Rahul Pandit, MD

Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Academic Institute
Full Clinical Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Dr. Pandit received his undergraduate degree from Yale University. After completing medical school at Rush University in his home town of Chicago, Dr. Pandit attended the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. In 2002, he pursued a fellowship in Cornea, External Diseases, and Refractive Surgery. He has been practicing in Houston since 2003, and was a partner at Medical Center Ophthalmology prior to joining the Methodist Hospital.

He has acted as principal investigator for clinical research trials as well as retrospective studies evaluating ophthalmology surgery outcomes and diagnostic equipment. He has regularly presented his research at the annual meetings of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Pandit was named one the 250 top innovators in premium IOL implant surgery in 2010 by Premier Surgeon Magazine.

Description of Research

Dr. Pandit's research interests include dry eye and other ocular surface diseases, corneal diseases and cataract surgical outcomes.

Areas Of Expertise

Cornea Cataract Micro-invasive glaucoma surgery outcomes
Education & Training

MD, Rush University
Residency, University of Iowa
Clinical Fellowship, University of Iowa
Internship, West Suburban Hospital & Medical Ctr

Secondary single-piece toric posterior chamber intraocular lens fixation
Pandit, RT 2023, , JCRS Online Case Reports, vol. 11, no. 2, e00095. https://doi.org/10.1097/j.jcro.0000000000000095

Comparison of keratometry using SS-OCT and dual Scheimpflug-Placido imaging in postmyopic corneal refractive surgery eyes
Khimani, K, Ordonez, A & Pandit, RT 2023, , Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 16-20. https://doi.org/10.1097/j.jcrs.0000000000001045

Comment on: Tape Splint Tarsorrhaphy for Persistent Corneal Epithelial Defects
Pandit, RT 2022, , American Journal of Ophthalmology, vol. 242, pp. 252. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajo.2022.05.028

Orbital Compartment Syndrome After High-speed Air-Gasoline Blast Injury
Zhao, Z, Malik, A, Bhat, N, Bindiganavile, SH, Pandit, RT, Kavoussi, SC & Lee, AG 2021, , Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. E97-E100. https://doi.org/10.1097/IOP.0000000000001845

Comparison of Simulated and True Keratometry Measurements Using Swept-Source Optical Coherence Tomography and Dual Scheimpflug-Placido Imaging
Urias, EA, Polychronopoulou, E & Pandit, RT 2021, , Journal of Ophthalmology, vol. 2021, 5860846, pp. 5860846. https://doi.org/10.1155/2021/5860846

Twist and out intraocular lens removal
Pandit, RT, Devgan, U & Chapman, JM 2020, , Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, vol. 46, no. 8, pp. 1072-1074. https://doi.org/10.1097/j.jcrs.0000000000000161

Shewanella algae keratitis
Bravenec, CA, Pandit, R & Beaver, HA 2019, , Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, vol. 67, no. 1, pp. 148-150. https://doi.org/10.4103/ijo.IJO_617_18

Antibiotic Resistance Rates by Geographic Region Among Ocular Pathogens Collected During the ARMOR Surveillance Study
Asbell, PA, Pandit, R & Sanfilippo, CM 2018, , Ophthalmology and Therapy, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 417-429. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40123-018-0141-y

Monocular Clinical Outcomes and Range of Near Vision following Cataract Surgery with Implantation of an Extended Depth of Focus Intraocular Lens
Pandit, R 2018, , Journal of Ophthalmology, vol. 2018, 8205824. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/8205824

Retained lens nuclear fragment presenting years after phacoemulsification
Nair, M & Pandit, RT 2014, , Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, vol. 40, no. 10, pp. 1752. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrs.2014.08.013

Use of the breathe right external nasal dilator strip as temporary eyelid splint
Pandit, R 2012, , Cornea, vol. 31, no. 6, pp. 720-721. https://doi.org/10.1097/ICO.0b013e318242fd28

Comparison of anterior chamber depth measurements from the galilei dual scheimpflug analyzer with IOLmaster
Patel, RP & Pandit, RT 2012, , Journal of Ophthalmology, vol. 2012, 430249. https://doi.org/10.1155/2012/430249

Brevundimonas diminuta keratitis
Pandit, RT 2012, , Eye and Contact Lens, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 63-65. https://doi.org/10.1097/ICL.0b013e31821c04f7

Pandit, RT 2011, , Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, vol. 37, no. 11, pp. 2087. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrs.2011.09.010

Sudden corneal edema due to retained lens nuclear fragment presenting 8.5 years after cataract surgery
Pandit, RT & Coburn, AG 2011, , Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, vol. 37, no. 6, pp. 1165-1167. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrs.2011.03.026

Primary neisseria meningitidis keratitis
Elias, JA & Pandit, R 2009, , Cornea, vol. 28, no. 6, pp. 714-715. https://doi.org/10.1097/ICO.0b013e3181901ebb

Dendriform filamentary keratopathy
Pandit, R 2009, , Cornea, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 123-125. https://doi.org/10.1097/ICO.0b013e318182ed19

Combo-chop nuclear disassembly
Pandit, R 2007, , Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, vol. 33, no. 12. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrs.2007.07.045

Tent-shaped retinal detachments in retinopathy of prematurity
Shapiro, MJ, Alpert, J & Pandit, RT 2006, , Retina, vol. 26, no. 7 SUPPL. pp. S32-S37. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.iae.0000244284.79004.af

Pop-and-chop nucleofractis
Pandit, RT & Oetting, TA 2003, , Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, vol. 29, no. 11, pp. 2054-2056. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0886-3350(03)00339-0