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I need an opthamologist for my Fuch's dystrophy. When I
search for one I can only find specialist for retinas and
things, like glaucoma, etc. I have tried yelp and the BPN
archives, Alta Bates website, etc. Can anyone recommend one?
Thank you. anon
Two cornea specialists who come to mind are David Vastine, M.D. in
Oakland and David Hwang, M.D. at UCSF. I have friends and family who
have seen both and reports are excellent. You will likely need a
referral from a general ophthalmologist.
Good luck to you.
My daughter needs to have a Pterygium removed from one of her eyes.
Does anyone have any personal experience they can share and can anyone
recommend a good Ophthalmologist either at Kaiser or elsewhere in the
I had same removed from my right eye a number of years ago
(actually had conjunctiva transplant as my pterygium was on
the larger side). Mine never grew back and you can hardly
tell it was ever there.
That said, I highly recommend Dr. Dan Goodman who is based
in San Francisco. He may have additional offices now, but
where ever he is located it's worth the effort.
My husband has pterygiums in both eyes. About 15 years ago, he saw Dr. Sanford
Severin (who has now relocated to San Ramon, I believe) but it grew back rather
quickly. Then we saw Dr. Daniel F. Goodman in San Francisco. He is awesome and
after treatment, they did not grow back. We really feel that Dr. Goodman is one
of the leading cornea experts in the Bay Area and he is very easy to talk to.
Good luck!! Linda
Greetings and Peace, I am looking for an excellent
opthamologist in the east bay regardless of health
plan/insurance taken. thanks, erika
My own opthalmologist, Stephen Post in Alameda, told me
that Patricia Wong is the area's go-to for glaucoma. She
has offices in Oakland on Pill Hill and in SF (downtown, I
think.) Good luck.
Are there any opthamologists who specialize in dealing with
severe dry eye conditions?
Mine is pretty extreme and I am willing to travel far and wide
for any recommendations.
Dear Tearless mom,
I too suffered with severe dry eyes. I have a separate eye
disease requiring 3 different eye drops and still had dry eyes. I
see a cornea specialist, but doubt you need that - however will
share what was done to address my issue so you will know the
options. First I was prescribed Restasis eye drops (liquid gold
as it is pricey, along with Thera-Tears and Patanol for
irritation from hard contact lenses I must wear - Still very Dry.
I then had small plastic plugs placed in my lower tear ducts
(very quick, painless procedure, but ~$50 each - insurance
paid!)and had improvement until they fell out twice (You just
can't help but automatically rub your eyes sometimes and they
come out (I didn't know it until I looked). My doctor then
suggested cauterization of the ducts. It's not a pleasant
procedure (quick shot of anesthesia into your lower lids, then a
small heated probe is quickly put into the ducts and seals them
off - and typically permanent)I had immediate/next day wonderful
results. I do have to continue on all the drops, but am MUCH
more comfortable. I was told it was likely hormones!! I am
almost 45. Good luck.
Dr. Vastine in Oakland did my procedure. He's great!
I am new in town and searching for a good opthamologist. I have
very poor eyesight and might need cataract surgery and want
someone in the East Bay. Thanks!
East Coast transplant
I have been well served by Dr. David Vastine's office in Oakland
on 30th St and Telegraph. Dr. Vastine himself worked with me at
one time, and I am now being treated by Dr. Lim, who is new to
the practice. Everyone there seems very thorough, professional,
and caring. The office is rather far out of the way for me, but
I would still rather go there than anywhere else. They have a
Walnut Creek practice as well.
I go to Dr. Stephen Cohen in Alameda. I am very, very myopic,
and am thus a little extra careful with my eyes, and he's been
great. My friend's daughter, who has amblyopia, also goes to
him, with satisfaction.
I need a cornea implant and am looking for a very good
optomologist in the East Bay.
Dr. David Demartini is excellent.
My husband had a very successful cornea transplant done by him.
He has offices in both Oakland by Summit, and in Walnut creek.
