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California Optometric Association Names David C. Ardaya, OD, Optometrist of the Year

By Staff
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 12:15 AM

WHITTIER, Calif.—The California Optometric Association (COA) has named David C. Ardaya, OD, Optometrist of the Year. Dr. Ardaya is president of Golden Optometric Group in Whittier, California, and a practicing optometrist there. He is also a senior managing optometrist of TeamVision and COA’s chair for the Health Care Delivery Systems Team. This award recognizes Dr. Ardaya’s impact on the visual welfare of the public, which include published articles and media appearances providing education on the essential services that doctors of optometry provide.

Dr. Ardaya’s advocacy on behalf of the profession resulted in the reinstatement of coverage for adult eyeglasses in the Medi-Cal program. Dr. Ardaya said, “I’m deeply grateful and humbled to receive this award. The California Optometric Association has done so much to improve the optometric profession and promote access to care for patients. I’m excited to continue this journey with my friends at the COA.”

Candi Kimura, OD, president, California Optometric Association, said, “COA is pleased to recognize Dr. David Ardaya’s commitment to improving health care systems so that more Californians have access to eyecare. In addition to managing multiple practices, Dr. Ardaya has provided expert advice to his colleagues to improve business operations and develop medical contacts.

“Besides being a tremendous resource for his fellow optometrists, Dr. Ardaya volunteers regularly outside of optometry including serving meals to those in need, volunteering for the Special Olympics, and has helped with numerous vision screenings at hospitals and schools. He has also been involved in fundraising for the American Diabetes Association and juvenile diabetes research,” Dr. Kimura said.

Dr. Ardaya received his Bachelor of Science in Physiological Sciences from the University of Arizona, his Doctor of Optometry degree with distinction from Pacific University and his Master of Health Administration from the University of Southern California. In 2009, Dr. Ardaya was awarded the “Young Optometrist of the Year” by the California Optometric Association. He is fluent in Spanish and began practicing optometry at Golden Optometric in Whittier in 2005, where he has served the community for over 18 years.

optometrist of the year awarded to Dr. David Ardaya

Whittier Doctor Ardaya Given Top Award for California

We are incredibly proud to announce that our very own Dr. David Ardaya was selected as the 2022 Optometrist of the Year by the California Optometric Association! He received the surprise award in San Francisco at the annual COA House of Delegates meeting.

Dr. Ardaya is an active member of the COA and many other aspects of the eyecare field and a published author and subject of articles on leading developments in the industry.

In 2009, Dr. Ardaya was awarded the “Young Optometrist of the Year” by the California Optometric Association.

“I’m deeply grateful and humbled to receive this award. The California Optometric Association has done so much to improve the optometric profession and promote access to care for patients. I’m excited to continue this journey with my friends at the COA.”

David C. Ardaya

O.D., M.H.A., President of Whittier office, Golden Optometric

Dr David Ardaya, awarded optometrist of the year

Dr. David Ardaya with his wife, doctor Ivy Lin, OD and COA representative(above) and Dr Ardaya receiving the award, surrounded by his wife, Ivy Lin, OD and their two children (below).

Dr David Ardaya, awarded optometrist of the year

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Dr David Ardaya, awarded optometrist of the year

Optometrists May Give Coronavirus Vaccines

When coronavirus vaccines are ready, dentists, optometrists may give shots

These medical professionals are seeking permission to vaccinate patients against Covid-19 and other diseases to take pressure off of primary care doctors.

Report on NBC quotes Golden Optometric Whittier’s doctor David Ardaya.

Our whole hope is to assist our nation in regaining its health and in returning to a sense of normal.
David Ardaya, O.D.

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Golden Optometric Group Seeks Participants for Clinical Trial


12 December 2018

David C. Ardaya, O.D., M.H.A
Phone: (562) 692-1208

Whittier, California — Nearsightedness or myopia is often thought to be simply an annoyance that requires children to wear glasses or contact lenses, but this condition is far from benign. It is now well established that people with myopia have an elevated risk of developing potentially blinding conditions such as glaucoma, choroidal neovascularization, and retinal detachment.1,2 Even more alarming is the dramatic rise in the prevalence of myopia that we have seen around the world over the last 45 years.3It is now estimated that 5 billion people will have myopia by 2050.4

Myopia has increased so much in some East Asian countries that 80-90% of school-aged children are affected.5,6 In China alone, over 450 million people are myopic prompting Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this year to issue a directive to protect children’s eyesight that includes increased regulations and control over internet video games.7

Based on foundational technology developed with academic partners, SightGlass Vision, Inc. is running a clinical trial for FDA approval for spectacles that have been designed to correct myopia as well as reduce the rate of myopic progression in children. Currently available glasses in the United States only correct myopia, but do not help prevent it from getting worse.

