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As part of our COVID-19 protocol we are now requiring our patients to undergo an Optomap Retinal exam in lieu of dilation to evaluate the inside lining of the eye. This procedure is being performed to lessen the time spent in our office. There is an additional fee of $35.00 for this test which is often not covered by insurance plans as it is considered a health screening. However, it can be billed to a medical insurance plan if there is a retinal disease diagnosis. Please speak to our staff for more information.

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Dr. Melina Friedman


Dr. Friedman received her BA from Emory University and her Doctorate of Optometry at UC Berkeley School of Optometry.  She completed a post-doctoral residency in low vision and ocular pathology at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration.  Dr. Friedman has always enjoyed practicing primary care optometry.  She has had vast experience in working with patients from ages 9 months to 99 years.  She worked for years in an exclusive California Optical Boutique as well as regularly providing eye exams for the indigent.  Dr. Friedman has maintained a special passion for working with the blind and visually impaired.

She was also a clinical associate professor at Southern California College of Optometry teaching students to perform low vision exams.  Over the years she has continued to practice low vision part-time in a variety of settings. Due to Dr. Friedman's unusual array of experience, she brings a level of expertise as well as a certain compassion to each of her exams.  From educating first-time contact lens wearers, to counseling patients after diagnosing macular degeneration, Dr. Friedman is dedicated to meeting each patient's needs and concerns.