Joel Hunter MD is the founder of Hunter Vision. He’s a board-certified ophthalmologist and Orlando LASIK surgeon. He is fellowship-trained in cornea and refractive surgery. His specialties are refractive laser-assisted cataract surgery, LASIK, and dry eye issues. He has performed thousands of refractive surgeries, including LASIK, PRK, SBK, ASA, clear lens exchange, cataract surgery, and refractive laser-assisted cataract surgery. Dr. Hunter is a recognized and respected ophthalmologist and specialist in vision correction. He lectures across the country on cataract and refractive surgery and can often be found training other doctors in the newest LASIK surgery techniques.
Joel D. Hunter MD grew up in Orlando, Florida. After graduating from high school with a 4.0 GPA in three years, he attended Taylor University in Indiana, where graduated with honors in two and a half years. He says he just mostly was in a hurry to get out of the cold. Dr. Hunter attended medical school at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He received the highest grade possible in every didactic course in medical school. Upon his graduation, he was given the award for Academic Excellence.
During his residency at the University of South Florida, Dr. Hunter began to see for the first time the results possible when a passion, gifting, and opportunity finally align. It was there that he first started performing cataract surgery and it was soon after that his scheduled patient list started growing as the veterans at the VA Hospital in Tampa started talking and those waiting for surgery decided to wait and time their cataract surgery for when Dr. Hunter would be at the hospital. He decided to focus his energy on that specific discipline of refractive surgery.
At the time, the best fellowship in the U.S. for refractive surgery was a place in Kansas called Durrie Vision. Dan Durrie, MD is a pioneer in refractive surgery and has been personally involved in the development of almost every new technology since the birth of the field in 1988. Durrie Vision chose one doctor each year for an intensive one-on-one fellowship. After a two-day interview process, Dr. Durrie discontinued all further interviews with other applicants and gave him the position. That decision was one of the most pivotal moments that made Hunter Vision possible. While at this one-year fellowship in Kansas City, Dr. Hunter was immersed in and trained on the most advanced equipment, by the leader in the field of refractive surgery.
Dr. Hunter returned to Orlando and started Hunter Vision in 2010 with the goal of performing the best refractive surgery possible in a way that would make people the happiest possible.
When not at work, his favorite way to spend time is with his kids, Luke and Lena. He has seen the movie The Princess and the Frog 43 times. After the kids are in bed, he likes building computers, lock picking, and fixing fountain pens. When listing his hobbies, he included a note saying, ”This writing exercise has made me realize I should probably have at least one hobby that makes me seem less nerdy. Say I wrestle alligators. Wait, no, say, ‘gator rasslin’.”