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Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner

Ophthalmology
Santa Monica, CA
29 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

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

310-828-1359

Insurances accepted

United HealthCare Insurance Company

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Blue Cross of California

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Optum

Providence Health Plans

SCAN Health Plan

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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 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Avoid the source: Try to avoid direct contact with the source. You may want to take allergy pill and keep your lids clean by using baby shampoo. You can use allergy m... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
See an eye doc ASAP: You need to see an ophthalmologist or a doctor. Where is your muscle weakness and pain? You need a good examination and good history of your problem... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Rare retina disease: It is a rare inflammatory retina problem that typically develops between age 30 and 70 years. The lesions in the choroide(eye) that last from weeks t... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Needs clarification: The cornea is the clear part of your eye, cutting of the cornea will happen from trauma, or surgical procedure for corneal issues. The eye lid is tot... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Depends: If you noticed a new blind spot you need to see an eye doc asap. Everyone has a blind spot(where is your optic nerve located) in the outer visual fie... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
No: Please see an ophthalmologist for eye exam ASAP. You will need vision check, refraction, dilated eye exam to check optic nerve and visual filed test.... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
See an eye doc ASAP: It sounds like you had a vitreous detachment (pvd)which is very common after age 50 or earlier if the person is myopic or had h/o an eye trauma. 90% ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Yes: Erythromycin is safe to use to infant and pregnant woman. If you have pink eye its viral conjunctivitis, you may not need the antibiotic for it. Tim... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Needs follow up: If the glasses did not help with your headache then its not an eye related. Your headache could be due to other issues. You may have sinus problem,... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
What do you mean: What kind of blue spots on the white of the eye or vision? Do you use viagra (sildenafil)? Viagra (sildenafil) can cause blue vision. The blue spot... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Myopia: Your myopia or near sightiness is getting worse. Eat well more fruit and vegetables, get plenty of sleep, spend time in the sun and avoid too close u... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Any: It depends on the office policy due to liability. You can take it any where. Most of the places do take your own frame. They may not take a respons... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Get fitted : You need to see an eye doctor for right contact lens fit. The eye doc will measure your correction and eye shape before fitting you with the right c... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Depends: It depends on the cause of blindness. If the eye is blind secondary to the cataract or refraction then its reversible. All it needs surgery or glass... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
No real supplement: Fruits and vegetable are over all good for your body and your eye health. Omega 3 essential fatty acid also is good. Biotin vitamin is good for heal... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Blepharitis: You may he lid.ave blepharitis an inflammation of the eye lids. Please use heat pack over the lids, if still persist then please see an eye doctor.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
See an eye doc: You may need to get corrective glasses. Please see an eye doctor. At your age you should be able to see near with no problem. Near vision problem s... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Could: If you tender around the eye with tapping it most likely sinus problem. Please consult your doctor for evaluation and poss imaging. You may need tre... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Allergic dermatitis: You have allergy reaction to something. If it's worse in the morning after waking up it may be your sheet or pillow. You may consider washing your ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Need an exam: I do not think it’s your pupil but it could be on ur cornea or ur lens. It could be Cortical cataract. If it’s not effecting ur vision with no pain a... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
It could be nerve : It could be neuralgic pain. Did you ever had shingles? Do you have any viscera or blusters ? You may need to check it out with your doctor .
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Immediate attention: You need to consult a Doc or go to an urgent care ASAP. You will need a full examination and more detail history to help with diagnosis.
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Negative is negative: If you are negative when you were with her then no way you are the source. It is important to protect yourself from getting any kind of infection by ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Could be yeast: Antibiotics can effect your own natural flora(bacteria) in the Guts and urinary track. Pls hydrate your self well and take cranberry. You will need ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Not really: If he was sorted on the face and has no eye symptom he should be fine. Pls use artificial tears, heat pack over the eye and wash the lashes with baby... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Not really: You may have blepharitis(inflammation of eye lid). It is caused by dust, dirt, animal dandruff and residual make up particles. The best treatment is... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Nor really: As long is your cholesterol is normal then there is no worry. If it was high then you need to treat your cholesterol level. The deposit called arcus... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Allergy response: It sounds like she has allergic reaction. The puffiness around the eye and itch else where most likely reaction to some allergen. Take some kind all... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Depends: Eye swelling can happen from high slat intake the night before. The swelling can happen from allergy, hyperthyroidism (low thyroid hormone level), ca... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Consult a doc: you will need a good physical exam with blood test. Your liver function needs evaluation. You may have acid reflex, or glad ladder issue..
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
See an eye doc: pls consult an ophthalmologist ASAP. You need a full eye exa. You may have chronic eye infection, inflammation, allergy with dry eyes or increased ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Ignore: There are low vision specialist who can help you to manage with daily activities.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
What kind a sore?: Conjuctival drainage can be from allergy, viral conjunctivitis or bacterial infection. Soreness in a sens of eye pain or sore skin? The eye is sore ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Allergy or sinus: you may have allergy or sinus issue. Check with your doctor if you have septum deviation, sinus issue.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
For how long: How long do you have this symptom? If there are any other associated symptom like headache, weakness, hearing or vision issues? You need to consult ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Consult ophthalmolog: She needs to be seen by a pediatric ophthalmologist who does cataract surgery. She may need surgery or observation, and it depends on her condition. ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Double vision: Lazy eye you mean crossed eye? If its new and not compensated then the person will see double. Some time people can have lazy eye but well compensat... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Depends on age: If the infant is less than 31 weeks or weight 1250 gm/less then there is risk for developing retinopathy of prematurity (rop) or terry syndrome.
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A member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
It will go away: If you have a cold then you may have it in your eyes too. It will go away in 1-2 weeks. Please use cold compressors, artificial tears every 1-2 hour... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Depends: It depends on the type of the cysts. We can get a stye which is the oil gland blockage on the lid margin. The cyst can be a different kind of skin o... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Surgery or laser: Surgical invasive or non invasive treatment.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Rod cells: Night vision is control by the rod cells. You may have weaker rod cells function in that side? Or you may have cataract which filter outs light. It... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
May need doc visit: It could be stress related. If persists or gets worse please see your doc.
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
See doc: You need to consult your doc or neurologist. Bell palsy(7th nerve) can be from an old herpes infection, trauma, compression or inflammation. Vertig... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
May be: If the circle are from edema/swelling then it may go away after the treatment. Allergy is the most common cause of the of this type of problem. The ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
No worries: Please learn to ignore it. It has been the same for 13 years without any other problem. If its confirm to be a floater then it is harmless. If you g... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
See a doc: Pls go to a doctor for a check up and blood work up asap. It could be you are anemic with low platelet. It could be bone marrow related.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Better wait: You need to have stable refraction without any change for more than 2 years. Most of the time the preferred age is in 20's with more than 2 years of... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Systemic problem: Yellow eyes(sclera icterus) are generally a sign of jaundice caused by a buildup of bilirubin in the blood. The build up could be due to serious dise... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Could be dry: If you get it occasional spam on your lid it may be from being dry. You can use artificial tears, lid hygiene(heat pack over the eye and eye lash was... Read More
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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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This was very helpful. Thanks! I had planned to buy new pillows today to see if that helped, fingers crossed it works, thanks!

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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