Dr. Sharmini Balakrishnan, MD

Dr. Sharmini Balakrishnan, MD

Ophthalmology  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 35
Dr. Sharmini Balakrishnan, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Encino, CA and has been practicing for 4 years. She graduated from Washington University In St Louis School Of Medicine in 2009 and specializes in ophthalmology, cataract surgery, and more.Read her story

5363 Balboa Blvd

Encino, CA 91316

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Dry Eyes
very high
more than 88% of peers
Ocular Hypertension
more than 80% of peers
more than 79% of peers

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Dr. Balakrishnan's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Balakrishnan "Dr. Asha Balakrishnan is a fellowship-trained cornea, cataract, and laser refractive surgeon and board-certified ophthalmologist. She joined the Colvard-Kandavel Eye Center after having served as an Associate Professor and the Director of Cornea & Refractive Surgery at the University of Louisville. Dr. Balakrishnan specializes in refractive & complex cataract surgery, LASIK surgery, and advanced corneal surgery. Dr. Balakrishnan was born in Virginia and graduated from the Norfolk Academy, where she was the valedictorian, National Merit Scholarship winner, and Presidential Scholarship finalist. She received an academic scholarship at Harvard University, where she graduated with Honors in Chemistry. She attended medical school at the Washington University in St. Louis and did her Ophthalmology residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. After this, she completed a highly selective fellowship in Cataract, Cornea, Anterior Segment, and Refractive Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Balakrishnan is an expert in all forms of cataract and intraocular lens surgery. She is certified on all the laser cataract platforms in the country and is skilled in the selection and implantation of the complete range of premium intraocular lenses. In addition to laser and refractive cataract surgery, she is specially trained to handle complex cataracts, including traumatic and subluxed cataracts. She is also highly skilled in the performance of complex intraocular lens exchanges and placement of intraocular lenses for patients who do not have the internal support for standard lens implants. Dr. Balakrishnan is a fellowship-trained refractive surgeon, proficient in the performance of all forms of laser vision correction (LASIK, PRK), refractive lens exchange, and corneal inlay surgery to reduce spectacle dependence. In addition to her refractive focus, Dr. Balakrishnan performs the full range of corneal transplants to treat such conditions as keratoconus, Fuchs dystrophy, other corneal dystrophies, corneal scarring, and corneal trauma. She performs cross linking for keratoconus and is skilled in advanced ocular surface management for such conditions as advanced dry eye, autoimmune disease, Sjogren's syndrome, and graft-versus-host disease. She is also specially trained in the latest techniques of ocular surface surgery, including pterygium excision and anterior segment reconstruction."
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3  Specialties

  • Ophthalmology
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Cornea & Refractive Surgery

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Balakrishnan does not have any board certifications listed.

26  Conditions Treated

15  Procedures

  • Botox® Injection
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK)
  • Descemet's Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK)
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Cornea
  • Eye Surgery
  • Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
  • Laser Cataract Surgery
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Restylane® Injections

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Harvard University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2005
  • Washington University In St Louis School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2009
  • Barnes & Jewish Hosp-Wash U
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2010
  • Kellogg Eye Ctr Univ Mi
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2013
  • Baylor College Of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2014

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

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Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Balakrishnan's Reviews

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Dr. Balakrishnan's Performance

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  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


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  • Office environment

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  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes
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