After completing his secondary education in Switzerland, Dr. Bonakdar attended University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1987. Dr. Bonakdar was the only undergraduate chemist at the University who was involved in research. His research was based in polymer chemistry, more specifically discotic liquid crystals. In September of 1987, Dr. Bonakdar moved to Chicago to pursue his education in vision sciences and doctorate degree.
Dr. Bonakdar received his doctorate degree with honors from Illinois College of Optometry, an affiliate of University of Chicago medical school. Following the completion of his four-year education in 1991. Dr. Bonakdar completed an ocular disease residency rotation at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye hospital in Miami, Florida where he was involved in the earliest studies related to Excimer Laser. Dr. Bonakdar moved to Southern California in the spring of 1994 to join Laser Eye Center, as chief of optometric and refractive consultative services. There he followed thousands of refractive surgeries, where he gained invaluable experience in managing Excimer Laser Photoabaltion (PRK) and LASIK, as well as post-op cataract and Corneal Transplant patients.
In 1995 he was named medical director of the Contact Lens center in Santa Ana and he has been practicing here ever since.
Dr. Bonakdar is also a member of American Optometric Society, California Optometric Society, American Academy of Optometry, American Society of Cataract and Refractive surgery. Dr. Bonakdar is the past chairman of Orange County Optometric Society and is board certified and a diplomate of American Board of Optometry