Allison Dickson, O.D., brings her passion for vision care to the Robson Eye Institute in Clearwater, Florida.
Dr. Dickson’s lifelong interest in eyes and vision began at an early age. “As a child, I drew pictures of eyes all over my school papers,” she reminisced.
In her teenage years, she spent the summer volunteering with blind people helping them to not only live, but thrive with their disability.
“Witnessing the significant obstacles faced by individuals with visual impairment inspired my passion for improving peoples’ lives through high-quality vision care,” Dr. Dickson said.
Now as an optometrist, Dr. Dickson examines patients for glasses and contact lenses. She has has a particular interest, however, in diagnosing and treating ocular disease including glaucoma, macular degeneration and dry eye.
Dr. Dickson said she enjoys treating people of all ages and backgrounds, and she has ample experience doing so. While attending the Michigan College of Optometry, where she graduated with high honors, she took part in a mission trip providing eye exams and glasses to 400 Bulgarian people living in poverty.
Her undergraduate studies took place at Hope College, a small liberal arts school in Holland, Michigan. There she studied psychology to better understand the human dynamic before knowing she would eventually pursue an education and career in optometry.
“I enjoy getting to know each of my patients,” Dr. Dickson said. “I strive to consider their personality, interests and preferences in providing highly personalized care.”
Although young in age, Allison comes to Robson Eye Institute with a world of experience. Her clinical experience has exposed her to the many eye conditions and diseases, treatment protocols and technology options. Her philanthropic spirit has brought her across the globe. Her education, while primarily in Michigan, did send her to Largo, Florida, for a few short months where she interned at a full-service eye care clinic and surgical center.
“While living there, I fell in love with the sunny weather and kind people. I have been longing to return ever since,” Allison said.
When the opportunity arose at Robson Eye Institute in Clearwater, Allison jumped at the chance to move her family to the warm, southern sun.
“I am excited to experience a climate without a cold, gray winter,” Allison said with a sparkle in her eye.
“More than that, though, I am excited to be a part of starting and growing this new practice, welcoming new patients and building relationships with patients for years to come,” she continued.
Allison, her husband, Jared, their baby girl, and their big, friendly Newfoundland-Lab pup enjoy an abundance of family time. Together, they enjoy biking on the shoreline, visiting the shops and eateries in the area and attending church.
Dr. Dickson sees patients at the Robson Eye Institute in Clearwater and looks forward to meeting you. To scheduled an appointment, call (727) 266-2393.