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Dr. John Elman, OD

Optometrist

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**Please provide your insurance ID so the office can authorize your insurance prior to the appointment. Without providing the full ID, we cannot guarantee the insurance will be accepted.** John W. Elman was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but has lived in California since age 13. He attended the University of California at Berkeley as an undergraduate and received his doctor of optometry degree (O.D.) from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1968. That year he became a Diplomat of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. He has been in private practice in Santa Monica, California, since 1972. He is a charter member of the Contact Lens Section of the American Optometric Association. In 1996 Dr. Elman completed the postgraduate Course in Ocular Therapy given by the University of California School of Optometry at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. He also completed his preceptorship for therapeutics with the Jules Stein Eye Institute. By passing the examination in Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease given by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry in 1996 he became certified by the International Association of Boards of Examiners in Optometry, and was among the first optometrists in California to receive a license issued by the California State Board of Optometry with TPA (Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent) certification. Dr. Elman has a special interest in how computer technology can enhance testing, medical record keeping, communication, and health delivery.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • Medicare
  • Spectera

Specialties

  • Optometrist

Practice names

Education and training

  • Marshall B. Ketchum University, Doctor of Optometry

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1417021361

Office locations

John W. Elman, O.D.

1431 7th Street, Suite 101

Santa Monica, CA 90401

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I was a little skeptical when I arrived because the office's appearance is a little run down/disorganized. However, Dr.Elman was very thorough and took the time to explain my vision issues to me. You can tell he's really passionate about optometryand I found it very endearing. Would recommend unless you're looking for a super swanky experience.
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Thorough, informative
Less than 3 months ago
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He's a very knowledgeable optometrist. His staff is helpful too. Sometimes visits take a little longer because he is thorough and friendly but he knows his business!
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Excellent. Very thorough and really cares about your vision health.
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Absolute professional. The office, and some of the equipment is old, but don't let that be an issue. This place is golden. Doc did a few innovative things I've never experienced before, and it made a big difference. Yes, it takessome time, but it's totally worth it. This guy really cares about what he does and will do everything possible to help you get the best result. He clearly explains the best options for you in regards to what your insurance offers.'Amazing experience.
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Thank you for excellent service
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I enjoyed his thoroughness and his knowledge. He's old school and I really appreciate that.
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It went well, and he was super nice enough, but probably won’t be back because he just was not conscious of time. He asked if I was on break at work but still showed no sense of time consideration and spenta lot of time telling stories and talking about a realm of things that didn’t actually pertain to me or my eye health which made a routine appointment take 1.5+ hours. If you have no time constraints, the office is fine, otherwise, may not be best for busy schedules or working folks who come midday.
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Extremely pleasant & professional
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It's my fav eye doctor! He can notice a little thing that all other doctors miss. I like his manner to explain everything so clearly. Also, they have a super cool scan that can show fully your eye from inside. Totally recommend!
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Dr Elman is great, he explained everything in great detail, and tried the best for my annual check up and eyeglass prescription.
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Love Dr. Elman. He takes a lot of time to sit with me and make sure I had all of my questions answered. We tried on a lot of different contact lenses until I found one I was satisfied with.
More than 1 year ago
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I've been going to Dr. Elman for nearly 20 years. He takes the time to give an in-depth examination, he's extremely knowledgeable and empathetic, and overall in my view, he delivers a very HIGH quality-level of care. I strongly recommend him, without the slightest hesitation!
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Careful, precise and knowledgeable.
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Dr. John Elman was the absolute greatest. Super friendly, helpful, and informative. I would definitely recommend everyone and anyone to come to his office if you're looking for an informative, educational, and super positive experience.Thank you for all your help, doctor! Also look for his dog, Gizmo and ask him about Gizmo's moments of fame.
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Dr. Elman is the best! His exams are thorough and he always produces glasses that are perfect for me!
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The doctor was extremely kind and helpful in getting me glasses. Would go back.
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I have been seeing him since I was 10 years old, I am now 25 years old and he continues to be the best!
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Dr. Elman was efficient yet thorough and seamlessly moved me through an eye exam and discussion of contact types and uses, leaving time for any questions and comments to ensure I had the info needed. The Dr. encouraged me to makethe decision for myself, and I did....that is a rarity in this world today, being given the plusses and minuses and the actual ability to make the decision myself. Also helps to have a friendly, knowledgeable and prudent doctor and staff to make the experience as brief as possible, while working alongside you to make the best decisions available. For someone like me that neglects eye care--this is a god send! Thanks.
