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Armin Afshar


Vitreoretinal surgeon and ocular oncologist

Dr. Armin Afshar is an ophthalmologist who specializes in treating eye tumors and disorders of the retina and vitreous (the gel-like substance at the back of the eye). He has special expertise in managing ocular surface tumors of the conjunctiva and cornea, as well as intraocular tumors involving the iris, ciliary body, choroid, retina, vitreous or optic nerve.

Afshar's research focuses on genetic analysis of uveal melanomas and on improving treatments for retinoblastoma.

Afshar earned his bachelor of science and medical degree in the accelerated honors medical program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He also earned a master of business administration degree at the University of Chicago. He completed a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Chicago and fellowships in vitreoretinal surgery and ocular oncology at UCSF. He also earned a master of applied science degree in epidemiology and biostatistics at UCSF.

Afshar is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists, and International Society of Ocular Oncology.

  • Education

    University of Illinois College of Medicine, MD, 2008

  • Fellowships

    UCSF Medical Center, Ocular Oncology, 2015

    UCSF Medical Center, Vitreoretinal Surgery, 2014

  • Board Certifications

    Ophthalmology, American Board of Ophthalmology

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Where I see patients (3)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    440 Ratings
    About our process
    Dec 03, 2023
    He was patient clear and thorough with his explanations.
    Dec 01, 2023
    Dr. Afshar is the best. Period. Expert friendly communicates clearly and well.
    Nov 29, 2023
    Dr. Afshar is kind well informed patient an excellent listener and very good at explaining things. Could not want a better care provider!
    Nov 22, 2023
    Great care & was in great hands.
    Nov 10, 2023
    However on the instructions for my eye drops said LEFT eye and my problem eye is my RIGHT eye.
    Nov 08, 2023
    I would highly recommend Dr. Afshar. He was all of the above and more!
    Oct 25, 2023
    Dr. Afshar was outstanding! Most thorough exam I have ever had. He was thoroughly Informed of my condition and previous treatments. His advice was very helpful.
    Oct 18, 2023
    Great doctor
    Oct 18, 2023
    Dr Afshar is not the first diabetes retinologist I've been under the care of nor the only eminent one but the most engaged and in my opinion the one who has been most responsible for preserving the vision I do have remaining
    Oct 12, 2023
    I love Dr. Afshar but he was so hurried that it was somewhat of a disappointing visit. Having said that he had patients backed up he gave me all the necessary information based upon the images and I felt well taken care of overall.
    Oct 05, 2023
    Very thorough comprehensive eye examExcellent equipment and staff
    Oct 04, 2023
    Always informed me as to what was going on. Laughed at my jokes as well
    Sep 27, 2023
    Dr. Afshar is great very smart and personable.
    Sep 24, 2023
    I was not informed about the medication the doctor's added.
    Sep 22, 2023
    Excellent visit
    Sep 20, 2023
    The doctor (provider?) was communicative and thorough. Please remember he's a doctor not a "provider.
    Sep 20, 2023
    Dr. Afshar was very friendly and spent a fair amount of time explaining my issues to me.
    Aug 29, 2023
    Very Happy with the service
    Jul 14, 2023
    Usually I'm giving anesthesia drops before they give me the dilation drops but they skipped that step and it was quite painful.
    Jul 06, 2023
    They put me at ease and hoped me understa d diagnosis and how they reached the conusion
    Jun 27, 2023
    Dr. Armin Afshar is an excellent Doctor who cares listens and follows through very thoroughly with patience and understanding.
    Jun 06, 2023
    Great visit!
    Jun 05, 2023
    Again once I was able to get through and make an appointment and arrive at the facility--all good!
    May 18, 2023
    Dr Afshar is EXCELLENT!! Thank you for having such a qualified physician!!
    May 16, 2023
    You need to figure out a way to clone Dr. Afshar.
    May 13, 2023
    Excellent care received
    May 09, 2023
    Time management is my only complaint. The actual care has been very good. But what were the eye drops for?
    May 02, 2023
