Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner

Ophthalmology
Santa Monica, CA
30 years experience female

Locations

Santa Monica Eye Medical Group

Santa Monica, CA

Address

1908 Santa Monica Blvd #3, Santa Monica, CA
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

310-828-1359

Insurances accepted

United HealthCare Insurance Company

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About

Bio

Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner is an educator and a leader in innovative eye surgical techniques and laser surgeries. 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 cataract, refractive laser , esthetic and eyelid surgeries. In addition to serving her patients in private practice, Dr. Stelzner is Chief of Ophthalmology at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital. She was Director of Eye Care at the Greater Los Angeles Veterans’ Hospital. As Associate Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine/Jules Stein Eye Institute, Dr. Stelzner attends the UCLA Ophthalmology residents.

Specialties
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Ophthalmology

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

Armenian, English, Mandarin, Persian

Doctor Q&A

462 Answers
391 Agrees
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Toric lenses: You need to fit into a toric lens that fits you. There are different brands but overall the right fit is matter.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Depends on severity: Diplopia can effect your stereo vision or depth perception. This can cause fall and injury. If you operating machinery, driving a car or playing spor... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Daily: Avoid long term use of contacts of same contact or wear. Daily contact are a better choice if some one has allergy or papillary reaction.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Not really: There is no over the counter antibiotics for eye infection. You need to see a doctor. If its allergy or viral infection then one can get an artifici... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
No color change: Intraocular lens is placed behind the iris and its a clear lens. It does not effect the color of the iris. But it may sparkle in certain light.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Avoid pressure : Putting pressure on the ye ball is not a good for the eye. It can cause nerve damage.
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Reflex: We have natural reflex to close or eye when there is possible danger.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Avoid the cream : Please do not use it around the eye, it is causing you eye allergy.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Not really: Contact lenses are to correct the vision not to blind the person. If contact lens wearer develops a corneal ulcer then it may lead to problems. Cor... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
LASIK, PRK: There are many ways to correct vision ie traditional glasses, contact lenses, laser eye correction(lasik, prk, ). If the person has cataract then c... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Need evaluation: It can be nerve or vascular problem. Pls see your eye doc soon.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Pls see a doc: You may have UTI. Pls do not avoid it and get help by consulting a doctor. The infection may spread higher up which could be serious. You may need ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Ophthalmologist ASAP: Please consult an ophthalmologist ASAP. If you can not access she/he within 1-2 days then pls go to a neurologist or urgent care. It depends if you ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Right away: why do you need prism at your age? What is the cause of it? Did you see an ophthalmologist? If not pls consult an ophthalmologist. If you see ghos... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Lazy eye: Lazy or crossed eye called strabismus. When the eye muscles are in coordination between the two eyes then it causes imbalance. If the muscle is weak... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Not really: Person can have amyloidosis in the eye.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Ophthalmology visi: You need to see an ophthalmologist asap. You need immediate treatment with antibiotics.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
See your eye doc: You want to see your eye doc. Contact lens can cause eye infection or ulcer which needs immediate treatment.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Could be 1-2 weeks: It's similar to the upper respiratory cold infection. It usually goes away in 5-10 days but it may linger around for a while. Cold compressors and ar... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Surgery: If you have a masssive fat pads under the eye then you may consult ophthalmic surgeon.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Antibiotic treatmen: It needs an immedaite medical attention with antibiotic treatment and imaging of the orbit.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Fast recovery: Within hours to see well without any correction. Majority of time the vision is back to normal by next day. On occasion it may take a few days to g... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Heat pack: Heat pack, baby shampoo wash and omega 3 essential fatty acid by mouth may help. If does not go away after 1-2 weeks please see your ophthalmologist.... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Possible : If someone has cataract or very near or far sighted then after cataract surgery with multifocal lens implant. It will help to correct both distance a... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Blue and brown: The blue color gene mixed with brwon.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
