Golden State Eye Medical Group

1001 Tower Way, Suite 150

Bakersfield, CA 93309


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Phone: 661-327-4499

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Dr. Tawansy and his team of professionals welcome you Golden State Eye.

When you visit us, you will find that we focus on treating you, the individual, and not just the condition. Our office is equipped with the latest technology in the field so our patients can benefit from a wide range of treatment options, including a full selection of optical products. Our medical care is patient-focused and compassionate. We invite you to view the pages of our website to learn more about our practice and our commitment to promoting your eye health and meeting all your vision care needs.

Dr. Tawansy


Dr. Tawansy is a world-renowned Vitreo-Retinal surgeon and a Professor of Ophthalmology and pediatrics. He directs a busy clinical practice in Southern and Central California dedicated to the management of complicated Pediatric and Adult Retinal Disorders, including Trauma, Retinal Detachment,  Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), Diabetic Retinopathy, Surgical complications, Uvetis, Macular Degeneration and Hereditary Vitreo-Retinopathies. He is a regular lecturer At meetings and University teaching rounds in California and internationally.


Dr. Tawansy Earned a Bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering with Tau Beta Pi Honors at Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate of medicine with Honors at the University of Michigan. He completed Residencies in Internal Medicine at the University of California and in  Opthalmology at Henry Ford Medical Center, where he was awarded by the faculty Resident of the Year. He subsequently performed Fellowship training in Ocular Ultrasound at John Hopkins University, Vitreo-Retinal Surgery at the University of British Columbia, Retinal Pathophysiology  and Muscular Disease at Vanderbilt University with Professor Donald Gass, Ocular Ultrasound and Trauma at the Schepens  Retina Foundation, and Pediatric Retinal Diseases and Uveitis at Harvard School of Medicine. During his training, He became part of the teaching faculty and founded pediatric retinal programs at Vanderbelt and UBC. He received Faculty Teacher of the Year and Surgical Instructor of the Year awards from Vanderbelt before he was recruited by the University of Southern California in 2001.


After leaving the pediatric retina service at USC for five years, he found the Children's Retina Institute and Arroyo Vision Care in order to advance clinical management , teaching, and research for complicated retinal diseases. Hey pioneer Pars Plana and Open Sky Vitrectomy Surgical Techniques for Retinal Detachment associated with Complex Trauma, ROP, Chorio-Retinal Coloboma, Stickler Syndrome, Proliferative Vitreo-Retinopathy Familial Exudative Vitreo-Retinopathy, Microphthalmos, Sub-Retinal Neovascularization, and Bullous Retinoschisis. He leads the California Arm of the multi-center FDA monitored BEAT-ROP study that demonstrated the benefits of Anti-VEGF therapy with Avastin in Aggressive Posterior ROP. He directs the Ocular Trauma Service at several California hospitals, and has performed over 10,000 Vitrectomy and Scleral Buckle procedures. He is a founding member of the American Pediatric Retina Society and a fellow of the European Retina Society, where he lectures annually. Hey receive a senior fellow honor award from the American Society of Retina Surgeons and a Shine Award from Ronald McDonald House Charities. He has also been selected as one of America's top Ophthamologists and California Patient's Choice Physicians.


Dr. Tawansy's enthusiasm for eye care lead to the development of the Raymond Renaissance Center for Eye Surgery and Education in Old Town Pasadena which is marveled for its historic architecture and unique approach to patient care. The team accepts referrals of challenging patients from all over the world for intense treatment and visual rehabilitation. They strive to provide all patients with inspired care and creative solutions in a respectful and comforting environment.


Dr. Tawansy is president of Golden State Eye care which serves patients throughout California's Central Valley. He has train fellows from six continents, started the highly successful  R0P screening and surgery program in northern Mexico, And collaborate with a sister program at Bangalore's Vydehi Medical School where he is part of the teaching faculty. As an authority and mechanism of retinal hemorrhage in children, he serves as a national forensic expert witness in cases of potential child abuse. He also developed one retina, the first Veterinary Retinal Surgery Program in California, Which seeks cross species understanding of retinal disorders.


Dr. Tawansy Was born in Cairo, EgyptAnd was raised in Detroit, Michigan. He currently lives in Pasadena and remains always accessible by his cell (323) 313-5757 for pressing questions or problems. If you don't fine Dr. Tawansy In the eye clinic or the operating room enjoying the privilege of compassionate care for his cherished Patients, you might find him near the Rose Bowl swimming, cycling, hiking, or jamming at a local jazz/Rock scene.

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