Robert   Lingua

Robert W. Lingua, MD


Ophthalmology, Pediatric Ophthalmology

Clinical Interests

Adapting advances in adult surgical procedures to particularly difficult needs of the pediatric patient, Improving eye care delivery to the special needs patient

Nickname: Bob
  • American Board of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology
  • English
  • Spanish
Medical School
University of Southern California SOM
USC School of MedicineSurgical Internship
LAC/USC Medical CenterGeneral Surgery
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New JerseyOphthalmology
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New JerseyPediatric Ophthalmology
USC School of MedicinePediatric Ophthalmology
Professional Positions
  • Clinical Professor, University of California, Irvine
Awards and Recognition
  • Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association, 2012-2015, 2018
  • Annual Teaching Award, USC Department of Ophthalmology, 1982
  • Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1992
  • Children's Eye Foundation Fellow, 1980-1981
  • Teacher of the Year, UC Irvine Department of Ophthalmology, 2011
More Information

Dr. Lingua is interested in adapting advances in adult surgical procedures to particularly difficult needs of the pediatric patient. For example, defining the role of refractive surgical technologies used for elective procedures in the adult, to address the problem of intractable amblyopia in the child.

Lingua is developing surgical techniques to treat involuntary eye movement (nystagmus). He also is working toward solutions for children whose developmental disabilities preclude the use of traditional eyewear. These children, who have such severe refractive errors that go uncorrected, may advance developmentally if they could see without the eyeglasses, which they reject as part of their syndromal behavior.

Defining the needs of the special needs patient is a top priority at UC Irvine Health.

Academic Profile
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UC Irvine Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute
850 Health Sciences Road
Irvine, CA 92697
Phone: 949-824-2020
UC Irvine Medical Center
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-7183