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Dr. David Donate is a world-renowned vision correction specialist in Lyon

One of the most experienced French surgeons in laser and implant eye surgeries and inventor of The Donate Method
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Dr. David Donate is a world-renowned vision correction specialist in Lyon

One of the most experienced French surgeons in laser and implant eye surgeries and inventor of The Donate Method
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Dr. David Donate

Eye surgery specialist

With over 20 years of experience performing more than 20000 successful eye procedures, and an array of academic publications and research, Dr. David Donate has earned himself an international reputation.

At his state-of-the-art clinic in Lyon, Dr. Donate follows a specialised method to ensure his patients feel confident on their vision correction journey. Combined with the highest quality pre-op and post-op appointments, expert precision solutions and top technology, Dr. Donate is perfectly positioned to provide you with the best possible outcome.

A personal message from David Donate

Why do I do this job?

I’ve always wanted to have a profession that made sense, that really helps people. Surgery is an effective way of empowering people to be the best version of themselves. Sight is undoubtedly the most important function in understanding our world and finding our place in it. Our quality of sight influences our relationship to the world, to others, and ourselves-especially in terms of self-confidence.

Eye surgery, therefore, appeared to me as a real vocation. Refractive surgery specifically seemed to me to be a fantastic way to help patients transform into better versions of themselves. Indeed, patients who I’ve operated on, often tell me that their life has now changed, that they have been happier since the operation. I think it was this feeling of really helping people that drove me to invest 100% in this profession and continues to motivate me to remain fully invested.

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Everything you need to know about the expert

Dr. David Donate has over 20 years’ experience in the treatment of visual disorders and pathologies of the front of the eye.

Since the opening of his clinic, Dr. David Donate has carried out more than 20,000 operations. He is highly experienced, especially in the treatment of very complex cases and uses only state-of-the-art equipment and techniques. His numerous publications and research earned him an international reputation.

“Our scientific approach and our day-to-day demand for excellence ensure our patients receive the highest level of quality. To develop the most optimal treatment for each patient, we correlate the pre-operative measures with post-operative results using the statistics from our 20,000 operations.”

Areas of expertise:

Dr. David Donate is member of:

  • The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
  • The European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ESCRS)
  • The French Society of Implants and Refractive Surgery (SAFIR)
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
  • Former Interne des Hôpitaux de Lyon
  • Former Assistant des Hôpitaux de Lyon
  • Former Chef de Clinique de la Faculté de Lyon
  • Master imagerie médicale, Kremlin, Bicêtre
  • DIU Chirurgie réfractive et chirurgie de la cataracte

Doctor Donate is the founder of the Donate Vision Clinic.

Internationally renowned, he is one of the most experienced French surgeons in laser and implant eye surgeries.

Doctor Donate has always wanted to improve existing surgery techniques and more particularly the SMILE technique.

In 2015, he invented the “sub-cap lenticule extraction” method, which is a modification of the SMILE procedure that eye surgeons use to correct any remaining myopia after SMILE. This approach preserves the advantages of SMILE by helping to avoid pain, discomfort and dry eye, and maintain the structural properties of the cornea.

