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William M. Warneck, O.D.

Located inside Visionworks in the Panama City Mall

2nd door down from Sears: between Hibbett Sports and Bon Worth

Call 850.785.4000 to schedule an appointment


Dr. William Warneck, O.D.

Dr. William Warneck is a full service Optometrist. He has earned the Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree, his license to examine eyes for vision and eye health problems. He can correct refractive problems and  prescribe contact lenses and eyeglasses.

Eyes are the Window into What's Happening Inside the Body

Dr. Warneck says that looking inside his patients' eyes can assess the overall health of the eye. Eyes can reveal swelling, bleeding or other problems that could be caused by hidden health problems.

One look into a dilated pupil can reveal serious health issues. Through dilation, Dr. William Warneck, OD, has seen the effects of diabetes, swelling in the brain and high blood pressure among other sobering conditions.

Dr. Warneck has diagnosed glaucoma, cataracts, near- and far-sightedness, astigmatism and many other problems related directly to eyesight. But he says the eyes tell much more about what is going on inside a person’s body when the pupils are dilated. He always will remember the young woman who came to see him because she was suffering from headaches. When he looked into her dilated eyes, he saw swollen optic nerves, which indicated increased cerebral spinal fluid pressure. He referred the woman, who was in her 20s, to a neuro ophthalmologist that discovered several tumors in her brain. “Without an eye exam, she may have died,” Dr. Warneck said.

During dilation, pupils are enlarged so that more light can be let into the eye. This allows visibility all the way to the back of the eye. According to information found at, dilation is useful for diagnosing conditions perhaps at their earliest stages. Dilation is a simple procedure in which an eye doctor administers eye drops and lets them set for about 10 minutes in order to let the pupils widen. Your eyes will be ultra-sensitive to light, and your vision will be blurry for a few hours, so it is recommended that you do not drive or work until your eyesight goes back to normal.

Dilation should be offered to healthy adult patients every two years. People that are at risk for eye disease, have high blood pressure, diabetes or are over age 60 should have their eyes dilated every year.

He encourages people to make their eyes a priority in their yearly list of checkups. He says students age preschool through college should have their eyes checked once a year. He gives the same advice to adults of all ages to help maintain optimal eye health and sight.

Dr. Warneck’s office is located inside Vision Works near Sears in the Panama City Mall.

Dr. Warneck has been serving Florida's Panhandle and the Emerald Coast for more than 6 years. Schedule an appointment by calling 850-785-4000.

He says: "See me to see better... It's an Eye Opening Experience".    

This office will be closed

until further notice due to Hurricane.