Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our ophthalmologist takes the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet Dr. Ford:
Dr. Francesann Ford is a highly qualified physician with 9 years of experience in the field of surgery and ophthalmology. Dr. Ford is very energetic and committed to offering the highest quality care to her patients.
In December 1996, Dr. Ford graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina Central University, with a BS in Biology. From there she attended the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and graduated in 2004 with a dual degree in medicine and a masters in business administration.
Dr. Ford distinguished herself in her business education and was awarded a membership to the Gamma Sigma Honor Society. She completed her Internship in General Surgery at the University Hospital, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX in June 2005.
Dr. Ford completed her residency training in Ophthalmology at Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC, in August 2009. She completed two fellowships; a Corneal Research Fellowship at Duke University Eye Center and an Oculoplastic Surgery Fellowship at Beraja Medical Institute.
Dr. Ford is licensed in North Carolina, The District of Columbia and Florida. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. She has conducted research, authored publications and presented the following :
» Howard University Hospital, Ophthalmology Residency, Washington D.C., July 2006 – Received ARVO Travel Grant for research on Floppy Iris Syndrome, abstracts on compliance with glaucoma medications and ocular trauma in Washington DC metropolitan area accepted 2009
» Duke University Eye Center, Cornea Section, Durham, NC, July 2005- June 2006 – Served as research fellow under the supervision of Natalie Afshari, MD. Dr. Ford worked on clinical and hybrid research projects with a focus in cataract surgery and Fuchs Corneal Dystrophy.
» Duke University Medical Center, Clinical Transplantation and Immunology Laboratory, Durham, NC, 1998-99 – Created layout for implementation and completion of clinical cytokine study on kidney and heart transplant patients under the supervision of Nancy Reinsmoen, Ph.D.
» North Carolina Central University, MBRS program, Durham, NC 1994-1995 – Assisted Goldie Byrd, Ph.D. with a molecular biology project to map the genome of Mycoplasma Genitalium in an attempt to determine the organism’s role in causing urinary tract infections in men.
» Afshari, Natalie, Ford, Francesann. Trypan Blue Dye: Capsular Staining for Cataract Surgery and More. Current Insight. – Spring-2006, Vol. 1, Number 2. (E–Article, American Academy of Ophthalmology)
Abstracts and Presentations
» F.D. Ford, A.N. Carlson, T. Kim, and N.A Afshari, Analysis of the Association of Alpha Blocker Usage with Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2006 47: E-Abstract 674
» Afshari, Natalie, Ford, Francesann. Giants of Modern Refractive Surgery. Presented at the 19th Annual Cogan Ophthalmic Historical Society Meeting (2006) expected future publication.
» NL Reinsmoen, F Cross (Ford), AM Jackson, et al (1999) Unique Cytokine Genotypes Associated with Chronic Rejection and Chronic Rejection-Free States in Heart Recipients. Transplantation. 67 (7): 546
» F Cross (Ford), AM Jackson, NL Reinsmoen, et al (1999) Unique Cytokine Genotypes Associated with Chronic Rejection and Chronic Rejection-Free States in Hear Recipients. Transplantation. 157: 5352. Presented at the 18th Annual Scientific Meeting of American Society of Transplant Physicians (1999)