D. Michael Colvard, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Top-Rated Eye Surgeon
Dr. Colvard is recognized as one of the nation´s preeminent eye surgeons. Trained at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Colvard was an Associate Consultant in eye surgery at the Mayo Clinic before coming to Los Angeles, where he has been active in private practice, in medical research, and in post-graduate teaching for over twenty-five years.
Dr. Colvard has been recognized year after year as one of “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” by the Consumer Research Council of America, an independent research organization in Washington D.C. and also as one of the nation’s “Best Doctors” in the Guide To Top Doctors, published by The Center for Study of Services, Consumer Checklist. He has also been chosen as one of “LA’s Super Doctors” by Los Angeles Magazine.
The Research Council of America is an independent consumer advocacy and information organization. The “Best Doctor” selection is based on a large survey of physicians and surgeons across the country. The goal of this study was to find the doctors that other doctors would chose for their own care, if they were to need a physician. Dr. Colvard was acknowledged as one of the most highly recommended eye surgeons in Southern California.
Dr. Colvard has published widely in the field of ophthalmology and is a leading authority in the use of lasers in eye surgery and new intraocular lens technology. He was one of the primary investigators for the FDA study of the new Crystalens Accommodative Intraocular Lens and was one of the first three surgeons in United States to implant this new “presbyopia correcting” lens. He is also nationally recognized both as an educator and an innovator in eye surgery.
Dr. Colvard is Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. He has taught cataract surgery to resident surgeons at the USC Doheny Eye Institute in Los Angeles for over twenty years and is frequent lecturer at courses for eye surgeons both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Colvard is the editor and a principal contributor of the new textbook “Achieving Excellence in Cataract Surgery”. Publication of the text was funded by an educational grant from Advanced Medical Optics. Through this grant, copies of the text have been placed in the libraries of every medical school in the country, and individual copies have been made available to every resident in training in ophthalmology in the United States and Canada.
Dr. Colvard is also the new technology editor for “Review of Ophthalmology” and the editor for the cataract section of “Focal Points”, a clinical modular teaching program for graduate physicians, published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Colvard has received the prestigious "Honor Award" for his commitment and dedication to teaching by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The “Honor Award” recognizes individuals for their lifetime contributions to teaching and to scientific advancement of the field of ophthalmology.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the largest and most prestigious scientific society for eye surgery in the world. Its educational programs, both at the regional and the national level, are widely considered the most advanced and comprehensive in existence.
Innovator in Eye Surgery
Dr. Colvard has developed many surgical techniques and designed a variety of instruments used in eye surgery all over the world. The focus of Dr. Colvard´s innovative work has always been patient safety. For example, the "Colvard Pupillometer," an instrument used in the preoperative evaluation of patients for laser vision correction, was designed and developed by Dr. Colvard. This device, used by virtually every outstanding Lasik surgeon in the world today, has helped to improve the process of patient selection in laser vision correction. The use of Dr. Colvard´s device helps surgeons to identify which patients are likely to have problems with night vision following Lasik before any surgery is performed. This allows careful surgeons to properly counsel patients who are at high risk to have problems with night vision.
In addition, Dr. Colvard is the founder and medical director of the Friends of Vision Foundation, an organization supporting medical charities in third world countries, and is on the Board of Directors of SEE International. He has been active as a volunteer cataract surgeon in underdeveloped countries the past twenty years. Click “Friends of Vision” on the search bar of the introductory page of this website for a more detailed discussion of Dr. Colvard’s activities as a volunteer surgeon outside the US.
Dr. Colvard is a member of the American Medical Association. He is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons, and is a founding member of the American College of Eye Surgeons. He is also the Director of Colvard Eye Center in Encino, California.
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