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David Michelson, M.D.

To serve the community and improve my patients' vision with custom treatment options are my true passions.

David Michelson, MD



Dr. David S. Michelson is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist who specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology with special interests in dry eye syndromes and treatments, ocular surface disease syndromes and treatments, glaucoma management, cataract surgery, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye care, as well as laser vision correction and small incision cataract surgery.

Dr. Michelson brings his love of the latest new technology, techniques, and proven treatments to his patients using personalized and customized treatment plans.

Dr. Michelson grew up in La Jolla and is passionate about serving the eye health needs of the community. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Yale University (graduating Magna Cum Laude) he received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and followed with an internal medicine internship at Johns Hopkins University Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.

As a medical student, Dr. Michelson received clinical elective honors and internships in otolaryngology and eye pathology, graduating in the top third of his medical school class.

After completing a three-year residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Dr. Michelson returned home and began working with La Jolla locals – helping care for the eyes of the people from his childhood hometown.

A fun thing to know about Dr. Michelson is that he played drums in several rock bands in order to help pay his way through college and medical school.

  • College
    Yale University, B.S. Biology, Major-Intensive Tract, Magna Cum Laude, New Haven, CT (1986-1990)
  • Medical School
    The Johns Hopkins University, Doctor of Medicine, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (1990-1994)
  • Internship
    Johns Hopkins University, Department of Internal Medicine at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD (1994-1995)
  • Residency
    University of Texas Southwestern/Parkland Memorial Hospital, Department of Ophthalmology, Dallas, TX (1995-1998)
  • Board Certified | American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Graduate Awards
    Clinical Elective Honors: sub-internships in Otolaryngology/head and
    Neck Surgery, Eye Pathology (with w. Richard Green, tut.-o.), Internal
    Medicine. Graduated top 1/3 of medical school class.
  • Undergraduate Awards
    Magna Cum Laude, Honors in the major, National Merit Scholar,
    Buxtonalon Research Fellowship, Yale University Richter Fellowship,
    The Endocrine Society Summer student Researcher – Fellowship

Dr. Michelson is publisher of numerous clinical research studies as well as an accomplished co-investigator/principle investigator for ophthalmic drug studies and eye evaluations for system medication studies.

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Serving Our Community

Eye Care of La Jolla is a top-rated ophthalmology practice providing comprehensive medical and surgical eye care as well as routine and preventive ophthalmology services for patients in La Jolla, CA, and throughout the surrounding San Diego area.

Eye Care of La Jolla

9834 Genesee Ave, Ste 200
La Jolla, CA 92037

Monday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Hours may vary; please contact the office at (858) 457-3050 to confirm.