Hani Salehi-Had, M.D.

Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon

Top Eye Surgeon Huntington Beach, Hani Salehi-Had, M.D.

Dr. Hani Salehi-Had is a vitreo-retinal surgeon specializing in the medical and surgical treatment of diseases of the retina, vitreous, and macula. He is a Harvard trained board certified ophthalmologist with formal fellowship training in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the eye including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal detachment.

Top Eye Surgeon, Dr. Salehi-Had graduated with departmental honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. While there he received the prestigious “Kazuo Gerald Yanaba & Ting Jung Memorial Fund Prize” for the top honors thesis in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Salehi-Had then attended medical school at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) Honor Medical Society and was awarded several honors including an academic merit award for scholastic excellence in ophthalmic research. After completing his internship at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine in San Francisco, he went on to complete his ophthalmology residency at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Thereafter, he completed a 2-year vitreo-retinal fellowship at the prestigious Doheny Eye Institute and LAC-USC Medical Center of the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine.

Dr. Salehi-Had is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He has been involved in several research studies on topics ranging from gene therapy for macular degeneration, surgical intervention in diabetic retinopathy, and vitreo-retinal surgery in severe eye trauma. He has authored a number of peer-reviewed publications and has presented at multiple international research conferences.

Dr. Salehi-Had is a top eye surgeon at Atlantis Eye Care and operates out of our offices in Huntington Beach and Orange County.

Dr. Salehi-Had enjoys spending time with his wife. His hobbies include playing soccer and tennis. He also enjoys hiking, skiing, and playing the piano. Dr. Salehi-Had is fluent in Farsi.


Utilizing Targeted Gene Therapy with Nanoparticles Binding Alpha v Beta 3 for Imaging and Treating Choroidal Neovascularization

Fenretinide-associated multilayered retinal hemorrhage in a patient with hairy cell leukemia

Adenocarcinoma of the esophagus presenting as choroidal metastasis

Low Cost Digital Photography of Anterior and Posterior Segment

Management of Traumatic Crystalline lens Subluxation and Dislocation

Visual Outcomes of Vitreoretinal Surgery in eyes with severe open-globe injury presenting with no-light perception vision

The Current State of Gene Therapy with Viral Vectors of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Finding in Older Children With Abusive Head Injury: Does Shaken-Child Syndrome Exist?

Factors Modulating p63 Expression in Cultured Limbal Epithelial Cells

Acts on a Single Protofilament and Requires the C Terminus of Tubulin

Image Registration and Multimodal Imaging of Reticular Pseudodrusen


Dr. Salehi-Had took time to write out personal instructions for my 80 yr old dad for his prescriptions. This was so helpful for my dad who struggles with auditory directions and memory issues when under pressure. My father, Reginald O'Neill, is Dr. Salehi-Had's patient. I appreciate the time, concern, and care he has given my Dad in the two recent surgeries he's performed--one to remove an eye buckle and other to re-attach his retina. Both the doctor and his staff members display the patience and compassion necessary to work with elderly clients with such caring respect. Thank you for your abilities to provide top-notch eye care and your desire to do it with noted integrity.

Maureen T.

All the staff handled my care in an excellent manner, very efficient, very pleasant, kudos to Dr. Salehi and his staff who have kept my vision alive and allowed me to be able to read, watch TV ect. I shall always be thankful to them.

Max G.

Dr. Salehi-Had was very informative on all may visits. He explained in detail on the procedure of the surgery. He was very positive on what he was going to do and what will happen after the surgery. During the pre-op everyone was helpful and there must have been at least 4 people asking me the same questions, medical allergies, what eye is going to be operated on, what kind of surgery,etc. Everyone was very informative on what was happening. I was quite comfortable. The best part was I was only 3 miles from the facility. After the surgery I had zero pain, zero pressure on my eye. Dr. Salehi-Had said it will be blurry for several days, and it was. There was no discomfort at all, besides wearing that plastic patch over the eye. In one week I was back in the water surfing.

I want to thank Dr. Salehi-Had and staff and to you Vanessa for all the help you provided for me.

Michael Kakuuchi

Dr. Salehi is my hero. He worked hard on my left eye (2 hours in surgery), he eased my fears and concerns, explained everything (a fabulous specialist). I told him how great he was, I hope you tell him too. I work in the medical field its different being a patient. But I was impressed with the help and care I received from Dr. Salehi and Rosa.

Johnny Mogallon

Dr. Salehi-Had was AWESOME! Everyone was very helpful, friendly, warm and professional. Even though they were all very busy (due to staffing shortage), they kept their cool, explained everything and kept me informed, and handled everything admirably. They may have been under duress, but they didn’t show it or convey it! A wonderful, well-trained staff doing a WONDERFUL JOB! Your staff has good chemistry and great bedside manner! Kudos A+++++! Thank you!

Boris Galchenko

I was a former patient of South Coast Retina, so I was not happy my insurance company (Talbert) would no longer be able to see Dr. McBeth, but after Dr. McBeth spoke to me I felt better. Dr. McBeth had great things to say about Dr. Salehi-Had. After seeing Dr. Salehi-Had I feel so much better and can't wait to see him again.

Patricia N

His ability to quickly assess the problem. His caring way with my elderly father who has trouble understanding on the first explanation. Doctor was thorough and showed his genuine concern. The procedure my father had great he is completely healed and satisfied. Dr. Salehi is wonderful

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Dr. Salehi has been fabulous...and his support staff outstanding. I feel they are all concerned for my well being...they are friendly, courteous and efficient and I would highly recommend this practice to friends and family. I don't know the names of all those who help me because I cannot see well enough, but I know I always feel cared for by all of them and always look forward to my visits with confidence that the visit will be a positive one.

John M.

Dr. Salehi-Had was very welcoming to me as a new patient, is very knowledgeable and answered my questions, explained my eye condition and further care. My son, who lives in Nevada, was visiting me and went with me to my most recent appointment. He too felt that I have an excellent caring and experienced doctor

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Very impressed of the overall care Dr. Salehi takes with you, talking to you explaining what is going on in your eyes.

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Not only the care given by doctor, medical assistant and office personnel but the encouragement given to me concerning my condition for the present and into the future.

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The doctors great understanding about senior citizens and the patient. Calm way he works with his patients. It is difficult to find a doctor that understands the elderly as he does. Outstanding treatment

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I was impress with Dr. Salehi's friendliness, knowledge, and candor.

Gary T.

Great doctor! Very knowledgeable and professional. I would also like to praise the technician lady! She was also very nice and professional!

Branka J.