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Staff Feature: Dr. Brad Laudicina

brad GSP UID 929b547f 6564 44d2 9e99 45cdc30ee3c1Dr. Brad Laudicina is a native of Bradenton and began working for Eye Center, Inc. at the age of 15 where he quickly found his passion for the field of optometry. Upon graduating from Manatee High School, he attended Florida State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He continued his education at Nova Southeastern University receiving a second Bachelor of Science in Vision Sciences and his Doctorate of Optometry, while earning honors in his primary care and retina care rotations. Dr. Laudicina practices the full-scope of optometry, specializing in the treatment of ocular diseases including glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eyes, diabetic care, in addition to other ocular diseases as well as the fitting of many different kinds of contact lenses and glasses.

Dr. Laudicina is a member of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and the Manatee Optometric Association and is always looking to get involved with the community. He currently serves on the board of We Care Manatee, an organization committed to arranging free, comprehensive healthcare for eligible uninsured Manatee County residents. He also enjoys being involved with the Manatee Young Professionals and is a recent graduate of the Leadership Manatee program.  Dr. Brad Laudicina is married to our own Dr. Paige Laudicina, and together they have one adorable son, Chase.

Why did you choose to work in this industry?

Believe it or not, I started working right here at the Eye Center at the ripe age of 15, making eye glasses, and fell in love with the job! Patients love seeing their eye doctors and leave happy. Basically that’s my job, I come to work and make people happy. I love it.

What is your favorite aspect of your job?

Patient care but more specifically emergency visits. These appointments are when patients are usually at their worst or are most scared, so being able to provide immediate care that promptly resolves their issues is very rewarding.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

“Never take your eyes off your opponent.” – my Dad

Is there something that excited you so much it keeps you awake the night before?

I sleep like a baby!!

If you were a crayon, what color would you be and why?

Lipstick Red! It’s the color of my favorite car.