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William J. Rand, M.D.

Medical Director

William J. Rand, M.D. Medical Director founded the Rand Eye Institute in 1979 a comprehensive ophthalmology practice located in South Florida. The Institute houses the Rand Surgical Pavillion a state-of-the-art, full-service outpatient, ambulatory surgical facility. Together with his staff, serves an international portfolio of patients, representing 48 different countries.


“It’s about providing quality care and quality caring to our patients.”

Dr. Rand

Dr. Rand’s MD, medical degree was awarded by the State of New York in 1974 through State University of New York. He completed his Microsurgical Ophthalmology Training at Brooklyn Eye and Ear Hospital and Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He served as Chief Resident in Ophthalmology during his third year of residency training. Fellowship training was completed at both The Institute of Ophthalmology in Houston, Texas and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida.

Dr. Rand’s credentials include Board Certification from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (Fellow), American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, American Medical Association, as well as a member in good standing with numerous local Florida Societies.

Dr. Rand has been honored by several awards and recognitions beginning with a Bolivia School of Medicine named in honor of Rand Eye Institute, American Medical Association, Physicians Recognition Awards, and South Florida Business Journal Heavy Hitter in Health Care Award. His experience and expertise has been recognized in the U.S. News & World Report, Top Doctors category for ophthalmology.

As an advocate of health care reform Dr. Rand was invited to testify before the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, Subcommittee on Labor regarding the causes of decreasing quality of health care under managed care.

Dr. Rand is a corneal specialist in extensive microsurgery with experience in an excess of 70,000 major ophthalmic surgical procedures.

Experienced in cataract extractions: intracapsular, extracapsular, phacoemulsification, 1 stitch, no stitch, self-sealing cataract surgery, clear-cornea and sclero-corneal incisions, pars plana cataract surgery. Combined cataract and glaucoma surgical procedures. All intraocular lens implant and refractive procedures, DSEK, LASEK, LASIK, and refractive lensectomy with multifocal and accommodative implants. Laser photocoagulation procedures for retina and glaucoma as well as performing vitrectomy procedures.

Created the Rand-Stein Analgesia Protocol in 2000, which has greatly improved the comfort of patients experiencing cataract and LASIK surgeries. The FDA approved intravenous anesthesia minimizes the risks attached to local eye anesthesia.

Developed and published Cataract Surgery for Pseudo exfoliation Syndrome as seen in “Master Techniques in Cataract and Refractive Surgery,” designed to prevent and reduce the incidence of complications in cataract surgery for physicians world-wide. His most recent chapter Anesthesia for Diabetics in Ophthalmology, can be seen in “Diabetes en Oftalmologia” an international publication.

Introduced a new treatment for pre-cancerous lesions of the eye and presented before the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Conducts International charitable missions and surgical expeditions to third world countries (charity surgery, equipment donations, training local surgeons.) Regularly hosts continuing educational courses for area optometrists to bring the latest information to regional optometrists which benefits individual practices throughout South Florida. These continuing education seminars serve as a mean for optometric physicians to meet re-licensing requirements.

Outside of his work at the Rand Eye Institute, Dr. Rand serves as Chairman of the Board for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation’s Florida region.

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