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.


"Always recommend Dr. Karlin to my friends and family"



"Not too long of a wait. Dr. Karlin knew exactly how to treat my issue based on my previous visit a year prior."



"Dr Karlin is great. As is his staff. Very professional and nice. Except Claudia in optical. Not nice Very curt and unfriendly. When I asked her a question about my reading glasses I wasn’t understanding her answer. So instead of her trying to explain it to me , she stated “I’m not going back and forth.” Again, not nice and unfriendly. This was not expected."



"I needed to go in right away and they accommodated me immediately. I got to see Dr. Karlin the same day. It was not my first visit nor my second. Dr. Karlin is great his diagnosis has always been on the spot and not only that but he is polite he cares about his patients and the staff are also nice and caring. We are so lucky to have you and your team in our community. Many thanks."



"Everyone was caring and conscientious. Dr. Karlin is the best!"



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