Melinda Chang, M.D.

Melinda Youeen-Wu Chang, M.D.



Pediatric Ophthalmology


  • Assistant Professor of Pediatric and Adult Neuro-Ophthalmology
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Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., Suite 2400
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Sacramento, CA 95825
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Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Chang strives to develop a collaborative relationship with her patients, so that they can actively participate in their own care.  She believes that patient education is essential to developing and implementing a successful treatment plan. 

Her goal is to understand how each patient is individually impacted by his/her ophthalmic disorder, so that she can help patients return to the activities most important to their quality of life.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Chang is a dual fellowship trained pediatric and neuro-ophthalmologist. She provides medical and surgical care to children and adults with neurologic disorders that affect the eyes (especially the optic nerves) or cause double vision.

These disorders include, but are not limited to: brain tumors, stroke, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, temporal arteritis, optic neuritis, optic neuropathies, and strabismus.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Chang’s research focuses on the application of novel ophthalmic technologies, such as optical coherence tomography (OCT) and OCT angiography, to neuro-ophthalmic disorders.  She explores the potential use of these instruments as a biomarker for neurologic conditions that have ocular manifestations.  She is also interested in new methods and outcomes of strabismus surgery (surgery for eye misalignment).


Neuro-Ophthalmology, Strabismus and Pediatric Ophthalmology

Center/Program Affiliation

Eye Center
UC Davis Children's Hospital


M.D., Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis MO 2011

B.A.-Neuroscience B.S.-Kinesiology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA 2005

Internship: Riverside Regional, Newport News VA 2011-2012


Ophthalmology, UCLA, Los Angeles CA 2012-2015


Pediatric Ophthalmology, UCLA, Los Angeles CA 2015-2016

Neuro-Ophthalmology, UCLA, Los Angeles CA 2016-2017

Board Certifications

American Board of Ophthalmology, 2016

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS)

Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group

Honors and Awards

Best Abstract by a Fellow at NANOS 2017 Annual Meeting (North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society, 2017

Joann Resident Poster of Distinction Award, 1st runner up, Women in Ophthalmology, 2017

Heed Ophthalmic Fellow (Heed Ophthalmic Foundation, 2016

Stein Eye Institute Excellence in Research Award 2015, 2017

Travel Grant for ARVO Annual Meeting, National Eye Institute, 2016

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2011

Glasgow-Rubin Award, American Medical Women’s Association, 2011

Select Recent Publications

Chang, MD, Phasukkijwatana N, Garrity S, Pineles SL, Rahimi M, Sarraf D, Johnston M, Charles A, Arnold AC. Foveal and peripapillary vascular decrement in migraine with aura demonstrated by optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA). Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2017.

Chang MY, Velez FG, Demer JL, Bonelli L, Quiros PA, Arnold AC, Sadun AA, Pineles SL.  Accuracy of diagnostic imaging modalities for classifying pediatric eyes as papilledema versus pseudopapilledema. Ophthalmology. 2017 Jul 18. pii: S0161-6420(17)31212-5. Epub ahead of print.

Chang MY, Pineles SL.  Pediatric optic neuritis. Semin Pediatr Neurol.  10 April 2017. Epub ahead of print.

Chang MY, Demer JL, Isenberg SI, Velez FG, Pineles SL.  Decreased binocular summation in strabismic amblyopes and effect of strabismus surgery. Strabismus. 2017 May 2: 1-8.

Velez FG, Chang MY, Pineles SL.  Inferior rectus transposition: a novel procedure for abducens palsy. Am J Ophthalmol. 2017;177:126-30.

Chang MY, Shin A, Park J, Nagiel A, Lalane RA, Schwartz SD, Demer JL.  Deformation of optic nerve head and peripapillary tissues by horizontal duction. Am J Ophthalmol. 2017; 174:85-94.

Chang MY, Coleman AL, Tseng VL, Demer JL.  Surgical interventions for superior oblique palsy (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2016, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD012447.

Chang MY, Pineles SL. Optic disk drusen in children. Survey of Ophthalmology. 2016 Nov-Dec;61(6):745-758.

Chang MY, Pineles SL, Velez FG.  Adjustable small incision selective tenotomy and plication for correction of incomitant vertical strabismus and torsion. JAAPOS. 2015 Oct;19(5):410-6.

Chang MY, Velez FG, Demer JL, Isenberg SJ, Coleman AL, Pineles SL.  Quality of life in adults with strabismus. Am J Ophthalmol. 2015 Mar;159(3):539-44.