Meet Dr. Miller
After finishing both molecular biology and biochemistry degrees in San Francisco in 1978, Dr. Miller came to the University of California at Davis for medical school and Ophthalmology training. He practiced at the Woodland Clinic for six years, expanding the practice to include a Davis office. In 1990, he assisted in designing the Woodland Surgery Center eye surgery operation. Currently, Dr. Miller performs surgery at the North Bay Surgery Center, Sutter Davis Hospital, and performs Laser Vision Correction in the operating suite of our Davis office.
Between 1992 and 2008, Dr. Miller was affiliated with Medical Vision Technology, a multi-physician group including Yolo, Solano, Sacramento, and Placer Counties. His former partner, James Uhrhammer, M.D., was the first full-time ophthalmologist in Davis, prior to his passing in December 2003. The practice provided care for a large geographic area including the counties to the north. Dr. Miller is one of the ophthalmic providers for the under-served population seen by the Yolo County sponsored CommuniCare clinics in Davis, Woodland (Peterson), and Woodland (Salud).
Twice a year, Dr. Miller journeys with Liga International to a small town in central Mexico where he donates his time, equipment, and talents to see and treat local residents who would otherwise have no care. With a team of eye surgeons, they perform over 60 cataract surgeries in a high paced weekend. In 1994 and 1998, and by invitation from the World Eye Foundation, he traveled to the People’s Republic of China for teaching and surgery. He recently returned from a teaching and surgery mission with the Hawaiian Eye Foundation to the Kingdom of Tonga. In 2001, he was a guest surgeon and lecturer in the Philippine Islands. In 2003, he donated 2 weeks of time to perform cataract surgery in the Solomon Islands (Guadalcanal). Since their civil war in 2000, the half-million natives have had NO eye doctor in the Islands! In May 2006, Dr. Miller was one of the founding lecturers for the first-ever international eye meeting in Southeast Asia, the Imperial City Eye Meeting in Hue City, Vietnam.
In addition to these 24 years in office based clinical practice, Dr. Miller serves as a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the UCDMC Eye Department. He is active in teaching eye surgery at the University, is an Associate Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology (the certifying Board for all American eye surgeons), and lectures internationally on advanced methods of cataract surgery and refractive surgery. Dr. Miller is a Committee Chairman for the Alumni Association of the UCDMC School of Medicine, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Yolo County Medical Society.
Dr. Miller’s specialty interests include the exciting new world of refractive surgery, but diabetic eye disease, cataract and glaucoma surgery still play an important role in our office. He has performed literally tens of thousands of eye surgeries. Having offered radial keratotomy (RK) and astigmatic keratotomy for many years, Dr. Miller was one of the first Sacramento area ophthalmologists to perform the excimer laser (PRK) procedure in 1995. He has been performing LASIK since 1996. The “LASIK in Davis” facility was opened in 1999, and we have performed our refractive surgery in Davis and Woodland ever since. We are proud to offer “Custom LASIK” to our options of refractive correction.
In 2005, Dr. Miller became one of the first certified Verisyse surgeons in Northern California. Verisyse implants allow correction of the extremely nearsighted patient, previously not treatable with LASIK. He also introduced the crystalens accommodating lens, an intraocular lens for both distance and close work. Other premium intraocular lens (IOL) options are also offered, such as the ReSTOR and Acrysof Toric lenses.
In September 2007, Dr. Miller was the first surgeon in the Sacramento area to introduce the IntraLASIK technique, which uses the femtosecond laser to make LASIK a safer, more predictable procedure. We now perform 100% “blade-free” LASIK!
Recognizing the need for a larger and more central office for our patients, Dr. Miller moved our main office to Lyndell Terrace in June 2010, and became the Medical Director of “Advanced Valley Eye Associates” (AVEA). We are proud of this exciting addition to the community, and its proximity to our referring doctors here in Davis and Woodland.
In addition to his professional activities, his hobbies include travel, wood-turning, guitar, fine wines, wilderness hiking, scuba diving, and photography (both on land and underwater!). It’s a busy life, but Dr. Miller still feels that being available for patients takes high priority.
Dr. Miller enjoys getting to know his patients. He is always available for consultations and welcomes questions about vision and eye issues. Please feel free to call us at (530) 757-6000 !!