Dr. John Donovan, MD

Dr. John Donovan, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
Male  ·  
63 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. John Donovan, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Jacksonville, FL and has been practicing for 33 years. He specializes in ophthalmology and cataract surgery.Read his story

Clay Eye Physicians and Surgeons

2 Shircliff Way Ste 120

Jacksonville, FL 32204
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Golden Rule
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • MultiPlan
  • PHCS
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Tricare

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Donovan performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Foreign Body Removal from Eye
very high
more than 94% of peers
Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
very high
more than 94% of peers
Eyelid Surgery
very high
more than 92% of peers

Dr. Donovan's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Donovan's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Donovan "John P. Donovan, MD joined Clay Eye in 1985, and was the third Navy Flight Surgeon to join the group. His specialties include laser cataract surgery, LASIK surgery and oculoplastic surgery. Education: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (cum laude) Albany Medical College Naval Regional Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA (internship) U.S. Navy Aerospace Medical Institute (Flight Surgeon) University of Florida (Ophthalmology Residency) Academic Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Florida Jacksonville Certifications: Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology Diplomat, American Board of Ophthalmology American Board of Eye Surgery, Certified Cataract Surgery Professional Organizations: Florida Society of Ophthalmology American Academy of Ophthalmology Christian Ophthalmology Society American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery American College of Eye Surgeons Florida Medical Association American Medical Association Clay County Medical Society – Past President Duval County Society of Ophthalmology – Past President Military Service: Captain, Medical Corps, US Navy Naval Flight Surgeon Active Duty 1978-1982 Carrier Air Wing 8 — USS NIMITZ CVN-68 Selected Reservist 1982-2014 Carrier Air Wing Reserve 20 — NAS Cecil Field VR-58 — NAS Jacksonville Awards: Physicians’ Recognition Award of AMA Honors: Eagle Scout National Merit Scholar New York State Regents Scholarship Rensselaer Alumni Club Scholarship Outstanding Student Research Paper, Albany Medical College American Cancer Society Fellowship for Radiation Oncology Studies in Edinburgh Scotland Paul Harris Fellow – Rotary International "


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Donovan "Clay Eye Physicians & Surgeons is dedicated to Medical Excellence, Quality Care, Professional and Personalized Service."

2  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology
  • Cataract Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

107  Conditions Treated

  • Accidental Eye Injuries
  • Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Amaurosis Fugax
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Aphakia
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Bacterial Conjunctivitis
  • Binocular Vision Disorder
  • Black Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Blepharochalasis
  • Blepharoptosis
  • Blindness
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Blurred Vision
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Cataract - Alopecia - Sclerodactyly
  • Cataract - Ataxia - Deafness
  • Cataract - Cardiomyopathy
  • Cataract Congenital Dominant Non Nuclear
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chalazion
  • Chemical Burn - Eyes
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Chronic Eye Diseases
  • Color Blindness
  • Conjunctival Disorders
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Corneal Flash Burns
  • Corneal Scar
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetes-Like Blepharitis
  • Diabetes-Like Retinal Edema
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Dilatation
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Entropion
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Injuries
  • Eye Strain
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Eczema
  • Eyelid Lesions
  • Eyelid Spasm
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Foreign Body in Eye
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma - Iridogoniodysgenesia
  • Glaucoma Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Graves' Disease
  • Hazy Vision
  • Headache
  • Hypertensive Retinopathy
  • Hypotropia
  • Iritis
  • Keratitis
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Meibomitis
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Night Blindness
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Optic Nerve Disorder
  • Optic Neuropathy
  • Pigment Dispersion Syndrome
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Primary Open Angle Glaucoma
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Pterygium
  • Reading Disorders
  • Refractive Error
  • Refractive Eye Disorders
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Severe Myopia
  • Stye
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Trichiasis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vision Impairment
  • Vision Loss
  • Visual Aura
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Visual Field Loss
  • Vitreous Detachment
  • Watering Eyes


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71  Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Argon Laser Surgery
  • Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty
  • Argon Laser Treatment
  • Astigmatic Keratotomy
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Blepharorrhaphy
  • B-Scan Ultrasound
  • Canthoplasty and Canthopexy
  • Canthotomy
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Clear Lens Extraction
  • Contact Lens Exams
  • Dacryoadenectomy
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • Diabetes Eye Care
  • Diabetic Eye Exam
  • Drainage of Conjunctival Cyst
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Extracapsular Cataract Extraction
  • Eye Drops
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Injection
  • Eye Procedure
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyeglasses
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Glaucoma Medical Therapy
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Glaucoma Treatment
  • Iridectomy
  • Iridotomy
  • Laser Cataract Surgery
  • Laser Microsurgery
  • Laser Office Procedure
  • Laser Surgery
  • Laser Trabeculoplasty or Iridectomy
  • Oculoplastics
  • Ophthalmic Surgical Procedures
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Peripheral Iridotomy
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Photo Therapeutic Keratectomy
  • Photocoagulation
  • Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Ptosis (Eyelids) Surgery
  • Punctal Plug Insertion
  • Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser Treatment
  • Radial Keratotomy
  • Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Repair of Brow Ptosis and Blepharoptosis
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Repair of Eye Laceration
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • Soft Contact Lenses
  • Sutureless Cataract Surgery
  • Tear Drainage Surgery
  • Tear Duct Surgery
  • Ultrasound
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
  • YAG Iridotomy
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy
  • YAG Laser Surgery


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Rensselaer
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1976
  • Albany Medical College
    Medical School | Graduated 1978
  • Naval Regional Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1979
  • University of Florida
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1985

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Donovan has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Donovan's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Donovan to family and friends
392 total reviews (34 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (393)

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  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Donovan's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (34)

My husband and I have both utilized his services and been very pleased with our results. He is #1 in our book. Very considerate and caring. He was highly recommended to us and we would do the same for others.
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Dr. Donovan takes time for a thorough eye exam and reviews information from earlier visits. Very easy to talk with.
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I just love Dr. Donovan and his staff. He is very through and he he gentle and very kind and professional. I really love the fact the the Doctors and Staff are Christians. You don't find this in very many practices today. If you need an Eye Doctor Clay Eye is the BEST!!!!!!
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I would recommend Dr Donovan and their office. He is the only Dr. I know of who prays with his patients before surgery! This meant so much to me. He is a very caring Dr.!
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Dr. Donovan was very nice, but feel his office was like going through a cattle prob. (Multiple people getting piled through as fast as they can get them in!!). When I signed in there was 4 people including myself scheduled for Dr. Donovan all for a 10:15 app't. The medical assistance just sent you...more
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