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Welcome to Jacksonville Eye Center! Our Board Certified Lasik Surgeon, Dr. Robert I. Schnipper, has provided excellent eye care services for the greater Jacksonville area for over 30 years. Jacksonville Eye Center is proud to be the leader in LASIK surgery in Jacksonville, Florida and the Southeast. Having performed countless LASIK procedures using the Allegretto Wave and blade-free IntraLase technology, Dr. Schnipper and Jacksonville Eye Center have earned a prestigious reputation for its success in LASIK.

We are proud to offer a very broad range of advanced surgical procedures for our patients. With the latest advancements and technology in vision care available at the Jacksonville Eye Center, there has never been a better time to visit us and find out more about your eye care options. Affordable payment plans put the latest in laser within reach of everyone. See what you’ve been missing with laser vision correction. Have Questions? Contact us at 904-355-5555 for more information.

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Dr. Schnipper’s Philosophy: Vision Correction For All Ages

Dr. Robert I. Schnipper, Ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon at Jacksonville Eye Center, has a philosophy that no matter what age, you can have youthful vision!  Using advanced technology, Dr. Schnipper’s goal is to provide his patients the best possible (optimal) vision at every age. At a thorough consultation with Dr. Schnipper, he will be able to determine which methods of vision correction would work best for you depending on your age group and your current vision.

  • Kids up to age 17 – For children and teenagers under the age of 17, Dr. Schnipper will suggest either glasses or contact lenses for vision correction.
  • Ages 17-50 LASIK surgery is the best vision correction option for people in this age range.
  • Ages 45-60 – For these adults, Dr. Schnipper may suggest LASIK laser vision correction, KAMRA inlay, or refractive lens exchange.
  • Ages 60+ – For seniors, cataract surgery may be the best option. Dr. Schnipper will also discuss a variety of IOL (intraocular lens) options.

Getting Started with LASIK

Dr. Schnipper and Dr. Cronin actually perform the evaluations at our practice. This is not an ophthalmic assistant or a technician. You get the real eye doctor who will be doing your eye surgery. The first step is to establish your candidacy for vision correction. Not every patient is a candidate for LASIK eye surgery and at Jacksonville Eye Center we perform multiple types of vision correction surgery, not just LASIK eye surgery.

If you are currently wearing contact lenses, you need to be out of contacts for 1 week prior to your examination. Feel free to call our LASIK coordinator to discuss this issue if you do not have glasses. We have a solution to help you here.

Our pre-operative LASIK eye exam is considered one of the most thorough in Jacksonville. Not only is this performed by our LASIK surgeons themselves but our diagnostic eye testing suite is state of the art utilization of the latest technology. If you are not a candidate we will let you know and not perform the surgery.

What happens during LASIK eye surgery

During LASIK our LASIK surgeons first apply anesthetic eye drops to numb the eye for surgery. The cornea is then marked with water-soluble ink to guide the replacement of the flap. Next, a suction ring is applied that is designed to hold the eye steady and also confirms the pressure of the eye. The LASIK surgeon then creates a thin corneal flap using a device called a femtosecond blade-free laser. The surgeon tests for laser alignment and walks the patient through the fixation process. The corneal flap is lifted up, and the laser beam is applied to the exposed interior surface of the cornea to reshape the tissue. The excimer laser removes the tissue under the flap and reshapes the cornea of the affected eye. In less than 60 seconds, high-energy pulses from the excimer laser actually reshape the internal cornea. The flap is then replaced over the treated area. This corneal flap serves as a natural bandage, which eliminates the discomfort associated with other types of refractive surgery, and expedites the healing process.

What questions should I ask during my LASIK consultation?

  1. What is your experience with LASIK eye surgery?
  2. What makes your LASIK technology state of the art?
  3. Does LASIK or LASIK hurt at all?
  4. Do I have a chance at going blind?
  5. What was your eye surgery education and training?
  6. What is PRK? Should I have this instead?
  7. Do you perform other types of eye surgery?
  8. What do your patients typically tell you after surgery?
  9. Why did you want to become a LASIK eye doctor?
  10. What does LASIK eye surgery cost?


Dr. Schnipper and the Jacksonville Eye Center received first place for Best Lasik Eye Center and Best Lasik Eye Doctor for the Folio 500 Best of Jax Awards 2018!

Folio 500 Award Winner

Best Lasik Eye Center | Jacksonville Eye Center
Best Lasik Eye Doctor | Dr. Schnipper
Robert I. Schnipper M.D. | LASIK Surgeon Jacksonville FL

Robert I. Schnipper, M.D.

Pioneer, teacher, advisor, eye physician, and board-certified LASIK specialist, Dr. Schnipper has been a leader in ophthalmology in Northeast Florida for more than 25 years. He founded the Jacksonville Eye Center in 1972 with a commitment to continually improve his patients’ lives with the safest, most accurate procedures, and he continues to bring leading-edge technology to this region.

His reputation has spread far beyond Jacksonville, and patients often come from great distances for his consultation and care, while eye surgeons from around the world travel here to learn his advanced techniques.

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Meet Our Doctors

Robert I. Schnipper, M.D.

Robert I. Schipper, M.D.
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Kevin Cronin, M.D.

Kevin Cronin M.D.
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John J. Hoffman, O.D.

John J. Hoffman, O.D.
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