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Gavin Herbert Eye Institute

Our UCI Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute eye specialists have one mission: to deliver outstanding patient care. Whether you need a routine eye evaluation, LASIK surgery or care for complex vision problems, our internationally renowned ophthalmologists can help you.

As Orange County’s leading eye-care providers, our board-certified specialists offer state-of-the-art ophthalmology services, including:

Working at Orange County’s only academic eye center, our surgeons and scientists not only provide our patients the most advanced eye care, they also offer access to leading-edge clinical trials, sight-saving treatments and therapies for virtually any eye disorder.

We serve patients at two locations:

Directions for the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute in Irvine

Patients visiting the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute Clinic, please enter from Health Sciences Road, turn left at the stop sign and park in the Health Sciences Parking Structure past the roundabout. We offer complimentary valet for clinic patients. Patient drop off is available in front of the building and parking attendants are onsite to assist.

Patients visiting the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute Surgery Center, please enter from Health Sciences Road, make an immediate left into lot 83A and look for the Julia & George Argyros Surgery Center entrance.

To make an appointment, please call 949-824-2020 or click the link below.

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We also offer the full range of optometry services at our optical shop ›

You can count on receiving the highest quality eye care at the UCI Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute because our ophthalmologists are at the forefront of advances in treating vision problems.

  • Our team includes pioneers in the development and use of ophthalmic lasers and refractive surgery techniques. Their work has formed the foundations of LASIK surgery, the development of the blade-less IntraLase™ laser and the most advanced techniques for corneal transplants and intraocular lens implants.
  • Our team has made critical advances in treating age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people over age 55. We are the only eye care center in Orange County able to restore vision to patients with end-stage macular degeneration with tiny telescope implants.
  • Our surgeons, stem cell researchers, geneticists, infectious disease specialists and engineers are working on technologies and treatments for diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, corneal disease and cataracts, as well as a vaccine to prevent eye and genital herpes infections.
  • We also are international leaders in glaucoma implant surgery, having developed many of the techniques and technologies used around the world today. Our team also includes specialists in neuro-ophthalmology, ocular oncology, oculofacial plastics and orbital surgery.
  • These efforts have vaulted the institute into the top echelons of U.S. institutions receiving National Institutes of Health grants for vision research.

Our institute's ophthalmologists bring this expertise and vision to the care they provide daily to patients with eye conditions that range from mild myopia to rare retinal and ocular disorders. Many of them appear regularly on the "Best Doctors in America®" list, a peer-review survey that represents the top 5 percent of specialists in the nation.

We see patients at the UCI Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute on the university campus in Irvine and at UCI Medical Center's Pavilion 2 in Orange.

We also offer optometry services at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute Optical Shop ›

The range and depth of clinical and scientific expertise of our ophthalmologists enables us to deliver high-quality care for the full range of eye conditions, including:


  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Cataracts
  • Comprehensive eye care
  • Corneal surgery/external disease
  • Cosmetic eye surgery
  • Detached retina
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Molecular virology and immunology
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Ocular pathology
  • Pediatric ophthalmology
  • Refractive (LASIK) surgery
  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Strabismus
  • Thyroid eye disease
  • Uveitis and ocular inflammation


We provide comprehensive eye exams and perform leading-edge procedures with the most advanced equipment available today, including:

  • Femtosecond laser keratoplasty
  • Implantable mini telescope for age-related macular degeneration
  • Boston keratoprosthesis (artificial cornea)
  • Navilas® laser system for retinal disease

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Gavin Herbert Eye Institute has assembled a unique, world-class group of scientists, engineers and physicians who conduct patient-oriented basic science and applied research on the next generation of sight-saving devices, drugs and procedures.

This internationally recognized team of investigators includes basic and clinical scientists who have placed UCI's School of Medicine in the top echelon of U.S. institutions receiving National Institutes of Health grants for vision research. Many are pioneers in the development of ophthalmic lasers and refractive surgical technologies. Others are at the forefront of stem cell treatments for such conditions as macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and corneal disease. All are focused on developing the treatments of the future that will prevent vision loss.

Basic research studies currently include:
  • Stem cells for retinal regeneration in macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa
  • Regenerative medicine for retinal and corneal diseases
  • Genetics of macular degeneration to improve treatment outcomes
  • Safety testing of medications used in treating retinal disorders
  • The role of environmental factors in retinal degeneration
  • Imaging the optic nerve in glaucoma patients
  • Development new therapies for glaucoma
  • Understanding and preventing corneal scarring
  • Understanding and preventing vision loss from herpes infections
Clinical research studies currently include:
  • Clinical trials for diabetic macular edema, diabetic retinopathy and vitreous hemorrhage
  • Clinical trials for both "wet" and "dry" age-related macular degeneration
  • Clinical trials for retinal vein occlusion
  • Clinical trials for vitreomacular traction
  • Clinical trials for retinal detachment
  • Clinical trials for imaging the optic nerve in patients with glaucoma and macular degeneration
  • Clinical trials for imaging the retina and choroidal vasculature in retinal vein occlusion, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration
  • Evaluation of the Trabectome instrument in glaucoma treatment
  • Development and testing of new corneal transplant techniques

At UCI Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, our board-certified ophthalmologists include specialists in laser vision correction surgery, glaucoma, cornea transplants, cataract extraction and other refractive procedures aimed at improving vision.

Many of our specialists regularly appear on the "Best Doctors in America®" list, a peer-review survey that represents the top 5% of specialists in the nation.

Our eye care physicians include:

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