Andrew Michael, M.D.

Dr. Michael specializes in ophthalmology. He is board certified by The American Board of Ophthalmology.


Dr. Michael graduated from the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in 1979. He received his M.D. from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School in 1987, and interned in internal medicine at Baylor University Medical Center. He completed his specialty residency and a subspecialty in glaucoma from Wills Eye Hospital. Dr. Michael is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.


Dr. Andrew Michael entered practice in Denver, Colorado, specializing in the medical and surgical management of glaucoma and cataracts. From 1993 through 1997 he served on the teaching faculty at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. In 1998 Dr. Michael moved to Richmond. He continues to be in demand as a lecturer locally, nationally and internationally. He is involved in numerous research projects and is the author of many articles and publications. He is an editor and co-author of the American Academy of Ophthalmology BCSC Glaucoma Text, which is used to teach ophthalmologists around the world.


In 1998 Dr. Michael brought his experience and skills as a glaucoma and cataract specialist to Richmond. He founded Commonwealth Eye Care Associates in 2000 where he leads a team dedicated to individualized and excellent patient care. He strives to provide his patients with the best possible care, and he enjoys helping to preserve and enhance their vision and life.

Personal Profile

Dr. Andrew Michael is from Dallas, TX. He is happily married with two children. He enjoys fitness and exercise, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and hanging out with his dog Tucker, a Welsh Corgi.


2019 MEDARVA Patient Choice Award

2019 Patient Choice Award


The following procedures are performed by this doctor.

Cataract surgery

Your eye works like a camera, with a transparent lens located behind your iris (the colored part of the eye) to help focus light onto your retina. With age or trauma, the lens can change, becoming less transparent. When the cornea is abnormal, misshaped, damaged or no longer clear, transplanting a donor cornea is a well-known and time-tested treatment.

Dry eye/tear solutions

Tears lubricate and protect your eyes and help maintain clear vision. When too few or poor quality tears are produced, dry eye occurs, causing a gritty, uncomfortable feeling, with blurriness and a feeling of something lodged in the eye.


Glaucoma damages the optic nerve, which is responsible for sending the images from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma occurs when the aqueous humor, or a clear fluid in the eye, does not flow out of the eye properly. The build up of fluid pressure causes glaucoma.


Iridotomy is the formation of a small hole in the iris (the colored portion of your eye) to allow excess fluid to drain behind the iris, where it can be more easily absorbed.

Removal of cyst/pimple on or in eyelid

Cysts, pimples, or sties are caused by bacteria that get into the oil glands in the eyelids.

Removal of growth on conjunctiva

These growths are thought to be caused by UV light exposure, such as sunlight. The growth typically occurs from the nasal side of the sclera, or the white part of your eye.

Repair of non-functioning or blocked tear duct

A blocked tear duct results in your tears not being able to drain normally. This often leaves you with a watery and irritated eye. Blocked tear ducts are the result of a partial or complete obstruction in the tear drainage system.

Trabeculoplasty surgery for glaucoma

Trabeculoplasty is a procedure in which an opening or openings are made in the trabecular network to drain excess fluid. Using a kind of trapdoor formed in the wall of the eyeball, the fluid is collected in a small "bleb" or space formed just under the surface, and then diffuses out to be absorbed.

Tube drainage

A tiny tube is threaded from the inside of the anterior chamber of the eye (the space between the iris, or the colored portion of your eye, and your cornea, or the clear dome-shaped structure forming the front of your eye), through the eyeball to a small plate or reservoir which collects the excess fluid and allows it to disperse harmlessly around the outside of the eye.