Michael Colvard, M.D.

Dr. Colvard is nationally recognized as one of America’s leading cataract surgeons. He serves as a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology on the volunteer faculty of Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA School of Medicine. He is a consultant with Cedars Sinai Valley Health Services. Dr. Colvard has been active in clinical practice, has taught cataract surgery to resident surgeons at USC and UCLA affiliated hospitals for over thirty years, and is a frequent lecturer at courses for post-graduate eye surgeons both nationally and internationally.

In addition to being named to the “Southern California Super Doctor’s Hall of Fame,” he has been chosen as one of the nation’s “Best Doctors” and one of America’s “Top Ophthalmologists” by independent consumer groups. He has also been inducted into IIIC, a highly selective European-based medical honor society, whose membership is comprised of the world’s most highly regarded eye surgeons.


Professional Activities

Medical Educator

Achieving Excellence in Cataract Surgery - A Step-by-Stop Approach by Dr. Michael Colvard, MD, FACS
Dr. Colvard’s textbook on cataract surgery is the most widely circulated medical textbook on the subject ever published.

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. The text has also been selected by both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons for inclusion on their teaching websites.

Dr. Colvard is also the new technology editor for “Review of Ophthalmology” and has served as 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” and the “Senior Honor Award” for his commitment and dedication to teaching by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The “Senior 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 Pupilometer,” an instrument used in the preoperative evaluation of patients for laser vision correction and cataract surgery, 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, a non-profit organization supporting medical charities in third world countries, and he has served on the Board of Directors of SEE International. He has been active as a volunteer cataract surgeon in underdeveloped countries for the past thirty 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.


“Dr. Colvard and his staff are a marvel in efficiency and effectiveness and you experience the highest level of care. I heartily recommend Dr. Colvard and his excellent staff for all your vision needs. Dr. Colvard is nothing short of a miracle worker.”

Jim A.

“This is absolutely as good as it gets! I was 100% secure in the knowledge that I had made the right decision in choosing this office. Everyone with no exception, is as professional, warm & caring as Dr. Colvard. They all deserve to be commended. An incredible staff all the way around!”

Nancy G.

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