Sadiqa K. Stelzner MD, Ophthalmologist
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Sadiqa K. Stelzner MD


1908 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 31 Santa Monica California, 90404



Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner is an ophthalmologist practicing in Santa Monica, California. Dr. Stelzner specializes in eye and vision care. As an ophthalmologist, Dr. Stelzner can practice medicine as well as surgery. Opthalmologists can perform surgeries because they have their medical degrees along with at least eight years of additional training. Dr. Stelzner can diagnose and treat diseases, perform eye operations and prescribe eye glasses and contacts. Ophthalmologists can also specialize even further in a specific area of eye care.

Education and Training

University of California, Los Angeles B.S. Biochemistry 1984

University of California, Los Angeles M.S. Cellular & Molecular Biology Boston Universit

Boston University School Medicine M.D. 1993

Board Certification

American Board of Ophthalmology

OphthalmologyAmerican Board of OphthalmologyABO

Provider Details

MaleEnglish 30 years of experience
Sadiqa K. Stelzner MD
Sadiqa K. Stelzner MD's Expert Contributions
  • Temporary blindness for 7mins

    Sorry to hear. Did u loss vision in both eyes? Do u have other medical Condition? U need to see an eye doc asap. READ MORE

  • Problems With My Eyes

    Sorry to hear about your symptoms. Do you have any vision change or loss of peripheral vision? Is the symptom constant or on/off? It seems like it could be a floater? It typically happens in people over 40-50 but myopic patients can experience it earlier. The color light could be ocular migraine without headache. Do you have h/o migraine? Pls see an ophthalmologist and have a full dilated eye exam to r/o any retina issue which could be less likely. Good luck! READ MORE

  • Can I do without reading glasses when I am able to read with naked eyes

    After 40 we become presbyopic(lost near accommodation or zoom in) that means the person will need readers or plus lens tta has magnification. In you case since you are nearsighted (myopic) you can remove your distance glasses to see near. Whatever works for you it should be fine. either bifical, progressive or juts removing you glasses for near vision. Good luck! READ MORE

  • How often should eye pressure be checked?

    It depends on your Family history any glaucoma, if your are myopic, history of eye trauma, race( african american much higher risk at earlier age compared to white) or if you are glaucoma suspect. Then every year or it depends on the condition and risk factors 2-3 x per year. If answer to all of the above is no then every 12-24 months. READ MORE

  • Eyelid twitching?

    Blepharospasm or lid twitch the majority of the time is secondary to dry eyes. Use hot packs over the eye 5-10 mins a day, keep your lashes clean with baby shampoo, and used artificial tears often 3-4x per day. These days everyone is on the computer for work and social needs. Make sure to blink and look away often from the screen. If you still have the twitch then go to the eye doc for an exam. Sometime it could be neurological causes for it. READ MORE

  • Green mucus coming out of eye?

    It sounds like an infection if it's green discharge. You need to see an eye doc or PCP to culture your mucus discharge. You most likely need to have antibiotic eye drops to help with the infection. READ MORE

  • Cataract surgery?

    Yes, the dilating drop "Phenylephrine may also cause dose-dependent increases in blood pressure and reductions in heart rate and cardiac output (particularly in people with preexisting cardiac dysfunction) by increasing systemic vascular resistance. Phenylephrine belongs to the class of medicines known as nasal decongestants." Most of the time they use a low dose of 2.5% but on occasion use a higher 10% dose to help with dilation this may cause an increase in BP and affect the heart rate. READ MORE

  • I have swollen, itchy, red eyelids?

    It looks like a laser gif reaction to. Something in your Environment or you have applied to your eye. Pls avoid any cream or other products around your eyes. Wash your closed eye many times with cold water or ice on your lids. If it feels scaly and dry pls apply vitamins A and D ointment which you can purchase from the baby section of your nearby pharmacy or grocery shop. As long you get ride of the source it should get better. Good luck! READ MORE

Areas of expertise and specialization

Botox and FillersCataract SurgeryLaser Surgeryrefractive, esthetic, and eyelid surgeries

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Chief of Ophthalmology Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital -
  • Associate Clinical Professor David Geffen School of Medicine/Jules Stein Eye Institute -


  • Recognized in Who’s Who and in Consumer Reports as one of Americas Best Ophthalmologists   


  • Cataract Treatment And Surgery
  • Laser Cataract Surgery
  • Age Related Macular Degeneration (amd)
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Vision Correction
  • Comprehensive Eye Exam
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ipl
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Uveitis
  • Melasma Treatment
  • Scar Removal
  • Stretch Marks
  • Rosecea
  • Wrinkle Reduction
  • Pterygium

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons - Fellow  
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, and the American Society of Anti-Aging  


  • Brigham Womans Hospital  Research  

Sadiqa K. Stelzner MD's Practice location

1908 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 31 -
Santa Monica, California 90404
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Patient Experience with Dr. Stelzner


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Sadiqa K. Stelzner MD has a rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on the reviews from 46 patients. FindaTopDoc has aggregated the experiences from real patients to help give you more insights and information on how to choose the best Ophthalmologist in your area. These reviews do not reflect a providers level of clinical care, but are a compilation of quality indicators such as bedside manner, wait time, staff friendliness, ease of appointment, and knowledge of conditions and treatments.

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Get to know Ophthalmologist Dr. Sadiqa K. Stelzner, who serves patients in Santa Monica, California.

Dr. Stelzner is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in cataract, refractive, esthetic, and eyelid surgeries. She is currently serving patients at Santa Monica Eye Medical Group in Santa Monica, California. 

Led by Dr. Stelzner, the doctors at the Santa Monica Eye Medical Group offer state-of-the-art eye care ranging from exams for glasses and contact lenses to treatments for cataracts and glaucoma. They also provide a variety of aesthetic treatments to address scars, wrinkles, stretch marks, and melasma using laser treatments with Cynosure technology, including Picosure and Pelleve. Dr. Stelzner and her colleagues 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.

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. As Associate Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine/Jules Stein Eye Institute, she attends the UCLA Ophthalmology residents. As well as 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, Cedars-Sinai Surgery Center of the Pacific, and Specialty Surgical Center of Beverly Hills, California.

Dr. Stelzner is an educator and a leader in innovative eye surgical techniques and laser surgeries. Her vast medical training and experience, as well as her compassion for her patients, have made her one of the top ophthalmologists in the country. 

Dr. Stelzer earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, and her Master of Arts degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology at UCLA. She then went on to earn her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1993. Staying with her alma mater, she completed her internship in internal medicine at the same university in 1994, followed by her fellowship in the Research Renal Division of Brigham & Women’s Hospital in 1995. Additionally, she also completed her residency in ophthalmology at the University of Washington Medical Center in 2000. Furthermore, Dr. Stelzner completed executive management training at the Yale School of Management.

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. She is a sought-after speaker at national ophthalmology conventions and around the world.

Dr. Stelzner is board-certified in ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO). The ABO is an independent, non-profit organization responsible for certifying ophthalmologists in the United States of America.

Dr. Stelzner is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, and the American Society of Anti-Aging.

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.

Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine and surgery, which deals with the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders. Ophthalmologists are experts in the diseases, functions, and anatomy of the eye. They may provide routine care such as vision testing, as well as prescribe and fit eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, ophthalmologists are also surgeons. They repair traumatic injuries to the eye and perform cataract, glaucoma, and corneal surgery. 

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