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Mary A. O'Hara, M.D. View profile as PDF

Mary A. O'Hara

Philosophy of Care

Dr. O'Hara's philosophy of care is to make sure that patients and their families are treated with respect, all aspects of care are explained to families, and their input is elicited.

Clinical Interests

Dr. O'Hara's clinical interests focus on the treatment of amblyopia and strabismus, treatment of cataracts and other anterior segment disorders, and adult strabismus. Her research interests include amboyopia and cataract treatment and cloudy wrngas.




Ophthalmology, Pediatric Ophthalmology


Ophthalmology and Vision Science


Pediatric Ophthalmology


Ophthalmology Clinic

Center/Program Affiliation:


Laser Vision Correction Services - Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science
Ophthalmology Clinic
77 Cadillac Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95825
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-6650

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
Ophthalmology Clinic-Eye Center
4860 Y St., Suite 2400
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-6602

Additional Phone:

Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)


M.D., Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland, 1981
Pre-Med, Columbia University, New York City, New York, 1976
B.S., Fordham University, Bronx, New York, 1974


Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, 1982


Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, 1982-1985


Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1988-1989

Board Certifications:

American Board of Ophthalmology, 1986
National Board of Medical Examiners, 1982

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Association for Pediatrics Ophthalmology and Strabismus
American College of Surgeons
California Medical Association
Fordham Alumni Association
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
Society of Military Ophthalmologists
Women in Opthalmology

Select Honors and Awards:

Cold War Service Medal, 2001

Army Superior Unit Award, 1993

National Defense Service Ribbon, 1991

Military Outstanding volunteer service medal, 1989

Meritorious Service Medal, 1988

Army Service Ribbon, 1981

Select Recent Publications:

Huang C, O'Hara M, Mannis MJ: Primary Pediatric Keratoplasty: Indications and Outcomes, Cornea 28(9):1003-1008, 2009.

Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. Balloon Catheter Dilation and Nasolacrimal Duct Intubation for Treatment of Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction after Failed Probing. Arch Ophthalmol 127(5):633-639, May 2009.

Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. Interobserver Reliability of the Prism and Alternate Cover Test in Children with Esotropia. Arch Ophthalmol 127(1):59-65, Jan 2009.

Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. Repeat Probing for Treatment of Persistent Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction. JAAPOS 13(3):306-7,2009.

Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. The Relationship Between Preoperative Alignment Stability and Postoperative Motor Outcomes in Children with Esotropia. JAAPOS 13(4):335-8,2009.

Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group. Instability of Ocular Alignment in Childhood Esotropia. Ophthalmology 115(12):2266-2274, Dec 2008.

Huang M, Lloyd WC, O'Hara M: Angiolymphoid Hyperplasia with Eosinophilia:An Unusual Presentation in a Child. JAAPOS, 12(3):302-304, Jun, 2008.

Metzler H, O'Hara MA: Ophthalmic Personnel Respond to Global Eye Health Needs. Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology [Online] Available: Education_Articles

Goff MJ, Suhr AW, Ward JA, Croley JK, O'Hara MA: Effect of Adult Strabismus on Ratings of Official Army Photographs, JAAPOS, 2006.

Kelly P, O'Hara MA, Bishop J, Brenner R, Doe E: Flammability of Common Ocular Lubricants in an Oxygen-Rich environment. Eye & Contact Lens: Science and Clinical Practice, 31(6):291-293, November 2005.

To see if Mary A. O'Hara is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).