Get to know Ophthalmologist Dr. Steven R. Sarkisian Jr., who serves patients in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

(WorldFrontNews Editorial):- New York City, New York Aug 3, 2023 ( – A renowned comprehensive ophthalmologist, Dr. Sarkisian Jr. is the Founder & CEO of Oklahoma Eye Surgeons, PLLC. 

Specializing in premium cataract surgery and glaucoma surgery, he has a special interest in helping his patients be glasses-free and performing minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS). He implants premium lenses with cataract surgery and was the first in Oklahoma to implant the PanOptix trifocal lens. He was also the first surgeon in Oklahoma to perform the iStent, iStent Inject, the Xen Gel Stent, and canaloplasty. He was the first in the United States to use the OMNI device and the first in the world to use the TRAB360 and VISCO360 surgical systems, the predicate devices to the OMNI.

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Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Sarkisian Jr. received his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College in Illinois, where he graduated with honors. Following college, he did graduate work at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. 

Remaining in Philadelphia, he received his medical degree from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University followed by an internship at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Dr. Sarkisian Jr. completed a residency in ophthalmology at the State University of New York Health Science Center (SUNY Downstate) in Brooklyn, and did a fellowship in glaucoma at the Hamilton Eye Institute of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, after which he was asked to stay on the faculty where he served until July 2006. 

In August of 2006, Dr. Sarkisian Jr. joined the faculty at the Dean McGee Eye Institute and rose to Clinical Professor in 2014. Four years later, in 2018, he formed Oklahoma Eye Surgeons, PLLC, elevating his commitment to excellence in patient care by curating each patient experience from start to finish with grace and compassion with the help of his superlative team.

Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Sarkisian Jr. is an active member of the American Glaucoma Society, the Chandler-Grant Glaucoma Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and numerous other international, local, and state ophthalmology societies.

With an active interest in surgical innovation for the treatment of glaucoma, Dr. Sarkisian Jr. has been involved in numerous clinical trials, particularly involving MIGS. He is a primary investigator (PI) in the iStent Supra Trial, a multicenter, prospective clinical trial investigating this new supraciliary stent for the treatment of mild to moderate glaucoma. He is also a PI in the iStent Inject Trial, another large FDA pivotal trial investigating the next generation trabecular microbypass stent, and the iStent Infinite Trial, a stand-alone trial of three iStents. 

Dr. Sarkisian Jr. was a PI for the Compass Trial, the FDA trial that led to the FDA approval of the CyPass supraciliary micro shunt. Finally, he is a PI in phase 2 and phase 3 of the Glaukos iDose Trial, the FDA trial investigating a new sustained release medication implant that, if successful, will potentially replace the use of eye drops for this class of IOP-lowering drug.

Other clinical trials where he served as a PI include The Ologen vs. Mitomycin-C Study, a multicenter, prospective randomized trial comparing these two methods of wound modulation in glaucoma filtration; the Ex-Press vs. Trabeculectomy Trial (XVT Study), the Ahmed-Baerveldt Comparison Trial (ABC Study); and the pilot studies which have taken place for the EagleVision glaucoma drainage implants. He has been a co-investigator on the Trabeculectomy vs. Tube Study (TVT Study), the Primary Trabeculectomy vs. Tube Study (PTVT), the Inn Focus MicroShunt Trial, and the Anecortave Acetate Study.

Currently, Dr. Sarkisian Jr. serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery as well as on the Editorial Board of Glaucoma Today and Glaucoma Physician. He is also an editorial reviewer for numerous ophthalmology journals. 

His professional service currently includes membership on the glaucoma program committee for both the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and formerly on that of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). He has served as a moderator and speaker at the annual meetings of the AGS, WGC, WOC, ASCRS, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the World Glaucoma Congress, the World Ophthalmology Congress, and the AAO. 

A past Program Chairman for the University of Oklahoma Department of Ophthalmology Annual Ophthalmology Symposium, Dr. Sarkisian Jr. was nominated by the American Glaucoma Society (AGS) to be a consultant to the FDA Ophthalmic Device Panel, where he has served since 2009 and has served as a member of the multi-media committee of the AGS.

Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine and surgery, which deals with the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders. Ophthalmologists are experts in the diseases, functions, and anatomy of the eye. Ophthalmologists are also surgeons. They repair traumatic injuries to the eye and may perform cataract, glaucoma, and corneal surgery.

Successful in his endeavors, Dr. Sarkisian Jr. is listed in Woodward/White’s “The Best Doctors in America”, Castle and Connelly’s “Top Doctors”, Oklahoma Super Doctors, and “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. He is also listed in Cambridge Who’s Who and the Global directory of Who’s Who and has been listed in “The Best Doctors in Oklahoma” by Oklahoma Magazine.

Due to his involvement in the development of new glaucoma technology, he has been active in presenting and publishing his work both in the United States and internationally. He co-authored the book “Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery, a Practical Guide” in 2016.

Happily married, Dr. Sarkisian Jr. and his wife, Anne, have four children. They reside in Edmond, Oklahoma.

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