C. Richard Blake, M.D.

Photo R. Charles Blake MDAssistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Physician Director of Quality

C. Richard Blake, M.D. has been in practice since 2005 and has completed a fellowship in glaucoma, He likes dealing with ocular conditions that are more difficult than the average case.  Dr. Blake has taken on many difficult glaucoma cases and regularly performs cataract surgery while also enjoying the work in general ophthalmology.

He has worked for two different universities and has been in private practice during his career. Patients are number one to Richard, he relises the opportunity to try to solve their issues in the most effective and safest way.

In his free time he enjoys ornithology and boating.

(352) 265-7080


If you have an emergency go to emergency room! Have you current doctor call to speak with me if you need to be fit in urgently!  Have them ask for me and talk to me in person.

Clinical Interests and Roles

Glaucoma surgery
Cataract surgery
General ophthalmology
Medical retina
International collaboration

Research Interests and Roles

Surgical techniques and participating in large multi-site glaucoma studies with innovative technology.

Teaching Interests and Roles

  • Mentoring
  • Monthly lectures to ophthalmology residents
  • Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) reviews
  • Hosted undergraduate, medical student and rotating residents in clinic and surgery at the University of Florida. Have hosted international students from Japan and China
  • Sponsored visiting international Ophthalmologists

Awards and Recognitions


Paraguayan Society of Ophthalmology. Glaucoma Presentation, Invited Speaker. Dealing with Glaucoma Surgical Complications, 2018.
Invited Professor. Asuncion, Paraguay. Teaching surgery and presenting resident educational talks (given in Spanish) to local residency programs. June 2018. Glaucoma Presentation. 16th International Conference on Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology. Impostors of Glaucoma. Zurich, Switzerland. September, 2017.


British Journal of Ophthalmology. Present.
Journal of Glaucoma. Present.


Paul Kayser International Scholar, The Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology.  Paraguay, February, 2004.

Professional Society Affiliations

American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Glaucoma Society
Pan American Association of Ophthalmology
Florida Society of Ophthalmology

Medical Education

University of Alabama School of Medicine, M.D. Birmingham, AL


Ophthalmology Residency, University Chicago, IL at Chicago Eye and Ear Infirmary


Glaucoma Fellowship, University of Florida Gainesville, FL

Selected Publications

Nastasi S, Gonzalez A, Blake CR, Beck A, Agarwal-Sinha S. Achondroplasia With Congenital Onset Glaucoma, and Presumed Axenfeld-Rieger Anomaly. J Glaucoma. 2018 Oct;27(10):e165-e167.

Regan KA, Blake CR, Lukowski ZL, Iyer SSR1. Intralenticular Ozurdex® – One Year Later. Case Rep Ophthalmol. 2017 Dec 21;8(3):590- 594.

Kane S, Griffeth, W, Blake CR. Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome and a Post-Trabeculectomy Presentation of Angle Closure. Vision Pan-America, The Pan-American Journal of Ophthalmology. Issue XIV no. 1 (March 2015). http://journals.sfu.ca/paao/index.php/journal

Blake CR, Cervantes-Castañeda RA, Macias-Rodríguez Y, Anzoulatous G, Anderson R, Chayet AS. Comparison of postoperative pain in patients following photorefractive keratectomy versus advanced surface ablation. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2005 Jul;31(7):1314-1319.

Pulido JS, Blake CR. Special considerations in the guidelines for high-dose vitamin supplementation in patients with age-related macular degeneration. Arch Ophthalmol 2004 Apr;122(4):662-663.


A presentation of Lateral Rectus Palsy in a Patient with a Cerebellopontine Angle Tumor. 2019. Corresponding Author.

Modulating Ocular Scarring in Glaucoma Filtration Surgery using Epigenic Adjunct Suberoylanilide Hydroxamic Acid. 2019. Co- Author

For a complete listing of publications please use this link.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish