Dr. Brenton Finklea

Cornea, Cataract and Advanced Technology Implants, Laser Refractive Surgery (LASIK) 

Brenton Finklea, MD is a board-certified ophthalmologist with subspecialty training in cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery. Dr. Finklea attended the University of Florida where he was a student in the honors college, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in agricultural and biological engineering with a minor in biomechanics. During this time, he also studied music performance with an emphasis on jazz saxophone. He went on to attend medical school at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Finklea was an intern at the Inova Fairfax Hospital and Georgetown University Hospitals. Dr. Finklea’s residency was at the world-renowned Wills Eye Hospital, followed by a fellowship in Academic Global Ophthalmology at Wills Eye as well. He completed his training with a fellowship in Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery at the Duke University Eye Center.

Brenton Finklea, M.D.

Dr. Finklea is the director of the Center for Academic Global Ophthalmology at Wills Eye. He has taught ophthalmology and eye surgery around the world, including in Rwanda, Burundi, Sierra Leone, India, and Haiti. Dr. Finklea lectures and teaches courses in Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) and ocular reconstruction to surgeons across the country. At Wills Eye, he manages the Academic Global Ophthalmology fellowship and oversees the Wills Eye residency initiatives abroad. He has been recognized for his work with numerous accolades including Ophthalmology Management’s “40 Under 40” Ophthalmologists in America and Millennial Eye’s “One to Watch”.  

Dr. Finklea provides a full scope of treatment for corneal disease and cataracts, as well as refractive surgical options including LASIK, PRK, and Implantable Collamer Lenses (ICL). This includes full-thickness corneal transplants, Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK), Descemet Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK), Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK), and keratoprosthesis (KPro). Dr. Finklea performs standard, complex, and femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgeries, offering a comprehensive range of lens options including multifocal and light-adjustable intraocular lenses. He also offers intraocular lens exchange and re-fixation for dislocated lenses, trauma, and aphakia.

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Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Florida, Magna Cum Laude

Medical Degree

Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine

Transitional Internship Program

Internship at Inova Fairfax Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital

Residency Program

Ophthalmology Residency at the Wills Eye Hospital

Fellowship Program

Fellowship in Academic Global Ophthalmology at the Wills Eye Hospital

Fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at Duke University

Honors & Distinctions

  • Director of the Wills Eye Center for Academic Global Ophthalmology
  • Attending physician on the Wills Eye Cornea Service
  • Associate Professor for the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Member of the Cornea Society