Michael Pavlica, MD
Michael Pavlica, MD

Dr. Pavlica founded Family Eye Group and is an ophthalmologist and specialist in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous. He provides an extensive range of eye care, including glaucoma. He finds joy spending time with his patients and helping them with their care.

Dr. Pavlica graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor or Arts degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He received his MD degree from New York University School of Medicine, and then completed an internship at in Boston at Beth Israel Hospital where he served as a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Pavlica completed his ophthalmology residency at Boston Medical Center, followed by two-years of further advanced fellowship training in Diseases and Surgery of the Retina and Vitreous at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He has performed advanced research in glaucoma at Wills Eye Hospital in the past.

Dr. Pavlica specializes in diagnosis and treatment across the wide spectrum of eye disease. He is trained in the medical and surgical management of macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, retinal detachments and tears, macular holes, macular puckers, vein occlusion, and floaters, among others.

Dr. Pavlica is able to perform laser surgery as well as intraocular injections of medicine in our office under topical eye drop anesthesia, as well as a wide range of other procedures. He founded the Diabetic Eye Care and Macular Degeneration Center at Family Eye Group. He participates in important national studies in diabetic eye disease, optic nerve damage, and other eye diseases.

Dr. Pavlica recently co-authored an article in the prestigious Journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology entitled Panretinal Photocoagulation versus Ranibizumab for Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy that is helping guide doctors in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy across the world. Additionally, he co-authored another article in the top journal Retina examining what baseline characteristics doctors might use to determine whether to utilize injections over laser for diabetic retinopathy.

Dr. Pavlica’s work has also been published in the Archives of Ophthalmology and Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. The results of a study he was involved in were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. He has also served as a reviewer for the journal Ophthalmology.

Dr. Pavlica has authored a chapter in a leading Ophthalmic Surgery textbook. He wrote the chapter on Subretinal Neovascularization from macular degeneration in Master Techniques in Ophthalmic Surgery, second edition. It is a resource that is used extensively by eye surgeons around the world to help perfect the art all manner of eye surgeries.

Dr. Pavlica is on staff at Lancaster General Health and Physician’s Surgery Center. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology with recent recertification and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retinal Specialists, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.

Dr. Pavlica is a past president of the Lancaster County Medical Society.