Does anybody have any experience with Dr. Richard Litwin at
Berkeley Opthalmology? I've checked the website and haven't seen
OK, the good news first: I've been going here for probably 5 -8
years, and will probably continue going here. They are
reasonably efficient, do a reasonably good exam, etc. Here's the
mediocre endorsement part: 1. I've NEVER seen Dr. Litwin-don't
even know what he looks like. My exams are always done by very
very young junior optometrists, some of whom don't realize that
what they are saying reflects a lack of experience. Only twice
have I been seen by the same person in 2 yrs. I assume they
don't pay their junior people well, and I am guessing the office
is a stepping stone after optometry school to establishing your
own practice. If I found another office that I loved (that my plan
covered) I'd jump ship in a minute, but this is the best office
on my plan (the other option is Dr Sorensen, who allowed
a ''trained'' receptionist to do my eye exam--and yes, she
admitted that she did not have any training or licensing other
than what the doctors had shown her--which is not even legal,
and it seemed like it was a routine since the patients are
apparently seriously overbooked). Good news about Litwin's
office is that the office is actually a relatively pleasant
I've seen Dr. Litwin and he's been fine -- the office is very
busy, but they are thorough and I think they are likely to catch
problems. I haven't had anything serious -- just pink eye, and
routine care. They were good about giving me a Saturday
appointment, when I had a problem that could have been serious.
Interested in whether BPNers have some thoughts about corrective vision surgery. I
understand there are two types of surgery -- laser correction and corneal
implants. What type of surgery is considered safest? About how much does it cost
per eye at this point? I would be interested in hearing both positive and negative
experiences with either type of surgery.
tired of glasses
There is a failure rate with all medical procedures. I have heard that
in 3% of lasix
(etc?) surgeries there are complications. My friend is one of those 3%
and is legally blind, having had several surgeries that attempted to
correct the problem which has also been very painful. Dry eyes may occur
in about 10% of cases (you should find exact figures) and visual
problems at night also occur. Also, consider the long term effects,
given that the symptom and not the cause (poor vision habits, stress,
etc.) may be treated. Look into natural vision care, which has been
around a lot longer than the surgeries.
There still isn't a free lunch
I had LASIK vision correction surgery in fall of 2000 at the Aris Laser
Institute in SF at St. Francis Medical Center. Since childhood I was
extremely nearsighted (-8.00 in both eyes) with mild astigmatism. Five
years post-surgery, my corrected vision is still 20/15---better than
20/20---with no side effects. I realize that not everyone experiences
such a positive and trouble-free outcome, but if you are a good
candidate and find a qualified surgeon, LASIK can be life-changing.
Regarding cost, at the time it was $3500 per eye (ouch), but I have
heard that prices have gone down somewhat. Some insurance carriers do
cover a percentage of the fee. Hope this helps.
looking for people's current recommendations for an excellent
opthamologist in the Berkeley/Oakland area. We want someone who
is strong in diagnosis, as one of us has developed some symptoms
that the optometrist we had been seeing cannot explain.
Erich Horn,MD is a great ophthamologist. I've had the most
thorough exams, and he is an incredibly nice person as well.
His office is near Summit Hosp. in Oakland...the number is 836-
2122. Address: 491 30th St.
I highly recommend Drs. Sarver and Yokoi in Rockridge. I've
gone to them for about 15 years. I sent my father there after
he struggled with vision problems that couldn't be corrected by
two other doctors and now he's been going to them for about 5
years with no complaints.
20/20 with my contacts
I highly recommend Harold Woodring on Solano (1600 block). Very
thorough and knowledgeable. Spotted a potential problem I had
(accurate diagnosis confirmed afer referral to specialist) that
prior opthlalmologists had missed. Takes VSP if you have that
I know you were dissatisfied with your optometrist, but if you're
willing to give optometry one more try, go to the UC Berkeley
Optometry Center. They are thorough to a fault. Every exam seems
to uncover some obscure (but fortunately not detrimental)
condition. I am always examined initially by a student, but then
the instructor (who is a bona fide optometrist) rechecks everything.
