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Meet Kelly Herschel, MD

Orlando Ophthalmologist Kelly Herschel, M.D.Mark Kelland (“Kelly”) Herschel MD brings over 25 years of surgical experience and extraordinary expertise to his vision correction (refractive surgery) patients at Herschel LASIK and cataract Institute. Dr. Herschel is board certified in ophthalmology and completed four ophthalmology subspecialty fellowships: refractive surgery and cataract, cornea, ophthalmic pathology, and oculoplastics.

Dr. Herschel is a magna cum laude math and physics graduate from Vanderbilt University, and he completed his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma. Early in his medical career, he developed an interest in ophthalmology during his pre-residency fellowship in ophthalmic pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington, DC. The Institute was founded in 1862 and became a premier center for ophthalmic pathology. Dr. Herschel went on to his ophthalmology residency at the Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans; he served as chief resident his senior year.

Dr. Herschel’s love of vision correction began 25 years ago, when he continued his training in New Orleans under Dr. Marguerite McDonald, the world-renowned pioneer in refractive surgery, in a two-year cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery fellowship at the Louisiana State University Eye Center. As a chief fellow at the Eye Center, Dr. Herschel coordinated the site’s FDA Phase III clinical trials on myopic photorefractive keratotomy (PRK) and hyperopic PRK that eventually led to the approval of LASIK and PRK in the United States. Afterward, Dr. Herschel practiced comprehensive ophthalmology in Dallas, where he focused on cataract and refractive surgery, cornea, external disease, and anterior segment. Dr. Herschel completed the fourth fellowship in oculoplastic surgery before joining Magruder Eye Institute in 2000.

Dr. Herschel practices comprehensive ophthalmology, specializing in advanced vision correction procedures, refractive laser-assisted cataract surgery, and complex cornea surgery. He continues to incorporate new and exciting technologies into his practice. For cornea transplants, Dr. Herschel uses advanced techniques including DMEK, DSEAK, DALK, and PKP.

As the founder and medical director of Herschel LASIK and Cataract Institute, Dr. Herschel provides personalized, comprehensive vision correction services to patients from around the world including all-laser LASIK; PRK; topography-guided LASIK/PRK; and Visian ICL. Monovision can be achieved with LASIK/PRK, Visian ICL, and premium lens implants. For refractive cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange, premium lens implant options include toric, multifocal, and aspheric IOLs. Advanced technologies for corneal inlays for presbyopia include the Kamra Inlay. Advanced treatments for Keratoconus include corneal collagen cross-linking, Intacs® corneal implants, topography-guided PRK, and conductive keratoplasty.

Dr. Herschel continues to be involved in clinical research; he recently served as a Principal Investigator on an FDA multi-center Phase III clinical trial using corneal collagen cross-linking to treat patients with Keratoconus or corneal ectasia. He was the only Principal Investigator for this study in Central Florida.

Dr. Herschel is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Cornea Society, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Herschel has always loved sports, outdoor activities, and traveling. He enjoys art, architecture, and design (he designed and decorated the refractive center himself), astronomy, and exquisite natural scenery.

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