Dr. Joseph W. Spadafora, DO

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Board Certified Ophthalmologist & Medical Director

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An established and highly skilled Board Certified Ophthalmologist with over 30 years of experience, Dr. Spadafora serves as Medical Director at Community Eye Center (CEC).

Dr. Spadafora upholds CEC’s commitment to continuous improvement in quality through adaptation of technological advances with his national medical research. During the past three decades, Dr. Spadafora performed research in ocular anti-inflammatory agents, glaucoma, medicines, ocular antibiotic agents and laser-guided cataract extraction at St. Lucy’s Outpatient Surgery Center.

Sharing his knowledge and expertise, Dr. Spadafora acted as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida, Tampa. An altruistic role, he considers the cultivation of future ophthalmologists the lifeblood of his discipline and field.

In addition to his national research and benevolent teaching endeavors, Dr. Spadafora is ingrained in the community. A part of countless efforts to give back to the local community, he also served on the Board of Governor of Prevent Blindness. Florida.

A true nature lover, Dr. Spadafora spends time outside of the office at his experimental farm in Arcadia.

Board Certification

AOA (American Osteopathic Association)

  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Member

  • Florida Medical Society Member

  • Charlotte County Medical Society Member

  • Former Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida, Tampa

  • All Area Hospitals


Fellowship(s): (Anterior Segment Surgery) Fellowship Training in Long Beach,CA

Residency: (Ophthalmology Residency) Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa, OK

Internship: Metropolitan General Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL

Medical School: University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Kansas, City, MO

Graduate: MS University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Undergraduate: BA Boston University, Boston, MA

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Dr Spadafora is an exceptional person and doctor with a great personality. My Father came for a visit with horrible issues in his eyes from a long term reaction to eye medicine prescribed in Michigan. Dr Spadafora immediately identified the problem, prescribed a different drop and within 1 day my Father stated the burning and pain had decreased dramatically. At the three day followup the difference was huge with almost no redness or swelling around the eyes and minimal burning and itching. The office staff is just as friendly and helpful, a reflection of a happy office atmosphere. Thank goodness my primary care doctor referred us to Dr Spadafora!!!!
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The night of my surgery he called me at home to see how I was doing. He made the call himself, and I was impressed with that.
 Jim Jennifer Walker
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I went to CEC for a second opionion due to a cateract surgery from another Dr. in Venice that not only was verably abusive but insisted I could see from the lens he had put in. Dr. Spadafora examined me ordered multiple tests done & explained to me & my husband exactly what the problem was. We actually closed up the clinic, he had spent so much time with us every one had left. He also called in other Drs. & personal to look @ my eye. I am so thankful that I choose the CEC and specifically Dr. Spadafora. I have already recommended many to go to CEC. So you might have to wait a bit, believe me it's well worth the wait for the excellent care you will receive.
Alan Craft
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Dr Spadafora has an incredible Dr/patient mannerism that shows he truly cares about his patients and he genuinely wants to see them as healthy as they can be. He is not only checking the numbers but explains what he sees in your numbers and how that effects YOU and what you can do to make a healthy change. He will be my eye Dr as long as I am alive and he is practicing!
Karen Jagodzinski
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Dr. Spadafora is a very nice man. I would recommend him.
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