About Our Practice
Our practice is located in Palm Beach Gardens, next door to the AAA in the Gardens Professional Center on Military Trail, just .6 mile west of I-95 and one block north of Northlake Blvd. Our practice specializes in Integrative Eyecare, utilizing the best of both mainstream medicine and alternative therapies.
Our office has the latest computerized refraction equipment, retinal camera, Optomap digital imaging (reducing the need to dilate your pupils during your exam), Optical Coherence Tomography and other state of the art instrumentation.
We accept Medicare, Medicare Complete PPO, Cigna PPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO, TriCare, AvMed PPO, VSP, EyeMed, Vision Care Plan, and Sunshine Health, along with several others. Call to confirm coverage.
About Dr. Schmidt
- High School: Pine Crest School, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Graduated 1968
- Undergraduate: The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Degree earned: Bachelor of Science in Physiological Optics
- Professional: The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Degree earned: Doctor of Optometry, 1975
- Post Graduate: Pennsylvania College of Optometry. "Pharmacology for the Practicing Optometrist" 1976
- Post Graduate: Hypnodyne Institute. Certification earned: Certified Hypnotherapist, 1997
- Post Graduate: Intense self study on nutrition and the eyes. 1993-Present
Dr. Schmidt enlisted in the United States Air Force during his senior year in optometry school, and spent three years as Chief of the Eye Clinic at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, where he was responsible for the vision care of active and retired military personnel.
After his honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1978, Dr. Schmidt settled in the Palm Beach Gardens area where he has been practicing ever since.
Dr. Schmidt was a founding director of the Ocular Nutrition Society, an international group of doctors who are interested in furthering nutritional research on the eyes through education and research.
Dr. Schmidt was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1950 and moved to south Florida with his family in 1956 where he lived until graduating from high school and returning to Columbus for college. In high school he was an All-American swimmer from 9th grade through 12th grade in multiple events each year. He earned a full athletic scholarship and continued his swimming at Ohio State University, where he earned NCAA All-America honors three straight years. Later at age 25 he was AAU Masters All-America and 4 time National Champion before retiring from swimming in 1982 due to health concerns.
He began training again for Masters competition in April 1998, earning Masters All America recognition several times since, and setting dozens of world masters records. In both 2000 and 2001 Dr. Schmidt posted the fastest time in the 100 yard/meter Individual Medley in the world in his age group, giving him a legitimate claim to being the "fastest all-around swimmer in the world over age 50." In 2005, Dr. Schmidt won six Gold medals at the National Senior Olympic Games, and followed it with five more Golds at the World Masters Games which were held in Canada. He was featured in articles in the AARP Journal and the New York times for his achievements. In 2016 he was ranked #1 in the World in the 200 meter backstroke, along with 8 other Top 10 finishes. Since he began Masters Swimming, he currently has earned individual Top 10 US times in 256 events and relay Top 10 in 117, including several national and world records. He still is competing regularly and was on two masters world record breaking relays in 2017.
Dr. Schmidt was an active member of the Rotary Club for over 20 years, from which he was awarded Paul Harris Fellowships for his contributions to various international Rotary projects promoting education and health in the world, including PolioPlus, which has largely eliminated polio from the world.
Dr. Schmidt is single with four grown children. He is also the proud grandpa of seven.
THE NUTRITION CONNECTION
While in the Air Force Dr. Schmidt read much about antioxidant supplements being helpful in preventing cataracts and began to recommend them to his patients with great success. Because, like most physicians, he was trained that taking supplements was unnecessary for healthy people, Dr. Schmidt did not believe that taking vitamins was necessary unless there was a medical need, and didn't take them personally. It wasn't until he was experiencing a progressively worsening irregular heart rhythm called PVC's and learned that magnesium supplements were necessary for normal heart rhythms that he decided to take nutritional supplements on a regular basis himself.
A miracle happened. Overnight his constantly irregular heartbeat disappeared (and has rarely recurred since that day in 1992). A few months later he tried another supplement for shoulder and ankle pain he had been suffering with for several months, and got relief from them as well. He then started on supplements for weightloss and dropped his weight by 35 pounds and his cholesterol reading from 315 to 215 within a few months. By this time he was sold on nutrition and became convinced of its ability to prevent, as well as treat, most degenerative diseases.
After several years of studying nutritional research and texts, he has become renown throughout the world for his approach to nutritional eye care. He was a member of the prestigious award winning "Ask the Doctor" website consisting of health professionals from over 30 different countries.
Because of his online presence and nutritional approach to eyecare, Dr. Schmidt was sought out for an excellent article written by Sara Smith in the November 15th, 2000 issue of Ocular Surgery News, a bimonthly newspaper which goes out to eye surgeons throughout the U.S. The article helped educate physicians about promising nutritional eye research. He was also on the founding board of the Ocular Nutrition Society, an international organization of nutritional eye doctors. He is available for lectures to both the public and health professionals on nutrition and preventive eye care and has been interviewed about nutritional eyecare on radio shows all over the country.
THE I-CARE NETWORK
Another project he began over 20 years ago is the I-CARE Network, a network of eye doctors who are committed to educating their patients and other health professionals about remarkable health research which can help prevent premature vision and health problems. You may see these studies by clicking on the following links:
Dr. Schmidt welcomes new patients from all over the world and would love to help teach you to preserve your vision for your lifetime. "Our vision is our most precious sense, and we should all make our eye health a priority. There's no reason why anyone has to lose their vision today, with what we now know about nutritional research," he states.