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Priya Mathews, M.D., Mph

Priya Matthews, M.D.

Priya Mathews, M.D., MPH

Cataract & Lens Replacement, LASIK, and Corneal Surgeon


Dr. Priya Mathews is a board-certified, fellowship-trained cataract, refractive, and corneal surgeon at Center For Sight. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degrees from the University of Maryland, graduating summa cum laude and valedictorian of her graduating class.  She received her Medical Degree from Johns Hopkins University, and also earned her Master’s in Public Health, with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Mathews completed her ophthalmology residency at Harkness Eye Institute at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, followed by a fellowship in Cornea, External Diseases, and Refractive Surgery at Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute.

Dr. Mathews specializes in cataract, cornea, and refractive surgery.  She is an expert in the diagnosis and management of cornea and external diseases, including Keratoconus, Fuchs’ Dystrophy, autoimmune diseases, and severe dry eye disease.  Dr. Mathews is dedicated to offering to her patients the most advanced surgeries and procedures available, including partial thickness corneal transplantation (DMEK and DSAEK), full-thickness corneal transplantation, corneal crosslinking, intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy, thermal pulsation, blepharoexfoliation, and laser vision correction with LASIK and PRK. 

Dr. Mathews has extensive scientific research experience, publishing over 30 peer-reviewed publications in top medical journals. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), the Pediatric Keratoplasty Association, and the International Society of Refractive Surgery.  She has volunteered for numerous medical and surgical mission trips to places around the world, including Haiti, Guatemala, India, Philippines, and Bolivia.  Dr. Mathews has a particular interest in combatting the global burden of corneal blindness. She has received and continues to receive multiple grants to support related initiatives, including the ASCRS International Service Grant and the prestigious AAO Hoskins Center IRIS Registry Research Fund Award.

Dr. Mathews was recently honored with the 2022 Rising Stars in Ophthalmology award. Rising Stars in Ophthalmology is an educational initiative that shares the talents of ophthalmologists newer to the field with the ophthalmology world while discussing important, up-to-date topics important to every clinician. Click here to learn more. Dr. Mathews presentation on ‘Managing Complex Corneal Disease: Alternatives to Traditional Transplantation’ can be found here

Dr. Mathews lives in Sarasota with her husband Joaquin, also an Ophthalmologist at Center for Sight, and their 2 young children Isabella and Leonardo.  She is a certified Vinyasa and Hatha yoga instructor and practices daily to strengthen and rejuvenate her body, mind, and spirit.

Locations Served: Sarasota and Venice

  • Board-certified Ophthalmologist
  • Specializes in premium cataract lens replacement surgery
  • Dry eye diagnosis and management
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences and a Bachelor of
    Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland
  • Master’s in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Medical school: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  •  Internal Medicine Residency from the Albert Einstein
    Medical Center in Philadelphia
  • Ophthalmology Residency from the Harkness Eye Institute – Columbia University, in New York City, NY
  •  Cornea and External Disease Fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute – Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, MD
  • Medical Advisory Board Member of the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research Eye Bank
  • Committee member of the Eye Bank Association of America

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