Edward J. Huggett, Jr. DO
Doctor of Optometry
Dr. Huggett is a board-certified Optometric Physician specializing in Low Vision and Binocular 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 to1986 teaching primary and secondary students in Crystal River, FL. After receiving his undergraduate degree (BA) from the University of South Florida, he went on and got his Doctor of Optometry (OD) from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas
While in Houston, he trained at the Lighthouse for the Blind in Low Vision and Low Vision Rehabilitation. And then, he taught physiologic optics to potential Optometry students. After moving to Florida, Dr. Huggett completed an externship at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center, St. Petersburg, Florida.
In 1990, Dr. Huggett developed and operated the Low Vision Clinic at James Haley VA Medical Center Outpatient Clinic in New Port Richey,
Florida. Then in 1994, he was hired as the team eye physician for the MLB Toronto Blue Jays servicing the needs of the team and providing sports vision therapy.
Dr. Huggett furthered his commitment to improving vision by developing cognitive and vision exercises for the improvement of visual-motor integration and vision-related learning and reading problems. These exercises are still being used today by patients, students and athletes both professional and amateur.
From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Huggett served as Chairman for the Low Vision section of the Florida Optometric Association. In addition, he has participated as a Study Center Adviser for John Hopkins University.
He was co-presenter of the International Macular Degeneration Support Group. Their website, www.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 vision services in Pinellas County since 1990 and has since expanded his practice to Hillsborough county.
Dr. Huggett currently provides free eye exams while serving the visual needs of the less fortunate at no cost at the First United Methodist Church in Tarpon Springs. He has also volunteered his time and services to non-profit medical missionary organizations.
Currently, Dr. Huggett is 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. She is also 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.