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Earl Randy Craven, M.D.

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  • Chief, Wilmer Eye Institute- Bethesda
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology


Advanced Technology Lens Implants, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Comprehensive Medical and Surgical Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Glaucoma Surgery, Ophthalmology more

Research Interests

Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS)

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Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute - Bethesda

Appointment Phone: 240-482-1100
6430 Rockledge Drive
Westmoreland Building, Suite 600
Bethesda, MD 20817 map

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Appointment Phone: 410-955-5490
600 N. Wolfe Street
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Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute - Frederick

Appointment Phone: 301-620-9268
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Suite 275
Frederick, MD 21702 map


E. Randy Craven, M.D. specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma and cataracts, particularly the complex cases. Prior to arriving at Wilmer, he was Chief of Glaucoma at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital (KKESH) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A pioneer in the field of minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), Dr. Craven was the first U.S. surgeon to implant the CyPass and the first iStent in the FDA trial; as a result, he has led over 100 research trials and helped develop and establish this new technology worldwide.

Dr. Craven received his medical degree from the University of Colorado and completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Texas Health Science Center. He then completed fellowship training in glaucoma at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. more


  • Chief, Wilmer Eye Institute- Bethesda
  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • MD; University of Colorado School of Medicine (1983)


  • Ophthalmology; Dallas County Hosp District-Parkland Mem Hosp - UT Southwestern Med Cntr (1987)


  • Glaucoma; Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (1988)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology (Ophthalmology) (1989)

Additional Training

Educational Grants:

Tarus Foundation, 1992. $100,000 to develop new software for imaging of optic nerve.

Tomey Technologies, 1993. $50,000 to develop new tonometer.

Merck Foundation, 2009. $10,000 to develop educational monograph and slide set for educating doctors on glaucoma.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

OCT for Corneal Power

ICE Syndrome: Iris and Glaucoma Long-Term Outcomes

Imaging of Canal with new Higher Resolution US

Prosthetic Iris

Achromatic/Flicker alternating Chromatic Visual Fields

Deep Sclerectomy vs Trab with Ologen

Revision of Filtering Blebs

MIGS Imaging

Selected Publications

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Craven, ER. “Optic disc, retinal nerve fiber layer, and macular analysis for glaucoma.” Atlas of Glaucoma, Third Edition. Eds: Choplin, NT and Traverso, CE. Informa Healthcare. 2013; Chapter 7. In press.


Craven, ER. “Adopting New Surgical Methods: How I do it & How I Choose: Going with the Flow” Surgical Innovations in Glaucoma eds.: Samples, JR and Ahmed, IK. Springer Science. 2013: In press.

Craven, ER. “Complications Common to Nonpenetrating Surgeries” Surgical Complications of Glaucoma ed.: Feldman, R. Oxford Press. 2012; 52. P 399-401. 

Craven, ER “Optic Disc, Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer, and Macular Analysis for Glaucoma” Ed. Sherwood, Shaarawy et al: Glaucoma. 2nd ed. Elsevier. 2013

Craven, ER, Katz, LJ, Wells, JM, Giamporcaro, JE: Cataract Surgery with Trabecular Micro-bypass Stent Implantation in Patients with Mild-to-Moderate Open-angle Glaucoma and Cataract: Two-year Follow-up. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2012; 38:1339–1345.

Activities & Honors


  • Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Texas Health Science Center, 2013
  • The Best Doctors in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2003
  • The Best Doctors in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2000
  • The Best Doctors in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 1994
  • Guide to America’s Top Ophthalmologists, Consumer Research Council of America, 2004
  • Guide to America’s Top Ophthalmologists, Consumer Research Council of America, 2011
  • “Who’s Who” Healthcare, Marquis, 2011
  • Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2010
  • Killian Award, American Eye Study Club, 2004
  • Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1999


  • Pine Ridge Eye Study Society, 1995
  • American Eye Study Club, 1993
  • American Glaucoma Society, Inc., 1992
  • Colorado Ophthalmological Society, 1990
  • Spaeth Fellows Society, 1989
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology, 1985

Professional Activities

  • Institutional Review Board Member, King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, 2013
  • Peer Review, Ophthalmology, 2013
  • Peer Review, Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology 2013-, 2012
  • Peer Review, Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 2006
  • Peer Review, Archives of Ophthalmology, 2005
  • Associate Examiner, American Board of Ophthalmology, 2004
  • Patient Care Committee, American Glaucoma Society, 2001
  • Peer Review, Survey of Ophthalmology, 2000
  • Editorial Board, Ophthalmology Management, 1997
  • Advisory Board, Allergan
  • Advisory Board, Sucampo
  • Advisory Board, Transcend
  • Advisory Board, Ivantis
  • Advisory Board, Haag-Streit
  • Advisory Board, Optovue

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Chronic Angle Closure Glaucoma Treatment Options and Controversy
    Lecture, Italian Ophthalmological Society Meetings (05/18/2013)
  • Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery 2013: What’s Next?
    Lecture, Italian Ophthalmological Society Meeting (05/18/2013)
  • Glaucoma Surgical Innovation: Pipeline Procedures
    Presentation, American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Glaucoma Day (04/19/2013)
  • MIGS
    Presentation, Dubai Ophthalmological Conference (12/08/2013)
  • The Evolution of Glaucoma Surgery
    Named lecture, 4th Annual Wayne Won Wong Memorial Lecture (06/09/2013)
  • MIGS: Where it Fits
    Named lecture, 24th Distinguished Alumnus Speaker (06/22/2013)
  • Glaucoma Symposium Auditorium Chairperson
    Paper Session Moderator (05/01/2013)
  • What to do with ICE Syndrome Patients Iris
    Lecture, Italian Ophthalmological Society Meeting (05/28/2012)
  • Ab interno glaucoma surgery: options with trabecular and suprachoroidal
    Lecture, Italian Ophthalmological Society Meetings, Roma (05/21/2011)
  • Risk management of electronic health records and glaucoma
    Lecture, Ocular Surgery News (11/19/2010)
  • What Impact with the Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stent Have On Glaucoma Care?
    Presentation, Glaucoma Day (01/01/2012)
    American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Matching Surgical Risk to Disease
    Lecture, Glaucoma Day (01/01/2013)

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