Fellowship-Trained Cornea Specialist, Board Certified Ophthalmologist

Dr. Kathryn Shmunes

Dr. Kathryn Shmunes

Dr. Kathryn Shmunes is a fellowship-trained ophthalmologist with six years of general and highly specialized experience, including Fellowships for Cornea & External Disease, and Cornea & Refractive Surgery.

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Dr. Kathryn Shmunes is a board certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist and cornea specialist with six years of ophthalmological experience. The daughter of Dr. Neil T. Shmunes and a second-generation ophthalmologist, Dr. Shmunes has already established herself as one of North Florida’s most highly skilled and referred eye surgeons for her deep levels of specialized medical expertise, and high levels of patient experience, satisfaction and results. While still in the early stages of her career, she is extremely well-reviewed online with a 5-out-of-5-star average on Healthgrades.

Dr. Shmunes went to medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in St. Maarten, Netherlands, Antilles, and completed her Internship and Residency at the Medical College of Georgia. She completed two Fellowships, one for Cornea & External Disease, the other for Cornea and Refractive Surgery, both with the Utah Cornea Fellowship – Hoopes Vision in Draper, UT.

In addition to providing LASIK and PRK surgery for a variety of eye diseases and conditions, Dr. Shmunes also performs such complex procedures as corneal transplants, implantable contact lenses and implantable iStents for glaucoma.

A Passion for Vision Care: It’s a Family Affair

“I grew up working in the office and watching my father practice. I was assembling paper charts and filing by the time I knew my alphabet. At age 10, I was calling patients to confirm appointments. In high school, I was already helping patients—checking vision, pupils, pressure, and refractions. I worked every summer in high school and college. After college, I worked full time in the office for 1.5 years and became a certified ophthalmic assistant and continued to medical school to become an ophthalmologist myself. Fast-forward 10 years—This is a true homecoming for me to return to Jacksonville and a lifelong dream to work alongside my father doing what we both love doing, which is taking care of people and providing better vision.”


Cornea & External Disease

Cornea & Refractive Surgery

General Ophthalmology

Years of Experience


Areas of Expertise

Certifications & Licensure

Florida State Medical License

Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians | Ophthalmology (FL)

Fellowships (2)


Medical School, Ophthalmology | American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, St. Maarten, Netherlands, Antilles

Internship | Internal Medicine, Medical College of Georgia

Residency | Ophthalmology, Medical College of Georgia

Fellowship: Cornea & External Disease | Utah Cornea Fellowship – Hoopes Vision

Fellowship: Cornea and Refractive Surgery | Utah Cornea Fellowship – Hoopes Vision