  • SMILE With Low Energy Levels: Assessment of Early Visual and Optical Quality Recovery, Donate D, Thaëron R – J Refract Surg. 2019 May 1;35(5):285-293.
  • Lower Energy Levels Improve Visual Recovery in Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE), Donate D, Thaëron R – J Refract Surg. 2016 Aug 1;32(9):636-42
  • The Sub-cap method for SMILE enhancement, Donate D, Thaëron R – CRST Europe. 2016 June
  • Preliminary Evidence of Sucessful Enhancement After a Primary SMILE Procedure With the Sub-Cap-Lenticule-Extraction Technique, Donate D, Thaëron R – J Refract Surg. 2015 Oct ;31(10):708-10
  • Using systemic corticotherapy for adult gonococcal keratoconjunctivitis: three case reports, Poli M, Cornut PL, Janin H, Perignon S, Donate D, Denis P, Burillon C. – J Fr Ophtalmol. 2010 Dec;33(10):718-23
  • Histologic and ultrastructural characterization of corneal femtosecond laser trephination, Nuzzo V, Aptel F, Savoldelli M, Plamann K, Peyrot D, Deloison F, Donate D, Legeais JM. – Cornea. 2009 Sep;28(8):908-13
  • In situ monitoring of second-harmonic generation in human corneas to compensate for femtosecond laser pulse attenuation in keratoplasty, Nuzzo V, Plamann K, Savoldelli M, Merano M, Donate D, Albert O, Gardeazábal Rodríguez PF, Mourou G, Legeais JM. – J Biomed Opt. 2007 Nov-Dec;12(6):064032.
  • Perforating ocular injuries in children: a retrospective study of 57 cases, Beby F, Kodjikian L, Roche O, Donate D, Kouassi N, Burillon C, Denis P. – J Fr Ophtalmol. 2006 Jan;29(1):20-3.
  • Prospective study of contrast sensitivity and visual effects after LASIK, Donate D, Denis P, Burillon C. – J Fr Ophtalmol. 2005 Dec;28(10):1070-5.
  • Conjunctival tumors in children. A histopathologic study of 42 cases, Beby F, Kodjikian L, Roche O, Bouvier R, Donate D, Guerillon F, Chiquet C,
  • Tanière P, Burillon C, Denis P. J Fr Ophtalmol. 2005 Oct;28(8):817-23
  • Femtosecond Laser : a micromachining system for corneal surgery, Donate D, Albert O, Colliac JP & al – J Fr Ophtalmol. 2004;25:783-789
  • Cataract formation with a primary iris stromal cyst, Kodjikian L, Gain P, Donate D, Gambrelle J, Rouberol F, de la Fouchardiere A, Burillon C,
  • Grange JD. – J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 2004 Jul-Aug;41(4):232-5.
  • Buphthalmia secondary to congenital pigmented epithelial iris cyst, Donate D, Kodjikian L, Gambrelle J, Burillon C, Denis P.- J Fr Ophtalmol. 2004 May;27(5):496-500
  • Ultrabiomicroscopy and anterior segment masses, Donate D, Kodjikian L, Beby F, Burillon C, Denis P. – J Fr Ophtalmol. 2004 Apr;27(4):430-1
  • Ultrabiomicroscopy and glaucoma, Donate D, Kodjikian L, Beby F, Burillon C, Denis P. – J Fr Ophtalmol. 2004 Jan;27(1):104-6
  • Ciliary body melanomas. Survival and prognostic aspects after brachytherapy or proton therapy, Gambrelle J, Kodjikian L, Rouberol F, Donate
  • D, Duquesne N, Jean-Louis B, Chauvel P, Gérard JP, Romestaing P, Grange JD. – J Fr Ophtalmol. 2004 Jan;27(1):40-7
  • Malignant glaucoma induced by a phakic posterior chamber intraocular lens for myopia, Kodjikian L, Gain P, Donate D, Rouberol F, Burillon C. – J Cataract Refract Surg. 2002 Dec;28(12):2217-21.
  • Pathologies endothéliales héréditaires / Heraditary corneal endothelium diseases, Donate D – Bulletin des sociétés d’ophtalmologie de France 2002, vol. 102, NS, pp. 99-130
  • ReLEX SMILE : Délai de la récupération visuelle en fonction de la réfraction préopératoire, SAFIR, MAI 2019, PARIS, FRANCE