http://www.caleyecare.org (510) 642-2020
Not sure if this will work for you, but there is an opthalmology clinic at the
School of Optometry on the UC campus (check out http://
www.CalEyecare.org/). Several years back, I had a relatively rare eye
problem -- entirely missed by my opthalmologist, I might add -- and the
folks at the Optometry School caught it when I went in to get a new pair
of glasses. They sent me right over to the opthalmology clinic, where it
was swiftly and effectively treated. I even got free treatment for agreeing
to allow the students to look at my eyes, so they could learn about this
I find that the School of Optometry provides really excellent care --
mostly because so many people are looking so carefully at your eyes for
I am looking for an Opthamologist in the Lafayette/Walnut
Creek/San Ramon area. Any suggestions?
you didn't say whether or not you have a specific eye
condition, but for general ophthalmology, i'd recommend maria
fang, MD, at pacific eye care in walnut creek.
We are looking for a really good eye doctor/ophthalmologist who
will give regular eye exams/check-ups but who is also
knowledgeable about eye problems that might develop in someone
who has high blood sugar/prediabetes. We would prefer someone in
the Albany/El Cerrito area to cut down on travel time, but would
be interested in other recommendations as well. We would also
like to find an individual or practice where appointments don't
involve hour-long waits, which has been a problem in the past.
We have seen two doctors (one retired) at Albany/Berkeley
Optometry (next to Toy-Go-Round) and been very happy with both.
Currently we see Dr. Verdon and have never had to wait more than
a few minutes for an appointment.
He's not in Alb/ElC but I love my Ophthalmologist in Oaklnad by
Summit Hospital. I first went to Doc Hilton, but when I needed
my re-check a year later he had sold the practice to Dr. Eugene
Lit. I was wary of seeing the new doc as I'd really been
comfortable with Doc Hilton but Doc Hilton did a great job on
choosing a successor. Doc Lit has a great ''bedside manner,''
explains things clearly, asks good questions, listens to mine.
My two appts at that office were both on-time and the first appt
was a last minute going-on-travel appointent. (510) 444-1600
I've been happy with Dr. Mia Miller in El Cerrito Plaza. 526-
Re: Walnut Creek/Lamorinda optometrist
My optometrist, Dr. Mark Drucker (he's actually an
opthamologist) isn't in Lamorinda but he's close - he's in
Walnut Creek by the Broadway Shopping Center. He does have an
optometrist working for him who is also OK (but I like him
better). I've seen him for almost 20 years, since he first
started, and have been very satisfied.
About 7 years ago, I had a procedure done for ''dry eyes.''
The opthamologist placed silicone plugs in my exit tear
ducts, which helped my eyes retain more tears and stay
lubricated. According to my optomotrist, the plugs are
gone. The tear situation has gotten worse lately, and
I'd like to find an opthamologist to do the procedure
again. Unfortunately, I saw the doctor 7 years ago in
Cincinnati, and I don't even know his name to call and
get a referral. Has anyone ever had such a procedure
done here in the Bay Area?
ask your optometrist. he or she may be licensed to
insert the plugs. if not, come to optima in hayward.
we have several ophthalmologists and optometrists who
perform the procedure. (optimaeye.com) we also highly
recommend the addition of flaxseed oil to your diet to
help treat dry eyes.
I am looking for a good Ophthalmologist - an MD, not an Optometrist in the
Berkeley/Oakland area for adults. I have looked at the past postings and
there are only two doctors recommended. Any help would be greatly
Hi--I have a great recommendation for an
opthomalogist: Dr. Sorenson, at 3010 Colby St.,
Berkeley (behind Alta Bates). Phone # is 848.1413.
There are three Dr. Sorensons in this practice, father
and two sons, I think. I like going to Dr. Lionel
Sorenson (the father). He's very sweet, caring and
I go to a practice in Oakland that has great eye doctors. I can
recommend Scott Yokoi or Larry Sarver. 655 3797. The Sarvers (there
is a brother and a father) are connection with Cal and are well-respected
in the East Bay.
