Michele Lim, M.D.

Michele Corina Lim, M.D.




  • Professor, Division of Ophthalmology


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Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., Suite 2400
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Clinic Fax: 916-734-0411
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Philosophy of Care

My philosophy of care is to listen and try to tailor the treatment of glaucoma to each person's individual situation. I try to bring compassion to my patients by putting myself in their shoes to understand how their disease may be affecting them mentally and physically. My goal is to choose the most effective but safest methods of controlling their glaucoma.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Lim is an ophthalmologist with an expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. Dr. Lim brings over two decades of experience to her patients and offers the latest insights into the diagnosis and treatment of this disease.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Lim's research areas include improving surgical outcomes for glaucoma and investigating imaging techniques to elucidate disease mechanisms. She has published articles on the personality type of the glaucoma patient and its relationship to medication adherence. She has a special interest in health information technology and has published numerous research articles on the electronic medical record with focus on its adoption and health policy governing its use.



Center/Program Affiliation

Eye Center


M.D., Animal Science, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 1989

M.D., UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles CA 1995

Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis CA 1990

Internship: Transitional Internship, Mercy/Scripps Medical Center, San Diego CA 1995-1996


Ophthalmology, UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute, Los Angeles CA 1996-1999


Glaucoma, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami FL 1999-2000

Board Certifications

American Board of Ophthalmology,

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Glaucoma Society

Honors and Awards

UC Davis Faculty Stewardship Award, 2021

Glaucoma Sub-specialty Day, American Glaucoma Society Lecturer, American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, New Orleans LA, 2021

Best Doctors in Sacramento - 2005, 2011, 2012, 2019, 2020, 2021

UC Davis Health System Dean�s Award for Excellence in Clinical Care, 2008

Henry and Lillian Nesburn Research Award, Los Angeles Eye Society, 1999

Select Recent Publications

Lim MC, Hom B, Watnik MR, Brandt JD, Altman AR, Paul T, Tong MG. A Comparison of Trabeculectomy Surgery Outcomes With Mitomycin-C Applied by Intra-Tenon Injection Versus Sponge. Am J Ophthalmol. 2020 Aug;216:243-256. doi:10.1016/j.ajo.2020.03.002. Epub 2020 Mar 12. PMID:32173343.

Ellis MP, Bacorn C, Luu KY, Lee SC, Tran S, Lillis C, Lim MC, Yiu G. Cost Analysis of Teleophthalmology Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy Using Teleophthalmology Billing Codes. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2020 May 1;51(5):S26-S34. doi:10.3928/23258160-20200108-04. PMID:32484898.

Novack GD, Lim MC. Retinal Detachment: Patient Perspective and Electronic Health Records. Am J Ophthalmol. 2019 Dec;208:64-67. doi:10.1016/j.ajo.2019.06.031. Epub 2019 Jul 16. PMID:31323205.

Kim H, Lim MC, Mannis MJ, Kim ES. Epithelial downgrowth after femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery. Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2019 Jul 2;15:100507. doi:10.1016/j.ajoc.2019.100507. PMID:31334385.

Boland MV, Hwang TS, Lim MC, Peterson JL, Lum F, Lee AY. Medicare Incentive Payments to United States Ophthalmologists for Use of Electronic Health Records: 2011-2016. Ophthalmology. 2019 Jul;126(7):928-934. doi:10.1016/j.ophtha.2019.01.030. Epub 2019 Feb 13. PMID:30768941.

Lim MC, Holland GN. Clinical Concepts, Coding, and How It Relates to Big Data. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2018 Oct 1;136(10):1191-1192. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.2998. PMID:30054617.

Hellman JB, Lim MC, Leung KY, Blount CM, Yiu G. The impact of conversion to International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision (ICD-10) on an academic ophthalmology practice. Clin Ophthalmol. 2018 May 18;12:949-956. doi:10.2147/OPTH.S161742. PMID:29849450.

Lim MC, Boland MV, McCannel CA, Saini A, Chiang MF, Epley KD, Lum F. Adoption of Electronic Health Records and Perceptions of Financial and Clinical Outcomes Among Ophthalmologists in the United States. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2018 Feb 1;136(2):164-170. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2017.5978. PMID:29285542.

Prum BE Jr, Rosenberg LF, Gedde SJ, Mansberger SL, Stein JD, Moroi SE, Herndon LW Jr, Lim MC, Williams RD. Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma Preferred Practice Pattern(®) Guidelines. Ophthalmology. 2016 Jan;123(1):P41-P111. doi:10.1016/j.ophtha.2015.10.053. Epub 2015 Nov 12. Erratum in: Ophthalmology. 2018 Jun;125(6):949. PMID:26581556.

Prum BE Jr, Herndon LW Jr, Moroi SE, Mansberger SL, Stein JD, Lim MC, Rosenberg LF, Gedde SJ, Williams RD. Primary Angle Closure Preferred Practice Pattern(®) Guidelines. Ophthalmology. 2016 Jan;123(1):P1-P40. doi:10.1016/j.ophtha.2015.10.049. Epub 2015 Nov 12. PMID:26581557.