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Stuart J. Kaufman, M.D.


"Improving your vision for life." -Stuart Kaufman

The Kaufman Eye Institute doctors and staff are committed to exceeding your expectations in eye care. Board-certified Physicians utilize the latest and most sophisticated instruments and techniques for Laser Vision Correction, treating Cataracts, monitoring Glaucoma, treating diseases of the Retina, performing Eyelid Plastic Surgery and fitting Contact Lenses.

Founded by Stuart J. Kaufman, M.D. in 1981, the Kaufman Eye Institute is one of Florida's leading ophthalmology centers. Dr. Kaufman's research in the field of eye related disorders, such as glaucoma, cataracts and retinal diseases, has brought critical acclaim from the medical community.  His studies have been published in both America and Europe. Dr. Kaufman is a magna cum laude graduate of Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Dr. Kaufman graduated from New York Medical College in Manhattan. He interned in ophthalmology at Doheny Eye Institute and Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center (the largest medical center in the United States).

Dr. Kaufman completed his ophthalmology residency at the world famous University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago. He is Board Certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He was on the medical teaching staffs at the above universities and was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida from 1982 to 2008. Dr. Kaufman is a former Chief of Surgery at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.

Dr. Kaufman was a developer of Insta-Sight™ Cataract Surgery and holds the trademark. Insta-Sight™ Cataract Surgery is an advanced No-Stitch, No Needle, No Patch cataract procedure that virtually gives the patient"instant" visual recovery.  Dr. Kaufman has been performing Insta-Sight cataract surgery since 1992 and cataract surgery since 1978. As an eye doctor, Dr. Kaufman specializes in having patient's become less dependent on glasses by using special surgical techniques such as custom focus or lifestyle lens implants such as Crystalens®, ReSTOR® and Trulign™Toric. He performed the first multifocal intraocular lens implant surgery, the first no-stitch, first Crystalens®, and first Trulign™ Toric cataract lens implant surgeries in Hillsborough and Pasco counties.  Dr. Kaufman discovered an eye disease, autosomal dominant vitreoretinal choroidopathy, in which all patients have a retinal degeneration and cataracts.

The Kaufman Eye Institute has won the Best of South Shore for Eye Surgery for the last 2 years in a row and has a 98.8% patient satisfaction rating.

 

Jonathan Kaufman, M.D.

Dr. Jonathan Kaufman MD is a board certified Cornell fellowship trained Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive surgeon. He specializes in the evaluation and treatment of dry eye, blepharitis, keratoconus, corneal dystrophies, and pterygium. As an ophthalmologist, Dr. Kaufman is an expert in LASIK, PRK, cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, pterygium removal, and DSAEK (endothelial transplant) surgeries.

Dr. Kaufman is a Floridian who grew up in Tampa. He is a graduate of Berkeley Preparatory School, and subsequently graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with University Honors and a bachelor’s degree in cellular and molecular biology. His medical training was in Chicago at Rush Medical College. Dr. Kaufman underwent a one year transitional internship at Saint Francis in Chicago, IL.

Dr. Kaufman completed his ophthalmology residency at Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX. During his last year of residency he was elected Chief Resident. Dr. Kaufman then completed a one year Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Surgery Fellowship in Manhattan at Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of both the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and the Cornea Society.  Dr. Jonathan Kaufman is affiliated with Florida Hospital.

 

Timothy Parker, O.D.

Dr. Timothy Parker is a Florida Board Certified Optometrist and a native of the West Central Florida area.  Dr. Parker received his baccalaureate of science degree from the University of South Florida where he studied biology with an emphasis on biotechnology. After graduation, he spent several years working with both the University of South Florida and the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in a collaborative effort studying Alzheimer's disease and its potential genetic influences.

In 1999, Dr. Parker decided to pursue a career in clinical eye care earning a degree at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, where he was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society. He received his Doctorate in 2003, graduating with honors. Dr. Parker practiced in both group and individual optometric practices in the Central Kentucky area before returning home to Florida in 2007. He joined the Kaufman Eye Institute in September of 2010, and now resides in Zephyrhills with his wife and two daughters.

Dr. Parker's expertise is comprehensive primary eye care which includes routine vision examinations for adults and children, dry eye management, diabetic ocular disease management, and evaluation of macular degeneration. He performs both pre and post operative care of cataract and refractive surgery patients. Dr. Parker has extensive training in utilization of contact lenses for management of refractive conditions and ocular diseases. Dr. Parker also has a special interest in low vision evaluation and training patients in the use of vision enhancing devices.

 

Jacob Lee, M.D.

Dr Jacob Lee MDDr. Jacob Lee MD is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a fellowship trained retina specialist in the diseases and surgery of the vitreous, retina and macula. He evaluates and treats diseases such as Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Macular Holes, Macular Pucker, Retinal Artery and Vein Occlusions and Retinal Detachment.

Dr. Lee grew up in Southern California. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD with a bachelor's degree in Biology and Public Health. He received his medical training from the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Lee completed his internship and ophthalmology residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Dr. Lee then went to the University of Toronto for a two year medical and surgical vitreo-retinal fellowship.

Dr. Lee and his entire family are die-hard Lakers fans. Please do not hold it against him. He is excited to serve the patients of the Tampa area.