Hello, I am Dr. David Strickland, a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in refractive surgery. I am returning to the Louisville area to join Dr. Black’s Eye Associates after a global adventure in the United States Navy for the past eight years. My wife and I are currently stationed at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on the largest Marine Corps Base on the East Coast. My wife is also an active duty physician and practicing OB/GYN. We have three wonderful girls who keep us busy and entertained. We are excited to be headed back home, but the relationships we have built on our journey with colleagues and patients alike will be missed. I have loved taking care of our active-duty patients, their families, and military retirees.
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I met my beautiful wife, a Kentucky native, in college at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. We both decided to attend medical school in the commonwealth where we attended the University of Louisville. Immediately following graduation, I entered active duty in the Navy and moved to San Diego, CA. I completed my residency training in Ophthalmology and Refractive Surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego. We left the sunny weather and clear skies for eastern North Carolina where we have been ever since. I will be leaving the Navy with the rank of lieutenant commander.
I have had the honor of performing LASIK, PRK, refractive lens exchange, and Visian ICL surgery on our service members. My patients include:
- Naval and Marine Corps aviators
- Navy and Marine Corps Special Operations Forces (SEAL/MARSOC)
- Health professionals such as physicians, nurses, and dentists
- And everyone in between
I treat everyone like they were my family member no matter what their rank or occupation. Doing what’s right has always been what I stand for. It’s easy to say “yes” to patients asking for refractive surgery; it’s harder to say “no.” Doing what’s right for folks is something I will bring to Dr. Black’s Eye Associates. I have performed well over 2,000 refractive procedures.
I knew I wanted to go into ophthalmology when I saw what a powerful experience it was to restore sight to blind patients who had cataracts. They are the most grateful people. I was fortunate to go on the hospital ship USNS Mercy and perform humanitarian eye surgery in the Philippines to restore sight to those in need.
Being able to immediately see the results of your work the next day is a very rewarding and humbling experience. I chose to do refractive surgery because of the remarkable ability to eliminate the need for glasses. This is very important in the military to enable the warfighter to be spectacle independent and perform the mission at hand, often in an austere environment. The technology we possess is awe-inspiring. It never gets old to watch a patient sit up after surgery and look around the room with a smile on their face.
When I first met with the staff at Dr. Black’s Eye Associates, I felt l like I was already a part of the team even before I accepted a position. They were respectful, and the work atmosphere seemed more like that of a family. I wanted to be part of that. I saw that Dr. Black’s Eye Associates had the most up-to-date laser systems on the market, with which I was already very familiar and comfortable. The on-site surgery center also gives patients a quick, efficient, and safe surgery experience. Dr. Black’s Eye Associates has everything I wanted in my post-military career.
I’m excited to start the next chapter of my life with Dr. Black’s Eye Associates and meet with patients to discuss options for refractive surgery and all eye care needs.
To request a consultation with Dr. Strickland, use our online contact form or call our office at (812) 284-0660.