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Qualifications and Experience
**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.
Verified Patient Reviews
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!
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.
Dr. Elman is the best! His exams are thorough and he always produces glasses that are perfect for me!
I have been seeing him since I was 10 years old, I am now 25 years old and he continues to be the best!
The doctor was extremely kind and helpful in getting me glasses. Would go back.
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 the same 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!
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.
The best eye doctor I have ever seen. He explains everything very well.
Amazing like always very nice
He is excellent. My whole family goes to him and we're all very happy with his service.
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.
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!
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!
He's very thorough & I walked out of his office seeing great!
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.
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!
Dr. Elman always shows great concern in his examination and is through
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!
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.
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.
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!
He was fantastic! Great doctor!
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 me try 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.
I am always treated like a king.
Always so thorough!
Very thorough. He explained everything each step of the examination. Very friendly.
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.
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.
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 in and helped me with advices on rebate program. Staff is very friendly including a dog;) I recommend this outstanding professional to everyone!
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.
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.
Great OD. Really takes the time to evaluate your particular needs and explains everything. Shows genuine concern about his patients.
I appreciate Dr Elman's calm demeanor and his willingness to inform throughout the examination.
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 make the 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.
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.
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.
I would highly recommend Dr. Elman! He is very sweet and thorough, making sure I got the exact prescription I needed for my eyes. In and out fast with no wait time is a major plus!
Careful, precise and knowledgeable.
I am grateful for all of the knowledge and explanation. Thank you Dr. John Elman !
Dr. Elman is terrific. I have been seeing him for years now and would not go anywhere else!
I came in to see Dr. Elman because the eye glasses I got two years ago from another optometrist in Santa Monica never felt quite right. After a thorough inspection including a 3-D scan of my eye Dr. Elman concluded my last prescription was dramatically wrong. Overall he is a lovely man who passionately loves his field and your eye health.
I've been with Dr. Elman for eight years now and I've been very happy with his expertise, his level of service and his bedside manner. I love him!
My visit to Dr. Elman's could easily be one of the most pleasant and enjoyable visits to any doctor's offices for me ever. He was very attentive, kind, and definitely thorough. He took time to ask questions, do all the necessary tests to make sure everything is GREAT for you. I would not hesitate to recommend anyone who's looking for someone highly professional, and truly cares about his patients to visit Dr. E. You won't be disappointed!
I have used Dr Elman for 30 years. I am very happy with him. I have gone through contacts and many pair of glasses with him. Thank you Dr Elman
I had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful Dr and his lovely wife (who was filling in for the receptionist on this afternoon) they cared for me and my concerns with my eyes, and I left the office feeling 100% better! Thanks a million Dr Elman!
I had a very good and thorough exam and he answered all of my questions clearly.
He is old achool but knows his stuff. Doesn't rush you through like an assembly line. I trust his judgment.
Kind, Sweet and very thorough - I loved that his equipment well less on the technological side. He taught me a lot about my eye care that I've never previously received at other doctors. He was a great help!
Dr. Elman was very specific and excellent in explaining various procedures and he helped me a lot. Also, he is a very professional and knowledgeable Doctor. I have seen him now twice and am very satisfied.
I highly recommend Dr Elman. My parents have been going to Dr Elman for years but I never had a problems with my eyes until recently. I am so glad they insisted I see him. He answered all my questions during the exam, and gave me several options to correct my vision. He made me feel very comfortable and let me make the final decision about things after he explained what my options were. He and his assistant Christina told me the best way to use my insurance, because it only covers certain things. I decided to get contact lenses and he was able to fit me with ones that had a rebate. If you need an optometrist you can't do better than Dr Elman
Dr. Elman explained everything about my eye exam in detail which was great and interesting. He was very nice and I was able to find glasses I liked in the office for a great price.
I have been going to Dr. Elman 25 years.
I would not recommend, nor go back. He is very nice, but the office is incredibly out of date, and the quality of the exam was subpar.
My daughter was very comfortable with Dr. Elman. He took his time explaining things and we never felt rushed as is so common theses days. Christina, at the front of the office, was friendly and helped my daughter go through the frame choices. I would definitely recommend Dr. Elman.
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.
Dedicated and knowledgeable professional. I enjoyed my first visit to Dr. Elman very much! His staff is great, very friendly, helpful and super efficient, too. They know I am on a tight budget so made it possible for me to afford new glasses.
it was great! he's a great doctor. was a little bit of a wait (not sure if this was an isolated experience) but he was well worth the wait.
Dr Elman is thorough and keeps up to date on new technology. His staff, Christine, is courteous, remembers people, and is professional. I will continue to use his services.
Pleasant, professional, knowledgeable.
great dr. and very informative and patient
I had a great visit with Dr. Elman. He took a lot of time and care to explain what was going on with my eyes and what would be the best options for me regarding glasses. He was patient and I could tell he really wanted to do the best for me. I would highly recommend him.
I am a film editor and my sight is constantly challenged. Dr. Elman is very methodical and meticulous. His work is the most thorough I have ever experienced. The office might seem a little disorganized, but this does not represent a lack of professionalism and expertise. I love his examination room - he built the walls specifically fit the perfect distance for an eye exam. I've seen doctors with fancy offices and "state of the art" equipment, and they weren't half the doctor John Elman is. I've been seeing him for the past 4 yrs and will continue!