  • Chirurgie de la cataracte : prise en charge spécifique du patient atteint de DMLA, RETINA, DECEMBRE 2018, LYON, FRANCE
  • Low Energy ReLEX SMILE : Assessment of Early Visual and Optical Quality Recovery, ZEISS EUROPEAN REFRACTIVE LASER SYMPOSIUM, 25-27 MAI 2018, AMSTERDAM, PAYS-BAS
  • ICL versus LASIK, SFO, 6 MAI 2018, PARIS, FRANCE
  • ReLEX SMILE : une bonne qualité visuelle?, SAFIR, 5-6 MAI 2018, PARIS, FRANCE
  • Sub-Cap-LE : Case Series Outcomes Assessment, ESCRS, 7-11 OCTOBRE 2017, LISBONNE, PORTUGAL
  • Sub-Cap-LE : Case Series Outcomes Assessment, EUROPEAN REFRACTIVE LASER SYMPOSIUM, 3-5 JUIN 2017, PARIS, FRANCE
  • Sub-Cap Lenticule Extraction for Small Incision Lenticule extraction Enhancement, ACSRS, 7 MAI 2017, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIE, ETATS-UNIS
  • ReLEX SMILE Enhancement : Sub-Cap Lenticule Extraction, VIDEO CATARATTA REFRATTIVA, 28-29 OCTOBRE 2016, MILAN, ITALIE
  • The Role of Laser Energy in Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (ReLEX SMILE), ESCRS, 10-14 SEPTEMBRE 2016, COPENHAGUE, DANEMARK
  • Why visual recovery in SMILE has become equivalent to LASIK ?, EUROPEAN REFRACTIVE LASER SYMPOSIUM, JUIN 2016, POTSDAM, ALLEMAGNE
  • PRESBYOND : an important component for the success of my practice, EUROPEAN REFRACTIVE LASER SYMPOSIUM, JUIN 2016,
  • POTSDAM, ALLEMAGNE
  • Précision du laser femtoseconde, SFO, MAI 2016, PARIS, FRANCE
  • La précision du laser femtoseconde VisuMax, SFO SYMPOSIUM ZEISS, 7-8 MAI 2016, PARIS, FRANCE
  • SMILE (Extraction d’un lenticule réfractif) : Rôle de l’énergie laser, SAFIR, 7-8 MAI 2016, PARIS, FRANCE
  • Dealing with the SMILE’s inaccuracies, ISCRS, 13 NOVEMBRE 2015, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, ETATS-UNIS
  • PRELEX (PREsbyopic Lens EXchange surgery) comparison between bifocal and trifocal intraocular lenses, ESCRS, SEPTEMBRE 2015, BARCELONE, ESPAGNE
  • ReLEX SMILE (SMall Incision Lenticule Extraction) enhancement SMILE in SMILE, ESCRS, SEPTEMBRE 2015, BARCELONE, ESPAGNE
  • Presentation of SMILE CAPLESS for SMILE enhancement, EUROPEAN REFRACTIVE LASER, MAI 2015, FLORENCE, ITALIE
  • Influence of low energy on the clinical results, EUROPEAN REFRACTIVE LASER, MAI 2015, FLORENCE, ITALIE
  • ReLEX SMILE : Retraitement en CAPLESS, SAFIR, MAI 2015, PARIS, FRANCE
  • Small-Incision Lenticule Extraction : Laser Energy and Vision Recovery Analysis, ASCRS, AVRIL 2015, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, ETATS-UNIS
  • Refractive lenticule extraction (ReLEX SMILE), vision recovery analysis, ESCRS, SEPTEMBRE 2014, LONDRES, ANGLETERRE
  • Long-term laser blended vision results for myopic, hyperopic and emmetropic presbyopia, ESCRS, SEPTEMBRE 2014, LONDRES, ANGLETERRE
  • Safety and efficacy of consecutive LASIK and Accelerated corneal CXL (Lasik Xtra) : Prospective analysis, AMERICAN-EUROPEAN CONGRESS OF OPHTALMIC SURGERY, 28 JUIN 2014, BARCELONE, ESPAGNE
  • Résultats visuels et réfractifs du LBV et du PRESBYOND, SOCIETE BRITANNIQUE D’OPHTALMOLOGIE, JUIN 2014, BIRMINGHAM, ANGLETERRE
  • Prospective analysis of the safety and efficacy of consecutive ReLEX SMILE and corneal cross-linking with suspected keratoconus, 7-8 JUIN 2014, ISTANBUL, TURQUIE
  • ReLEX SMILE : influence de l’énergie utilisée sur les résultats réfractifs et topographiques, CONGRES REFRACTIVA VERITAS, 24 MAI 2014, BORDEAUX, FRANCE
