NVISION Eye CenterGeorge Baerveldt, M.D.

Dr. Baerveldt’s international reputation is based on his glaucoma research and surgical innovations. He developed the Baerveldt™ Glaucoma Implant and surgical procedure and presently holds six patents related to this invention.
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Dr. Baerveldt also invented and patented the Trabectome®, a minimally-invasive glaucoma surgical system and instrumentation for the treatment of adult and infantile open-angle glaucoma. Both the Baerveldt™ and Trabectome® surgical procedures are performed worldwide.

Born and educated in South Africa, Dr. Baerveldt obtained his medical degree from the University of Pretoria and his residency in ophthalmology at the University of the Witwatersrand. He completed a fellowship in anterior segment surgery and neuro-ophthalmology at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center from 1974-1975.

In 1980, Dr. Baerveldt was head of St. John’s Eye Hospital in Johannesburg when he was recruited as a fulltime faculty member at the Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California. In 1994 he accepted a faculty position as the Director of Glaucoma at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he remained until joining University of California at Irvine in 1999 as Director of Glaucoma. He was the Irving H. Leopold Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at UCI and Director of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute from 2003 – 2008. In 2012 retired from UCI and joined NVISION Laguna Hills.

Dr. Baerveldt has participated in 44 clinical trials involving glaucoma drugs and glaucoma surgery and has published 84 peer-reviewed papers and 11 chapters in books. He was the principal investigator on the RPB Challenge Grant 2004 – 2008.

He is honored in Best Doctors in America from 1996 till now. He was also named Top Ophthalmologist by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals. In 2012 he was the Honorary President of the 6th International Congress on Glaucoma Surgery.The Doheny Professional Association presented Dr. Baerveldt with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2000. In 2017, Dr. Baerveldt was inducted into the Dohney Society of Scholars by the Doheny Eye Institute, UCLA.

Dr. Baerveldt received the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Senior Achievement Award in 2002.

In 2018, he received the Academy of Ophthalmology Life Time Achievement Award.

He is a charter member of the American Glaucoma Society, and a founding member of the Glaucoma Society of Southern California and the Glaucoma Society of Orange County.

In 2012, the American Glaucoma Society awarded Dr. Baerveldt the Innovator Award for inventing two new surgical procedures and instrumentation.

Dr. Baerveldt delivered the 2014 American Glaucoma Society Lecture at the Annual Glaucoma Society Meeting in Washington, DC.

Dr. Baerveldt's humanitarian endeavors have been recognized by the National Society to Prevent Blindness.

He also received the Teacher of the Year award in 1981 from the University of Southern California, and Staff of the Year award from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 1997/1998 and 1998/1999.

Dr. Baerveldt is based at NVISION®’s Laguna Hills and looks forward to meeting you and assisting with your glaucoma-related needs. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, spending time with his wife, three children and six grandchildren.

Surgeon Credentials
  • Education

    1967 Medical degree, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

    1976 South African Medical and Dental Council, Specialist in Ophthalmology

  • Board Certification

    1976 Fellow of the College of Surgeons of South Africa in Ophthalmology

  • Professional Affiliations

    American Academy of Ophthalmology

    American Glaucoma Society

    Glaucoma Society of Southern California

    Glaucoma Society of Orange County

  • Professional Training

    1968 Internship, Surgery and Medicine, University of Pretoria Hospital, Pretoria, South Africa

    1976 Resident, Ophthalmology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

    1981 Internship, Ophthalmology, LAC/USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1975 Clinical Fellow in Anterior Segment Surgery and Neuro-Ophthalmology, State University of New York, Brooklyn, New York

  • University & Hospital Positions

    Principal Surgeon and Head, St. John’s Eye Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa

    Faculty at Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

    Director of Glaucoma at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

    Irvine H. Leopold Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology

    Director of Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, University of California, Irvine, CA

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Exterior NVISION® Newport Beach, specializing in LASIK
NVISION® Eye Centers – Laguna Hills
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