​Dr. Marc Michelson, M.D.

Birmingham Cataract and LASIK Surgeon
Dr. Marc Michelson, M.D.

Trusted Cataract Surgeons™
Dr. Marc Michelson, M.D.

  • Dr. Michelson is Clinical Associate Professor in Ophthalmology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • Dr. Michelson was the first surgeon to perform LASIK in Alabama
  • He has performed over 40,000 LASIK procedures

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Credentials and Qualifications


  • When it comes to offering the latest cutting edge laser vision correction procedures, Dr. Michelson has been a leader and his firsts include:
    • First surgeon to perform Excimer Photorefractive Keratectomy in Alabama
    • First surgeon to perform Automated Lamellar Keratectomy in Alabama
    • First Surgeon to perform LASIK in Alabama
    • First Surgeon to perform Epi-LASIK in Alabama
    • First Surgeon to perform Visian ICL in Alabama
    • First Surgeon to Implant the Multifocal Intraocular Lens in Alabama
  • Over 40 years experience in laser vision surgery, including LASIK
  • Over 40 years experience in refractive surgery (laser vision, lens implants and managing cataracts and lens exchanges in patients who have undergone previous RK surgery)
  • Over 40 years experience in cataract surgery (including cataract surgery with lens implants)
  • Performed over 40,000 LASIK and laser vision procedures
  • Performed over 25,000 cataract surgery procedures
  • Principal or Co-Investigator for over 5 FDA clinical studies for laser manufacturers and other ophthalmic devices and products
  • Refractive and Cataract Surgery Expert Witness: Over 25 years experience providing expert witness services on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, including review and expert testimony for cases involving the following refractive and cataract eye surgery procedures:
    • LASIK, PRK laser eye surgery, corneal transplants, cataract surgery, intraocular lens (IOL) implant procedures, and conductive keratoplasty

Premier Patient Care

  • “All-Laser” LASIK (bladeless) using the Ziemer laser
  • Wavefront Based (“Optimized”) LASIK and PRK
  • Use of ZLASIK Procedure
  • Offers complete Refractive Surgery care
    • LASIK and PRK laser eye surgery
    • Intraocular lens implants surgery (IOLs) including Refractive Lensectomy (RLE) or Clear Lensectomy (CLE) using monofocal lenses, multifocal lenses, and accommodating lenses, and aswell as phakic implants and toric implants
    • Corneal Transplants
  • Conductive Keratoplasty (CK), and
  • Laser Cataract Surgery (including cataract surgery with lens implants)
  • Prescribes Presbyopia Drops for people who have vision problems who typically need reading glasses.
  • Management of complications of surgery for new patients who had problems and complications from LASIK surgery, RK (Radial Keratotomy), Intraocular Lens Complications, or another vision correction operation performed by another eye doctor
  • Other eye surgeons, optometrists, opticians, employees of companies that specialize in vision correction surgery devices or products, or their family members have had their LASIK or another vision correction surgery performed by Dr. Michelson

Professional Credentials

  • Current Faculty Appointments
  • Past Faculty Appointments
    • Director of Cornea Services in the Department of Ophthalmology at UAB School of Medicine
    • Clinical Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology, University of Alabama in Birmingham, School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama
    • Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama
      Clinical Instructor in Ophthalmology, University of Alabama in Birmingham, School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Hospital Staff Appointments
    • Veterans Administration Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama
      • Staff Ophthalmologist
    • Birmingham Outpatient Surgery Center, Birmingham, Alabama
    • Department of Ophthalmology, Cooper Green Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama
      • Associate Staff Member
    • Department of Ophthalmology, University of Alabama Hospital Medical and Dental Staff, Birmingham, Alabama
      • Active Staff Member
    • Brookwood Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology, Birmingham, Alabama
      • Associate Staff Member
    • UAB Heersink School of Medicine affiliated hospitals
      • UAB Highlands, Birmingham, Alabama
      • Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital (affiliated with UAB School of Medicine), Birmingham, Alabama
  • Clinical Instructor in LASIK for Moria Microkeratome System
  • Clinical Investigator, Paradigm Laser Phaco
  • Private Practice
    • President, Michelson Laser Vision, Inc.
    • President, Michelson Laser Vision
    • President, Alabama Eye & Cataract Center, P.C.
  • Professional Societies and Organizations (Membership and Affiliations)
    • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
      • Honor Award
      • Past member of Board of Councilors
      • Best Poster: Award in Refractive Surgery Section. AAO Annual Meeting, Rory A. Myer, Gerald McGwin, Marc A. Michelson, Associations Between Corneal Wavefront Aberrations and Pseudoaccommodation with Aspheric Monofocal IOLs, Poster 188, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Orlando, FL, Oct 22-25, 2011
    • International Society of Refractive Surgery
    • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
      • Past and Present member of Government Relations Committee
      • Recipient of Best Paper of Session at 2008 ASCRS Annual Meeting, Aspheric IOLs and Pseudoaccommodation: Effect of Negative Spherical Aberration on Depth of Focus in Pseudoaccommodation. American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Chicago, IL, April 5-9, 2008
    • Society for Excellence in Eyecare (SEE)
      • Fellowship Award
      • Past Member of Board of Directors (2004-2009)
    • The Royal Society of Medicine
    • Cornea Society (formerly the Castroviejo Society)
    • American Medical Society
    • International Association for Training and Research in Ophthalmologic Surgery
    • International Society of Refractive Keratoplasty
    • Jefferson County Medical Society
    • Alabama Academy of Ophthalmology
    • Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology
    • Diplomat, American Board of Ophthalmology, 1980
    • Certification to Train Other LASIK and refractive eye surgeons
      • Clinical Instructor in LASIK for Moria Microkeratome System
      • Alcon Allegretto Laser for LASIK and PRK
    • Over 11 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles published
    • 2 text book chapters authored
    • Over 5 videos and podcasts on ophthalmology
    • Over 10 lectures on research topics at major eye meetings
    • Served on over 5 vision correction and other related panels on eyecare at major ophthalmology meetings
    • Taught over 5 courses at major eye meetings