    One thing that concerned me was our conversation about a discrepancy I noticed on the previous after-visit summary. In that summary he said that I received an injection of Avastin. But just prior to administering the injection he said that he was switching from Avastin (which I received In my first Injection which was at Kaiser) to Eylea because he felt it was a better choice. When I brought up this discrepancy in our most recent visit he said that it he wrote Avastin in the summary then it must have been Avastin. I frankly do not see how he could have told me at the time that he was injecting Eylea but injected Avastin instead. It strains credulity.
    Apr 28, 2023
    Dr Afshar seems competent. My eye cancer surgery was successful. But I've had a long wait with every appt. Frustrating. I heard others also complaining.
    Apr 25, 2023
    Not only did he explain everything to me but he also on my request referred me to a primary with UCSF.Many thanks.
    Apr 25, 2023
    Great staff.
    Apr 21, 2023
    Dr. Afshar is probably the best doctor I have ever seen. He is brilliant and genuine and has amazing bedside manner. Can't say enough of how great he is as a doctor and a person.
    Apr 18, 2023
    Excellent assessment and care.
    Apr 18, 2023
    No treatment or care needed at this time
    Apr 18, 2023
    Dr Afshar is just excellent. Super communication first-rate care and one of the best communicators I've come across for my somewhat complicated medical profile.I couldn't ask for better and I attribute my vision today to his help.
    Apr 14, 2023
    Dr. Afshar is EXCELLENT!! My husband and I were very confident in his skill knowledge experience and decisions made. So grateful to be in his care!!!
    Apr 14, 2023
    Happy to refer other people but the wait times to get in are pretty dreadful.
    Apr 11, 2023
    I was referred to this provider for follow up care as my first provider left the area. Hence not the same connection as he did not do the original procedure
    Apr 06, 2023
    Dr. Afshar is wonderful! Excellent communication caring listens. I wish he could be my primary care provider.
    Apr 04, 2023
    I live over 3 hours from SF. Should NEVER be left in an waiting room for over 1 hour without ANYONE checking on me or any updates.
    Apr 02, 2023
    Dr. Afshar was terrific.
    Mar 31, 2023
    Mar 09, 2023
    Dr Afshar's knowledge professionalism and flexibility to work with his patients to make sure they are receiving the best care is top notch. Despite being incredibly busy I have never left without all my questions being answered. I am so very thankful to be in his great care.
    Mar 07, 2023
    Dr afshar is an exceptional example of a very skilled physician being able to communicate with his patient and arrive at the best treatment plan. He's a model for others to emulate
    Feb 28, 2023
    Excellent doctor!!!!
    Feb 19, 2023
    Impersonal. Not much to share. Pleasant enough.
    Jan 26, 2023
    Dr. Afshar is a pro too!
    Jan 20, 2023
    Dr. Afshar is an amazing doctor in all these aspects.
    Jan 19, 2023
    Dr. Afshar is seemingly competent. He provides minimal information which leaves me unsure about my status. Did not address my concerns regarding both eyes not synchronized.
    Dec 13, 2022
    The competence my care provider and his ability to take time and explain to me put me at ease and gave me confidence
    Dec 09, 2022
    My whole experience with UCSF has been excellent
    Dec 05, 2022
    Dr. Afshar is an exceptional and outstanding provider. We would recommend him highly and without reservation.
    Dec 01, 2022
    Very good
    Dec 01, 2022
    Dr. Afshar has been the most compassionate doctor in all my associations with the medical community. He is responsive sensitive compassionate. A true "mensch".
    Nov 29, 2022
    I went in convened for my vision I came out relieved and with the appropriate therapy. Dr Afshar has always guided me well. What more can I ask for?
    Nov 29, 2022
    The staff everyone within UCSF that assisted me were terrific as always!!! They take everything seriously and have always and continue to make me feel safe secure and that I am looked after in the best! I always felt safe and have had the greatest amount of trust to each & every member within the UCSF team that has in the past and present taken care of me when I am within the building within UCSF and when I am out back home and about! Never any issues and my trust & faith to the UCSF staff & team has always been exceptional and I know my eye's health is taken with the upmost care and every decision taken made and done by the people I am with through all the different tests is done safely carefully and done to help in either improving my eye's health or in helping keep my eye's health strong and not allowing it to worsen!Thank you Dr. Afshar his exceptional team and everyone that has ever worked with me directly indirectly and in any & every form in helping with my eye and drastically improving my eye's sight health etc these past 6 years!! Without all of your help support encouragement and never-ending work in improving the health of my left eye I wouldn't be here with an eye that I can use because prior to my first time coming to UCSF and Dr. Afshar and all of his team's amazing work I would have had an eye that had such terrible health & vision (20-200 vision at one point from what Dr. Afshar told me once) that eventually could have become essentially blind. Thank you all!!!!
