Kevin M. Miller, MD
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Kevin M. Miller, MD

  • LASIK and Laser Vision Correction Surgery|
  • Cataract and Refractive Disease
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Stein Eye Institute Cataract & Refractive Surgery | 300 Stein Plaza 2nd Floor Wasserman, Los Angeles, CA 90095


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Kevin M. Miller, MD, is a professor of clinical ophthalmology and the Kolokotrones Chair in Ophthalmology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is the Chief of the Cataract and Refractive Surgery Division, Director of the Anterior Segment Diagnostic Laboratory, and a member of the Stein Eye Institute.

He received his undergraduate training in electrical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering. Working for the US Naval Research Laboratory, he developed a facility for testing Cesium atomic clocks used in Global Positioning System satellites under space flight conditions. He received his MD degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. This was followed by an internship in Baltimore at the Franklin Square Hospital Center and a research fellowship in Ophthalmic Optics at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins. He did his residency training at the UCLA Stein Eye Institute and joined the full time faculty at UCLA in 1991. His clinical practice is devoted to refractive cataract surgery, laser refractive surgery (LASIK, PRK, phakic lens implantation, corneal inlays), and the rehabilitation of eyes with complex anterior segment surgical problems.

Dr. Miller is the recipient of four endowed cataract research funds at UCLA including the Paul Vicari fund, the Pat and Joe Yzurdiaga fund, the Albert Sarnoff fund, and the Amalia Simon Roth fund. He received the Honor, Senior Honor, and two Secretariat awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS), and the International Intra-Ocular Implant Club (IIIC). Dr. Miller's teaching activities span the range of training from undergraduate students to practicing ophthalmologists. He supervises research projects taken on by undergraduates at UCLA. He is an instructor in several required and elective medical school courses and has been involved in resident, national fellow, and international fellow training at the Stein Eye Institute for over 20 years. He served on the AAO Basic and Clinical Science Course committee for 10 years, editing 3 editions of the Clinical Optics textbook. He served on the AAO Anterior Segment Preferred Practice Patterns committee, editing two editions of Cataract in the Adult Eye. He served on the AAO Maintenance of Certification committee and the Compass committee, developing educational content for practicing ophthalmologists and materials for the One Network. He currently serves on the AAO Program Planning committee, Preferred Practice Patterns committee, and the Skills Transfer Advisory committee. For the ASCRS, he serves on the Cataract Clinical committee, the Retina Clinical committee, and the Skills Transfer Advisory committee.

He writes a regular column for EyeWorld, an ASCRS publication. He was an organizer of the cataract sections for the 2012 and 2014 World Congresses of Ophthalmology. He serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, EyeNet Magazine, Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today, and Em Foco, a Brazilian language publication. He is a reviewer for many ophthalmic journals. He has delivered approximately 1,000 invited lectures at national and international meetings. He has numerous instructional courses for residents, fellows, and practicing ophthalmologists.




Medical Board Certification

Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology, 1992


Ophthalmic Optics, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1988


Ophthalmology, UCLA School of Medicine, 1991


Internal Medicine, Franklin Square Hospital Center, 1986


MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1985


  • #9 in Newsweek's list of America's Best Eye Doctors 2021
  • Gold medal of the Intraocular Implant and Refractive Society of India
  • 2019 Charles D. Kelman Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
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Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center



Dr. Miller's research interests span the areas of cataract surgery, cataract surgery instrumentation, corneal refractive surgery, intraocular lenses, ophthalmic optics, aniridia, artificial iris devices, and surgical outcomes. He was an investigator in the Alcon Laboratories T3-T5 toric intraocular lens trial, the post-market approval study of the T6-T9 lenses, the Hoya Surgical Optics single-piece acrylic lens trial, and the Ophtec endocapsular tension ring trial. He participated in the development and national launch of the Alcon Laboratories Infiniti Vision phacoemulsification system. He is an investigator for the Calhoun Vision light adjustable lens. He was an investigator in the Ophtec model 311 iris reconstruction lens trial and he holds an investigational device exemption from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to implant Morcher artificial iris devices in eyes with congenital or acquired iris defects. He was an investigator for the HumanOptics artificial iris clinical trial.


  1. Bonnet C, Miller KMSafety and efficacy of custom foldable silicone artificial iris implantation: A prospective compassionate-use case series. J Cataract Refract Surg 2020; 46:893-901.
  2. Wang H, Jung J, Lin S, Olson MD, Miller KMSafety and Efficacy of Colored Iris Reconstruction Lens Implantation. Am J Ophthalmol 2020; 216:174-18
  3. Bahadur G, Miller KMArtificial iris exchange. J Cataract Refract Surg 2020; 46:1630-163
  4. Foster GJL, Ayres B, Fram N, Khandewal S, Ogawa GSH, MacDonald SM, Miller KM, Snyder ME, Vasavada AR. Management of common iatrogenic iris defects induced by cataract surgery. J Cataract Refract Surg 2021; 47:522-532.
  5. Bonnet C, Vazirnia P, Deng SX, Aldave AJ, Miller KMSutured Custom Foldable Silicone Artificial Iris Implantation Combined With Intraocular Lens Implantation and Penetrating Keratoplasty: Safety and Efficacy Outcomes. Cornea 2021; 40:1236-1247.
  6. Yu EJ, Nejad M, Miller KMOutcomes of Resident-Performed FS-LASIK for Myopia and Myopic Astigmatism. J Refract Surg 2021; 37:545-551.
  7. Ghaffari R, Aldave AJ, Al-Hashimi S, Miller KMComplications of Cosmetic Artificial Iris Implantation and Post Explantation Outcomes. Am J Ophthalmology 2021; 226:156-164.
  8. Miller KM, Dyk DW, Yalamanchili S. Experimental study of occlusion break surge volume in 3 different phacoemulsification systems. J Cataract Refract Surgery 2021;47:1477-1472.
  9. Miller KM, Oetting TA, Tweeten JP, Carter K, Lee BS, Lin S, Nanji AA, Shorstein NH, Musch DC; American Academy of Ophthalmology Preferred Practice Pattern Cataract/Anterior Segment Panel. Cataract in the Adult Eye Preferred Practice Pattern. Ophthalmology 2022;129:P1-P126.
  10. Ayres BD, Fant BS, Landis ZC, Miller KM, Stulting RD, Cionni RJ, Fram NR, Hamilton S, Hardten DR, Koch DD, Masket S, Price FW Jr, Rosenthal KJ, Hamill MB, Snyder ME. Results of the United States Food and Drug Administration Clinical Trial of the CustomFlex Artificial Iris. Ophthalmology 2022;129:614-625.

