Ophthalmologists & Optometrists at Eye Care of San Diego

Eye Care of San Diego is regarded as one of the premier eye centers in Southern California. Our ophthalmologists and optometrists have many years of experience and share a passion for delivering excellent medical and surgical eye care.

John E. Bokosky, M.D., F.A.C.S. (Medical Director)

Dr. Bokosky is a fellowship-trained ophthalmologist who focuses on cornea and external diseases, cataracts as well as refractive surgery. Named a “Top Doctor” by his peers in the San Diego Medical Society numerous years, Dr. Bokosky is on staff at several hospitals throughout San Diego. He has held other local leadership positions, including serving as the medical director for the San Diego Eye Bank and the former chief of ophthalmology at Scripps-Mercy Hospital and Medical Center.


Neil T. Choplin, M.D.

Dr. Choplin

Dr. Choplin is a board-certified ophthalmologist with a special interest in glaucoma and visual fields. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Choplin has authored numerous scientific articles, textbook chapters and textbooks, and has presented his work over 100 times. He is an active member of local and regional ophthalmology organizations and is the Past President of the San Diego County Ophthalmological Society. He is currently the President of JCAHPO, Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.

Dr. Choplin is also a decorated retired Captain in the United States Navy Medical Corps. He served as the director of the glaucoma service, residency director, and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.


Asa D. Morton, M.D.

San Diego Ophthalmologist Dr. Asa Morton

Asa Morton, M.D., a native San Diegan, received his undergraduate degree from Revelle College, University of California, San Diego. Prior to pursuing a career in medicine he took time to fulfill a childhood dream of flight and served five years as a Navy jet pilot. Having realized his dream of flight Asa Morton, M.D. was able to pursue his medical training. He received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland. During this time he was honored with selection to the prestigious Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, later serving as President of the local chapter. Upon graduation Asa Morton, M.D.was awarded the Surgeon General Award for academic excellence, medical professionalism and leadership skills.

Asa Morton, M.D. completed his internship and ophthalmology residency training at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, during which he was selected as the Intern of the Year. Upon completion of his residency Asa Morton, M.D. was assigned to the Naval Hospital Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, where he ran the Ophthalmology Department. Selected for the highly competitive University of Michigan program (Go Blue), Asa Morton, M.D. spent 2 years studying and operating with innovators in the field of Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery of the eyelids, forehead, face, orbits and lacrimal system.

Asa Morton, M.D. served as the Director of Oculoplastics and Orbital Reconstruction, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, more commonly known as the “President’s Hospital”. At present he is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University.

Dr. Morton is committed to volunteering on various humanitarian surgical missions and education programs for medical providers in developing nations. Over the past decade he has served as both teacher and surgeon in Pakistan, India, Brazil, Mexico and Guatemala. Asa Morton, M.D. is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.

Asa Morton, M.D. brings this extensive training and experience to Eye Care of San Diego / California Laser Vision Inc., offering Facial Rejuvenation services.

Philip Taunton, O.D.

San Diego Optometrist Dr. Philip Taunton

Dr. Taunton is a therapeutic optometrist and contact lens specialist. He has special expertise in aphakic, keratoconus and post-surgical contact lens fitting. Dr. Taunton was also the first optometrist in California to receive certification for the treatment and management of glaucoma.


Sara Julazadeh, O.D.

San Diego Optometrist Dr. Sara Julazadeh

Dr. Julazadeh is a primary eye care physician with a doctorate in Optometric Medicine from southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, Calif.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in both Business Administration as well as Italian literature. While in school for her doctorate, Dr. Julazadeh completed many internships focusing on ocular disease, Glaucoma, specialty contact lenses and low vision management.

Dr. Julazadeh has volunteered in many international missions to South America for vision screening and health service for the underprivileged.

Dr. Julazadeh moved to San Diego in 2013. In her spare time She enjoys travelling, going to the beach, Diving, skiing and hiking.


Thomas Avallone, M.D.


Dr. Avallone is a board-certified, fellowship-trained glaucoma, cataract, and refractive specialist. He specializes in complex and advanced techniques in cataract surgery, laser-assisted cataract surgery, premium intraocular lens implantation, medical treatment of glaucoma, laser treatments of glaucoma, minimally-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), and traditional and implant glaucoma surgery.


Schedule an Appointment at Eye Care of San Diego

If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of the ophthalmologists or optometrists at Eye Care of San Diego, please contact us today.

You can reach our La Jolla, Mission Hills or Escondido offices at (800) 765-2737. Or, you can fill out our online contact form and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly.