A native of Fuquay-Varina, NC, Dr. Daniel O'Dowd attended the University of South Carolina where he majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry before completing an Accelerated Prerequisite Early Admission (3+4) Doctor of Optometry program at the New England College of Optometry (NECO) in Boston, MA in 2018. During his time at the New England College of Optometry, Dr. O'Dowd completed internships at South Boston Community Health Center (Boston, MA), VA Lowell Clinic (Lowell, MA) as well as externships at Eye Centers of South Florida (North Miami Beach, FL), Naval Health Clinic at Makalapa (Pearl Harbor, HI) and Kaneohe Bay Branch Health Clinic (Kaneohe, HI), with which he completed with honors.
Following graduation, Dr. O'Dowd returned to North Carolina where he worked in rural primary care optometry with particularly large emphasis in ocular disease. His noteworthy optometric interests and expertise include management of diabetic eye disease, glaucoma treatment and management, dry eye management, pre/post-op surgical management, and myopia (nearsightedness) control.
Outside of clinic, Dr. O'Dowd is an active member with VOSH International having served as an optometric physician in both Nicaragua and Haiti to provide free eye care to populations without access. Dr. O'Dowd is a dual NAUI/PADI-certified Advanced Open Water Diver, and thoroughly enjoys working out, traveling, playing the piano, skiing, watching football (Go Panthers!), and investing.
Dr. O'Dowd is fluent in Spanish.