Additional Career Highlights

  • Named Ocular Surgery News Premier Surgeon 300 Innovators in Refractive Cataract Surgery in the United States, 04/15/2016
  • Guest of Honor, New England Ophthalmological Society. Boston, Ma. 2013
  • Named to "Best Doctors in America" (1994-2019)
  • Named to “Who’s Who in Healthcare, Birmingham’s Top Healthcare Pioneers, Practicioners, and Entrepreneurs”. Birmingham Business Journal ( 2002 , 2007, & 2009)
  • First listed in “Who's Who” in Birmingham in 1992
  • Coordinated and produced the first North American production and filming of cataract surgery in High Definition 3-D video (Sony & Kabi-Pharmacia), 1992 & 1993. Videos shown at ESCRS 1992, 1993; ASCRS 1993, 1994. Presented in Paris, Houston, Salzburg, Lisbon, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.
  • Telly Award for the production of the Medical Movie: "The Pseudo-Posterior Capsule"
  • Crystal Quill Award for the production of the Medical Movie: "The Pseudo-Posterior Capsule"
  • Film Festival Judge, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Chief Judge, Film Festival, ASCRS, 2007


  • Undergraduate: B.S. Biology/Chemistry, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Graduate Studies: M.S. Biology / Parasitology, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Medical School: M.D., University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Internship in Internal Medicine: University Hospital, University of Alabama Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Residency in Ophthalmology: Eye Foundation Hospital - University of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama
    • Chief Resident
  • Fellowship Training: Cornea and External Diseases, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Surgeon Bio

Marc Michelson, M.D. is the Medical Director and Founder of Alabama Eye and Cataract Center as well Michelson Laser Vision in Birmingham. In addition, Dr. Michelson is Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine and currently serves as the Director or Cornea Services in the Department of Ophthalmology at UAB. Dr. Michelson completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He earned his Medical Degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine. His medical education continued with an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and a Residency in Ophthalmology at the Eye Foundation Hospital of the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Dr. Michelson advanced his eye surgery training to become a Corneal Surgeon and Specialist by completing a Fellowship in Cornea and External Disease at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Michelson founded the first Refractive Laser Eye Surgery Center in Alabama at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham where he conducted pioneering clinical research in Laser Eye Surgery to assist in the clinical trials required to present data to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval of the Excimer Laser.

At Alabama Eye & Cataract Center, Dr. Michelson performs Cataract Surgery in Birmingham and is a distinguished Cataract Surgeon in Alabama. He was one of the first eye surgeons in Alabama to implant the near vision presbyopia correcting lens implants in Alabama and has considerable experience in helping Alabama Cataract Surgery patients eliminate their dependence on eyeglasses, reading glasses and bifocals with the newer Trifocal Lens Implant and Astigmatism correction Lens Implants.

Dr. Michelson is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, is a Fellow of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Royal Society of Medicine, the Castroviejo Society and the International Society of Refractive Surgery, and he has been elected by his peers for inclusion in “Best Doctors in America ®" from 1994-2008.

Dr. Michelson performed his first Laser Vision Correction treatments on the human eyes in 1991. He has the distinction of being the first eye surgeon in the State of Alabama to perform Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK), Automated Lamellar Keratectomy (ALK), and LASIK. He is a member of the International Association for Training and Research in Ophthalmology Surgery and has published numerous scientific papers on Cataract Surgery and Laser Eye Surgery. Dr. Michelson is a frequent speaker on LASIK, Cataract Surgery and Lens Implants and has presented numerous lectures at major Ophthalmic Symposia and meetings. He has taught and performed LASIK Surgery and Cataract Surgery around the world.

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Please call Toll Free (205) 969-8100 or visit Michelson Laser Vision, Inc. today for your complimentary LASIK consultation* with a trusted expert LASIK eye surgeon and Cornea specialist with proven expertise.

If you are interested in a general eye exam or cataract surgery, please call Dr. Michelson’s office at Toll Free (877) 879-0909 or (205) 930-0930 or visit Alabama Eye & Cataract Center.

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