He was very kind & very informative about everything. He answered all my questions & was very straight forward with everything. Will return here & recommend him for sure.
Dr. John's exam is thorough and dedicated to the highest ophthamological standards.
His office is very old school, which was neat. it looked like he had his exam chair since he started practicing. He was very warm, and kind. He explained everything he was doing. He explained the reasoning behind the issues I had. The front desk receptionist was nice as well. I made the right decision.
Every visit with Dr. Elman is an education. Don't know any other doctor with his patience no matter what question you ask him. Everything is explained with the utmost patience and in terms a layman can understand.
Dr. Elman is very professional and extremely knowledgeable in his field. I would highly recommend!
Really informational! Dr. Elman helped me to understand exactly what was going on with my vision and found a solution quickly. So glad to have him as my new optometrist!!
Dr. Elman is very good in every way. His examination was thorough and carefully done. He is knowledgeable and the gift of common sense. Very likeable professional.
Great!!! Very informative!!!
Dr. Elman is the best! He makes you feel very comfortable in the exam room, and he gives a very thorough exam. I never felt rushed or forced to purchase anything I didn't want. Great optometrist, highly recommended!
He's excellent. Very thorough and discusses at length any issues he sees currently or potentially arising in the future.
His manner is warm and very intelligent. I enjoy his one on one attention and his very obvious expertise. He leaves you well in formed on all levels from the testing, to options on glasses(in my case) It was a pleasure to be there, comfortable, local, and as a plus he is funny and charming! His prices are the best around.
Not flashy or fancy, but very thorough and nice
Dr. John Elman is so very very thorough and explains everything which I most appreciated. Could not be more please with a Dr. than Dr. John Elman. He truly cares!
It was just awesome. He was very thorough, he took the time to explain every little detail, he used the latest technology, and I was more than satisfied. I fact I will not hesitate to go back.
Very friendly, professional and thorough.o
Very professional and knowledgeable. Takes the time to explain the examination/procedures and answers all your question with alacrity.
I had trouble with the glasses I got from him. He adjusted them and they are fine now. Thank you
He was very nice and very knowledgeable.
Dr.Elman was very kind, professional, patient, and extremely precise. Made my overall vist very comfortable and I was very satisfied with his work
Dr. Elman was thorough with his explanations of my diagnoses. He went over the benefits of my insurance with me before I made a decision with which glasses suits me best.
His methods seemed kind of outdated. He was counting in his head, etc. Used old instruments instead of computer calculations.
Dr. Elman was patient, friendly, and very thorough. I am a customer for life!
Dr. Elman is the nicest doctor in all of Los Angeles!
I am a regular patient, and as always Dr. Elman is thorough and courteous.
Caring and attentive
I really enjoyed my visit with Dr. Elman. He was very thorough, yet kind & gentle to the point of being neighborly. Highest recommendation.
I loved my first visit to Dr. John Elman. He was very friendly and very thorough in the examination. He explained everything in detail and was very easy to talk to. I'd definitely recommend him to anyone who's looking for a great eye doctor in the west side!
Nice guy. Chatty, but friendly and helpful.
Wonderful visit as usual! Dr. Elman is great!
The doctor is always very professional and very thorough. i go away feeling that I've seen the best person to look after my eyes.
john is wonderful. no only is he very pleasant and easy to talk to but he's a great listener and is very informative. i came away with a new prescription and a wealth of information about what was happening to my eyes. definitely recommend him.
Dr. Elman was very thorough in his examination, and demonstrated the utmost professionalism. He answered all of my questions and explained my diagnosis in detail. He is very knowledgeable, and even helped me pick out eyeglasses! I would highly recommend him to others.
Friendly staff and very professional service. Dr. Elman has treated me for over 25 years - he is a Santa Monica native and treats patients with great care.
It's a comfortable visit as I have been seeing him over 30 yrs. Nice receptionist/asst and pleasant office. He spends quite an amount of time with each individual patient. No rushing.
He is excellent. My family and I have been going to him for years.
What a great doctor! He always takes the time to make sure that you understand what he is doing and that you have the best vision possible. Although I have 20/20 vision and am perfectly happy with my contacts and vision, he is working to do better. What a gem! Seriously, best eye doctor ever.
Dr. Elman is very knowledgeable and is very good at explaining the process.
I've been going to Dr. Elman for about 4+ years now, and he's probably the best optometrist I've ever had. The first time I went in, he fitted me for a different brand, prescription (the previous one was too strong), and shape of contact. The change was immediate, and way more comfortable than my previous lenses. He is the only doctor I make sure to continue seeing every year (I'd still go to my dentist from when I was a kid, but he's about 2,000 miles away!). He takes his time, is very thorough, and explains just about everything you would ever need to know. That includes things like your prescription, the health of your eye, recommendations on contact solution, and so on. Solid doctor.
I saw Dr. Elman for the first time today, and I was really impressed with his attention to detail! I never felt rushed or upsold for anything unnecessary; in fact, he was able to recall two very valuable rebates for my contacts off the top of his head! I'm very glad to have found him and look forward to returning.
Thorough, careful and precise. Thank you!
Extremely thorough and helpful. Very patient with questions and explains things clearly.
I've been seeing Dr. Elman for 3-4 years now and he's been great! He's knowledgable and friendly. I highly recommend him!
He is very thorough and takes his time to explain any questions you might have. Would recommend to others.