Dr. Milan Patel is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist who is also fellowship-trained corneal, cataract, and LASIK refractive surgery specialist practicing in North Atlanta. At Milan Eye Center, Dr. Patel has dedicated his practice to refractive surgery, corneal diseases and topical, no-stitch cataract surgery.

Dr. Patel began his undergraduate education at Emory University and subsequently graduated with honors from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. A Georgia native, Dr. Patel returned home and earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. During medical school, Dr. Patel had the opportunity to work with Dr. Howard Gimbel – one of the founding fathers of modern ophthalmology and the first person in Canada to perform the most advanced form of cataract removal, phacoemulsification. Dr. Patel completed his internship at Northwestern University, followed by an ophthalmology residency at the Medical College of Georgia, where he published numerous articles on corneal and retinal diseases.

Following residency training, Dr. Patel was selected to pursue a Cornea and Refractive Surgery fellowship at the prestigious Shiley Eye Center of the University of California – San Diego. There, under the direction of Dr. David Schanzlin, past president of the International Society of Refractive Surgery, Dr. Patel gained immense experience in LASIK, cataract, and corneal surgery. During his fellowship, Dr. Patel continued to publish extensively on groundbreaking technology and surgical techniques. In recognition of his outstanding work, Dr. Patel was selected from among his 16 colleagues as Fellow of the Year.

Upon completion of his fellowship, Dr. Patel decided to dedicate the next six months to serving underprivileged patients in the developing world. By volunteering his clinical and surgical skills at five community hospitals in India, Dr. Patel gave the gift of sight to many people who would otherwise not have access to modern eye care. No stranger to technology, Dr. Patel produces educational videos, the most recent of which was recognized as the Best Refractive Surgery Video at the AAO international meeting of ophthalmologists. Additionally, Dr. Patel has created a mobile application that Milan Eye Center patients can benefit from when undergoing Cataract, LASIK, and Corneal surgeries.

Dr. Patel was also selected by Castel Connolly as “Top Doctor” in the field of Ophthalmology. The doctors selected for this recognition were selected after peer nomination, extensive research, and careful review and screening by Castle Connolly’s doctor-directed research team.

In his spare time, Dr. Patel enjoys spending time with his wife, Snehal, and his children, Saajan, Dylan, and Sona.


  • Castle Connolly Top Doctor Award Winner
  • Delta Plaque Award for Best Eye Surgeon in Atlanta

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Dr. Patel’s Testimonials


I was recommended to see Dr. Patel for my cataract surgeries by a friend. I was scared and Dr. Patel calmed my fears and explained every step of the procedure. I loved Dr. Patel from the first time I met him because of his honesty and confidence that my sight would be greatly improved. His staff was so professional and kind. Dr. Patel had an unbelievable bedside manner that just made you confident and not afraid. The first thing I remember after the surgeries was everything was so bright and clear. I always thought my walls were cream colored but after surgery the walls were white!

I thank you, Dr. Patel, for my new eyes! I have and will continue to recommend you to anyone who needs cataract surgery.


Dr. Milan Patel is an excellent, caring physician. From the initial exam through cataract surgery he was very patient with explaining the surgery and recovery process. I had both eyes replaced with new lenses and felt extremely comfortable through both procedures. I highly, highly recommend him!


I have been wearing glasses for more than 40 years, though I am still in my early fifties. Dr. Patel recommended I get my cataract surgery done. He didn’t promise me 20/20 vision but said that it will still improve my vision to a very great extent. Both operations were successful & I don’t need to wear glasses anymore except for slight corrections.

Thank you, Dr. Patel & team. Your professionalism, courtesy, & thoughtfulness is astounding & I will not hesitate in recommending Milan Eye Center to my friends!


I was recommended to see Dr. Milan Patel some time ago due to my development of narrowing glaucoma. I was scared. Dr. Patel eased my fears and within a few minutes of his performing the surgery, my condition was no more.

