RAMC Reviews Top 6 California Ophthalmologists

Riviera Allergy Medical Center, headed by Ulrike Ziegner, MD, PhD is an allergy and asthma center that specializes in advanced allergy and asthma care..Dr. Ulrike Ziegner often sends patients to see ophthalmologists in California to find the causes and proper treatment for eye related conditions.  The causes of eye allergies are in many ways very similar to those of allergic asthma.


In an effort to ensure patients are well advised, RAMC reviewed the top ophthalmologists in the South Bay. The final selections were chosen based on experience, education and over all passion for relieving their patients of visual discomfort and improving their quality of life.

These ophthalmologists are dedicated to finding the source of the problem by conducting comprehensive examinations.  If you are seeking a referral for an eye doctor in the Los Angeles area, consider the following ophthalmologists:


1. Raj U. Dugel MD, Inc. and Associates

At Raj U. Dugel MD, Inc. and Associates, your precious sight and unique eye care needs are their primary concern. These California ophthalmologists believe that you deserve the technologically most advanced eye care available and the expertise of dedicated eye specialists with over two decades of experience!


At the helm is Dr. Raj U. Dugel, M.D, who has been practicing ophthalmology in the South Bay since 1986. He received his undergraduate and pre-clinical medical education in England at Charing Cross Hospital Medical Center of the University of London. He received his M.D. degree from College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York. He completed his residency at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. Dr. Dugel thereafter spent three months in Haiti as a volunteer ophthalmologist for a charitable organization (the German Blinden Mission). He thereafter returned to Doheny Eye Foundation-USC Medical Center in Los Angeles to complete one year of fellowship training in corneal disorders and refractive surgery.


Dr. Dugel has lectured extensively and co-authored book chapters in his specialty of corneal disorders and refractive surgery. He has been featured in numerous news articles in local publications and also appeared on several local television programs. Dr. Dugel is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a former Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has been affiliated with all area hospitals including Little Company of Mary Hospital, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital, and Marina Hospital. He presently practices in his private offices in Torrance. His specialty interests include cataract micro-surgery, lens implants, and glaucoma laser surgery.


At Dr. Dugel’s practice, they offer every option to meet your unique eye care needs! From advanced laser and cataract microsurgery to designer glasses and routine eye tests, they provide the personal treatment best suited for your eye health. They stock a huge selection of contact lenses, sunglasses and fashionable designer frames – including Charmant, Fendi and unique boutique designer lines that are sure to suit your eyewear needs and lifestyle! An experienced optician will help you choose the frames and lenses that best suit your eyewear needs and lifestyle. They have a committed staff that is dedicated to serving you and your entire family, from young children to mature adults. Their specially trained technicians will ensure every aspect of your office visit is pleasant, and all your eye care needs are addressed.


For all your eye care needs and routine checkups, contact them at (310) 937-6585 for an appointment.


2. John F. Maher, M.D

This ophthalmologist in California is an expert in matters related to cataracts, eye disease simulations, macular degeneration and blepharitis. He graduated from Loyola University in Chicago. Dr. John F. Maher has obtained board certification from the member board for ophthalmology. In addition to the specialty of ophthalmology, he has expertise in corneal diseases and lens implants intraocular lens implantation. This ophthalmologist is affiliated with Little Co. of Mary Hospital, Torrance and the Torrance Memorial Medical Center.  He can be reached at:  Del Amo Medical Building  21320 Hawthorne Blvd.  Suite 216  Torrance, CA. 90503  To talk to someone, call (310) 540-3133


3. Dr. Ron P. Gallemore

Dr. Ron P. Gallemore is the founder and Director of the Retina Macula Institute. He is an internationally recognized clinician, scientist and surgeon. He received his M.D. degree from the University of California, San Francisco, where he graduated with top honors. As a member of the elite Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), he also completed his Ph.D. in Neuroscience focusing on the physiology and biophysics of retinal function. He then trained at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA, where he completed his residency while concurrently establishing and directing an internationally recognized retinal research laboratory.  For more advanced training he completed the prestigious vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at Duke University under Dr. Robert Machemer, the founder of modern vitreo-retinal surgery. He was awarded some of the highest honors in his field including the Heed and Knapp Fellowship awards, the Dr. Charles Schepens Award and the Dr. Ron Michaels Award. He was also selected by his peers to receive the Jules Stein Eye Institute Alumni Research Award. His research has been funded by the National Eye Institute, Research to Prevent Blindness, the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Fight for Sight, the University of California, and the National Science Foundation. As a retina surgeon, this top ophthalmologist has performed over 10,000 surgical procedures and has helped develop new techniques. He has published more than 200 original articles, reviews, and book chapters, and has been an investigator in over 40 clinical trials. He understands the physical and emotional impact of retinal disease and combines compassion with state-of-the-art technology to carry out the mission of the Retina Macula Institute.


