsborough county.
He currently volunteers providing free eye exams and serving the visual needs of the less fortunate at no cost at the First United Methodist Church, Tarpon Springs. He has also volunteered his time and services to non-profit medical missionary organizations.
Dr. Huggett is now in the process of launching a new series of lamps with lights that eliminate high energy blue light (HEV) from the light spectrum. Blue light has been identified as being dangerous to your eyes and may contribute to various eye disorders.
When he is not helping patients with their visual needs, Dr. Huggett resides with his family in Pinellas County. He enjoys traveling, scuba diving, snow skiing and gardening.
Connie is the cheerful voice you hear on the phone when you call for an appointment or have a question. And she is the cheerful person who greets you when you come into the office. Connie is responsible for making appointments, keeping your chart up-to-date, submitting the proper paperwork for your insurance and coordinating with the lab to order your new glasses. In a nutshell, Connie runs that office and keeps everything running smoothly.