I had also been diagnosed with cataracts when I went for my annual checkup, my doctor told me it would be futile for him to give me a prescription for contacts or glasses – my cataracts had to come out if I were to keep my sight. He then referred me to Dr. Patel.
I was more than scared and let Dr. Patel know it. He again calmed my fears by explaining every step of the procedure. My right eye was done first. I had to go without wearing eyewear for 3 weeks prior to surgery (this was the most trying part of the whole scenario). I could barely see my husband’s eyes when he sat next to me at our dinner table (they were blurred so bad I could barely see the whites of his eyes). Next to worse was the 2 hours at the hospital before surgery. Again my fears were relieved when Emory’s nurses told me Dr. Patel had trained them to know about the eye patient’s fear factor. Can’t express how great they were. Two nurses were with me along with my husband before the surgery.

I was twilight awake – saw the most brilliant colors – and again Dr. Patel’s incredible encouragement and bedside manner during the 15-minute procedure calmed and fear I had experienced. WAH-LAH! 20/20 eyesight the next day. Riding in the car was exceptional! Depth perception was corrected – No cars coming at me! I can’t express how that felt – except to share with you that I had my other eye done a month later and now have total 20/20 eyesight!


I work as a volunteer at Northside Forsyth Hospital. I met many of Dr. Patel’s patients who expressed the satisfaction they received from Dr. Patel and his staff. I elected to have my cataract surgery performed by Dr. Patel and have recommended Dr. Patel to friends who were expecting to have cataract surgery.

Recently, my husband elected to have his cataract surgery with Dr. Patel. My husband is very satisfied with the operation and is impressed with the very close interest that Dr. Patel has for all his patients.

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Dr. Patel is a true manifestation of an outstanding surgeon. His actions speak for his honest and sincere heart and respect for his patients. I personally felt a great feeling of confidence with him and know that my eye surgery would be perfect.
Not only is Dr. Patel and outstanding eye surgeon who enjoys giving quality care to his patients, he is simply an unbelievably wonderful human being who is fundamentally a humanist.

I am eternally grateful for his excellent care and feel extremely fortunate that he was my surgeon!


Dr. Patel explained what he would be doing surgically to remove my cataract. He and his staff helped to calm my nervousness about being awake during surgery. The staff at the hospital were all so caring about my well being. My follow up visits were great. I highly recommend Dr. Patel to anyone having cataract surgery.


Dr. Patel, I will never be able to completely thank you for your professionalism, expertise and kindness that you have shown me throughout my very difficult period of eye challenges. From my first emergency visit to my continued weakening vision due to cataracts, all my care was entrusted to you and you brought me to a point of nearly 20/20 vision. Unbelievable! As I told you before, you have given my life back to me and I will always be grateful for this gift.

May you and your family be blessed every day. I wish you the greatest joy and happiness possible.


My experience with my cataract surgeries was not only pleasant, but Dr. Patel’s entire staff were very professional and reassuring every step of the way. the technicians in the office were very thorough. The staff at the hospital worked with great precision. Every procedure was explained very clearly including telling me my right eye will be a little different including more sedation and some pain in the recovery. But after the contact bandage came out everything was fine.

I cannot say enough about Dr. Patel. Not only was he extremely professional and an expert in his skill as a surgeon, but his demeanor was impeccable. I will highly recommend Dr. Patel for cataract surgery. Thank you all because my eyes can see so clear and crisp!


From the time I entered the door to the last time after surgery, the staff in the office, surgical coordinator, and pre-testing staff worked in a very professional way. They answered any questions I had in a way you could understand. On the days of the surgery (I had both eyes done 2 weeks apart). Dr. Patel greeted me and my wife prior to surgery and again after. Hospital staff all did a great job of getting me ready for surgery. The day after each surgery the staff and Dr. Patel rechecked each eye.
I am 75 years old and I never had such a pleasant experience!

P.S. You can bring your wife too!
Thanks to you Dr. Patel and your staff, my surgery was perfect!


