Dr. Paul Dougherty, MD

Dr. Paul Dougherty, MD

Cataract Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 55
Dr. Paul Dougherty, MD is a cataract surgery specialist in Westlake Village, CA and has been practicing for 24 years. He graduated from University Of California At Los Angeles in 1989 and specializes in cataract surgery, ophthalmology, and more.Read his story

4353 Park Terrace Dr Ste 150

Westlake Village, CA 91361

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  • Aetna
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • EyeMed Vision Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
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Dr. Dougherty's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Dougherty "Paul J. Dougherty MD, medical director at Dougherty Laser Vision, is among the nation's most experienced laser and lens-based vision correction surgeons. In addition to serving as medical director of Dougherty Laser Vision (with offices in Westlake Village, Camarillo, San Luis Obispo and Beverly Hills, California) Dr. Dougherty is an assistant clinical instructor of ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA's Geffen School of Medicine. He has served as a principal investigator for multiple FDA clinical trials including CATz topography-guided LASIK, Visian ICL for both myopia and hyperopia, Raindrop Implant for presbyopia and the Tetraflex Accommodating and Softec HD IOLs. Dr. Dougherty graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania – the nation's oldest university. He then graduated first in his class at the UCLA School of Medicine and completed his residency at UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute, where he performed award-winning research on the then nascent field of laser vision correction. He next studied corneal and refractive surgery as a fellow at the Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis where he trained under Richard Lindstrom M.D. Dr. Dougherty was one of the few surgeons in the United States to perform laser vision correction on an investigational basis prior to FDA approval in 1995. Since then, he has personally performed more than 40,000 vision correction procedures. In 1997, he also became one of the first eye surgeons in the nation to have LASIK surgery performed on his own eyes. He was recently presented with the Staar Surgical Green Jacket Award as one of the leading implanters of the Visan ICL in the US. An outspoken advocate and educator, Dr. Dougherty routinely lectures and teaches the latest techniques to other surgeons. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Refractive Surgery, and authored the recently published consumer guide titled "See For Yourself: The Eye-Opening Guide to Permanent Vision Correction." Dr. Dougherty has been featured in national news media including "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Doctors," "CBS Early Show," People Magazine, "E! Entertainment News," "The NBC Today Show," USA Today, "The Insider," "ABC7 Eyewitness News," KCAL, KCBS, and "ABC Nightline". Dr. Dougherty has been honored for his many philanthropic efforts including the Andrew Dougherty Vision Foundation – a 501c3 nonprofit organization he founded to provide pro-bono vision correction surgery. The organization targets homeless individuals in the U.S. and disadvantaged patients worldwide in regions devastated by war and natural disasters. It also trains local surgeons in those regions to carry on the Foundation's mission by teaching them the latest cataract and refractive surgery techniques. Its most recent mission was to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to provide vital cataract surgery to scores of needy patients."
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3  Specialties

  • Cataract Surgery
  • Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Ophthalmology

1  Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

32  Conditions Treated

  • Astigmatism
  • Blepharitis
  • Blurred Vision
  • Cataract
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Glaucoma
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Uveitis
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Visual Field Defects
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11  Procedures

  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Clear Lens Surgery to Correct Near and Far Vision Simultaneous
  • Contact Lens Fitting Services
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Eye Surgery
  • Implantable Contact Lens
  • Keratoconus Treatment With Contact Lenses
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Paracentesis of Anterior Eye
  • Revision Surgery

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0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • University Of Pennsylvania
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1985
  • University Of California At Los Angeles
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1990
  • Jules Stein Eye Inst/UCLA Med Ctr
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1993
  • Phillips Eye Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1994

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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What People Say About Dr. Paul Dougherty, MD
If you’re looking for a reliable, educated and loving place to get you or a loved one’s eye surgery, look no further! I couldn’t have asked for a better experience with Dougherty Laser Vision. I was quite nervous going into the surgery because I have never undergone surgery before but Dr....Read More
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Shyla in Thousand Oaks , CA – Aug 21, 2018
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What an amazing experience! Dr. Dougherty and his team are so friendly and knowledgeable. From my LASIK consult to my post-op, I never felt rushed or like my needs were not met. Clean and professional environment, state-of-the-art technology, and fantastic customer service; I highly recommend...Read More
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Valerie in Santa Paula, CA – Apr 04, 2018
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Dr. Dougherty is a refractive genius! I lived 29 years squinting my way through life, allowing fear to keep me from my best possible vision. Dealing with contacts was a nightmare and I lost too many pairs of glasses to keep count. I ended up having PRK surgery in Beverly Hills as that was the best...Read More
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Apr 03, 2018
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I was referred to Dr. D to help correct a rare cataract surgery complication . It was a very complicated problem and took over a year to correct. At various times during the year, I was nervous, scared, and so tired of it all. Dr. D personally assured me that he and his team were going to take...Read More
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Feb 23, 2018
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Dr. Dougherty and his team is like none other. Everyone has worked hard to not only help with my surgery, but has made the experience simple and manageable. At Dougherty Laser Vision, I never felt like "just another patient." I was included and helped along the way by a caring team of doctors,...Read More
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Timothy Eilerman in Santa Clara, CA – Nov 21, 2017
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