Dr. Harout Khanjian is a second generation Armenian American, and is the founder and clinical director of California Eye Center, Los Angeles. He was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts and raised in Pasadena, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology at California State University, Northridge. He then attended Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry, in Pomona, California where he earned his doctorate degree in Optometry in May 2013. During this time period, he received several scholarships including Walmart Project Foresight and HOYA Vision.
Dr. Khanjian has authored numerous publications in various fields, particularly Glaucoma, and presented at multiple national conferences, notably, the American Academy of Optometry, American Optometric Association, Experimental Biology and the American Society for Cell Biology. Since 2014, Dr. Khanjian has served as an adjunct clinical preceptor for the College of Optometry, and has been awarded “Excellence in Teaching” in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. His commitment to advancing the arts and sciences of vision through research earned him the prestigious “America’s Best Optometrist” award for 2015 and 2016 by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. In 2018 and 2019, Dr. Khanjian was recognized as one of the “Top Doctors” by Pasadena Magazine and then by Los Angeles Magazine “LA’s Top Doc’s” in 2020. Currently, he sponsors his annual “Dr. Harout Khanjian Scholarship Award” that is awarded to a College of Optometry student that demonstrates academic excellence while maintaining a balance between demanding personal and professional commitments.
Dr. Khanjian’s mission has been to service the underserved, educate and enrich those with no access to health information and materials, and make monetary contributions to worthy causes. For over a decade, Dr. Khanjian has shown unwavering, selfless dedication to the community by providing compassionate service, generous donations to worthy non-profit organizations, and free services and glasses to those unable to pay. Specifically, Dr. Khanjian has generously contributed to numerous non-profit organizations that include sponsorship of charities geared toward uplifting poverty stricken orphans and families in the most destitute areas of Armenia, local Armenian schools that promote the Armenian culture, language and heritage by educating the youth of the community, and the first ever Armenian American Museum to be constructed in Glendale, CA committed to enriching the Armenian diaspora and community at large.
Since 2008, Dr. Khanjian has appeared on his own weekly live television program on the USArmenia Worldwide Television Network, maintaining and growing his large following in the Armenian community. This live program focuses on educating and enriching the community about various eye conditions, diseases, disorders and its links with the human body. Through his outreach, Dr. Khanjian provides a valuable community service to educate the public on the importance of ongoing vision care. Patients continually travel from across the world to seek his medical care/advice prior to making any vision related decisions. Dr. Khanjian, his wife and two daughters live in Pasadena, CA. He enjoys spending time with his family, international traveling, and teaching.