I can see for the first time in – well, I don’t really know how long it’s been. While responding to an email last week, I realized for the first time that my response was in the prettiest shade of blue! The type always appeared, to me, to be black. We attended the Braves-Cubs game the evening after my first eye’s cataract surgery. suddenly, the signs in the park, the scoreboard, everything, was clear and bright. As if a veil had been lifted. I am thrilled.

Dr. Patel could not have been more professional or caring. Thank you for giving me my sight back.


I would have to describe my cataract surgery from the initial visit, to the pretesting, the surgery itself and all the follow-up care as “High Quality”.

I selected Dr. Patel based on his qualification and experience. What I discovered from my first evaluation to all my follow-up care was that Dr. Patel possessed numerous other excellent qualities that can be hard to find in doctors.

Dr. Patel provides easy to follow and detailed instructions but more important is his compassionate and open communication and the respect he gives to his patients.

Another aspect that is very noticeable is that Dr. Patel has surrounded himself with a terrific and knowledgeable office and medical staff including a great team at Northside Hospital.

I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Patel to my family and friends.


When I first learned that I had cataracts on both eyes I set out to find the best doctor I could to remove the cataracts and insert the intraocular lens. I checked with several doctors and several individuals and they all recommended Dr. Milan Patel. I made an appointment immediately. I went to see him at his new location and we set up for my first eye surgery which was on January 20th at Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

I loved Dr. Patel from the very first time I met him because of his honesty and confidence that after the surgery my eyesight would be much improved. He had an unbelievable bedside manner that just made you confident and not afraid. After all, these were my eyes! My suspicions were right and from the moment I peeped from behind the patch after surgery, I knew I would be able to throw my contacts and glasses away. I could read and do computer work immediately!

It was at that point getting very excited about my 2nd eye surgery which was on Feb 2nd, exactly 2 weeks after my first eye. Once again everything went according to plan…Trust me when I tell you that if you are in need of cataract surgery, Dr. Milan Patel is the doctor for you. I found out at the hospital that is so respected by his peers and the entire staff there. They told me he is always readily available to answer any and all questions. HE WAS A DOCTOR TRULY WORTH WAITING FOR and I could not be happier with my new eyes. The only downside now is that I can see so good I might have to consider that facelift!


As I’ve gotten older my eyes have gotten dryer. I was using Restasis but even that wasn’t totally solving the problem. Some mornings I would wake up with extreme pain in one of my eyes. After consulting with Dr. Patel he said that while I was sleeping that my eyes may not be shutting completely and also the fan or air conditioning in my home might be adding to the problem. He suggested that I try punctual plugs. I thought it was going to be a painful procedure but he assured me that it wasn’t. He was right. It only took him a few minutes to insert the plugs in each of my tear ducts. It’s been a couple of months and I haven’t had a single problem! I am so grateful to Dr. Patel!

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Dear Dr. Patel and Staff,

Thank you so much for my gift of sight. You all made it a good experience. Everyone in your office was so kind and helpful. I dreaded having work done on my eyes, but there was a lot less discomfort than I imagined. By the time the second one was done I was much more relaxed. I appreciate you concern for your patients. Thanks again for my 20/20 vision.


I can see! I can see! You and your staff made me feel very comfortable. I have referred you to many of my friends and would recommend you to others. Anyone fearing or dreading this procedure should have no worries with you. Thanks, again!


Never believed I could see as well as I do, especially out of my left eye. What was 20/70 is now 20/30 in left and 20/20 in right. I have worn glasses and then contacts since I was 10 years old and now I do not have to wear glasses or contacts – only reading glasses at 75 years old. Experience with Doctor Patel and his staff are above any of the best description I could give.


I’m really happy about the result of my surgery. I can see very well without any glasses or contact lenses. I appreciate Dr. Patel with all of my heart.


Since my surgery I’ve had three people wanting to know who did my surgery and they asked me for his phone number so they could get an appointment. I seriously expect Dr. Patel to need an office in Cobb County very soon. Everyone said I looked so different. I can see now, like I’ve never seen before, and I am so thrilled with the results of my cataract surgery. It’s like a new beginning with brand new eyes. Everything is far beyond my highest expectations. Thank you forever.


