Dr. John MayDoctor of Optometry (O.D.)

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Dr. John May, Assil Eye Institute

About Dr. John May

Dr. May graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with two majors: one in art history, the other in biology. While at Holy Cross he also competed as a Division I varsity track & field athlete in multiple events.

 

After college he earned his Doctorate of Optometry from the State University of New York, completing clinical rotations at Montefiore Medical Center and the West Haven VA Medical Center. Subsequently he finished a residency in primary eye care and geriatric optometry at the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center.

 

His responsibilities included clinical instruction of students from Southern California College of Optometry (now Marshall Ketchum University), giving lectures and organizing grand rounds. Shortly after this program he earned Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry.

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Prior to joining the Assil Eye Institute he worked at the Los Angeles County Southwest Area Health Centers, providing patient care with an emphasis on diabetic eye exams and glaucoma management. During his tenure here he achieved the rank of Assistant Professor within the Department of Ophthalmology at Charles R. Drew University teaching in the areas of optics, refraction and contact lenses.

Dr. May has previously lectured on advances in refractive surgery as an invited speaker and served as a consultant for the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. He also completed advanced studies in ocular pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (previously at Walter Reed Army Medical Center). Currently he is a guest lecturer at USC College of Pharmacy.

 

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Education

UCLA Extension Business & Management Department

Professional Designation in Financial Planning, June 2005

 

Southern California College of Optometry

Residency in Geriatric Eye Care at West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center, completed June 2001

 

State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry

Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) May 2000

 

College of the Holy Cross

Double Major: Art History & Biology

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) May 1996

Licensure & Certifications

  • California State Board License 11517TLG
  • New Jersey State Board License 27OA00580800
  • Controlled substance registration certificate

Professional Experience

Assil Eye Institute. Santa Monica & Beverly Hills CA

Optometrist. September 2004 – present

 

Los Angeles County Department of Health Services

 Hubert H. Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center

 Optometrist. March 2002 – June 2007

 

EYEXAM of California

On-call Optometrist. March 2001 – July 2013

 

West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center

Resident, Primary Eye Care & Geriatric Optometry

July 2000 – June 2001

 

Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven

Optometry Intern. December 1999 – March 2000

 

University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Montefiore Medical Center, Henkind Eye Institute, Bronx, NY

Optometry Intern. August 1999 – November 1999

 

SUNY College of Optometry

Optometry Intern. June 1998 – July 1999, April 2000 – June 2000

Academic Affiliations & Appointments

USC College of Pharmacy

Invited Guest Lecturer. 2011 – 2017

 

Charles R. Drew University, Department of Ophthalmology

Assistant Professor. March 2004 – June 2007

 

Southern California College of Optometry

(affiliated with Marshall B. Ketchum University)

Clinic Seminar Lecturer. March 2006 – March 2011

Courses Taught

Basic and Clinical Science Course in Optics

Refraction and Contact Lenses as part of the ophthalmic knowledge assessment program (OKAP) at Charles R. Drew University Department of Ophthalmology

Invited Presentations

“Self –Care Therapies for Ophthalmic Disorders and Contact Lens Care”

USC College of Pharmacy, 2010 - 2017

 

“Advances in Refractive Surgery”

Optometric Grand Rounds

West Los Angeles VA Healthcare Center, 2006 - 2011

 

“Introducing Acular LS™”

Assil Eye Institute CE Program at Spago Beverly Hills, March 2005.

 

“Diabetes and Your Vision”

Public Diabetes Education Program

Hubert Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center. December 2003

 

“Update on Low Vision Care”

Blinded Veterans Association Meeting. February 2002

 

“Visual Changes in the Elderly”

GRECC Healthcare Meeting

June 2001

 

“Transient Visual Loss and Diplopia Associated with Antiphospholipid Syndrome”

CE program at SCCO

May 2001

 

“A Case Report on Antiphospholipid Syndrome”

Fourth year SCCO student symposium

February 2001

Clinic Research Experience

Enrolled patients in clinical trial and maintained IRB approval for OPHTEC Artisan® Aphakia

Adult Clinical Study IDE # G110050.

March 2013 - present

 

Participated in the study for the “Clinical evaluation of the Tecnis Multifocal Intraocular Lens

Model ZM900” for Advanced Medical Optics, Inc.

December 2004 - 2006

Additional Professional Education Experience

Harvard School of Public Health

Measurement, Design, and Analysis Methods for Health Outcomes Research Program

August 2004.

 

Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Ophthalmic Pathology Course

September 2003.

 

Earned Fellowship, American Academy of Optometry.

Annual Meeting in San Diego. 2002

Abstracts

Transient visual loss and diplopia associated with Antiphospholipid Syndrome

John May, OD and David Bright, OD.

Poster presented at the annual American Academy of Optometry meeting

December 2001

 

Choroidal melanoma and the evaluation for metastasis with positron emission tomography (PET)

John May, OD, Julie Chen, OD, Cindy Lum, OD and Pauline Ilsen,

OD. Poster presented at the annual American Academy of Optometry meeting

December 2001.

Additional Activities

Community HOA Board Member

2018 – present

 

College of the Holy Cross

Class of ’96 Fundraising Agent. 1996 - 2008

 

Accreditation Council of Optometric Education

Consultant. 2003 – 2006

 

Los Angeles Eye Institute Community Outreach

Volunteer. 2004

 

College of the Holy Cross Track Team

D1 400 meter hurdler. 1993

 

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