Golden Optometric is one of 14 clinical sites actively recruiting participants in North America.

Study participants must be 6- to 9-years old. The study involves using the study glasses for up to three years. Trial participants will be able to choose from a variety of eye glass frames and will be asked to use one of three types of lenses instead of their normal glasses.

Children will be assessed by a study doctor and, if suitable, be invited to participate in the study and to attend up to 14 further visits over three years. The glasses used in the study are provided at no cost and participants will be paid a small reimbursement for time and travel expenses. Children participating will also receive comprehensive eye care at no cost during the time they are in the study.

Parents who are interested in having their 6- to 9-year-old child with myopia participate in this clinical trial can find more information at or contact Dr. Ardaya with Golden Optometric Group at (562) 692-1208.

About Golden Optometric Group: Golden Optometric Group was founded in 1959 by Sheldon M. Golden,OD following his graduation from U.C. Berkeley School of Optometry. In 1972, Dr. Sheldon Golden moved his practice to its current location of 11245 E Washington Blvd. in Whittier, CA and later opened a second location in West Covina. Dr. David Ardaya is a partner and the current president of Golden Optometric Group’s Whittier location and is actively involved in clinical research, acting as the principal investigator multiple clinical trials.Through his leadership he strives to provide personalized and compassionate care to all patients. Dr. Ardaya is a past President of the Orange County Optometric Society and was recognized as Young Optometrist of the Year in 2009 by the California Optometric Association.

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Yelp awards Golden Optometric as one of the 25 most customer-friendly small businesses in America

Yelp awards Golden Optometric as one of the 25 most customer-friendly small businesses in America

August 2, 2016 – Golden Optometric has been named a 2016 Bizzie Award Winner by Yelp, the company that connects consumers with great local businesses. The inaugural Bizzie Awards, announced by Yelp today, recognize the 25 most customer-friendly small businesses in America.

“For twelve years, consumers have been coming to Yelp to find outstanding local businesses,” said Jeremy Stoppelman, Co-Founder and CEO of Yelp. “For business owners, we know that engaging with Yelp is a great way to delight past and future customers. The Bizzie Awards recognize those businesses that make the most of Yelp and its free tools to connect with clients on and offline.”

To determine Bizzie Award winners, Yelp assessed businesses of all types and measured them based on their proactive approach to customer engagement online with Yelp, including sharing information with customers about their business history, specialties and service offerings. Another key factor in determining these businesses is their engagement with customers on Yelp via review responses, messaging and other tools that help business owners directly connect with customers.

Yelp Bizzie Award for West Covina

The 2016 Bizzie Award winners across the U.S. are:

Golden Optometric Group in West Covina, CA

Backstreet Grill in Albuquerque, NM

P&M Orange Street Market in New Haven, CT

California Smog Center in Los Alamitos, CA

Jefe’s Taco Shop in Las Vegas, NV

Beverly Hills Cardiology in Los Angeles, CA

The Clubhouse in New Hyde Park, NY

Great American Cleaners in El Cerrito, CA

Hidden Grounds Coffee in New Brunswick, NJ

Head Candy in Cherry Hill, NJ

Innovative Express Care in Chicago, IL

Allen’s Flower Market in Reseda, CA

Industry Tavern in Atlanta, GA

Jesamondo in Natick, MA

CM Hurt, body art & adornment in Garden Grove, CA

Sukho Thai in Bellevue, WA

Benny’s Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie – Westchester in Los Angeles, CA

Z Optical in Staten Island, NY

Georgetown Valet in Washington, DC

Shenaniganz in Rockwall, TX

Wharf Master’s Inn in Point Arena, CA

Ovation Bistro & Bar in Davenport, FL

Tom’s Thumb Fresh Market in Scottsdale, AZ

Firm Body Evolution in West Hollywood, CA

Nichols Pizza-N-Grill in Los Osos, CA

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Keratoconus, Eye Patches and X-Factor USA Finalist, Lyric Da Queen

X-Factor USA finalist, Lyric Da Queen, is known for her signature eye patches. But the patch isn’t just a fashion accessory. In 2008, her right eye turned grey and she lost her vision. Doctors diagnosed her with keratoconus and just weeks later, the same thing happened with her left eye.

A conical bulge, caused by keratoconus.

A conical bulge, caused by keratoconus. See page for author [CC BY-SA 2.5 or CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

What is keratoconus? The cornea is the clear dome-shaped central part of the front surface of the eye. Fibers of protein called collagen help the cornea maintain its dome shape. But if those fibers become weak, the cornea begins to bulge and takes on a cone shape. This deflects lights on its way to the retina, causing distorted vision.