    Nov 11, 2022
    Fantastic physician. Kind caring and extremely knowledgeable
    Oct 28, 2022
    He's an awesome doctor We just love him but he has a hard time understanding it's so hard to go to SF financially and emotionally. I believe he tries though
    Oct 14, 2022
    Dr. Afshar was great. He answered my many questions with patience and thoughtfulness. He was informative about pros and cons and possible side effects and helped me make the decision to persue treatment.
    Oct 11, 2022
    Dr. Afshar spent time to discuss all of my concerns and offer options. I never felt pressured to choose one form of treatment over another. It allowed me to make decisions based on my needs and personal situation.
    Sep 29, 2022
    Always open for additional questions and concerns
    Sep 20, 2022
    The were wonderful
    Sep 20, 2022
    Most exceptional dialogue with Dr Afshar about my care and treatment- both succinct but informative. Dr Afshar showed the type of judgment and report that doctors today can model
    Sep 20, 2022
    My care provider takes time explaining the result of my tests he also take time sending email to my optalmogist in oakland. He also recommends seeing a doctor expert in eye pressure.
    Sep 20, 2022
    Would only recommend care provider to certain people due to the distance/location of the medical offices.
    Sep 20, 2022
    Never saw the Dr Never got the results of eye photos and tests
    Sep 16, 2022
    Dr. Afshar is a very compassionate man. I would recommend anyone with eye issues to him. He sets a feeling of confidence and calm in me each time I visit his office.
    Sep 16, 2022
    All providers were courteous and made me feel at ease.
    Aug 26, 2022
    I forgot my hearing aids so missed a lot of what all the people I interacted with said.
    Aug 23, 2022
    I was allowed to ask questions and if was very informative. The concern was evident.
    Aug 23, 2022
    Good experience
    Aug 22, 2022
    A smile goes a long ways from check in to assistant care to provider. Provider builds trust with his kind care. Thanks
    Aug 19, 2022
    Good information
    Aug 14, 2022
    Very friendly
    Aug 02, 2022
    Staff is outstanding and Dr Afshar is the best- a great doctor!
    Jul 29, 2022
    Dr Afshar took the time to review the imaging and discuss the options and logic behind his treatment course. Wow- what a high level of interaction with a patient
    Jul 24, 2022
    Dr. Afshar is very informed in my case and explains everything to me.
    Jul 19, 2022
    I was put. In a room for two hours tried to leave twice. I eventually saw my doctor for 5 minutes because I had a child care issue after 2 and a half hours because I had not seen the doctor.
    Jul 19, 2022
    Dr Afshar rocks!
    Jun 09, 2022
    Everyone treated me like I was special
    Jun 03, 2022
    Dr Afshar is always excellent and reassuring
    May 27, 2022
    Dr.Afshar was so helpful in giving us the right interval of our follow-up appointment to him. My mother likes him so much.
    May 14, 2022
    Was told see you in 6months and appointment is with another Dr. Was not told that when left Dr.that didn't go well with me.
    May 03, 2022
    Dr. Afshar is amazing. He always takes the time to listen and actually hears what you're saying. His explanations are clear. He always makes you feel like he's invested in your healthcare. A truly caring individual. 10+!
    Apr 26, 2022
    No explanation was given for the delay nor did anyone check on me during the last half hour
    Apr 10, 2022
    Dr showed and explained the test resultslistened very carefully to my questions and asked twice if I had any more questions.He was very conciseconcerned and efficient explaining treatment and follow up. I don't think my experience could have been better.Many thanks
    Mar 22, 2022
    Dr. Afshar outstanding provider. I feel fortunate to have had him as my surgeon.
    Mar 22, 2022
    Amazing Health Provider.
    Mar 08, 2022
    He was excellent in all regards. I am grateful for his care.