4. The Doctors of the Retina Macula Institute

The physicians at the Retina Macula Institute are board-certified with advanced fellowship training in medical and surgical disease of the retina. They include Dr. Ron P. Gallemore (the institute’s founder) and Dr. Mehran Taban. The vision of the doctors of the Retina Macula Institute is to create a center that is committed to treating the most advanced and complex retinal disorders, combined with a research center devoted to the development of cutting edge therapies. The founders saw the promise in advancing the field and providing hope for patients with no other treatment options. Dr. Gallemore worked closely with his wife, Esmeralda Gallemore (the founder of Ophthalmic Consulting Services), to recruit and train a team of highly talented individuals to form the Retina Macula Institute.


Dr. Mehran (Ron) Taban, M.D., is a vitreoretinal specialist at Retina Macula Institute. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He received his M.D. from the University of California, Irvine, achieving a membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha (AωA) Honor Medical Society. He then trained at the famous Cleveland Clinic, where he completed his ophthalmology residency, including serving as chief resident in his final year.


Following residency, he stayed at the Cleveland Clinic to obtain subspecialty training in vitreoretinal diseases, working with world-renowned retina specialists, including Drs. Hilel Lewis, Andrew Schachat, Peter Kaiser, and Jonathan Sears, among others, pioneers in surgical and medical retina fields. He has received numerous honors/awards during his specialty training, including the Heed Fellowship award, Retina Society Fellowship award, and the prestigious and exclusive Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation award. Dr. Taban has a strong interest in retinal clinical research and has published close to 50 original articles and book chapters in top-tiered journals over the last 5 years. They can be reached at:  Email: info@retinamaculainstitute.com Phone: (310) 944-9393 – Torrance  Fax: (310) 944-3393 – Torrance  Address: South Bay (Torrance) Office  4201 Torrance Blvd, Ste. 220  Torrance, CA 90503


5. Dr. Peter Mastan

Dr. Peter F Mastan, MD is an ophthalmologist in California with 45 years of medical experience. He graduated from University of Maryland, School of Medicine. This school is ranked number 42 out of 144 in primary care quality by US News & World Report and in research quality is ranked number 43 out of 144. Dr. Peter F. Mastan has obtained board certification from the member board for Ophthalmology and he practices ophthalmology near Torrance, CA. Some of his other practice locations include Lynwood, CA and Downey. He is affiliated with 16 hospitals including Little Co. of Mary Hospital – Torrance and Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center.  He is currently based at:  21350 Hawthorne Blvd Ste 158  Torrance, CA 90503  Talk to someone at: (310) 543-1253


Dr. Mastan accepts the following insurance plans:

  • 15 Anthem Blue Cross Plans
  • 94 Blue Shield of California Plans
  • 6 Cigna Plans
  • 5 Unicare Plans
  • 1 Anthem Plan
  • 2 Great-West Healthcare Plans


6. Dr. Robert Maloney

Dr. Robert Maloney has had many years of clinical experience correcting the vision of thousands of patients using a variety of techniques and has personally performed over 50,000 vision correction procedures. He specializes in the management of complications and consults with patients who are unhappy with their previous LASIK and cataract procedures performed elsewhere.


In a nationwide survey of eye surgeons, Dr. Maloney was voted one of America’s Top Ten Vision Correction Specialists.  He was the recipient of the 2001 Distinguished Lans Award, an honor bestowed upon one surgeon worldwide who has made innovative contributions to the field of vision correction surgery.


More than 100 eye doctors or their family members from around the world have chosen Dr. Maloney to perform their surgery. Because he is a leading researcher in the field, this ophthalmologist is able to offer you vision correction options other than LASIK, and will personalize your vision care with the technique that is best suited for your eyes. If you’re not a good candidate for a given procedure, he will tell you.


Finding a good eye doctor these days can be a daunting task. Part of RAMC’s commitment to excellence includes serving patients with a vast network of reputable, affordable specialists in their respective medical fields. Finding a unique and forward thinking ophthalmologist in California is sometimes like finding a needle in a haystack. This review aims to save RAMC patients the time and energy of having to research eye doctors in California and in particular, eye doctors in the South Bay and Los Angeles.


About Riviera Allergy: Riviera Allergy Medical Center offers state of the art and comprehensive diagnostic testing and treatment for any kind of allergy using skin testing, scratch testing, patch testing and ImmunoCAP tests. To schedule an appointment, please call our office at 310.792.9050 or use our online Request an Appointment form. For additional information on any condition, treatment or procedure, please visit our Health Education Library at http://www.rivieraallergy.com




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