Dr. Asha Balakrishnan (“Bala”) is a cataract, cornea, and refractive surgeon and a board-certified ophthalmologist. She joins DLV after having served as the Director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery service and an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Louisville. She was in private practice in the Los Angeles area prior to joining the DLV team.
Dr. Balakrishnan specializes in all forms of cataract surgery, including manual & laser-assisted cataract surgery and premium intraocular lens implantation. She holds multiple certifications for a range of femtosecond laser platforms for cataract surgery. In addition to premium cataract surgery, Dr. Balakrishnan also has extensive experience in complex cataract surgery, sutured intraocular lens implantation, and intraocular lens exchanges. Dr. Balakrishnan is dedicated to providing the highest level of medical and surgical care to every patient.
Dr. Balakrishnan’s Educational Background
Harvard University: A.B., Chemistry
A National Merit Scholar winner and Presidential Scholar finalist, Dr. Balakrishnan graduated from Harvard University with Honors and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry.
Washington University in St. Louis Medical School: Doctor of Medicine
Dr. Balakrishnan moved to St. Louis to complete her medical degree at one of the nation’s top medical schools.
Washington University in St. Louis & Barnes Jewish Hospital: Internship, Internal Medicine
Dr. Balakrishnan did an internship in Internal Medicine at the prestigious Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center: Ophthalmology
Dr. Balakrishnan completed her residency in one of the top-ranking ophthalmology centers in the US. While there, she received the Walter Park Resident Teaching Award for excellence in teaching & furthering education. She also performed the highest number of cataract surgeries of any resident in the program’s history.
Baylor College of Medicine: Cataract, Cornea, & Refractive Surgery Fellowship
Dr. Balakrishnan continued her surgical training in cataract, cornea, & refractive/LASIK surgery at one of the most prestigious surgical fellowships in the country at the Baylor College of Medicine. She was one of two fellows chosen by Dr. Douglas Koch, one of the world’s most respected eye surgeons.
University of Louisville: Director of Cornea & Refractive Surgery
Dr. Balakrishnan served as the Director of Cornea & Refractive Surgery at the University of Louisville in Kentucky and the Director of the Kentucky Lions Eye Bank. While there, she founded the laser cataract surgery and premium intraocular lens program and performed the first implantation of the newest Tecnis multifocal lenses in the region in Spring of 2015. She also trained residents and fellows in cornea, cataract, and complex anterior segment surgery.
Dr. Balakrishnan has participated in a variety of studies, with publications in journals including the Review of Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today, MillenialEYE, International Ophthalmology Clinics, and the American Heart Journal. She has presented at numerous national meetings, including the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She is an active member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Cornea Society.
Scope of Practice & Services Offered
Dr. Balakrishnan specializes in all forms of cataract surgery, including manual & laser-assisted cataract surgery and premium intraocular lens implantation. She holds multiple certifications for a range of femtosecond laser platforms for cataract surgery. In addition to premium cataract surgery, Dr. Balakrishnan also has extensive experience in complex cataract surgery, sutured intraocular lens implantation, and intraocular lens exchanges. As a refractive surgeon, Dr. Balakrishnan is expertly skilled in laser vision correction, including but not limited to LASIK, PRK, corneal inlays, refractive lens exchanges, and phakic intraocular lens (ICL) placement. Additionally, she offers the full spectrum of corneal transplant surgery options and specializes in the management of such conditions as Fuchs Dystrophy and keratoconus. She has special expertise in the latest techniques in ocular surface reconstruction using amniotic membrane grafting to allow the best cosmetic outcome for patients. She is also certified in cosmetic Botox & fillers injections.
- Cataract Surgery
- Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
- Premium Intraocular Lens Implantation
- Complex Cataract Surgery
- Sutured Intraocular Lenses & Intraocular Lens Exchanges
- LASIK, PRK, SMILE
- Refractive Lens Exchange
- Phakic IOL (ICL)
- Corneal Collagen Crosslinking
- Corneal Transplants
- Iris Repair
- Ocular Surface Reconstruction
In her spare time, Dr. Balakrishnan is an avid tennis player, fitness fan, and animal lover. She has dedicated her time to a variety of service and outreach initiatives over the years. Just a few of these efforts have included: starting the M.U.S.E. (Musicians Uniting Students & Elderly) in the state Virginia, to bring classical music to nursing homes; working with the American Red Cross in blood donations and CPR instruction; serving as the President of the American Medical Women’s Association and championing Eating Disorders and Domestic Violence Awareness in St. Louis; and offering time to clinics for underserved populations.
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