  • Profil d’ablation moderne Triple A, experience clinique en chirurgie réfractive, SFO SYMPOSIUM ZEISS, 10 MAI 2014, PARIS, FRANCE
  • Safety and efficacy of consecutive LASIK and Accelerated corneal CXL (Lasik Xtra) : Prospective analysis, ASCRS SYMPOSIUM CONGRESS, 25-29 AVRIL 2014, BOSTON, ETATS-UNIS
  • Prospective analysis of the safety and efficacy consecutive LASIK and accelerated cross-linking, ESCRS, FEVRIER 2014, LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIE
  • PRESBYOND Laser Blended Vision works for patients and practices, ESCRS, FEVRIER 2014, LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIE
  • Refractive lenticule extraction (ReLEX SMILE) and modulation transfer function, ESCRS, FEVRIER 2014, LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIE
  • Traitement de la presbytie laser avec le PRESBYOND, CONGRES DE CHIRURGIE REFRACTIVE ET DE CATARACTE, 2013, BRUXELLES, BELGIQUE
  • Prospective analysis of the safety and efficacy consecutive LASIK and accelerated cross-linking, 9th INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF CORNEAL CROSS-LINKING, DECEMBRE 2013, DUBLIN, IRELAND
  • Lasik Xtra in my clinical practice, ESCRS, OCTOBRE 2013, AMSTERDAM, PAYS-BAS
  • Crosslinking et Lasik Xtra, CONGRES INTERNATIONAL AVEDRO, OCTOBRE 2013, ROME, ITALIE
  • Lasik Xtra, indications et résultats?, SAFIR, MAI 2013, PARIS, FRANCE
  • Rhéxis bimanuel lors de l’opération de la cataracte et des PRELEX, SAFIR, MAI 2013, PARIS, FRANCE
  • ASCRS, AVRIL 2013, SAN FRANCISCO, ETATS-UNIS
  • Greffes endothéliales (DSAEK) et implants toriques, SAFIR, AVRIL 2012, PARIS, FRANCE
  • Implants presbysmartplus : intérêt pour le traitement de la presbytie, SFO, MAI 2011, PARIS, FRANCE
  • ARVO, 1-5 MAI 2011, FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDE, ETATS-UNIS
  • Intérêt du Système Callisto pour le traitement des presbytes astigmates, SFO, MAI 2010, PARIS, FRANCE
  • ASCRS, 9-14 AVRIL 2010, BOSTON, ETATS-UNIS
  • Traitement des presbytes astigmates : implants multifocaux + incisions arciformes limbiques VS implants multifocaux toriques, SORA, 27 SEPTEMBRE 2009, LYON, FRANCE
  • Traitement de la presbytie par implants multifocaux, Z CLUB ZEISS, MAI 2009, PARIS, FRANCE
  • Densité des kératocytes en microscopie confocale et ectasie cornéenne, SFO, MAI 2009, PARIS, FRANCE
  • SAFIR, 9-10 MAI 2009, PARIS, FRANCE
  • Techniques de traitements réfractifs par aberrométrie, Z CLUB ZEISS AUX JRO, 15 MARS 2008, PARIS, FRANCE
  • Techniques de traitements réfractifs par aberrométrie et topolink, Z CLUB ZEISS, 9 MARS 2008, TOUQUET, FRANCE
  • Résultats optiques et aberrométriques de 965 cas traités au CLVR grâce à l’association laser femtoseconde et laser excimer, SORA, 30 NOVEMBRE 2007, LYON, FRANCE
  • Etude de la chirurgie bi-manuelle de la cataracte par incisions de 1,5 mm, SFO, 2007, PARIS, FRANCE
  • Adaptation of the femtosecond laser energy to the pathology of the cornea during keratoplasty by monitoring the optical second harmonic emission, ARVO, 6-10 MAI 2007, FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDE, ETATS-UNIS
  • Imagerie cornéenne par laser femtoseconde, SFO, MAI 2007, PARIS, FRANCE
  • Imagerie multi modalités des effets biologiques d’une source laser femtoseconde sur la cornée, SFO, MAI 2003, PARIS, FRANCE
  • Étude prospective de la sensibilité au contraste et des effets visuels après LASIK, 2002, LYON, FRANCE

