Eye Doctor Orlando FL | Ophthalmologist Orlando | Dr. Kelly Herschel

Meet Dr. Herschel


Eye Doctor in Orlando, FL

mark kelland herschel an eye doctor in orlando florida

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 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.

Those who know choose Herschel LASIK and Cataract Institute

Beautiful office. Amazing and caring staff. Getting my surgery done Saturday and the Doctor and the staff helped choose the right option for me and I didn't feel pushed to commit. One of the only few who commits the patient to a dry eye treatment as per my research. Post-surgery I hope to keep my 5 star rating because I have nothing bad to say!

Yogi Nayyar (Google), February 2020

I recently did my LASIK procedure about 1 week ago and was completely blown away from beginning to end with the SERVICE received from the entire staff at Herschel LASIK. The office is beautifully decorated and the staff was always professional, personable, knowledgeable and friendly. I particularly enjoyed the way that everything was explained clearly before, during and after my procedure and questions were always encouraged and answered. My experience was the best encounter to date with a physician. Excellent doctor + excellent support staff +excellent service = excellent experience and a happy customer. Thank you so much Dr. Herschel, Doris and Francesca.

Vernicia Sturrup (Google), September 2019

Great service, sometimes a bit of a wait, but I take a full lobby as a sign of a well recommended doctor. Staff is friendly & quick to answerphones & squeeze me in when I got an eye problem. Would definitely recommend them to anyone wanting to get LASIK. Doctor even personally called to check on me the night after my procedure.

Stephanie G. (Yelp), January 2020

I got my LASIK procedure done here. I was apprehensive, mostly because anything to do with my eyes kind of freaked me out.
I went under a free consultation. The nurses/assistants were very nice and they answered any questions I had. Then I met Dr. Herschel and he was very nice and understanding. He explained all that would happen, how everything works, how long recovery will be, everything.
So, I agreed and start the process. I love the fact you always meet with Dr. Herschel at every appointment.
I now have 20/20 vision.
I'd highly recommend going to him for all of your vision needs.

Kelsea K. (Yelp), November 2019

Great surgeon and great staff. Do your research, Dr. Herschel is more than just a LASIK surgeon. He is certified and specializes in all areas of eye surgery so have peace of mind that you are getting one of the best. They use current technology and machines. More so, if your eyes aren’t ready for surgery he has no problem delaying 1-2 weeks until they are 100% good-to-go. He will not risk your health for the sake of money.

Dave T. (Yelp)
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