Meet Dr. Ebbie Soroudi, MD, MS

Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology

Dr. Soroudi is a board-certified, sub-specialty-trained Ophthalmologist who specializes exclusively in Advanced Vision Corrective Surgery, Ophthalmic Surgery, as well as Eyelid Plastic (Oculoplastic) Surgery. Having personally performed well over 15,000 successful eye & eyelid operations to date, Dr. Soroudi is recognized as one of the most experienced and meticulous eye surgeons in the country, and he is one of the most active figures in his fields of specialty worldwide.

To pursue his interests in understanding and developing the most advanced biomedical technologies, Dr. Soroudi completed his undergraduate studies in Biomedical Engineering and graduated with high honors (magna cum laude) from the USC School of Engineering honors program (ranked as one of the best in the country). Here, he was one of the youngest recipients of the coveted Howard Hughes Award for his research in gene therapy.

After graduating from USC, he was presented with the opportunity to utilize his engineering background to help develop a technology that would treat ocular/orbital tumors without the need for surgery. He obtained his Master of Science Degree in only one year (a two year program) at UCLA and completed his thesis at the world famous Jules Stein Eye Institute.

Dr. Soroudi obtained his Medical Doctorate Degree from the UC Irvine College of Medicine, where again, he was honored with one of the most competitive research awards by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that allowed him the opportunity to train and do research in ocular gene-therapy (technology that would someday treat blinding conditions such as Retinitis Pigmentosa, and lethal conditions such as Retinoblastoma) at the world famous National Eye Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.

Having developed a great deal of interest in Reconstructive Surgery as well as Eye Surgery, Dr. Soroudi completed numerous externships in the field of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at UC Irvine, USC, UCLA, as well as Stanford University where he published his work in the Annals of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Soroudi obtained extensive surgical training at the LA County Hospital in East Los Angeles as a surgery intern, and completed his residency and served as chief resident in Ophthalmology at the LA County Hospital in South Central Los Angeles (a Level-I Trauma Center) under the supervision of internationally recognized eye surgeons from the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute.

Dr. Soroudi then spent a year at the Division of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA where he had the opportunity to pursue his research interests on Thyroid-related (Graves) Orbital Disease and learn more about complicated eyelid surgery. His research findings here have been published in the prestigious Journal of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery multiple times.

Dr. Soroudi also completed a clinical fellowship exclusively in kerato-refractive surgery at the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center’s Laser Eye Associates, where he obtained sub-specialty training in performing all-laser and “flapless” LASIK, and gained extensive experience to implant intacs to treat a condition called Keratoconus.

Since starting private practice in 2005, Dr. Soroudi has successfully restored sight to the thousands of people who have sought his help from every continent. He is on volunteer staff at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Insitute as Clinical Instructor of Ophthalmology, he is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, International Society of Refractive Surgery, as well as the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

Dr. Soroudi is passionate about causes that help prevent blindness and assist those who are visually impaired. He is a major contributor to the Beyond Vision Music Foundation that raises money for blind children to learn how to play musical instruments. He regularly performs pro bono work for people going blind from severe diabetes, and through his charity work, he has saved literally hundreds of people from going totally blind from diabetes and glaucoma.

Dr. Soroudi is also an inventor, and he has developed a triple patented product that is sold over-the-counter at over 4000 Rite Aid stores and coming soon to CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. This product, called the eye-pressTM is a self-heating, reusable warm compress + lid wipe that helps treat Sties, Dry Eyes, as well as Blepharitis. He is in the process of developing another product that treats sties, as well as an eye drop that would potentially eliminate Pterygium/Pingueculum formation, and even slow down/prevent the development of conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

Dr. Soroudi is very happily married with two very small children. He loves horses and plays polo in his rare spare time.

Meet Dr. Sahar Zokaeim

Dr. Sahar Zokaeim is an optometric physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of general eye disease, as well as pre- and post- operative management of cataract & refractive surgery such as LASIK, PRK, and other vision corrective procedures (Keratoconus, Corneal Transplantation, Intacs, etc.)

Dr. Zokaeim attended University of Southern California and California State University of Northridge, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences in less than 3 years with honors. She then matriculated on to Western University of Health Sciences, where she received her Doctorate degree in Optometry at the age of 23. She graduated as a member of Beta Sigma Kappa Honors society, and was awarded as a member of the Dean’s List throughout her academic career. During her graduate training, Dr. Zokaeim also served as a research associate. Her research was presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in 2012.

Dr. Zokaeim’s areas of emphasis in her studies included vision therapy and neuro-rehabilitative training. During her externships, she rotated through both private practice modalities in California and the VA Healthcare System in Lyons and East Orange, New Jersey. She completed an internship with Dr. Barry Leonard and Associates in Panorama City, California where she was trained in specialty contact lens fittings. Dr. Zokaeim also received ocular disease training with the surgeons of Orange County Retina, a prestigious ophthalmology practice and the first retina practice established in Orange County specialized in diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the retina and vitreous.

Dr. Zokaeim is passionate about serving her community both professionally and on a personal level. During her undergraduate and graduate education, she was active as a member of Optometry organizations and clubs. She still participates as a volunteer for OneSight and Angels for Sight, providing eye care for underprivileged populations. Dr. Zokaeim also served as a board member for the Hillel club on campus, and still remains dedicated in her community as a member of Nessah Young Professionals.

Recently, Dr. Zokaeim was granted an invitation to serve as a subject matter expert for the California Law and Regulation Examination.
During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, volunteering in her community, and cooking various cuisines. Dr. Zokaeim speaks English, Spanish, Farsi, and Hebrew.

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