Michael E. Snyder, M.D.

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Michael E. Snyder, M.D. | Ophthalmologist Ohio | Cincinnati Eye Institute


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Michael E. Snyder, M.D. specializes in diseases and surgery of the front of the eye, including small-incision, topical anesthesia cataract surgery. His special interests include complex cataract surgery, iris repair & prostheses, and corneal transplantation. Dr. Snyder has, with Dr. Robert Osher, pioneered artificial iris prosthesis use in the United States, aiding in the rehabilitation of acquired traumatic iris defects or congenital iris defects such as aniridia and ocular albinism. He organized and executed the clinical study that led to the first and only FDA approval of the custom-matched artificial iris. Dr. Snyder has been a clinical investigator in numerous trials of new presbyopia-correcting intraocular implant lenses and implantable sustained release pharmaceutical agents.He completed both his undergraduate degree in Psychology and his Medical Degree from University of Michigan, followed by his Internship in Internal Medicine and General Surgery at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center of Denver, Colorado. Dr. Snyder served as Resident and Chief Resident in Ophthalmology at Krieger Eye Institute of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. He then pursued subspecialty training in cataract, anterior segment & refractive surgery, corneal & external diseases, and ocular immunology at New England Eye Center and Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston. Following his Fellowship, Dr. Snyder cultivated a referral practice in cataract and corneal surgery in Albany, New York where he also taught residents as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Albany Medical College. He joined the growing and internationally recognized Cincinnati Eye Institute and the faculty of the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine in 1997.
At Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI), Dr. Snyder continues to couple his clinical activities with an active interest in both teaching and research. Dr. Snyder is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He is actively involved in teaching other ophthalmologists through these organizations and He has produced or coproduced over 50 educational videos, authored dozens of textbook chapters, published over a hundred scholarly manuscripts, and given several hundreds of presentations to his peers at as a frequent “Guest Professor” at regional meetings and an active presenter at professional meetings nationally and internationally.

He continues to contribute to Ophthalmology textbooks and scientific journals as author, editor and reviewer. He sits on multiple Editorial Boards. He has been actively involved in leadership at CEI and within the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.

Dr. Snyder is actively involved in developing new devices for intraocular implantation and new ophthalmic applications for pharmaceuticals including FDA studies. Dr. Snyder was the first in North America to implant an artificial iris custom-matched to the uninjured eye.
Dr. Snyder teaches residents locally as a Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Cincinnati and has mentored numerous medical students aspiring to ophthalmology. His peers have repeatedly elected him to Best Doctors in America.

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