No: Myopic person is near sighted that means the person can see near but not distance. In order to see distance you need prescription glasses. The store... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
No need: You should not need contacts after lasik. The purpose for lasik to free the person from contacts or glasses. If there is a need for contacts after l... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Eye exam: You need an immediate eye exam by an ophthalmologist. If you have the diagnosis your eye doc will send you to a neurologist.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
What kind surgery: Intraocular lens placed in the eye to replace your natural lens that was developed into cataract. What kind of eye surgery are you referring? It doe... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Location?: The ocular coherence tomography(oct) is diagnosis device that is used for ocular tissue analysis. In order to answer your question, we need to know t... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Not really: The common cause of cataract is congenital cataract in the infants. They can also develop cataract from trauma to the eye at early age. Long term (m... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Placing a eye drops: You can help by giving the person his/her drops after surgery. You can drive the person for surgery on the day of the surgery. It will be great to h... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Could: 180 degree with -0.50(+0.50 @90) means you have with the role astigmatism. As we age the eye lid gets heavier and changes the cornea and eventually ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Heat pack: Warm wet wash cloth over the ids help to open up the oil glands. Closed up oil gland leads to a stye. Keep the eye lashes clean with baby shampoo 1-... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Could be allergy: If you do not have recent cut or injury to your eye lid then it ma be an allergic reaction. You may have touched an allergenic material then touch y... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Depends: You need to ask you doctor. It depends if you completely healed and its safe for you to wear contacts. Typically cornea ulcer may takes more than a ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Same: Chalazion is th emedical term for stye.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
What kind: Diabetic tend to have a smaller pupil. What kind of retinopathy do you mean? If the person develops unequal pupil then he/she needs to consult an op... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Could: Maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) or neomycin-deamethason is a combination med that has steroid and antibiotic. Pink eye is viral infec... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Need to see a doc: You need to consult in person visit to the doc. It could be migraine, high blood pressure, heart disease or other issue.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Relax : Dancing relaxes the person while he/she is having fun with less in mind to enjoy movements with the sound of music. When the person has less in mind... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Patient : The traditional mono-focal standard lens that only corrects for one distance. Presbyopic lens that are newer lens that corrects both distance and nea... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Yes: The most common cataract is age related nuclear sclerotic cataract that develops very slowly. But in diabetics especially uncontrol diabetics they c... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
At night only: Apply it at night time but do not use it during the day. It makes your skin sensitive to sun(uv).
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Healthy life style : Many things causes premature going skin: sun, smoking, poor diet, stress and lack of moisture and fluid. Important to eat diet rich in fruit , vegeta... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
You may: You can swim with dry eyes. It is more helpful to wear goggles. You may want to use artificial tears after swimming.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Not really: If the pain went away then its gone. If the pain persist or your vision changes then you need to see an eye doctor.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
See a doc: Pls go to an ophthalmogist. You need a detail eye exam to check for bleeding and elevated eye pressure. You may need an eye drop and treatment.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Yes: Please contact your doctor for good blood sugar control and long term sugar level test (hba1c). It's very important to have very good control of diab... Read More
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Testimonials
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Feb 12, 2015
Knowledgeable and kind in her answers. I highly recommend my fellow Ophthalmologist, Dr. Stelzner
Apr 14, 2013
Nice Answers!!!
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Stelzner is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower10
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks for the time you put in sending your reply, I am going to get my eyes check and get my glasses upgraded to a new prescription.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you so much for responding. I will have her follow your instructions. Again thank you so much!!
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Boston University School of Medicine, MA
MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON MEDICAL CTR
Completed 2000

Awards

Patient's Choice Award
Residence Teaching award from JSEI
California best doctors(super doctors), Los Angeles Magazine

Affiliations

Fellow of American College of Surgeons, FACS
American Acadamy of Anti Aging Medicine

Publications

Evaluating teaching methods: validation of an evaluation tool for hydrodissection and phacoemulsification portions of cataract surgery.
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