Dr. Snyder

Michael E. Snyder, M.D.


Cataracts, Corneal Disease


Cincinnati Eye Institute

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Get to Know Dr. Snyder

Dr. Snyder has, with Dr. Robert Osher, pioneered artificial iris prosthesis use in the United States, aiding in the rehabilitation of acquired traumatic iris defects or congenital iris defects such as aniridia and ocular albinism. He organized and executed the clinical study that led to the first and only FDA approval of the custom-matched artificial iris. Dr. Snyder has also been a clinical investigator in numerous trials of new presbyopia-correcting intraocular implant lenses and implantable sustained release pharmaceutical agents.

Dr. Snyder cultivated a referral practice in cataract and corneal surgery in Albany, New York where he also taught residents at Albany Medical College. He joined the growing and internationally renowned Cincinnati Eye Institute and the faculty of the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine in 1997. At Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI), Dr. Snyder continues to couple his clinical activities with an active interest in both teaching and research as faculty at CEI and as a Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Cincinnati.

At the national and international level, Dr. Snyder is actively involved in teaching other ophthalmologists through these organizations. He has produced or co-produced more than 50 educational videos, authored dozens of textbook chapters, published more than a hundred scholarly manuscripts, and given several hundreds of presentations to his peers at as a frequent “Guest Professor” at regional meetings and professional meetings in the US and around the globe. He continues to contribute to Ophthalmology textbooks and scientific journals as author, editor and reviewer, and he sits on multiple editorial boards.

Dr. Snyder has been actively involved in leadership at CEI and within the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. Dr. Snyder teaches residents locally as a Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Cincinnati and has mentored numerous medical students aspiring to ophthalmology. His peers have repeatedly elected him to Best Doctors in America.

Dr. Snyder is actively involved in developing new devices for intraocular implantation and new ophthalmic applications for pharmaceuticals including FDA studies. Dr. Snyder was the first in North America to implant an artificial iris custom-matched to the uninjured eye. He designed the FDA study for the device and acted as Medical Monitor, shepherding the device through from inception to FDA approval.

  • Education & Training
  • Memberships & Affiliations
  • Honors & Awards
Education & Training
  • Bachelor of Science
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan
  • Medical Degree
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan
  • Internship in Internal Medicine and General Surgery
    Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Denver, Colorado
  • Ophthalmology Residency
    Krieger Eye Institute of Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Subspeciality Training: Cataract, Anterior Segment, Refractive Surgery, Corneal and External Diseases, and Ocular Immunology
    New England Eye Center and Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston
Memberships & Affiliations
  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • ASCRS Complex Cataract Subcommittee
  • International Intraocular Implant Club
  • Ohio State Medical Association
  • Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today
    Editorial Executive Board
  • Ophthalmology Times
    Editorial Board
  • EyeWorld
    Editorial Board (2007-2011)
Honors & Awards
  • AAO Senior Honor Award
  • ASCRS Film Festival 2000, First Place Award. Michael E. Snyder, M.D. and Scott E. Burk, M.D., Ph.D. To See or Not to See? Special Anterior Segment Uses of ICG.
  • ASCRS Film Festival 2001, Runner Up Award. Scott E. Burk MD PhD, Andrea D’Amata MD, Michael E. Snyder MD, Robert E. Foster MD, Christopher D. Riemann MD, Michael R. Petersen MD PhD. Posterior Segment Uses of ICG.
  • ASCRS Film Festival 2001, First Prize Winner. Suresh K. Pandey MD, Michael E. Snyder MD, David J. Apple MD, Liliana Werner MD, Rupal Trivedi MD, Tamer Macky MD. Interlenticular Opacification: Clinical and Pathologic Lessons for Management and Prevention.
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Grand prize award. Film Festival, Nice, France, September 2002. Scott E. Burk, MD, PhD, Andrea Da Mata, MD, Michael E. Snyder, MD, Susan Schneider, MD, Robert J Cionni, MD, Robert H Osher, MD. Visualizing the vile humor.
  • First prize award, Film Festival, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Annual Meeting Philadelphia, June 2002. Michael E. Snyder, MD. It’s not just how you see; it’s also how you look.
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Grand Prize Video Competition, Orlando, Florida, October 2002. Michael L. Nordlund, MD, PhD, Scott E Burk MD PhD, Michael E Snyder MD, Robert H Osher MD. Novel Applications of Prosthetic Iris Devices.
  • The Urwick Lecture the Urwick Lecture, Krieger Eye Institute, Baltimore, Maryland, June, 2007
  • Doctor’s Choice Award Caribbean Eye Meeting, ACES/SEE, San Juan Puerto Rico, February 12-16, 2010
  • Best Paper of Session: A Novel Flexible Iris Prosthesis in Congenital Aniridia. American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. Annual Meeting, Boston, MA April 2010
  • ASCRS Film Festival 2013, Runner-up award. Snyder ME. Fixing an Iris “Oops” with Iris Prosthesis 2013
  • ASCRS Film Festival Award Winner, 2013. Perez MA, Snyder, ME. Save That Kid’s Bag!
  • ASCRS Film Festival Award, 2018, Snyder ME. Custom Iris Prostheses: Achieving Concentric Trephination.
  • Ophthalmic Photographers Society Honorable Mention, 2018. Michael E Snyder MD. Trio of Capsular Devices.
  • The Thorpe Lecture: Funky Iris Cases. Pittsburgh Ophthalmological Society. Pittsburgh, PA. March 2016
  • Best Medical Student Teaching Award, University of Cincinnati Department of Ophthalmology, June 2018
  • John E. Brown Memorial Lecture: Complex Cataract Cases. The Ohio State University, Havener Eye Institute Postgraduate Symposium, Columbus, OH, March 9-10, 2018
  • 3rd Annual Jorge N. Buxton, MD Microsurgical Education Foundation Lecture: Techniques and Tricks for Traumatic Cataracts. NYEE 3rd Annual Transformational Ophthalmology Symposium. New York, New York, October 6, 2018
  • ASCRS Film Festival 2019 Award Winner. Samantha Schockman, MD; Michael Snyder, MD. Sculpting the pupil: Three Subtractive iris techniques
  • Leadership Award, Aniridia Foundation International, August 2019
  • Snyder ME. Sutures, Scissors, Cautery and Custom: Reshaping and Replacing the Iris, The Bernard Gettes Lecture. Wills Eye Hospital, March 8, 2020

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