Dr. Kavita Rao is a UCI Health ophthalmologist and eye care specialist.

Kavita K. Rao, MD



Clinical Interests

dry eye, diabetic screening, age-related macular degeneration

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Medical Services
  • American Board of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Marathi
Medical School
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
University of Texas at HoustonOphthalmology Research Fellow
Baylor College of MedicineInternal Medicine
University of Texas at HoustonOphthalmology
Professional Positions
  • Assistant Professor — Gavin Herbert Eye Institute/Department of Ophthalmology, UC Irvine School of Medicine
  • General Ophthalmology Specialist — University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Awards and Recognition
  • Member — Orange County Society of Ophthalmology (OSCO), 2017
  • Member — American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), 2016 – present
More Information

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.

UCI Health Eye Care Services
101 The City Drive South, Pavilion 2
Building 30A
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-7183
Fax: 855-376-5057
UCI Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute
850 Health Sciences Road
Irvine, CA 92617
Phone: 949-824-2020
Fax: 855-376-5057