The ophthalmologists and optometrists of the Marietta Eye Clinic each chose to join this practice because of a common philosophy, providing the highest quality patient care possible. Marietta Eye doctors are the experts in their fields, the top graduates in their educational and training programs, and deeply compassionate health care providers. The physicians and optometrists here research and provide the latest technology for their patients, listen intently to their patients’ needs, and ensure their patients have the highest quality support and surgical staff available. We invite you to explore the credentials and personality of our doctors on this page. Thank you for considering the Marietta Eye Clinic.

About Dr. Meleth

Known as Dhanu among his family and friends, Annal Dhananjayan Meleth was born in Kerala, India, but he admits with a chuckle it is difficult to answer the question of where he is from. This world traveler has lived in 26 different places. But most of his life was spent in India, England, Canada and now the U.S. Dr. Meleth’s education and medical training have taken him on a meandering journey reaching from Québec, Canada, to Alabama, Washington, D.C., Texas, Australia, and now Atlanta, where his family is.

One of only 2 ophthalmologists in Georgia specializing in treatment of both the retina and uveitis, Dr. Meleth was Chief Resident of the Department of Ophthalmology at George Washington University and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He has participated in 24 clinical research investigations and authored nearly two dozen scholarly articles and book chapters on various topics of ophthalmology. He has completed two separate fellowships after his ophthalmology residency: one in Vitreoretinal Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and a second in Uveitis and Medical Retina at the National Institutes of Health.

“I am fascinated with the internal structures of the eye, from its physiology and function to simply the appearance of everything inside the eye. The eye is truly a beautiful creation.”

“The wonderful thing about treating the eye is that you can diagnose 95% of eye diseases based on what you see; you rarely need lab work or an MRI to diagnose the medical problem. I love being able to participate in all phases of care for my patients from the medical to the surgical components of treatment.”

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At age 12, Dr. Meleth decided he wanted a career in medicine. His father, a physician who specializes in internal medicine, geriatrics and neurology, also held an interest in the diseases of the eye. His father is color blind and was a rice farmer who became blind at a young age due to glaucoma.

Dr. Meleth explains. “I was never pushed toward becoming a doctor, but when I was young, I used to look through my father’s medical textbooks. I loved examining the pictures and drawings and reading about diseases.”

Perhaps his admiration for his parents’ accomplishments influenced his early love of science and medicine. Soon, however, he was introduced to ophthalmology and quickly discovered his love for the eye.

“That was when my focus shifted to clinical care,” he says.

“Though I love research, it is not the end in itself. Research enhances patient care, yes, but patient care is the capstone for me. I love to be intellectually challenged and push the boundaries of medicine. I believe my research and clinical experiences have prepared me for excellence in ophthalmology and my particular specialty.”

Uveitis is a common cause of blindness among young people. Dr. Meleth often treats people who, in addition to uveitis and other chronic conditions of the eye, cope with systemic diseases such as sarcoidosis and lupus.

“Marietta Eye Clinic is a multi specialty practice,” he says, “and that provides me with opportunities within my group of peers to work with experts in other areas of the eye. I also am able to continue my interest in research here; this is a very innovative medical practice. But as I’ve explained, direct patient care is where my heart is. It is so rewarding to help someone who had such significant blindness they could only perceive light, to restore their vision to the point suitable for safely driving a car.”




Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology, 2011 – 2021

Licensed to Practice Medicine in the State of Georgia, 2013 – Present

Honors & Awards

Performance Award for Excellence in Clinical Care, National Eye Institute, Bethesda, MD, 2011

Chief Resident, Department of Ophthalmology, George Washington University, 2008 – 2009

Research Scholar, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Cloister Scholar, Bethesda, MD, 2002 – 2003

Research Award, Medical Student Research Day, 2001


McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1997 – 1998: First year Science
1998 – 2000: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
B.S. cum laude (Major: Biology, Minor: Chemistry)

University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL
2001 – 2005 M.S (Physiology)

Medical School: University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL
2000 – 2005, M.D

Internship: Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
2005 – 2006 Internal Medicine

Residency: The George Washington University, Washington, DC
2006 – 2009 Ophthalmology

Fellowship: National Eye Institute, Bethesda, MD
2009 – 2011 Medical Retina and Uveitis

Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
2011 – 2013 Diseases and Surgery of the Retina and Vitreous

Professional Associations

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American Medical Association

American Society of Retina Specialists

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Surgical Eye Expeditions International

Hawaiian Eye Foundation

Research & Publications

Current Research
Age-related macular degeneration
1. Evaluating Abicipar for Safety and Treatment Effect in Patients With Neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
2. A Safety and Efficacy Study of Abicipar Pegol in Patients With Neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration
3. Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Conbercept Intravitreal Injection in Subjects with Neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration

Diabetic Retinopathy
1. Evaluating Treatment for Center Involved DME in Eyes with Very Good Visual Acuity
2. Genes in Diabetic Retinopathy Project
3. Intravitrous Anti- VEGF Treatment for Prevention of Vision Threatening Diabetic Retinopathy in Eyes at High Risk
4. Study of the Efficacy and Safety of Intravitreal Aflibercept to Prevent Progression to Vision-Threatening Events in Patients with Diabetic Retinopathy

