Brandon D. Ayres, M.D.

Cornea and External Disease
Anterior Segment, Refractive Surgery

Patient Care Philosophy

“As the son of a physician, I remember my father going to work all hours of the night and day. In the current state of medicine, it is almost unheard of for an eye physician to practice this way. Efficiency, cost-cutting and less time spent with patients are expected in order to have a successful practice. However, I refuse to compromise on the quality of care for my patients. In order to achieve this quality, coming in early, staying late and spending time with patients is essential. Practicing in this fashion allows me to retain the traditional values of medicine – compassion, respect and trust. While holding to the traditional values, I also strive to stay at the forefront of technology and innovative surgical techniques. The combination of values and cutting edge technology are quintessential to my ability to give my patients the absolute best in medical and surgical eye care.”

Dr Ayres


Dr. Brandon Ayres has been part of the Cornea Service at Wills Eye Hospital since 2005, and has been part of Ophthalmic Partners since 2007. He serves as an Assistant Surgeon at Wills Eye Hospital and is an instructor at Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University. He currently has staff privileges at Wills Eye Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Virtua Health System in South Jersey.

Dr. Ayres is an active participant in resident and fellow education and in clinical research. In his first year as Attending on the Cornea Service, he became the youngest recipient of the Golden Apple Award at Wills Eye. He continues to lecture nationally and internationally at numerous academic conferences. One of his publications was selected as a “Best of Session” at the American Academy of Ophthalmology for 2013.

Dr. Ayres is board certified in ophthalmology and specializes in all forms of corneal transplantation including full thickness corneal transplants, Descemets’ stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK), deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK), and keratoprosthesis. He was the first person at Wills Eye Hospital to perform Descemets’ membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK). He also has an interest in repair of traumatic eye injuries and anterior segment. Dr. Ayres performs all types of refractive and cataract surgery including LASIK, phakic lens surgery for myopia, and multifocal intraocular lenses. As a corneal specialist, Dr. Ayres treats all forms of infectious diseases of the eye and ocular surface disease (dry eye)

Vision Health



Eastern Nazarene College
Quincy, Massachusetts
B.S., Biology, summa cum laude

Medical Degree

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey,
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Piscataway, New Jersey

Transitional Internship Program

University of Pennsylvania Health System,
Presbyterian Medical Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Residency Program

UMDNJ New Jersey Medical School,
Department of Ophthalmology
Newark, New Jersey
Chief Resident 2003-2004

Fellowship Program

Wills Eye Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Fellowship, Corneal and External Diseases


“I can see clearly – read road signs while driving, as well as the New York Times at breakfast. Colors are vibrant and true again. But for me the ability to see all this without any aid except eye drops is a real revelation.”

Cecilie G. Baker
(regarding Brandon D. Ayres, MD)


“I’m writing to say thank you for the incredibly successful corneal transplant I had a year ago. My gratitude is impossible to describe. The results were apparent within two weeks. I want to thank the donor, the donor’s family and the medical staff for making it possible. I especially thank Dr. Ayres for making me feel comfortable and the surgery painless.”

Mary Papillon
(regarding Brandon D. Ayres, MD)