Dr. Rom Kandavel

Dr. Rom KandavelDr. Kandavel performs cutting edge cataract and laser eye surgery at the Colvard Eye Center. He is a specialty trained eye surgeon who believes that personal attention and care are an essential part of treating every patient.

Educational Background
Dr. Kandavel grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He graduated from Harvard-Westlake high school with honors. He then attended UCLA, where he received his degree in Biology and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. Dr. Kandavel received his medical degree from UC Davis Medical School where he graduated at the top of his class with AOA honors on a full academic scholarship.

His ophthalmology training was completed at the prestigious UC Irvine Department of Ophthalmology where Dr. Kandavel has worked alongside the leaders in cataract, refractive surgery, and glaucoma surgery as a chief resident.

He then went on to receive post-graduate training specifically in field of refractive surgery using the most advanced laser technologies. Dr. Kandavel met his wife, Monica, at UCLA. She is also a physician, in pediatrics, here in Tarzana.

Academic Pursuits

Dr. Kandavel is widely published in field of ophthalmic surgery. With millions of LASIK surgery now performed worldwide, Dr. Kandavel published one of the first papers discussing the calculation of intraocular powers after LASIK surgery. This paper has now been used to direct further research on the subject and has been cited by other leaders in the field.

Some of the newest techniques in eye surgery involve the use of amniotic tissue grafting to reconstruct the ocular surface after trauma or ocular surgery. Dr. Kandavel has published numerous articles on the topic, and his most recent publication in the medical journal, Cornea, is the first publication to describe the use of specialized staining to make these difficult surgeries more facile for all ophthalmologists.

Recently, Dr. Kandavel collaborated with researchers at the prestigious Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins University to publish papers detailing the newest operative techniques in treating the ocular surface damaged by pterygia, a common occurrence here in Southern California.

Dr. Kandavel also has an appointment as a teacher and instructor at the prestigious UC Irvine Eye Institute; where, each month, he gives lectures and teaches ophthalmic surgery to the next generation of eye surgeons.

Philanthropic Missions
The need for ophthalmic surgery in other countries is great, and Dr. Kandavel also travels to bring these essential services to the underprivileged. Dr. Kandavel participates in missions to Gujrat, India where he helps to perform hundreds of cataract surgeries. In addition strabismus or eye misalignment can cause blindness in children, but can be prevented with eye muscle surgery early in life. Such essential surgeries were also performed in the villages of Gujrat for over twenty young children during his last eye mission.

Most recently, Dr. Kandavel is planning a mission to Nuevo Progreso, in the state of San Marcos, in southwestern Guatemala. It is accessible by an 8-hour bus ride over bumpy, rutted roads from Guatemala City, after a 7-hour flight from the U.S. The hilltop village is home to about 2,500 people with 25,000 more in the surrounding villages. Unemployment is around 50% with some finding work on the coffee plantations and the rest marginally self-supporting, living on the land. Even so, the people are warm, friendly and most appreciative of the medical care they receive - often walking days to get to the hospital. Dr. Kandavel along with other eye surgeons from around the United States will perform eye surgeries at no cost to the local inhabitants.

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