Dr. Kranston Gerald Boodram, who grew up in Trinidad, W.I. and attended the Queen’s Royal College before moving to the United States, has practiced optometry in Orlando since 1997. While studying electrical engineering as an undergraduate, he worked for the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Vision Science Research Center. After his first eye exam at the university optometry clinic, he was immediately hooked on the field of Optometry.
“I clearly remember the first time I got glasses – and the huge ear-to-ear smile on my face! It is a joy to be able to do that for others,” Dr. Boodram states. Helping people see never gets old. It is very rewarding!” Inspired by his own transformative experience with new glasses, he changed his major to biology with a minor in chemistry and earned both his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was elected to the Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society and was selected to serve as an ambassador for the university in 1992.
While attaining his doctoral degree, Dr. Boodram received various awards including the Southern Council of Optometrists’ Clinical Excellence Award, the Silor Optical Award, Silhouette Award, Ciba Vision Award, the Feinbloom Low Vision Award, and received Beta Sigma Kappa honors upon graduation. He completed his Ocular Disease Residency at The Eye Foundation in Orlando where he also supervised up to six interns per rotation.
“Vision is a complicated array of processes beginning with optical focus, then translation of light to electrical impulses, and visual perception,” Dr. Boodram explains. “About 30% of the brain itself is used for visual processing compared to just 3 % for hearing. When our bodies are processing all our senses at the same time, approximately 83% of what is being processed is for sight, 11% is for hearing, 3.5% for smell, 1.5% for touch, and 1.0% for taste. Sight, no doubt, is our most important sense. For me, improving and maintaining the vision of my patients is a privilege.”
For many years Dr. Boodram has helped provide primary ophthalmological care to the underprivileged through the Ophthalmology and Urology Medical Mission in the Dominican Republic. Other humanitarian services include optometric care at the Orlando Homeless Shelter and health fair vision screenings.
Dr. Boodram lives in Laureate Park in Orlando with his wife, daughter and their Miniature Schnauzer, Luna, He enjoys studying the Bible, traveling, movies, and is a huge Orlando Magic fan!