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Peter D. Bekendam, M.D.

“It is an honor to partner with my patients to restore and preserve their sight. I recognize the incredible impact vision has on quality of life.”


Dr. Peter Bekendam is a board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and specializes in cataract and anterior segment surgery, glaucoma procedures, and comprehensive ophthalmology at Pacific Eye Institute. He is currently Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California, where he also earned his Medical Degree in 2004.

Dr. Bekendam is Founder and President of Sight Restoration International, a non-profit organization that works to bring vision restoring surgery to patients in developing countries. He was honored by election to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society while in medical school.

Education and Training

  • College
    Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, California State University of Fullerton, Fullerton, California
  • Medical School
    Doctor of Medicine, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, California
  • Internship
    Internal Medicine Internship, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California
    (2004 – 2005)
  • Residency
    Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology,
    Loma Linda, California
    (2005 – 2008)

Professional Affiliations

  • Board Certification American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (member)


  • Carotid-cavernous fistula in a child after minimal orbital trauma.
    J AAPOS. 2004 Aug;8(4):401-3.
  • Case of corneal melting associated with the use of topical nepafenac.
    Cornea. 2007 Sep;26(8):1002-3.

Awards & Achievements

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • John C. Affeldt Award for best resident research presentation
  • Founder and President of Sight Restoration International, Inc.
  • Assistant Professor at Loma Linda, Univer

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