In the News

  1. Chu YR, Tyson, S, Miller KM, Thompson V, Daoud Y, Mamalis N. Adjustable IOLs: Lights, Lasers and Lock-ins. Review of Ophthalmology. April 9, 2020 (passim).
  2. Chang DF, Devgan U, Donaldson KE, Garg S, Miller KM. Climbing the Stepladder to Manage Astigmatism. EyeNet. August 2020.
  3. Miller KM, Hatch KM, Crandall AS. Avoiding Unhappiness After Cataract Surgery. Review of Ophthalmology. September 9, 2020 (passim).
  4. Snyder M, Miller KM. Treatment Options for Dysfunctional Irises. Review of Ophthalmology. November 5, 2020 (passim).
  5. Miller KM, Srinivasan S. Current options in artificial irises. EyeWorld. December 2020 (passim).
  6. Feng M, Iskander N, Commiskey P, Jeng B, Miller K, Sultan D, Blanton C, Probst L, Whitman J, Raviv T, Lee MW, Early A, Berdahl J, Lee WB, Herndon L, Estephan Z. How has Covid-19 changed your practice? EyeWorld. March 2021 (passim).
  7. Park L, Auran JD, Miller KM. Phaco Update: Getting The Right Setting. Review of Ophthalmology. April 15, 2021 (passim).
  8. Arshinoff S, Miller KM, Colvard DM. Back to Basics: Using OVDs. Review of Ophthalmology. June 15, 2021 (passim).
  9. Miller KM, Daluvoy MB, Rosenthal KJ, Grayson D. Out with the old: Successful IOL exchange. Review of Ophthalmology. October 10, 2021 (passim).
  10. Waring GO, Gulani AC, Miller KM, Greenstein SA. Taking anterior segment analysis to the next level. Review of Ophthalmology. November 1, 2021.
  11. Miller KM, Martinez C, Lee BS. Intraoperative Refractive Guidance Systems. EyeWorld. December 2021 (passim).
  12. Miller K. Case 7: Bag-Toric IOL Dislocation. In Chang DF. Cataract Challenges: Expert insights on eight complex cases. EyeNet. March 2022.
  13. Ayres BD, Miller KM, Snyder ME. The Artificial Iris: Technically Challenging and Unusually Rewarding. EyeNet. May 2022.
  14. Miller KM, Vasavada A, Yeoh R. Anterior segment OCT for cataract surgery: preop, intraop, and postop applications. EyeWorld. June 2022 (passim).


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  • #9 in Newsweek's list of America's Best Eye Doctors 2021
  • Gold medal of the Intraocular Implant and Refractive Society of India
  • 2019 Charles D. Kelman Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • 2018 Los Angeles Magazine Top Doctors
  • 2017 Life Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • 2016 First listing in Ocular Surgery News Premier Surgeon 300, Innovators in Refractive Cataract Surgery 
  • 2015 Secretariat Award (second award), American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • 2013 Pat and Joe Yzurdiaga Endowed Cataract Research Fund
  • 2013 First listing in Southern California Super Doctors
  • 2013 Best Paper of Session, Annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • 2012 Secretariat Award (first award), American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • 2012 First listing in Castle Connolly Southern California's Top Doctors
  • 2011 First listing in Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors
  • 2010 First listing in Who's Who in Science and Engineering
  • 2010 First listing in Best Doctors in America
  • 2009 First listing in Super Doctors Los Angeles
  • 2008 First listing in Who's Who in America
  • 2006 Senior Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • 2006 Paul Vicari Endowed Cataract Research Fund
  • 2006 Elected into Membership in the Intra-Ocular Implant Club
  • 2005 Kolokotrones Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology
  • 2004 Best Paper of Session, Annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • 1997 Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • 1996 Physician's Recognition Award, American Medical Association
  • 1996 Best Paper of Session, Annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • 1993 Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • 1991 Resident Research Award, Jules Stein Eye Institute
  • 1991 Jules Stein Eye Institute Quiz Award, Jules Stein Eye Institute
  • 1991 Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Award (declined)
  • 1990 Resident Research Award, Jules Stein Eye Institute
  • 1987 National Children's Eye Care Foundation Award
  • 1985 Harold Lamport Research Fund Award, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • 1981 General and Departmental Honors, Johns Hopkins University GWC Whiting School of Engineering
  • 1981 Eta Kappa Nu, National Electrical Engineering Honor Society
  • 1980 Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society