I have had cataract surgery performed by Dr. Patel of Milan Eye Center. I am very pleased with everyone at the Center and I am very excited about the results. Prior to having the surgery, I had very poor vision in my right eye. Now my vision is so clear and precise. I had no idea the outcome would be so remarkable. I would not hesitate to refer anyone needing this surgery to Dr. Patel. My vision is clear and recovery is easy. Thank you so much! What a difference a day can make!


My cataract surgery could not have gone any better. Dr. Patel and the entire staff were extremely professional and a pleasure with which to work. From the outset, everything was explained to me in detail, and I knew exactly what to expect. I simply cannot believe the difference in my vision prior to and after the surgery. I would recommend Dr. Patel and the Milan Eye Center to anyone considering this type of surgery. As a matter of fact, I have already made this recommendation to several of my friends and neighbors.


When I originally came to Dr. Patel, I was diagnosed with vision so bad that my corneas were not thick enough to be able to have Lasik surgery to correct them. I recently had surgery on my right eye for a retinal tear, which made wearing contact lenses uncomfortable, and I did not want to wear glasses. Dr. Patel reviewed my case and suggested that since I already showed signs of cataracts in both eyes, I could get new cataract lenses made for astigmatism implanted in each eye with a simple out-patient procedure. The process was quick, easy, and painless. Dr. Patel and his staff were very supportive and kept me informed at all times, from hospital registration to post surgery eye drops and follow-up checkups. Now my vision is 20/20 in both eyes and I am free of contact lenses. Dr. Patel has improved my quality of life immensely. Thanks!


Thank you Dr. Patel for making my world much clearer and brighter! Your skill in removing my cataracts and the care you give your patients is greatly appreciated. You made the experience of the surgery easy and very rewarding. From my initial visit I felt completely at ease with you, your staff, and the thoroughness of evaluation. It was very pleasing and comforting to know what to expect in all phases of the procedures in progress, and equally assuring in the follow-up.


Dr. Milan Patel has given me the wonderful gift of not having to wear glasses all the time. I had cataracts on both eyes. He explained the cataract surgery and answered all my questions in depth. The surgery was a success and the outpatient department and nurses were great. I have worn glasses for the past 62 years since I was 12 years old. Now my distant vision is normal and I only have to have glasses for reading. His office staff was very knowledgeable and professional and are an asset to his practice. Many thanks to Dr. Patel for this awesome gift.


I am completely satisfied, from the very first visit to all the follow up visits, I’ve had nothing but a great and comfortable treatment experience. All the staff at Milan Eye Center and at Emory Hospital are very knowledgeable, helpful and very attentive. I highly recommend Dr. Patel and his eye center to anyone and everyone. Thank you.


My wife tells me her experience has been very nice and comforting, in that everyone was extremely proficient at what they had to do throughout the process and their individual attitudes were reflection of that. It was obvious to us that Dr. Patel, set the standards he wanted for his patients and led his team by example. The results were exemplary in all areas. It seemed as though everyone loved their work and it was also obvious that the entire team had an extreme respect for Dr. Pate’s surgical skills, and a fondness for him as a person. The team operated together like a well-oiled machine. We couldn’t have chosen a better doctor, who even made us feel like his personal friends. He’s obviously a man that lives by God’s word because you can see the love in him and I feel like I’ve known him forever. He has my respect and trust.


I just wanted to let you know how surprised I was with the level of service I received from you, your staff and Emory Hospital. Surprised? Because this level of service, “AAA,” is very rare in the times we live in. I have been a business manager for almost 37 years and always look at details as part of my personal experience. Your combine effort with Emory is seamless and can’t be better in my opinion. Everything you did succeeded my expectations and I cannot thank you enough. If you continue to give this high level of service you will be at the top of your game for a very long time. Take care and my very best regards to you and the entire staff at Milan Eye Center and Emory Hospital.