In July 2000 I developed a serious eye infection and was referred on
an emergency basis to David W. Vastine, M.D., 491 30th St., Oakland,
444-0603. I saw him about six times in two weeks and thought he was
great -- knew what he was doing, explained everything, etc. His staff
was also very helpful in sorting out the usual insurance/referral
since you need to see an ophthalmologist instead of an
optometrist, you might have a serious eye condition.
depending on the actual problem, there are several MDs
for recommendation. for glaucoma, try Todd Severin on
solano in albany (he also sees patients at UCB); for a
retinal disease, try Scott Lee in oakland or Shirin
Barez (a woman!) at UCB; for LASIK, cataracts or
corneal disease, Mark Mandel in hayward. for
oculoplastics, Rona Silkiss (another woman!) in
oakland or Chris DeBacker in hayward. UC Berkeley
School of Optometry also has an ophthalmology clinic
and the students who work with them are very eager to
learn. good luck.
ophthamologist: Lionel Sorenson, 3010 Colby, Berk (sorry, but it's close to
Oakland, right near Alta Bates); 848-1413. The office is a father/son team.
I like Dr. Robert Sorenson in Berkeley. We all go to him yearly for eye exams
thru Vision Services Plan. None of us wear glasses, so I might not be the best
referral, but he was able to do an exam on a 3-year-old, which isn't easy! Also,
he discovered an eye condition in me that is pretty rare and luckily, not serious.
Nice "bedside" manner, too. Nancy
I have seen Dr. Robert Sorenson once for a standard eye exam (Dr. Lionel
is his father) and found him to be quite nice, friendly, and competent.
I will be seeing him again in a few weeks. As far as I remember, the staff
was also good. Lucy
Opthalmologist: I recommend Dr. Mark Mandel. He's in Hayward, but he's the best, and worth
the extra driving time. His office phone number is (510)886-3937.
Regarding the Optometry School's Clinic on campus:
An Optometrist works on vision problems and can refer medical problems
to an Ophthalmologist, who is an MD.
The clinic at Minor Hall is
mostly Optometrists and students training to be Optometrists. We do
have an Ophthalmology unit several days a week and we have two
excellent Optometry instructors who can solve 95% of the medical
problems before referring to our Ophthalmologists. Tang Center also
has Ophthalmologists on duty but they are not connected directly with
the Optometry School. Barbara
You can't do any better than William Good, M.D. Offices in Walnut Creek
Ramon on this side of the Bay. Offices in SF and Larkspur over the bridges.
He is the best!!
My daughter has been seeing Dr. Tamura at Kaiser Richmond since
she was just over a year old (she's now about three-and-a-half)
for strabismus. We really like him a lot. He is very good with
my daughter; he's calm and quiet, very soothing. He is very
patient and encourages my daughter when she is confused about
what he wants her to do so he can evaluate her. He is very
conscientious about making sure we understand what his proposed
treatment is, and why he is suggesting it.
My only problem with Dr. Tamura is not with him as a person or
as a physician, but with his apparent popularity. It can be
quite difficult to schedule an appointment with him; if a
postcard arrives in the mail with the next scheduled appointment
(scheduled by computer), you'd better hope you'll be able to
keep it because if you need to reschedule, there will be a long
We have the opportunity to change insurance soon (new job for my
husband), but I am seriously considering staying with Kaiser, so
that we can continue to see Dr. Tamura. I recommend him highly
I have looked at the recommendations for opthalmologists on the
web site, but I am looking for one who is open to, or even
better actually practices, 'alternative' approaches to vision
care. For instance, eye exercises, relating eye health to
overall health, proper use of the eyes, diet, herbs, etc.
Although my visual acuity is far from 'normal' I have functioned
quite well for many years without glasses except for driving.
Advancing age however has made me realize that consulting with a
professional would be a good idea. But I'm not interested in
someone who is going to say, ''Oh, you just need stronger
glasses''. I'm looking for a more holistic approach. East bay
would be preferable but I'd consider beyond.
try dr. august reader in SF. he probably would not call himself
a holistic ophthalmologist, but he may be the closest thing. he
is extremely easy to talk to and he does recommend certain
dietary supplements for eye health. most of all, he is an
excellent and reputable doctor.
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