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Peter D. Bekendam, M.D.

“It is an honor to partner with my patients to restore and preserve their sight. I recognize the incredible impact vision has on quality of life.”


Dr. Peter Bekendam currently serves as Medical Director for Pacific Eye Institute and has been a part of our team since 2016. He is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and specializes in cataract and anterior segment surgery, glaucoma procedures, and comprehensive ophthalmology. Over the course of his 15+ year career, he has performed over 15,000 cataract procedures in the greater Inland Empire area.  In addition, he is excited to expand his surgical practice to include operating out of the practice’s new High Desert Surgery location in Apple Valley, starting in the summer of 2022.

In addition to his role as a practicing ophthalmologist, Dr. Bekendam currently serves as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California, where he earned his own Medical Degree in 2004. 

Dr. Bekendam is the Founder and President of Sight Restoration International, a non-profit organization which works to bring vision-restoration surgery to patients in developing countries. He was also honored to be elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society while in medical school. 

  • College
    Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, California State University of Fullerton, Fullerton, California
  • Medical School
    Doctor of Medicine, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, California
  • Internship
    Internal Medicine Internship, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California
    (2004 – 2005)
  • Residency
    Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology,
    Loma Linda, California
    (2005 – 2008)
  • Board Certification American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (member)
  • Carotid-cavernous fistula in a child after minimal orbital trauma.
    J AAPOS. 2004 Aug;8(4):401-3.
  • Case of corneal melting associated with the use of topical nepafenac.
    Cornea. 2007 Sep;26(8):1002-3.
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • John C. Affeldt Award for best resident research presentation
  • Founder and President of Sight Restoration International, Inc.
  • Assistant Professor at Loma Linda, University

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