Vassallo Eye and Laser Institute  
About Us

Vassallo Eye Institute

3780 US1 South                                         800 Zeigler Dr.Ste 300
St. Augustine, FL 32086                              Palatka, FL 32177
(904) 797-7722                                          (386) 328-1658

Dr. John Vassallo is a Board Certified Surgical Ophthalmologist. Unlike many physicians who are only required to pass the boards one time, Dr. Vassallo has  passed his board certification a total of 3 times. In 1992, when Dr. John M. Vassallo, M.D., opened the Vassallo Eye and Laser Institute in St. Augustine, he became the first doctor in the area to perform small incision cataract surgery. Before that, patients had to travel to Jacksonville, Daytona and Gainesville.

"I think the way to help a community is by staying on top of the latest trends and techniques," Dr. Vassallo explains. "The eye is an extension of the brain and I get to impact people's lives in a positive way."

Born outside of Detroit and raised in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., Dr. Vassallo's father, a dentist, urged him not to follow in his footsteps. "I've always had a quest for knowledge," states Dr. Vassallo, "and my father thought I would be happier as a doctor than a dentist." His younger brother became an anesthesiologist.

After completing medical school at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Vassallo did his internship at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis, returned to St. Louis University for his residency and finished up with a fellowship at the Neumann Eye Institute in Deland, Florida.

When it was time to choose a specialty, Dr. Vassallo decided on ophthalmology because next to neurosurgery, it's one of the most complex and technological fields of medicine.

Today, Dr. Vassallo heads up two locations of the Vassallo Eye and Laser Institute - one in St. Augustine, Florida and on in Palatka, Florida. Dr. Vassallo specializes in no-stitch cataract surgery, eye plastic surgery, eye muscle surgery, PRK, RK, AK, glaucoma, retinal specific laser surgery and Crystalens and ReStore lens implants.

"As new technology becomes available, there will be more options for patients," Dr. Vassallo explains. "When you help a person see better, you know your making a difference in their life."
            Our Services:
  • Cataract Surgery without stitches or injections (in most cases)
  • Crystalens and Restor Premium Implants
  • Glaucoma Treatment and Surgery
  • Diabetic Retinopathy Management
  • Adult and Children’s Eye Muscle Disorder Treatment
  • Plastic Surgery of the Eyelids
  • LASIK Exams
  • Glasses and Contact Lenses
  • Fitting for Bi-Focal and Colored Contact Lenses

Staff Information:

Administrator: Danielle Richardson 
Ophthalmic Technician: Michele P.
Front Office Coordinator: Jessica C.