Emma Clay, M.D. F.A.C.S. joined SoCal Eye in 2006. She brings strong and broad Ophthalmology expertise, a passion for perfection and unparalleled dedication to the delivery of the highest level of patient care. She joined the practice from the prestigious Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA where she completed her Ophthalmology Residency. Dr. Clay is a graduate of Occidental College and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she was inducted into the distinguished medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. Since joining SoCal Eye, she has been appointed a fellow in the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons, and a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology.
For the last 15 years, Dr. Emma Clay has been actively involved in providing broad general ophthalmology care and performing a full spectrum of cataract and refractive surgery. Her expertise in cutting edge cataract surgery, and implantation of monofocal, toric, accommodating, and multifocal intraocular lens implants provides our patients with many vision-correcting options. For patients interested in laser vision correction, Dr. Emma Clay is certified in numerous refractive procedures, including LASIK, PRK, PTK, and clear corneal lens exchange. Dr. Clay also has a special interest in facial rejuvenation, and performs upper and lower lid blepharoplasties, in addition to antiaging treatments include Botox, Dysport, and Restylane injections.
Dr. Emma Clay believes in being an active member of her community and lectures to numerous local and retirement groups. In her spare time she is an active Mom to an energetic family and in between is an avid runner and cyclist.
Meet Dr Emma – In her Own Words:
Why did you become an ophthalmologist?
While in high school I volunteered with an organization that provided seeing-eye dogs to the blind and worked closely with people who had lost their sight. In college I tutored a fellow student who was blind as a result of type 1 diabetes. Both experiences taught me the value and precious nature of sight and guided me towards Ophthalmology as a specialty during medical school.
What do you enjoy most about being an ophthalmologist?
In most other forms of surgical medicine there is little to no opportunity to develop long and sustaining relationships with patients. Ophthalmology is different. I have worked with some patients for over 15 years and now work with their families and friends through referrals. The relationships are so rewarding and so uplifting.
If there was one thing you want your patients to know about you, what would it be?
I am a busy Mom. I love to run and bike with the family and can watch kids soccer and baseball for hours.
Why should a patient go to SoCal Eye?
The answer is actually the same as to why I joined SoCal Eye in 2006. There is a culture of trust and integrity that was inspired by the early partners and continues today in everything that we do. We don’t prescribe unnecessary services or solutions and providing an ethical, professional and caring patient experience is our mission.
Ocular Conditions & Procedures:
- LASIK and PRK surgery
- Cataract Surgery
- Pterygium excision
- Ocular surface tumors
- Keratoconus and Corneal Cross Linking
- Corneal transplants (PKP, DALK, DMEK, DSAEK)
- Iris repair
- Intraocular lens exchange and sutured lenses
- Dry eye
- Anti-Aging – Botox, Chemical Peel
Education and Training:
- 2008 Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology
- 2003-2006 Ophthalmology Residency: Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA, Los Angeles
- 2001-2002 Internship: UCLA — Harbor Hospital, Torrance, CA
- 1997-2001 Medical School – MD: Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
- 1991-1995 Undergraduate Degree: Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
- 2006-Present Lakewood Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Inc., Lakewood, CA & Los Alamitos, CA