Dr. Pessoa

Dr. Carlos E. Pessoa, O.D., stands out as a beacon of comprehensive expertise and compassionate care in the field of optometry. His journey began with a solid foundation in vision sciences at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Optometry, where he not only earned his Doctorate but also immersed himself in specialized internships and externships. These experiences, ranging from contact lens specialization to pediatric vision therapy, equipped Dr. Pessoa with a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge, setting the stage for a career marked by innovation and dedicated patient care.

In his current role at Shah Eye Center, Dr. Pessoa has demonstrated exceptional skill in diagnosing and managing complex ocular conditions. His proficiency with advanced diagnostic tools, such as ultrawide-field fundus imaging and OCT, allows him to offer patients cutting-edge care. Yet, it’s his commitment to personalized treatment plans that truly sets him apart, ensuring that each patient receives care tailored to their unique needs.

Beyond his clinical achievements, Dr. Pessoa’s entrepreneurial spirit and leadership have flourished. As the owner and CEO of Carlos E. Pessoa, O.D., LLC, dba Family Vision Development Center, he significantly improved patient care services and practice revenue. His efforts to implement specialty contact lens services and develop partnerships with vendors underscore his innovative approach to optometry.

Dr. Pessoa’s dedication extends beyond the clinic. He is an active member of several optometric associations and has taken on leadership roles in community service projects, including organizing fundraisers for notable causes. Fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, Dr. Pessoa can connect with a diverse patient base, offering care that transcends language barriers.

His accolades and recognitions, including multiple honor rolls and scholarships, are a testament to his academic excellence and professional dedication. Dr. Pessoa’s career is a reflection of his unwavering commitment to advancing eye care and his belief in the importance of community, education, and personalized patient care.

Professional Experience

  • 9/21 - Present: Doctor of Optometry, Alexander P. Sudarshan, MD, PA (The Eye Experts)
  • 8/20 - 8/21: Family Healthcare Network, Porterville (Doctor of Optometry)
  • 3/20 - 7/20: Standard Optical (Doctor of Optometry)
  • 3/17 - 3/20: Carlos E. Pessoa, O.D., LLC dba Family Vision Development Center
  • 9/16 - 3/17: William D. Woods, O.D., PC (Family Vision Center)
  • 6/16 - 5/17: Doctor's Exchange of GA i.e. America's Best (Doctor of Optometry)
  • 8/11 - 5/16: Nova Southeastern University (Doctor of Optometry Candidate)
  • 10/09 - 5/11: W.S.U. Department of Respiratory Therapy (Department Secretary)
  • 1/07 - 2/08: Corporation of the President, Computer support technician for clients in The United States, Mexico, Central, and South America (Helpdesk Intern)
  • 9/05 - 10/06: Home Health Care Provider (Independent Health Services Contractor)
  • 5/04 - 4/05: US Bank National Association (In-Store Banker)
  • 6/03 - 4/04: W.S.U. Office of the V.P. of Administrative Services (Student Assistant)


  • Nova Southeastern University: College of Optometry
  • B.S. - Vision Sciences: May 2014
  • Doctorate of Optometry: May 2016
  • NSU Contact Lens Internship
  • NSU Pediatric/Vision Therapy Internship
  • Center for Better Vision: Pediatric/Vision Therapy/Behavioral Optometry Externship
  • Correct Vision LASER Institute: Medical/Surgical Externship

Honors & Awards

  • Nova Southeastern University: Electronic Funds Transfer Scholarship, 2012-2013
  • Weber State University Honor Roll: Fall 2002, Spring 2007, Fall 2007
  • Weber State University High Honor Roll: Summer 2007, Spring 2009, Summer 2009, Fall 2009
  • Weber State University: Summer Achievement Award 2007
  • Weber State University: Thomas F. and Nancy L. Davidson Science Scholarship, 2010-2011
  • Traditional Family Scholarship, 2010-2011


  • Fluent in English
  • Fluent in Portuguese
  • Fluent in Spanish

Extracurricular Activities

  • American Optometric Association: Member
  • Utah Optometric Association: Member
  • Georgia Optometric Association: Member
  • Boy Scouts of America: Troop Leader 2017-2018
  • Class of 2016 F.O.S.A. Representative
  • Canines4Hope.org: Organized Fundraiser - Sep 2014
  • Autism Treatment Center of America: Organized fundraiser - June 2014
  • A.O.S.A. and C.O.V.D. Student Member
  • College of Optometry Admissions Department: 2011/2012 Campus Tour Coordinator
  • W.S.U. EnVision Pre-Optometry Club: President and Co-Founder, Fall/2009 - Spring/2011
  • Gift of Sight Drive: 2009, 2010 Organized and coordinated a drive for used prescription glasses and sunglasses between Weber State University and University of Utah pre-optometry students.
  • L.D.S. Church: Local congregation treasurer, 2012-2015
  • L.D.S. Church: Local Priesthood Organization: Presidency Member, 2005-2009; 2018-2020
  • Supplemental Instructor: Principles of Zoology I, Dr. Ron A. Meyers and Dr. John Mull, Spring 2008
  • L.D.S. Church Children's local Sunday School Instructor, 2006-2007
  • Ogden L.D.S. Institute of Religion: Folk Dance Committee Member, 2004
  • W.S.U. Entertainment Sessions at Diversity Center: Chairman Spring/2003
  • Ogden L.D.S. Institute of Religion: Gospel in Action Service Committee member, 2002-2003
  • International Club: Member, W.S.U. Services for International Students. 2002-2004
  • L.D.S. Church: Voluntary Service Missionary Florianopolis-SC-Brazil, Sept/1999-Oct/2002
  • L.D.S. Church: Local Young Men Group Advisor, 1998-1999
  • L.D.S. Church: Area Young Single Adult Activity Committee Member, 1998-1999