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Dr. Elman is fantastic. After my contact follow up, I asked him about the different prices of each contact brands, and he helped me pick the right one. A couple hours later, he called me to let me know that thesame brand I was choosing had a new package of contacts (buying 2 12 packs instead of 4 6 packs, aka the exact same thing but packaged differently), but that this new way of packaging the contacts offered an even better rebate. He had even called the company to get further details. The face that he had gone so out of the way to tell me save some extra bucks really meant a lot. He went above and beyond! Such a nice office!
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Elman is a thorough, thoughtful, professional eye doctor. He took all the time I needed to discuss my vision and his thoughts around Lasik and PRK.
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The best eye doctor I have ever seen. He explains everything very well.
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Amazing like always very nice
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He is excellent. My whole family goes to him and we're all very happy with his service.
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Dr. Elman has been my optometrist for many years. I keep coming back because he genuinely cares about his patients. He is very conscientious and explains what he is doing and what the test results mean. I would recommend Dr. Elman to anyone looking for an eye doctor.
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Dr. Elman was extremely pleasant, his staff was efficient and polite, and he got my prescription right vs other doctors who haven't been able to do that in years!
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It was super! Small office, but the staff was really nice and their office dog is the cutest! Dr. Elman really took the time to explain what's going on with my eyes and made sure I understood as well. Overall great experience!
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He's very thorough & I walked out of his office seeing great!
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I really love Dr. Elman he's thorough and attentive. He doesn't rush through the appointment yet somehow I always get in right on time.
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Dr. Elman is so sweet and really knows what he's doing. I always feel like I'm getting a very thorough exam and the best deals on my contacts with the rebates he prints out for me. I HIGHLY recommend him to anyone.
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Dr. Elman always shows great concern in his examination and is through
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Really wonderful experience. Dr. Elman clearly cares about his patients and has a passion for eye care. He noticed something that no other eye doctor has noticed before, and thanks to him I'll be able to prevent future issues. I'll definitely be back!
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Dr. Elman is the best eye doc I've been to in over a decade. He was really patient during my exam & the fitting process and found out why I'd been having a contact lens issue in one of my eyes,which was because I wasn't prescribed the right type of contact lens (two different doctors in a row missed that a year ago). Now I'm seeing better than I have in years!
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Dr. Elman really takes his time. I felt very cared for, and I enjoyed visiting with him. Also, he has a cute dog who wonders around the office. Fun.
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I was very pleased with the service I received at Dr. John Elman's practice. John is very kind, passionate, and extremely thorough throughout the exam process. I would not hesitate to recommend him!
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He was fantastic! Great doctor!
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Dr. Elman is probably one of the most patient and informative optometrists (and doctors) that I've ever had. He was incredibly thorough in explaining everything about my exam, and answered all of my questions. He took the time to let metry out many different types of contacts and sent me away with many samples. He even explained the difference in pricing between the different brands of contacts, and what kind of rebates I could get with different orders. The appointment took a little longer than expected because of the different try-ons, but I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for thorough eye care.
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great dr. and very informative and patient
More than 1 year ago
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I'm very pleased with this appointment. Dr. John Elman spent more than an hour to check me, answer a lot of questions, and to be sure with right recipe for glasses & lenses. He explained me everything I was interested inand helped me with advices on rebate program. Staff is very friendly including a dog;) I recommend this outstanding professional to everyone!
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I am always treated like a king.
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Always so thorough!
More than 1 year ago
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Great visit. Dr. Elman is a very nice man. He took his time with me ensuring I find the perfect contacts for my astigmatism. I never felt rushed and he explained things very thoroughly.
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Very thorough. He explained everything each step of the examination. Very friendly.
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Dr Elman is extremely thorough, and he's probably the best contact lens prescriber I've ever worked with, and I've worked with a lot of them.
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I had a great appointment with Doctor Elman. He was very thorough and attentive during my eye exam and took the time to make sure I understood everything throughout the process.
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Great OD. Really takes the time to evaluate your particular needs and explains everything. Shows genuine concern about his patients.
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I appreciate Dr Elman's calm demeanor and his willingness to inform throughout the examination.
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Very thorough. Easily the best optometrist I've ever had. I've been going to Dr. Elman for over 5 years and he's terrific. Very patient-focused and cost-conscious as well.
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He is so patient and explains what is going on with my vision. He took a long time making sure about the prescription, which I appreciate, as others have got it only approximately. His assistant was also helpful. Highly recommended.
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It's always a pleasure to see Dr. Elman! He makes eye contact, makes sure I understand what it is he's talking about and agreeing to and thoroughly goes over all options with me. He has such a great demeanor and genuinely cares.
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