After years of rewarding work at the Southern California Eye Institute (SCEI) in Los Angeles County perfecting her techniques for the management of the sight-stealing disease of glaucoma, Dr. Alena Reznik, M.D. has pioneered the expansive Glaucoma Care Center in the heart of Newport Beach, Orange County in Southern California.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that is often associated with elevated intraocular pressure, in which damage to the eye’s optic nerve can lead to loss of vision and even blindness. It is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. “Since glaucoma is a stealthy disease that shows few symptoms until it is well established, I have made it my mission to reverse the ignorance of it that causes people to become complacent about their eyesight and eye care. Only regular eye examinations will reveal its presence and prompt someone’s sibling, aunt or uncle, parent or grandparent, to embark on the treatment necessary to preserve sight for as long as possible,” said Dr. Reznik. “I’m passionate about this. If you haven’t had your eyes checked this year, I urge you to do it now. Damage to the optic nerve and impairment of vision from glaucoma is irreversible. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to preserving sight in people with glaucoma. Nothing is more important if you want to keep your sight. It’s that simple.”
Anxious to get the word out, Dr. Reznik has been networking with area eye professionals and clinics so that they know they now have a high-technology Center where their patients can receive exceptional, caring attention from such a highly regarded and skilled glaucoma expert and surgeon. “After referring my patients to Dr. Reznik, they come back to me delighted with the care they received at The Glaucoma Care Center They feel they are well informed and educated about their condition and have a genuinely concerned professional in this doctor who is going to monitor them for the rest of their lives,” stated Dr. Leonid Lerner, M.D. adding, “she’s the best.”
Dr. Reznik is also conducting classes with pharmaceutical staff from all over Southern California, helping them to understand the nuances of glaucoma and the value of several types of eye drops in supporting satisfactory intraocular eye pressure in patients well into their eighties. “Many patients benefit greatly from a regimen of the correct type of eye drops but you really have to have a lot of updated knowledge and experience to determine the very best course for each individual patient, and to know how to tweak it throughout the months and years of their care,” said Dr. Reznik.
A great deal of research into the causes and treatment of glaucoma is being conducted and Dr. Reznik’s findings have been presented to medical peers across the world. As Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California she guided students and the Fellowship in the art of Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS), which she has perfected, and which she keeps as a critical tool in addressing the intraocular fluid challenges (too much, too little) and high intraocular pressure that beset thousands of glaucoma patients.
The Glaucoma Care Center is one of the most conveniently found facilities in Newport Beach, in the upscale medical complex opposite Fashion Island, close to freeways and the 73 Toll Road for an easy commute from South Orange Countycities. Within this medical complex – which offers free parking – are many patients’ other medical professionals. GlaucomaCare Center is committed to helping patients coordinate their regular and specialty eye care visits within the same day, working with retirement facilities, transportation, pharmacy and supplying refreshments for seniors who need to manage their nutrition schedules. Patient comfort is a high priority.
Glaucoma Care Center, 1401 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, California 92660
Phone: (949) 288-2382
Fax: (949) 288-0344
Alena Reznik, M.D. – Ophthalmologist, Glaucoma Specialist
- Has authored publications in multiple peer-reviewed journals (Journal of Glaucoma, Clinical Ophthalmology and American Journal of Ophthalmology)
- Her findings have been presented to medical peers across the world (Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society Annual Meeting in Sicily and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in the U.S.)
- She has done television network interviews for NBC and Fox Sports, discussing sports eye injuries and glaucoma and its impact.
- Member of prestigious academic societies including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Glaucoma Society, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and Women in Ophthalmology Society.
- Recipient of scholarship awards including the Marilyn and Marshall Scholarship Award, Ruth G. White PEO Scholarship, Johns Hopkins University Evelyn M. Hurlburt and Irene H. Sluckis Scholarship.
- Lifelong Commitment to volunteer work, organizing ocular disease screening events for underserved communities in Southern California.
- Medical School training: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
- Ophthalmology Residency: UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento
- Sub-Specialty training: UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute in Los Angeles.
- Prior to launching Glaucoma Care Center served as Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology, Glaucoma Surgeon and Glaucoma Fellowship Director at Keck School of Medicine at USC.