J. David Karlin, M.D.

Meet Dr. J. David Karlin

As the newest member of Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley, Dr. J. David Karlin is an experienced, board-certified ophthalmologist who has over 30 years of performing thousands of advanced eye surgeries. He routinely performs cataract, refractive, cosmetic, and glaucoma procedures. In addition, Dr. Karlin has experience with more complicated procedures, such as implanting premium intraocular lenses (IOL), which can lead to spectacle independence for over 15 years.

Dr. Karlin graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin, completed his internal medicine and ophthalmology residencies in New York, and started his practice in West Hills in 1980. When he is not at Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley, he is an assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at UCLA's Stein Eye Institute. For his outstanding job as an assistant professor, he recently received "Teacher of the Year."

Additionally, he speaks Farsi and some Spanish.

Specialties and Expertise

Dr. Karlin is skilled at diagnosing, treating, and managing eye conditions. He specializes in advanced treatments, including diabetic retinopathy, LASIK, glaucoma surgery, cosmetic eyelid surgery, laser cataract surgery, retinal tears, and cornea transplants. For patients who suffer from certain eye diseases, like macular degeneration, eye floaters and eye flashes, and uveitis, he can help manage the symptoms associated with these issues. He also helps patients with general eye healthcare, performs routine eye exams, and fits them for contacts or glasses.


"This office is professional and very well run. Dr. Karlin and the rest of the staff are great, very thorough."



"Dr. Karlin is not only an exceptional ophthalmologist, he is also an extremely caring person. He always listens and com ... Read More"



"I can say that I’ve grown old with Dr. Karlin over the years and over these time, he has always taken cared of my eyesight with careful attention to my health and vision. Ophthalmologist usually just do eyes and it ends there but he takes time to build a lasting friendly and forward-thinking cordial relationship with his patients. He speaks with you as a family member, pointing specific areas of eye disease prevention and health, and most importantly, meticulously explaining every anatomical and psychological aspects of his treatments. Yesterday, I asked how long he’s been taking care of me, we both had a boisterous laugh when he said, "I think we’ve grown old together, Conrad!" You see, he’s not just an eye doctor, he considers himself smart of your family. I appreciated his kindness for taking care of my entire family for more than 30 years. Now, that’s perfection at its best. Thank you, Dr. Karlin!"



"Dr. Karlin is a great doctor. He's pleasant, knowledgeable and is very clear with his assessments."



"Dr karlin is wonderful I feel I get the absolute best care and will be back"



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