Santa Monica Eye Medical Group

Medical Spa & Ophthalmologists located in Santa Monica, CA

About Santa Monica Eye Medical Group

Since 1948, patients from throughout the greater Los Angeles area have found cutting edge eye care at the Santa Monica Eye Medical Group, located in Santa Monica, California. Currently led by Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner, the doctors at the practice not only offer state of the art eye care ranging from exams for glasses and contact lenses and treatments for cataracts and glaucoma but also a variety of aesthetic treatments to address scars, wrinkles, stretch marks, and melasma using laser treatments with Cynosure technology including Picosure and Pelleve. Patients also can book appointments for Botox treatments and eyelid surgery.

Since its inception, the Santa Monica Eye Medical Group has provided the most advanced ophthalmologic care. The practice’s founder, John E. Gilmore, MD, developed the very first course in cataract intraocular lens surgery. Today, Dr. Stelzner and her colleagues offer state-of-the-art treatments and compassionate patient care. They understand that the gift of sight changes lives, so they take the time to get to know their patients, listening to their concerns and experiences while also providing excellent care and medical treatment.

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Santa Monica Eye Medical Group

Since 1948, patients from throughout the greater Los Angeles area have found cutting edge eye care at the Santa Monica Eye Medical Group, located in Santa Monica, California. Currently led by Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner, the doctors at the practice not only offer state of the art eye care ranging from exams for glasses and contact lenses and treatments for cataracts and glaucoma but also a variety of aesthetic treatments to address scars, wrinkles, stretch marks, and melasma using laser treatments with Cynosure technology including Picosure and Pelleve. Patients also can book appointments for Botox treatments and eyelid surgery.

Since its inception, the Santa Monica Eye Medical Group has provided the most advanced ophthalmologic care. The practice’s founder, John E. Gilmore, MD, developed the very first course in cataract intraocular lens surgery. Today, Dr. Stelzner and her colleagues offer state-of-the-art treatments and compassionate patient care. They understand that the gift of sight changes lives, so they take the time to get to know their patients, listening to their concerns and experiences while also providing excellent care and medical treatment.


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We've proudly served the community for almost 70 years and remain committed to excellence.


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Sadiqa Stelzner M.D., M.A., F.A.C.S.

  • Board Certified Ophthalmologist
  • Rated one of America’s Best Ophthalmologists in Who’s Who and Consumer Reports
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow of American College of Surgeons
  • Member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, and the American Society of Anti-Aging
  • Best Teaching Award from the Jules Stein Eye Institute/UCLA
  • Voted Patients’ Choice on Vital and Hotwire.com
  • Voted Best Doctor, Winter 2013 and Summer 2013, by 400,000 users of HealthApp
  • Contributor and Editor of Cataract Section of Eyewiki
  • UCLA: Undergraduate degree in biochemistry
  • UCLA: Graduate degree in cellular and molecular biology
  • Boston University: Medical doctorate
  • University of Washington, Seattle: Ophthalmology residency

Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner is a leader in comprehensive eye care and innovative eye surgical techniques. Dr. Stelzner’s vast medical training and experience as well as her compassion for her patients have made her one of the top ophthalmologists in the country. As chief physician at the Santa Monica Eye Group, Dr. Stelzner specializes in comprehensive eye care, including cataract, laser and eyelid surgeries.

In addition to serving her patients in private practice, Dr. Stelzner is Chief of Ophthalmology at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital. She is Director of Eye Care at the Greater Los Angeles Veteran’s Hospital. As Assistant Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine/Jules Stein Eye Institute, Dr. Stelzner attends the UCLA ophthalmology residents. In addition to her work at UCLA, she is also the benefactor of several UCLA undergraduate and graduate scholarships. She is a staff surgeon at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Santa Monica Surgery Center, and Laser Eye Associates in Beverly Hills.

The scope of Dr. Stelzner’s experience also includes conducting research, teaching, and publishing many peer-reviewed articles in respected scientific journals. She was invited to Milan, Italy, to perform scientific research on a grant from the Italian Council of Science. Later, she completed a research fellowship at The National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is a sought-after speaker at national ophthalmology conventions and around the world, including a recent trip to speak at several hospitals in Japan. Twice every year she is one of the teaching faculty for the cataract surgery courses for ophthalmology residents from UCLA, USC, UCI, UCSD and Loma Linda.

A very important part of Dr. Stelzner’s work is giving back to the community, both locally and globally. She is a regular volunteer at local high schools, providing eye care to students and their families. She recently traveled as part of a humanitarian team to Mexico and El Salvador, where she performed sight-restoring surgeries and taught local eye physicians her safe and innovative eye surgery techniques. She has also traveled to Japan to share her world-renowned surgical techniques.

