Robert M. Easton, Jr., OD, FAAO

Robert M. Easton, Jr., OD, FAAO
Easton Eye Care

As a student at University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO), Bob served as AOSA Trustee and AOSA Vice-President. For his dedication to the profession, Bob was presented the 1982 AOSA Ray Myers Award. In addition, Bob did his internship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida.

Dr. Bob Easton has been a professional practitioner in the greater Fort Lauderdale area since graduating from the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) in 1982.

One year after graduating from Optometry School, Bob became a Trustee for the Broward County Optometric Association and soon after the President of the BCOA. During his tenure with the BCOA he began the successful Gold Coast Educational Retreat. Bob chaired the Gold Coast for 5 years.

In 1986, Bob was elected Trustee of the Florida Optometric Association and eventually served as FOA’s President in 1993-94. During his tenure with the FOA, Bob began the Vision Care Section for the Florida Public Health Association and opened dialogue with the Florida Society of Ophthalmology to work on joint legislation to improve relations between the professions. While serving on the FOA Board, Bob served as the AOA-PAC Representative for Florida. Bob served as Florida’s AOA-PAC rep for 10 years.

Bob became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry in 1996.

After serving the FOA, Bob was appointed by the AOA President to the Professional Relations Committee for a 1-year term and then appointed to a 6-year term on the AOA-PAC Board. Bob served as Chair of AOA-PAC in 2000. In addition, Bob served as Keyperson for Clay Shaw-R, his Member of Congress, from 1986-2006. Bob was key person for Lt Col Allen West for FL-22 for 2010-2012.

In 1999, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Bob to the State Board of Optometry. Bob served as Chair of Probation, Examination, Continuing Education, and Unlicensed Activity Committees, was Vice-Chair of the Board from 2003-2004 and was elected Chairman in 2005. In addition, Bob served as the ARBO Representative for the FOA and worked with other members of the Board to add COPE as one of the clearinghouses for continuing medical education for Florida Licensees. In 2003, Bob was re-appointed to the State Board of Optometry by Governor Jeb Bush to serve a second term till 2007.

Over the 2005 Spring Break, Bob participated in the NSU SVOSH mission to Carapungo, Ecuador.

In 2002, Bob was appointed to serve the National Board Examination Review Committee as a member and was asked to be Chair of NBERC in 2003. At the annual 2003 ARBO meeting, Bob was elected to a 4-year term to the ARBO Board. He served as the ARBO President for 2006-2007. Bob was re-elected for a second term on the ARBO Board for 2007-2011.

In 2006, University of Central Florida College of Sciences awarded Bob the prestigious Professional Achievement Award during the annual Black and Gold Gala. Bob was appointed to the UCF College of Sciences Dean’s Executive Council in 2007 and continues to meet with the Dean of the College of Sciences on a regular basis. In 2009, Dr. Easton was appointed by the provost of UCF as Volunteer Faculty for the UCF College of Medicine. In addition, Bob was selected to be an Examiner/Consultant for the Florida Board of Optometry in 2009 and became a Diplomate in the American Board of Optometry for 2011-2021. In 2012, Broward College recognized Dr. Easton in the Hall of Distinction.

In his spare time, Bob continues training in boxing and kickboxing. Bob has a 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Bob served as the President for his 155 member Rotary Club from 2011-2012. In 2013, Dr. Easton was inducted into the Commerce Club of Fort Lauderdale. His son, Rob, is an anesthesiologist with Pacific Anesthesia in Honolulu, HI and his daughter, Linda, is currently a Charge Nurse, R.N. at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. Bob has been married to Gloria since 1983. Gloria is the Optician at Easton Eye Care.