Orange County, California
800-974-EYES (3937)

Roger V. Ohanesian, MD, FACS

Specialist in Lens Implants For Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Associate Clinical Professor, UC-Irvine Department of Ophthalmology

Roger V. Ohanesian, MD, FACS

"I’m very lucky to have the opportunity to help so many people live a better life with better vision. What is truly an honor is being able to help people all over the world."

Dr. Ohanesian is an acknowledged leader in eye surgery and presently teaches medical and surgical techniques in the United States and internationally. As the founder of Harvard Eye Associates 30 years ago, he has remained involved in the development of new procedures for a wide variety of ophthalmic conditions.

Dr. Ohanesian has completed over 50,000 surgical eye procedures and shares his expertise with other eye doctors as a diagnostic and surgical consultant.

He received his medical degree from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine and was then selected for a two year staff appointment at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Following this he completed his residency at Harvard University's Ophthalmology program at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He was later appointed as associate clinical professor of ophthalmology and was on staff at Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education.

Among his many professional affiliations, Dr. Ohanesian is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology; the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery; California Ophthalmologic Association and is a past president of the Orange County Medical Association. Dr. Ohanesian is certified by the American Board of Eye Surgery and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology.

He is the author of more than a dozen journal articles, instructional videos, and several books on the Basics and Essentials of Ophthalmology. Beyond Harvard Eye Associates, Dr. Ohanesian is a part of various ophthalmologic societies and associations. Most notably in 1992, he founded the Armenian Eye Care Projec, traveling twice a year to Armenia, the home of his ancestors. He has developed a program to provide medical and surgical teaching, equipment and pharmaceuticals to local urban and rural citizens aboard a mobile Eye Hospital that he had built from charitable donations.

Locally, he is also an active in charitable work in the Orange County community.

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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Ohanesian has yearly attended multiple professional courses and meetings and has taught medical and surgical techniques at national and international conferences. He has over thirty-five years of experience in surgical procedures and is the founder of Harvard Eye Associates. In addition to his busy private practice, since 1992, when he founded the Armenian Eye Care Project, he has traveled twice yearly to Armenia, the home of his ancestors, to provide medical and surgical teaching, equipment and pharmaceuticals.

On two to three week trips, Dr. Ohanesian and his colleagues have traveled to all parts of the country, from earthquake areas to war zones, performing reconstructive surgery on hundreds of victims of warfare and landmines. He has raised more than 9 million dollars for supplies and equipment for the country and has brought numerous patients to America for gratis surgery at Harvard Eye Associates and other locations.

All partners at Harvard Eye Associates have performed numerous humanitarian missions to less fortunate countries throughout the world. It is their practice commitment to help patients receive proper eye care without regard for economics.


Clinical Instructor Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Residency, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School

Basic Sciences and Clinical Techniques in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

Internship, Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New York

MD, University of Vermont, College of Medicine, Burlington, Vermont

BA, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

Medical Licenses & Certification

California Medical License

Massachusetts Board of Registration and Discipline in Medicine

Vermont Board of Medical Registration

Academic Appointments

Associate Clinical Professor, University of California, Irvine

Ophthalmology Instructor, Harvard Medical School

Elected Positions

President, Orange County Association of Ophthalmology

Chief of Ophthalmology, San Clemente Hospital

Chief of Ophthalmology, South Coast Medical Center

Medical and Volunteer Teachings

1994-Present — Primary organizer and speaker: Annual Armenian American
            Ophthalmology Conference, Republican Eye Hospital, Yerevan, Armenia

1992-Present — Director: Armenian Eye Care Project

1998 — Principal lecturer at Central Eye Hospital, Damascus, Syria

1995 — Guest Lecturer, American Academy of Ophthalmology, San Francisco, California

1994 — Guest Lecturer Armenian Congress of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts

1991 — Guest Lecturer, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Atlanta, Georgia

1990 — Guest Lecturer, San Francisco, CA, Phacoemulsification and Small Incision Course

1990 — Guest Lecturer, Dana Point, CA, Phacoemulsification and Small Incision Course

1987 — Guest Lecturer, Brooklyn Eye Institute, Brooklyn, New York

1986 — Principal Lecturer, London Institute of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital

1985 — Principal Lecturer, New York Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting

1979 — Principal Speaker, New England Ophthalmology Society, Boston, Massachusetts

1974 — Principal Speaker, Harvard Department of Continuing Education, Boston, Massachusetts


2005 — St. Nerses Humanitarian Medal, Costa Mesa, California

2004 — Ellis Island Medal of Honor New York City, New York

2002 — Ararat Home, Humanitarian of the Year Award, Mission Hills, California

2000 — Honorary Doctorate from Armenian Medical University, Yerevan, Armenia

1999 — Presidential Award for Service to Country, Yerevan, Armenia

1997 — Outstanding Clinical Professor Award, University of California, Irvine

1996 — Outstanding Contribution, Science Technology Society, University of California

1996 — Humanitarian Award, Service to Medicine, University of Vermont Medical College

1994 — Humanitarian Award, Armenian Professional Society

1993 — Operating room named in his honor, Republican Eye Hospital, Yerevan, Armenia

1991 — Outstanding Clinical Professor Award, University of California, Irvine

1985 — Second Place: Surgical Film Award, Intraocular Implant Society, San Francisco

1983 — First Place: Surgical Film Award, Intraocular Lens Symposium, New Orleans

1963 — Carey Award for Anatomy, University of Vermont, Medical College, Burlington

1955 — Eagle Scout Award, Troop Four, Watertown, Massachusetts

Professional Societies

Fellow, American College of Surgeons; Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology; California Medical Association; Orange County Medical Association; American Intraocular Implant Society; Keratorefractive Society; Orange County Society of Ophthalmology; California Association of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School Alumni Association; Royal Society of British Medicine; Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Alumni Association; University of Vermont Alumni Association; Science, Technology Society.

Personal Interests

Dr. Ohanesian has been a resident of Laguna Beach since moving from Boston in 1974 with Eileen with whom he has been married since 1971. They have one son, Andrew who is in college at Berkeley. Roger enjoys playing paint ball and whitewater rafting in addition to his travels to Armenia.

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