Dr. Stelzner earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry, and graduate degree in cellular and molecular biology at UCLA. She received her medical doctorate from Boston University. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she went on to work with Dr. David McIntyre at an internationally known private practice. In addition, Dr. Stelzner completed executive management training at the Yale School of Management.

Dr. Stelzner lives on the Westside with her two children.

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Maria Braun M.D.

  • Board Certified Comprehensive Ophthalmologist
  • Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Princeton University: Undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology
  • University of Virginia: Medical Doctorate
  • Stanford University: Ophthalmology Residency

Dr. Maria Braun has been providing the Westside with outstanding eye care for more than six years, first in her own private practice in Beverly Hills and now as a member of the Santa Monica Eye Group. Dr. Braun earned her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology from Princeton University and received her medical doctorate from the University of Virginia. She went on to do her ophthalmology residency at Stanford University.

A respected medical scholar, as well as notable physician, Dr. Braun has published numerous articles in several peer-review journals and is the co-author of chapters in two ophthalmologic textbooks. In addition, she is a frequent speaker at national ophthalmology conferences.

A native of the Washington D.C. area, Dr. Braun lives with her husband and three children in Brentwood.

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Roya Ghafouri M.D.

  • Board Certified Ophthalmologist
  • Oculoplastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
  • Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Fellow, American Board of Ophthalmology
  • UCLA: Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience (Cum Laude)
  • Chicago Medical School: Master of Science degree in Physiology
  • Chicago Medical School: Medical Doctorate (High Distinction)
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center- Internship
  • Boston University School of Medicine – Ophthalmology Residency
  • Tufts University School of Medicine: Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

Dr. Roya Ghafouri is an oculoplastic and reconstructive surgeon with extensive training in eyelid, lacrimal and orbital surgery. She brings to Santa Monica Eye Group tremendous expertise and experience as a physician, researcher, educator and scholar.

Dr. Ghafouri’s distinguished career includes being the Director of Oculoplastics and Orbital Surgery at Boston Medical Center/Boston University Eye Associates. She was a clinical fellow in Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Tufts Medical Center, as well as Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology and Director of Medical Student Education at Boston University School of Medicine. She is the author of many articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, as well as a book chapter on age-related macular degeneration. She is a frequent speaker at national medical conferences.

Dr. Ghafouri graduated Cum Laude from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science in Neurosciences. She received a Master of Science degree in Physiology and then a medical doctorate from Chicago Medical School, graduating with high distinction. She interned at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles and was Chief Resident at Boston Medical Center at Boston University Medical School. She went on to be an Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellow at Tufts University School of Medicine. She later returned to Boston Medical Center where she served as Director of Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery Service. Throughout her academic career, Dr. Ghafouri was the recipient of numerous awards and honors.

She returned home to Southern California and lives with her husband and two children. She speaks English, Farsi, and Spanish.

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Amy F. Perkins O.D.

Amy F. Perkins, OD, joined Santa Monica Eye Medical Group in November of 2014. Dr. Perkins completed her undergraduate studies at Mississippi State University, graduating magna cum laude with her degree in biological sciences. She studied optometry at Southern College Of Optometry where she received honors in her pediatrics and contact lens rotations. Originally from Memphis, TN, she and her husband moved to Los Angeles in March 2013.

Dr. Perkins’ practice of optometry includes primary care, contact lenses, pediatrics, refractive surgery pre-/post- operative care, and ocular disease. She is skilled at fitting contact lenses on patients with corneal abnormalities such as keratoconus. She also works for a non-profit organization called Vision To Learn, visiting underprivileged areas of Los Angeles to examine elementary school students, providing the children with eyeglasses. In addition to her work, she enjoys participating in outdoor sports and spending time with her husband and family. She and her husband reside in Brentwood with their two dogs.

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Skin Rejuvenation

  • Remove scars & stretch marks
  • Remove tattoos
  • Reduce skin pigmentation & melasma
  • Fast Recovery
  • Quick Results

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We Offer Clear Vision with Laser Cataract Surgery, Premium Lenses and Custom LASIK


Skin Tightening

  • Reduce facial wrinkles without surgery
  • Eliminate crows feet and signs of aging
  • Visibly illuminate skin tone
  • Quick and easy treatments

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Santa Monica Eye Medical Group
1908 Santa Monica Boulevard, #3
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 310-961-3843
Fax: 310-828-1359
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310-961-3843

Santa Monica Eye Medical Group
1908 Santa Monica Boulevard
#3
Santa Monica, CA 90404