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Rena Stathacopoulos, MD

Dr. Rena Stathacopoulos specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. She provides diagnosis and treatment of eye problems in children. This includes routine vision care as well as complex surgical and medical care. She also sees adults requiring specialized care for eye muscle and eyelid movement disorders.

Common problems requiring care in children include strabismus (misaligned eyes), tearduct disorders, amblyopia ("lazy eye"), ptosis (droopy eyelid), nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. While Dr. Stathacopoulos is a surgeon, her philosophy is that all effective non-surgical treatments should be tried first.

Dr. Stathacopoulos graduated at the top of her class at UCLA School of Medicine. She went on to complete an ophthalmology residency at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA, one of the leading eye institutes in the country. She remained at Jules

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Stein Eye Institute, after residency, for a fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.


A long-time resident of the central coast, Dr. Stathacopoulos grew up in Santa Barbara, and did her undergraduate work in Biology at UCSB where she graduated with Honors. She and her spouse have lived and practiced in SLO County since 1992. With two active children of her own, she understands what parents need when seeking medical care. She prides herself on trying to make a personal connection with each of her young patients. When asked what she enjoys about her specialty, she replied,"Getting to know patients and their families is one of the great joys of a pediatric practice. I have cared for some of my patients from infancy all the way to college age."

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