Dr. Donald A. Barnhorst, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Donald A. Barnhorst, Jr., M.D. is the founder of Barnhorst Eye Associates. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained cornea specialist who is nationally recognized for his research and contributions to the field of ophthalmology. In 1999, he opened his private practice in Jacksonville and now focuses his practice on corneal, refractive (LASIK), and cataract surgery while also providing routine eye care services.

After graduating from medical school at Georgetown University where he was elected in the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society, he completed an Ophthalmology residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he was chosen as Chief Resident in Ophthalmology during his final year of training. In addition Dr. Barnhorst received subspecialty training in cornea, refractive surgery and advanced anterior segment microsurgery during a fellowship at the Eye and Ear Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Barnhorst has extensive experience in many types of refractive and corneal procedures and has been performing laser vision correction since its FDA approval in 1995.

Dr. Barnhorst is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of the International Society of Refractive Surgeons and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He has done research in the area of Laser Vision Correction and corneal disease and has numerous publications in major Ophthalmologic professional journals. His research has been presented to a host of national and international ophthalmic organizations. He has been a reviewer for the journal Ophthalmology and is currently the head of the Ophthalmology department at the Baptist Medical Center-Beaches hospital.

He is married and has four children who keep him busy when he’s not at work.


Dr. Barnhorst and his staff were very professional and courteous. They took the time to get to know me and help me explore the different vision correction options available to me. I chose LASIK surgery. My LASIK surgery was quick and painless. Dr. Barnhorst and Amy were with me through the surgery and both were very attentive to my needs and nervousness. Overnight, my vision changed from 20 /400 to 20/20. For the first time in over 25 years, I can see everything clearly when I open my eyes, day or night. I have already recommended Dr. Barnhorst to friends and colleagues.
M. Wilson
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