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Our Optometrists

Meet the Director of Pediatric Eye Care & Vision Therapy Services, Dr. Ben Konynenbelt

Dr. Konynenbelt was raised in Zeeland, MI before escaping its snowy winters to call Southwest Orlando his home. He has spent time abroad learning Spanish in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and has led various service trips to Central America.

Dr. Konynenbelt graduated from the Indiana University School of Optometry and completed a residency in Pediatrics and Vision Therapy at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He is currently pursuing his fellowship in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). Dr. Konynenbelt is a provider for the InfantSEE(R) program offering comprehensive eye exams for infants less than a year old at no cost to the parents.

Dr. Konynenbelt takes a developmental approach to meet the eye care needs of all patients. His functional assessment of the visual system allows him to detect and treat vision conditions such as strabismus (crossed eyes), amblyopia (lazy eye), and binocular dysfunction (poor eye teaming). Many children who struggle with reading and school work suffer unknowingly from these conditions which may be successfully treated through a program of Vision Therapy.

In addition to his expertise in pediatric eye care, Dr. Konynenbelt enjoys using the experience he gained as an optometry intern at the world-renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute to manage eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataract, and macular degeneration. He is also a certified fitter of many specialty contact lenses such as scleral lenses and orthokeratology lenses. Dr. Konynenbelt has published research in the fields of contact lens, vision development, and myopia (nearsightedness) progression.

Meet the Director of Clinical Operations, Dr. John Nowell

Dr. Nowell is an Orlando native. He attended Lake Highland, Edgewater High school and received his BS from Auburn University. He then went on to The University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Optometry where he received his Doctor of Optometry degree. Following optometry school, Dr. Nowell did a fellowship at the Neumann Eye Institute in Deland, Florida.

He has been seeing patients in Southwest Orlando since 1991. Dr. Nowell's commitment to his patients is to provide excellence in eye care by ongoing professional education and using the latest technology in his practice. We hope you will choose Southwest Orlando Eye Care for all your family eye care needs.

He enjoys any outdoor activity especially fishing and will gladly share some " fish stories" with anyone who will listen.

AOA-American Optometric Association
FOA- Florida Optometric Association
CFSOP- Central Florida Society Optometric Physicians ( Past President)
ONS- Ocular Nutritional Society

West Orlando Rotary Club
Volunteer vision care for The Coalition for the Homeless, Jeppenson Foundation, Lions Club, and Vision USA

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