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Clinical Trials


Dr. Herschel’s longstanding and avid interest in vision correction clinical trials and research keeps him on the cutting edge of vision correction technologies and techniques for his patients.

Dr. Herschel first became interested in clinical studies and research on vision correction surgery in 1992 during his fellowship in Cornea and Excimer Laser Research at the LSU Eye Center in New Orleans under the world famous pioneer in vision correction surgery, Dr. Marguerite McDonald. That fellowship was followed by a clinical year in Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery also under Dr. McDonald. During those fellowships, Dr. Herschel coordinated two FDA Phase III clinical trials: Excimer Laser Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) for the Treatment of Low, Moderate, and High Myopia (nearsightedness) and Excimer Laser Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) for the Treatment of Hyperopia (farsightedness). The trials eventually led to the approval of LASIK and PRK in the United States.

Most recently, Dr. Herschel served as a Principal Investigator (the only one in Central Florida) for an FDA multi-center Phase III clinical trial using corneal collagen cross-linking to treat patients with Keratoconus or corneal ectasia. The trials led to the approval of corneal collagen cross-linking in the United States in April 2016.

Dr. Herschel is currently reviewing the protocols for several new clinical trials. We will provide updated information, as it becomes available.

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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