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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make James A. Podschun, O.D. the leading provider of vision care products and services in Winter Park.


Dr. James Podschun

20 Years of Caring for Eyes

Dr. James Podschun was born in Wichita, Kansas, October 5, 1960. He graduated an All-American from South-western College of Kansas in 1982, with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Chemistry. In 1986, he completed his degree at the University of Houston, College of Optometry. Jim received four years of training at the Naval Hospital in Orlando and is currently Board Certified to practice optometry in Florida.

Dr. Podschun has also completed 105 hours of advanced training in ocular therapeutics and has passed an examination on treatment and management of ocular disease given by the International Association of Boards of Examiners in Optometry.

Dr. Podschun is a member of the Central Florida Optometric Society, the Florida Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, the Sports Vision Section fo the A.O.A., and a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry.


Dr. Marguerite Ball-Thomas O.D. F.A.A.O

Dr. Marguerite Ball-Thomas grew up in Central Florida and has been in private practice for over 24 years in this area. Prior to private practice, Dr. Ball-Thomas was a staff optometrist at the world-renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, often called the “Johns Hopkins of the South”. She specialized in all aspects of eyecare including the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease, contact lenses, and comprehensive family eye care to patients of all ages. Dr. Ball-Thomas is very excited about this opportunity to merge her practice with Dr. Podschun’s. She is a provider for many insurance panels and is currently accepting new patients.