The Southern California Eye Institute shares its heartfelt empathy with the individuals and communities who have been and continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our patients and our eye care team is paramount to everything that we do.
I am writing to make you aware of the precautions we are taking to protect our patients, our staff and our physicians as we navigate this unprecedented global health crisis. As the situation rapidly evolves, our team remains committed to providing essential services to those in need.
We have taken the following steps to ensure your safety:
We are continuing to monitor the course of the pandemic and will provide you with additional updates.
Please stay home and please stay safe by taking all necessary precautions.Rohit Varma, MD, MPH
Director of Optometric Services
English, Farsi, French, Conversational Spanish (with medical terminology)
Los Angeles and Bakersfield
Ora Esfahani, OD is a glaucoma-certified therapeutic optometrist who serves as Director of Optometric Services at the Southern California Eye Institute (SCEI) located at CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, a nationally recognized acute care facility providing quality, compassionate support for Hollywood and its surrounding communities since 1924.
Her clinical skills include visual evaluations, treating ocular diseases, and specialty contact lens fittings among diverse populations. She has an extensive amount of experience providing care for pediatric patients with numerous ocular conditions, including amblyopia (lazy eye) and binocularity dysfunctions. Dr. Esfahani is passionate about utilizing the most innovative treatment methods for her patients who suffer from chronic conditions such as dry eye disease, keratoconus, and glaucoma.
Dr. Esfahani is a member of numerous reputable optometric societies, including the American Optometric Association, the California Optometric Association, and the Los Angeles County Optometric Society (LACOS). She is the current President of LACOS and has served on the society's board since 2016. Dr. Esfahani is a volunteer staff optometrist at the Ellis Eye Clinic at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, providing outpatient care to patients in need. She also volunteers for the SUNY Optometry Student Mentorship Program, helping current students plan for their prospective careers.
Ora Esfahani graduated from the University of California, San Diego earning her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in French Literature. She then completed her doctorate training at the State University of New York College of Optometry. Prior to joining the SCEI team, she provided high-level patient care in fast-paced private practice settings, working alongside ophthalmologists of various specialties.