Craig E. Berger, MD

Craig E. Berger, MD, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmic surgeon. After receiving his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Florida, he received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 1995. Dr. Berger served his internship at the Mayo Clinic in 1996 and his ophthalmology residency at the Tulane School of Medicine.

Board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Berger spent an additional year at Tulane for sub-specialty training in cornea and refractive surgery. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, Florida Society of Ophthalmology, and the Florida Medical Association.

In 2000, Dr. Berger returned to Tampa to accept a position as assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of South Florida Eye Institute. In that role, he teaches doctors how to perform cataract, pterygium, and cornea transplant surgery. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Berger spends time each week treating veterans at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Administration.

Dr. Berger opened Bay Area Eye Institute in 2007, specializing in the treatment of dry eye disease, cataract surgery, and cornea transplant surgery. He has performed a wide variety of refractive surgeries, including PRK, LASIK, INTACS, and no-injection, sutureless cataract surgery. Dr. Berger is one of the first surgeons in the Tampa Bay area to offer the advanced cornea transplant surgery Decemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK).



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  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry
  • Surgery