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I had no postoperative pain, and an hour later, it was as if the procedure had not happened except that I can see better! Very fast recovery and amazing results. Living without glasses for the first time in your life, it does not cost. Go for it!!

Daniel A.

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I feel like I have found my freedom. Goodbye glasses and lenses, I know have perfect vision from far and near. A big thank you to Dr David Donate and his entire team for their professionalism, warm listening and their reassuring follow-up.

Annie B.

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The surgical procedure was carried out under optimal safety and hygiene conditions and lasted very little time. I immediately rediscovered the pleasure of a clear and sharp vision both from a distance and from near. I can only recommend this surgery, which has given me visual comfort daily. I now see details that I absolutely couldn’t see with glasses (even with the best correction).

Dr Azzam A.

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This doctor operated on me in 2009. Multifocal implants …. having “bionic” eyes when you have had glasses at the bottom of bottles for 50 years is great. .. do not dream of having these eyes there, it is the thousand and one nuances of the green colour of the trees which surround the clinic of the pardieu ….. in 2020 I have 12.6 for my right eye and only 10 for l left eye I had at least fifteen diopters before my operation ….. it is not beautiful life?

Camille M.

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The clinic is extremely clean and stylish. The people who work there are welcoming, smiling, patient and professional. Perhaps some customers might find the services expensive, but you are sure to be well taken care of with follow-up and fully informed. Our eyes are priceless!

Anaïs D.

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The operation (SMILE) was painless and very fast for both eyes. Later that evening I watched a movie and could finally see the subtitles without glasses!

Alain R.

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The intervention was carried out perfectly and painlessly in about 15 minutes. When I awoke, I had no pain and perfectly clear sight, which allowed me to work the next morning without glasses. Since the operation, all is well. I can drive and do sport without glasses. Thank you to Doctor Donate and team for their kindness and the quality of their care.

Dr C.

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While I have worn glasses all my life, since this intervention, I do not wear glasses for either near or far. I am very satisfied with the result. Thank you to you and your team.

Pierre G.

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It really changes daily life to be able to do without glasses. I don’t have to worry about them fogging up; I can see well in all circumstances (in the pool or the sea); and my field of vision has expanded because glasses frames no longer block my peripheral vision.

Allan S.

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I am very satisfied with my results from the SMILE procedure. I did not feel any pain during the operation or after. I thank Doctor Donate for his expertise and his work. I also thank all the team who were kind and attentive. Thank you all.

Lydia B.

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I was able to appreciate Doctor Donate’s great surgical competence. The result was perfect with thorough post-operative follow-up. I now have good visual acuity in my daily life and my physical activities. I can only recommend his high-quality care to those who want surgery of this type.

Professor Olivier D.

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I followed the advice of a friend and had a consultation with Dr Donate. I now have 10/10 sight in each eye. Thank you to the team for your professionalism. I recommend them to all… they’re innovative, rigorous and cutting edge.

Antoinette T.

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I highly recommend the clinic. The staff, the care and the post-operative make you wonderfully well supported during your life change. I had myopia, and to this day, I no longer have glasses. I had no pain or discomfort.

Julie P.

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I arrived at the laser centre and had my surgery under local anaesthesia. I had no pain and returned home that afternoon. By the end of the afternoon, the pain had disappeared, and my sight was almost perfect. My only regret is that I didn’t have this intervention earlier.

Dr J.

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What a joy it is to open your eyes in the morning and see what is going on around you without first having to look for your glasses. It is liberating to have independence from this unattractive exogenous transplant. I should have done this earlier! So don’t hesitate, take the plunge.

Professor Devouassoux M.

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The intervention (PRELEX) was done under general anaesthesia at the outpatient clinic. I had no pain. The results were breathtaking the next day. No more glasses to drive or work. I forgot about my eye problems. Thank you to Dr Donate’s team for their kindness and professionalism.

Dr Yves L.

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What a joy to no longer wear glasses or lenses! I am an ophthalmologist in Annecy, and I trusted my colleague completely. I quickly forget this old handicap; but appreciate being freed from this visual defect whether at work (behind the microscope), in my sports (swimming, fencing, mountain biking, skiing, paragliding, climbing, nights in a refuge…) or when travelling.

Dr Gregora M.

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I had SMILE laser eye surgery with Doctor Donate to correct my myopia, and I’m really happy with the result! What happiness to no longer wear glasses or lenses. The care at the office and the Laser Vision Roosevelt Center was perfect! Thanks to the whole team.

Johanna W.

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Thanks to the advice and great skills of Doctor David Donate, I opted for multifocal implants, and now I work and live without glasses and with great comfort.

Dr Bernard M.

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After multi-focal implants, I can now see very well, even on the computer. Doctor Donate is very professional and listened to my needs.

Farid R.

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A new life begins without glasses, thanks to Dr Donate. He and his team were very professional. They were always available to answer my questions, and all in all, it was a very pleasant atmosphere. The organization of the intervention was perfect. Do not hesitate to contact Dr David Donate.

Susanne N.

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Everyone is pleasant and makes you feel very comfortable at this high-end establishment.

Pascale B.

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I can now work all day on the screen without fatigue. I recommend this solution if you want to regain the freedom of your younger years.

Dr A.

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After years of wandering from ophthalmologist to ophthalmologist, I finally found Doctor Donate and his team. They listened and gave me real therapeutic responses. I will recommend to my friends!

Jean-Alex C.

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