Mehdi Shaaf, M.D. 

Board Certified Ophthalmologist



An ophthalmologist is a Doctor of Medicine, who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the visual pathways. Areas of concentration are the regions surrounding the eye, including tear ducts and eyelids. Ophthalmologists are trained in eye surgery, including laser eye surgery (LASIK), which involves using a laser to reconstruct the cornea. Subspecialties within ophthalmology focus on cataracts, glaucoma and ocular oncology. Ophthalmologists can also specialize in pediatric ophthalmology, dealing with diseases of the visual pathways in children. An ophthalmologist should not be confused with an optometrist, who can perform eye exams and prescribe corrective lenses, or opticians, who are trained to grind lenses.


A summa cum laude graduated at the university of Central Oklahoma at Edmond, Dr. Shaaf was a chemistry major and received “Senior of the year “ award from the chemistry department.

He was named “outstanding undergraduate student in the college of Mathematics and science” in 1988-89, and received the Fleming scholarship research award from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in 1988.

Dr. Shaaf received his “ Medical degree with distinction “ from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Centers at Oklahoma City, where he went on to complete his internship.

In 1995, he began his ophthalmology residency at University of Arkansas for Medical Science and served as Chief Resident during his final year.

As an ophthalmology resident, Dr. Shaaf received the “Raymond and Marry Morris award for outstanding research. “

He then joined the teaching faculty of the university of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as a professor of ophthalmology where he trained future ophthalmologists as well as practicing clinical comprehensive ophthalmology.

After almost five years, he joined Inland Eye Institute to become the full time ophthalmologist in Palm Desert. since 2004 he has founded Shaaf Eye Center .Dr. Shaaf provides comprehensive ophthalmic care. He performs Cataract, Laser surgery, Glaucoma and eye lid surgeries.


Kevin J. Prendiville, M.D.




Graduate, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles,

Bachelor of Science in Biology-Magna Cum Laud,

June 1976


M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee,   

June 1980


Internship, Internal Medicine, University of California Irvine Long Beach Veteran’s

Administration Hospital,


Residency, Ophthalmology, Martin Luther King Hospital, Los Angeles

1981-1984, Chief Resident 1984-1985


Professional certifications & Membership

Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology

License, California Board of medical Examiners

Fellow, American Academy of ophthalmology

Member, Orange County Society of   Ophthalmology &

Surgical Eye Expedition (SEE)


Honors & Awards

Chief Resident, Martin Luther King Hospital, 1984-1985

Chairman of Dept. of Surgery, 1988-1989, Vice Chief of Medical staff, 1989-1993,

Board of Direction 1990-1994 Verde Valley Medical Center.

Cottonwood, AZ


Publication, “keratoprosthesis as a Method of Visual Rehabilitation in a Phthisical Eye”


Volunteer, Eye Surgeries: Mexico 1991, Nigeria 2007, Ongoing participant orange County

Charity eye care with the illumination Foundation



A Skilled & Experienced Surgeon

Small Incision cataract Surgery-performed over 10,000 small incision cataract/lens implant

Surgeries, cosmetic and functional eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty laser and filtering procedures for glaucoma including Express Device, and PRK for laser vision correction, and general ophthalmology.

First ophthalmologist in Arizona to implant a toric intraocular lens (Staar Surgical) for the correcton of astigmatism


Shaaf Eye Center 

40055 Bob Hope Dr Suite J , Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Phone (760) 346-5005

     Fax (760) 346-6466



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