Dr. Kavita K. Rao is a comprehensive ophthalmologist specializing in dry eyes, meibomian gland disease, blepharitis, ocular graft versus host disease, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma screening.
Rao's clinical interests include chemotherapy-related ocular conditions, diabetic screening and age-related macular degeneration. Rao’s research interests include open globe injuries, ultrasound biomicroscopy as a tool in glaucoma evaluation, and intravitreal treatment for diabetic proliferative retinopathy. Her work has been published in academic publications, including Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science and Expert Review of Ophthalmology.
Rao spent two years working at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She currently sees patients at both the UCI Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute in Irvine and the UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange.