John A. Hovanesian, MD

Specialist in Cataract, Refractive, Cornea, and Pterygium Surgery

Dr. John Hovanesian is a board certified ophthalmologist, a faculty member at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute and an internationally recognized leader in the fields of corneal, cataract, refractive and laser surgery. Dr. Hovanesian received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed his fellowship in ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. He joined Harvard Eye Associates in 1999 where he has since been providing patients with innovative medical and surgical eye care.

Dr. Hovanesian has been invited to lecture to surgeons on six continents, produced numerous surgical teaching videos, and written dozens of articles. He has published two eye surgery textbooks; one on the subject of refractive cataract surgery and one on pterygium surgery. He is the chairman of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s online cataract surgery committee and an editorial board member for five other eye journals. He has been honored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery for contributions to his field.

As an Eagle Scout, Dr. Hovanesian has spent many years as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America and has been honored on numerous occasions by the Boy Scouts for his volunteer service. He has also made over a dozen trips overseas to third world countries; volunteering his time performing eye surgery.

Dr. Hovanesian lives in Laguna Beach with his wife, Tanya, and their three young children. He enjoys spending the weekends with his family, teaching Sunday school at his church in Costa Mesa and enjoying his hobbies of cooking food, swimming, playing piano and performing magic.

“I’m so lucky to have the privilege of helping people improve their vision with amazing technology that’s continuously getting even better. This is a very exciting time in our field because of advances that weren’t available just a few years ago that genuinely improve the lives of our patients.”

Dr. Hovanesian has published two eye surgery textbooks — one on the subject of refractive cataract surgery and one on pterygium surgery. Click on the images below to learn more.



Financial Disclosures

1-800-DOCTORS (C, M), Acufocus (C), Aerie Pharmaceutical (C, M, R), Alcon (C, R), Alicia Surgery Center (E), Allegro Ophthalmics (C, E), Allergan (C, E, R), Abbott Medical Optics (C, M, R), Bausch & Lomb (M, R), BlephEx (C, M), Glaukos (C, M, R), Guardian Health Sciences (C, M, E), Halozyme (C, M), Harvard Eye Associates (E), Harvard Hearing (E), IOP (C, M, R), Ivantis (C, M), MDbackline (M, E), NextGen Healthcare (C), Ocular Therapeutix (C, M, R, E), Omeros (C, M, R), ReVision Optics (C, M, R), Sarentis ophthalmics (C, E), Shire (C, M, R), Sight Sciences (M, E), Slack Books (S), South Orange County Outpatient Surgery Center (E), Tear Science (C, M, R), TLC The Laser Center (S), Valeant (C, M, R), Vindico Medical Education (C)

No financial interest exists for prescribing, recommending, or using a particular product in patient care. This list may not be complete because of financial interests that may arise between updates to this document or stock ownership through mutual funds or exchange traded funds that do not involve a direct relationship with the entity.

C = paid consultant
M = medical advisory board
R = paid research
E = equity interest
S = royalties from sales