John A. Hovanesian, MD

Ophthalmologist Specializing in Cataracts, Refractive, Cornea, and Pterygium Surgery

Orange County Ophthalmologist John A. Hovanesian, MDDr. 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. He has published two eye surgery textbooks — one on the subject of refractive cataract surgery and one on pterygium surgery.

Dr. Hovanesian received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where he was selected to serve as chief resident. He also completed a two-year fellowship in refractive and corneal surgery at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. He joined Harvard Eye Associates in 1999.

Dr. Hovanesian has been invited to lecture to surgeons on six continents, authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles, and produced surgical teaching videos that have won the “Best Teaching” award at the prestigious ASCRS Film Festival. He is the cataract surgery section editor for the world’s most widely read eyecare trade journal and serves on several other editorial boards.

He is a recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Senior Achievement Award for his service as chairman of the Academy’s cataract education committee, and he has been named a Distinguished Eagle Scout by the Boy Scouts of America for internationally-recognized contributions to his professional field.

Dr. Hovanesian has made dozens of volunteer surgical trips to third world countries, including Armenia, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Fiji. He has spent over 20 years volunteering as a board member, board chairman, and as an adult leader for the Boy Scouts of America, which has presented him with numerous service awards.

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

Images of Dr. Hovanesian’s 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.

Refractive Cataract Surgery: Best Practices and Advanced Technology, Second Edition Book

Pterygium: Techniques and Technologies for Surgical Success Book

“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.”

Financial Disclosures*

Alcon-C, R, E
Alicia Surgery Center-E
Allegro Ophthalmics–E
Allergan–C, E, R
Azura Ophthalmics–C
Bausch & Lomb–M, R
BlephEx-C, M
Cord, LLC–C, R, E
Eyedetec–C, M, E
EyePoint–C, M, R
Glaukos–C, M, R
Guardion Health Sciences—C, M, E
Harvard Eye Associates–E
Ingenoeye LLC–C, R, E
Johnson & Johnson Vision–C, R, E
Katena, M, R
MDbackline—M, E
Novartis–C, M, R, E
Ocular Therapeutix–C, M, R, E
Omeros-C, M, R
Refocus Group–C
Research InSight LLC–C, R, E
Sight Sciences–M, E
SightLife–C, M, E
Slack Books–S
Sun Ophthalmics–C, M, R
Tear Clear–E
Versant Ventures and its investments–E
Vindico Medical Education–C
Visionary Ventures Fund 1 and 2 and its investments–E
Zeiss–C, M, R

* No financial interest exists for prescribing, recommending, or using a particular product inpatient 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 sale