Dr. C. Steven Lancaster, born in Chicago, Illinois, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in 1976 and his Bachelor of Visual Science and Doctorate degrees from the Illinois College of Optometry, graduating with honors in 1980. Dr. Lancaster has been in private and group practice since 1980 and has been affiliated with the Atlantic Eye Institute since 1998. Currently, he is the director of the Dry Eye Clinic at the Atlantic Eye Institute. He is an assistant adjunct professor for the Illinois College of Optometry, Salus University, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Optometry. He serves as the Atlantic Eye Institute’s director of externship programs.
Dr. Lancaster has lectured nationally and internationally on ocular disease, dry eye syndrome, and contact lenses.
Dr. Lancaster is board certified by the American Board of Optometry, the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, and the American Board of Clinical Medical Optometry. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Optometry and a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Lancaster has lectured nationally and internationally on ocular disease, dry eye syndrome, and contact lenses. His sponsors have included: Johnson and Johnson Vision, Ciba Vision, Cooper Vision, the Southern Council of Optometry, the National Academy of Sports Vision, X-Cel Contact Lens Laboratories, Allergen Pharmaceuticals, Inspire Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. His work has been featured in national publications and on local television and radio.
Dr. Lancaster is an active member of many professional organizations. He has been a faculty member of the Vision Care Institute LLC, has served as President and Vice President of the Northwest Florida Optometric Association, and as a board examiner for the State of Florida. He is a founding member of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometrists and is currently affiliated with Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society, the Sjogrens Syndrome Foundation, and the American and Florida Optometric Associations. Dr. Lancaster is a recipient of an American Optometric Foundation Research Award from the Illinois College of Optometry. He has served as the team optometrist for the Florida State University Seminoles, the Jacksonville Barracuda’s Hockey Team and for the Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police annual boxing match.
Dr. Neil Shmunes, a Jacksonville native, attended the University of Georgia where he received his Bachelor of Science degree and was inducted into Psi Chi Honor Society. Dr. Shmunes graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Medical College of Georgia in 1981. There he was inducted into the AΩA Medical Honor Society.
Dr. Charles V. Duss, a Jacksonville native, received his Bachelor of Science degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 1999. He later attended the University of South Florida College of Medicine where he joined the AΩA Medical Honor Society.
Dr. Karim J. Samara, a Jacksonville native, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Boston University in 1998. Dr. Samara is one of only a few physicians in the United States who is Board Certified in both Ophthalmology and Internal Medicine.
Dr. Michelle Diaz joined Atlantic Eye Institute in January 2016. She is a fellowship trained refractive surgeon specializing in cataract and LASIK surgery. Dr. Diaz graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Florida.
Dr. Sushma Vance joined Atlantic Eye Institute in January 2017 and is a board certified, fellowship trained retina specialist. Dr. Vance graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology.
Dr. Danielle T. Callegari received her Bachelor of Biological Sciences degree from Mississippi State University and her Bachelor of Vision Science and Doctorate degrees from NOVA Southeastern University College of Optometry in Ft Lauderdale, Fl.