Back to Lyric Da Queen, she had a cornea transplant in 2010 that was successful but then reinjured the eye in 2012. Surgeons stitched the cornea back into place but her iris and lens were gone, leaving that eye blind. The day of the surgery, she got a callback for X-Factor USA. The surgeon cautioned her that she needed to stay in the hospital for a week for the eye to heal, but Lyric didn’t want to give up the opportunity of a lifetime; she discharged herself the next day and boarded a plane to go to the callback. She wore an eyepatch over her eye, which she was ashamed of and devastated about, but the judges loved the unique look and symbolism of it and with her mom’s customized eye patches, they ended up becoming her trademark and part of her identity.

Keratoconus appears to be hereditary and, if you have it, your children should start getting tested beginning at age 10. It appears that people with some medical conditions, such as certain allergies, are more susceptible to the disease. It could also be related to chronic eye rubbing, but many times, there is no injury or disease to explain the bulging that occurs.

Your eye doctor may notice symptoms of keratoconus in an eye exam, but some signs to look for are:

  • Sudden change of vision in just one eye
  • Double vision when looking with just one eye
  • Objects both near and far looking distorted
  • Bright lights looking like they have halos around them
  • Lights streaking
  • Seeing triple ghost images

To confirm the presence of the bulging of the cornea, the doctor will need to measure the curvature of the eye, of which there are several methods. If you do have keratoconus, solutions include eyeglasses, contact lenses, and — in extreme cases — removing the cornea and stitching in a donor cornea into place.

How ODs can help fight the rise of measles

How ODs can help fight the rise of measles

originally published on February 2, 2014 by the American Optometric Association


A recent measles outbreak—believed to have direct links to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park—has health officials and health care providers on high alert.

“The evidence is clear that vaccinations save lives and reduce suffering.”

The disease outbreak, while concentrated in California, has affected 84 people in 14 states since January 1, 2015, according to the latest CDC data.

Preparing physicians for a measles outbreak
With measles cases on the rise, optometrists should know the signs and symptoms associated with the disease. 

The most common ocular complication associated with measles is bilateral nonpurulent keratoconjunctivitis, according to David Ardaya, O.D., member of the California Optometric Association (COA).

Other early signs of measles include fever, buccal rash consisting of white spots, and the classic red, spotted rash that covers the body. Dr Ardaya adds that, in rare cases, ocular signs can extend to retinopathy including edema—both macular and nerve—as well as optic atrophy.

“Optometrists should look for measles-related systemic symptoms in viral conjunctivitis patients,” says Dr. Ardaya, referring especially to ODs located in California.

The AOA has also created a toolkit that member ODs can use to educate their patients about conjunctivitis and the importance of good hygiene practices.

Emphasizing the importance of vaccinations
David Redman, O.D., COA Legislation-Regulation Committee chair, believes many people who choose not to vaccinate their children are misinformed. He encourages his patients to talk to him about immunizations, so he can dispel any misinformation they may have heard.

When speaking to parents and caregivers of children and young adults, Dr. Redman calls immunizations “the single most important health-promoting intervention we can perform as health care providers and they can perform as parents and caregivers.”

The World Health Organization’s strategy to eliminate measles includes a recommendation that all unvaccinated children receive the Measles Containing Vaccine (MCV) between 9 and 12 months of age as part of routine health services.

A second dose of MCV is suggested at 15 to 18 months of age or at school entry, because a single dose MCV will leave people unprotected and will not prevent large outbreaks.

As of January 21, 2015, the California Department of Public Health reported that vaccination status had been documented for 34 of the confirmed cases in the state—with 28 of the 34 being unvaccinated.

“As part of the overall health care team, optometrists should continue to advocate for parents and caregivers to have their children vaccinated,” Dr. Redman says.

Dr. Ardaya agrees. “The best time to inquire about immunization status is during our case history. As a father of two young children, I realize this can be a touchy subject, but the evidence is clear that vaccinations save lives and reduce suffering.” 

In regards to the measles vaccination specifically, Dr. Ardaya suggests ODs educate patients on the importance of receiving two doses.

“Having two doses can reduce the chance of infection to one percent,” he adds.

In addition, Dr. Redman noted that the COA would continue to support legislation that would give optometrists the authority to administer vaccines.

Lens Care and Types – Which Type of Contact Lens Is Right for Me?

Are you considering getting contact lenses? There are all kinds of things to consider…Hard lenses, soft lenses, disposables, daily disposables, etc. So which one is right for you and which are safest or easiest to take care of? Take a look at our optometrist’s take on it  (Dr. Dave Ardaya) and then speak to your eye care professional to figure out what’s right for you.