Meet Our Newest Eye DoctorSouthern Eye Group of Alabama is home to some of Alabama’s most experienced and trusted eye doctors. Our practice offers an array of services performed by our optometrists and ophthalmologists at our 5 office locations across the AL, FL and MS Coast. The latest eye doctor to join this team is renowned ophthalmologist Dr. Gayla Rowland.

Dr. Gayla Rowland is a licensed ophthalmologist physician. Her speciality places her in a unique position to offer a full spectrum of eye treatment services.

Professional Background

Dr. Rowland graduated Summa Cum Laude from Troy University with a B.S. in Physical Science and minors in Biology and Psychology. She then attended medical school, finishing in the top 10%, an internship in Internal Medicine and her residency training in Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida, in Tampa, FL.

She has been practicing comprehensive ophthalmology in the Pensacola area for over 16 years. Dr. Rowland is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, and the Escambia County Medical Society.


Originally from Crestview, Florida, a town about 20 miles away from Fort Walton Beach. Southern Alabama has always been like a second home to Dr. Rowland. Her hobbies include running, reading, gardening and cooking. Dr. Rowland lives with her husband, their two sons, and their goldendoodle named Shelby.

Patient & Practice Philosophy

Dr. Rowland is now proud to join Southern Eye Group to continue the practice philosophy of providing compassionate high quality eye care and treating patients like family, which aligns with her own values as an eye doctor. She is passionate about getting to know her patients and improving their vision through personalized treatment and care.

As a comprehensive ophthalmologist, she offers routine and screening eye exams, medical management of glaucoma, treatment of diabetic eye disease, dry eye syndrome, allergy disorders and other diseases of the eye.

Schedule an Appointment!

To continue reading about Dr. Rowland, visit her ophthalmologist page on our website. And to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rowland, contact us today. She will be seeing patients at the Foley and Fairhope locations. She, and all our eye doctors are committed to giving you the care you deserve!