Florida Eye Specialists
San Marco Office
1325 San Marco Blvd., Suite 900
Jacksonville, FL 32207
11512 Lake Mead Ave., Suite 534
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Ponte Vedra Office
224 Ponte Vedra Park Drive, Suite 300
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
714 Stockton Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
The board-certified ophthalmologists of Florida Eye Specialists have been treating Jacksonville cataract surgery and LASIK patients for more than 25 years and have performed over 10,000 cataract surgeries. Florida Eye Specialists is one of the largest multispecialty ophthalmology centers in North Florida and is recognized as one of the area's premier practices for laser eye surgery treatment, research and education. The Florida Eye Specialists doctors have completed advanced fellowship training in various ophthalmology subspecialties, including cataract surgery. As respected leaders in ophthalmology, they stay abreast of technological and technical advancements in their field, so they can provide comprehensive patient care, precise vision correction treatment and exceptional visual results.
Florida Eye Specialists staff
The surgical team at Florida Eye Specialists performs state-of-the-art laser cataract surgery with premium intraocular lens implants (IOLs) when medically appropriate for the patient, for added precision, safety and comfort. To start the laser cataract procedure, the surgeon uses the FDA-approved LenSx femtosecond laser to make a micro-incision in the eye. Through this incision, the eye surgeon then uses a laser to break up the cataract-diseased lens into microscopic particles before gently flushing or suctioning them from the eye. The cataractous lens is replaced with an IOL to restore clear sight after surgery. Florida Eye Specialists offers a wide range of advanced IOLs, including astigmatism-correcting toric lenses as well as accommodating and multifocal IOLs, which allow patients to see well at multiple distances.
Laser cataract surgery is generally considered a painless procedure, thanks to topical anesthetic eye drops that are administered before surgery. Patients who undergo cataract surgery under the care of Florida Eye Specialists achieve a dramatic improvement in their vision. Depending on the type of IOL the patient chooses, he or she may be able to see clearly at several distances and, in certain cases, can greatly reduce or eliminate daily dependence on prescription eyewear.
In addition to laser cataract surgery, Florida Eye Specialists offers LASIK, PRK, corneal transplants, glaucoma treatments, cosmetic eyelid surgery and BOTOX Cosmetic and dermal filler treatments.
To schedule a personal consultation with one of our knowledgeable eye doctors to learn more about your vision correction treatment options, please contact Florida Eye Specialists by calling (866) 751-1194 today.Email the Surgeon
"No question that my eyesight has improved 100%. I can see long distance with great clarity, also everything is much brighter. I am glad I chose these eye doctors." Lance Lamport
"I consider it a miracle not to have to remember to have my glasses when leaving the house. I did not wear them all the time at home only when I needed to read. I used to need them all the time for driving. God bless those responsible for this gift of sight that was available for me with cataract replacement." Nancy A. Wojcik
"Overall very satisfied with these lenses. I can read without aid, but I sometimes use some extra magnification on very small print. Good lighting makes reading normal sized print such as newspaper easier." Robert Jackson, DDS
Amit R. Chokshi, MD, earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Dr. Chokshi was selected for and fulfilled an advanced training fellowship in refractive and corneal surgery at the Laser and Corneal Surgery Associates / New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. He then served as director of the University of Florida Laser Eye Center and has also served as assistant professor and director of the cornea and external disease division at the University of Florida Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Chokshi belongs to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the International Society of Refractive Surgery, the Cornea Society and the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society.
Kathryn B. Freidl, MD, obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree at Thomas Jefferson University's Jefferson Medical College before performing her ophthalmology residency. She then fulfilled advanced fellowship training in glaucoma and cataract surgery at the internationally renowned Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Freidl has been involved in several glaucoma research studies and often writes articles pertaining to ophthalmology that have been published in peer-reviewed journals. She is one of the first ophthalmologists in the area to perform laser cataract surgery.
S. Akbar Hasan, MD, received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He performed his ophthalmology residency at Baylor College of Medicine and a fellowship in cornea and external disease and refractive surgery at the esteemed Duke University Hospital. Dr. Hasan has served as lead corneal and cataract surgeon and director of the Laser Vision Correction Program at the Mayo Clinic for 10 years. He continues to conduct ophthalmology research, present his findings at national medical conferences and write medical articles that are published in peer-reviewed journals.
Wassia A. Khaja Ahmed, MD, earned her bachelor's degree in biology at the University of Texas-Austin, graduating magna cum laude. She obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree at Baylor College of Medicine before fulfilling residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Florida, where she was appointed chief resident in ophthalmology. Dr. Ahmed then completed a fellowship in oculoplastics and orbital diseases under the tutelage of Dr. David Kostick at Florida Eye Specialists. She is the author of several ophthalmology research posters and publications and often presents at national surgical conferences.
Rachana Patel, MD, obtained her bachelor's degree at the University of Florida, graduating with honors. She then earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Florida College of Medicine before fulfilling her ophthalmology residency at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Patel performed a fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at the prestigious University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology, under the guidance of Drs. Jay Krachmer, Donald Doughman and Stephen Kaufman. During this time, Dr. Patel also served as a clinical instructor. She then served as assistant professor at the University of Florida, where she was heavily involved in the residency program, before serving as director of the Cornea Service at the Veterans Affairs Jacksonville outpatient clinics. Dr. Patel then joined Florida Eye Specialists. She is currently a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Ravi Patel, MD, received his bachelor's degree from the University of Miami, graduating with honors. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Florida before completing a competitive ophthalmology residency at the University of Florida. Dr. Patel then completed a cornea and refractive surgery fellowship at the distinguished Shiley Eye Center at the University of California, San Diego, under the mentorship of Drs. David Schanzlin and Stuart Brown. During this time, he served as a clinical instructor. Dr. Patel moved to New York, where he worked with NY Laser Group in New York City and taught surgery to ophthalmology residents at Cornell University. He then returned to Jacksonville, where he worked with Bowden Eye Associates prior to opening his private practice and joining Florida Eye Specialists.
Rajesh K. Shetty, MD, earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Indiana School of Medicine before performing his ophthalmology residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital at the University of Texas Southwestern. Dr. Shetty then completed two advanced training fellowships, the first at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and another at Wills Eye Hospital. He served on staff as assistant professor in ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic for seven years prior to founding Florida Eye Specialists. Dr. Shetty was the first ophthalmologist in Florida to perform the minimally invasive Trabectome procedure and was the first surgeon in the region to perform laser cataract surgery as well as canaloplasty. He currently serves as chief of ophthalmology at St. Vincent's Southside and often lectures at national and international meeting on topics pertaining to his field.
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