1. Suprachoroidal Injection of Triamcinolone Acetonide With IVT Aflibercept in Subjects With Macular Edema Following RVO

Past research
Age-related macular degeneration
1. Study of Intravitreal REGN2176-3 in Patients With Neovascular (“Wet”) Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
2. Efficacy and Safety of RTH258 Versus Aflibercept

Diabetic Retinopathy
1. A Safety and Efficacy Study of Oral Danazol (a Previously Approved Drug)in the Treatment of Diabetic Macular Edema
2. Controlled Study in Subjects with Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)

1. Safety,Tolerability and Efficacy of Intravitreal LFG316 in Patients With Active Non-infectious Intermediate-, posterior-or Panuveitis
2. Open-label Safety Study of Suprachoroidal Triamcinolone Acetonide Injectable Suspension in Patients with Non-Infectious Uveitis
3. Suprachoroidal Injection of CLS-TA in Subjects With Macular Edema Associated With Non-infectious Uveitis
4. Safety and Efficacy of Iontophoretic Dexamethasone Phosphate Ophthalmic Solution in Non-Infectious Anterior Uveitis

Vitreomacular Adhesion
1. Ocriplasmin Clinical Case Compendium
2. Retrospective study for previous patients treated with JETREA
3. Observation of JETREA patients for the treatment of VMA

Community Service

Surgical Eye Expeditions International
Performing cataract surgery in San Fabian, Luzon, Phillippines
March 2009

Hawaiian Eye Foundation
Chief Retinal Faculty – 2015, 2017

Medical Mission
Hue and Saigon, Vietnam – 2018

Personal Interests

Guitar/songwriting: Played Electric/Acoustic/Classical guitar for 15 years. Recorded several songs.

Gourmet cooking: Cook many different types of cuisine, including North Indian, South Indian, Italian, French, Chinese, Korean

Reading: I enjoy reading fiction and non-fiction, particularly English literature, Science Fiction, Travelogues, and Magical Realists.

Travelling: I have had opportunity to travel or live in India, Sri Lanka, the UK, France, Canada, Australia, Oman, the UAE, the Philippines, St. Vincent, the Bahamas, and Barbados.

Languages: English (Fluent), Malayalam (Fluent), Spanish (Beginner), French (Beginner)

"Dr. Dhanu Meleth must have the kindest, most empathetic ‘bedside manner’ any doc could ever have."
-B. Powell-St. Amant
"Dr. Meleth is very knowledgeable about eye problems. He is friendly, explains what is wrong with my eye and what he will do to get my eye back to normal. The eye surgery went well, and I was able to see everything clearly a week after my surgery. Thank you, Dr. Meleth."
-Billy M.
"Dr. Meleth has become a part of our family. I have never seen such dedication in a healer. He has been our partner as we have fought our progressive outer retinal narcosis, and his staff have been there with us through every surgery, follow-up, and post-op. We have trusted the vision of sight to him, and he has risen to challenges, brought in extra resources, and sought outside counsel. This is one doctor that truly believes his patients' sight and health is his reason for living."
-Rudiger M.
"Dr. Meleth is a great doctor, and I would recommend him to anyone who needs a retina specialist."
-Elizabeth W.
"Dr. Meleth saved my vision. I only had one eye when I came to see him, and he kept me from going blind. He is very compassionate, as well as the staff."
-James F.
"Dr. Meleth saved me from being permanently blind in one eye. He is an amazing doctor!"
-Natalie S.
"I had surgery recently for a macular hole. Dr. Meleth, his team, and all the staff at Marietta Eye Surgery were very competent, kind, and thorough. I was fearful before surgery, but they explained things very clearly and made me feel relaxed and confident in the procedure. All went well and I give them an A-plus!"
-Noette M.
"Dr. Meleth, Dr. Mitchell, and their staffs took the time to explain everything about the surgery. They treated us with respect and kindness."
-Edith M.
"Dr. Meleth is amazing. The entire staff is friendly and caring and extremely helpful."
-Elizabeth W.
"Dr. Meleth is great, he has patience and is very kind…Overall, this is a great practice."
-Katia D.
"My last exam with Dr. Meleth went well. He is very through and knowledgeable. I trust him and highly recommend Dr. Meleth."
-William M.
"I have been a patient of Dr Meleth for several years, receiving shots for macular degeneration. He is an excellent doctor, pleasant to deal with and thorough in his care and answering my questions. I am very pleased with the care I am receiving. I also think he is a very fine person."
-Larry W.
"I had received a botched cataract procedure from a different doctor some time ago, which resulted in being unable to see through my right eye. At some point, I came across Dr. Meleth at Marietta Eye Clinic, and he was able to make the corrections and carefully walked me through the process of getting my eyesight back to normal. Many thanks and much appreciation to Dr. Meleth for getting me to be able to see clearly again."
-Soo C.
"I have been using Marietta Eye Clinic for more than 20 years, first in Marietta and in Douglasville once they opened that office. Every doctor there is professional and very caring. When I had vitreomacular adhesion, Dr. Meleth diagnosed it quickly and performed the necessary surgery. I recommend Marietta Eye with no reservations."
-Sharon J.
"I was very satisfied with Marietta Eye Clinic. Dr. Meleth is a great Doctor!! My eye surgery went well and all the nurses were very friendly, super nice to me and very comforting. I have had no discomfort in my right eye since I had the surgery."
-Billy M.