Dr. Christen Allaman, MD

Ophthalmology •  Male • Age 57
  
Dr. Allaman
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Allaman Eye Care Medical Group

1665 Dominican Way Ste 122 Santa Cruz, CA 95065

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(831) 476-1298

Dr. Christen Allaman, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Santa Cruz, CA and has been practicing for 24 years. He graduated from Columbia University College Of Physicians And Surgeons in 1992 and specializes in ophthalmology.


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Dr. Allaman accepts the following insurance:

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Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CaliforniaCare HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Select Plus HMO
Select PPO
Blue Shield of California
Access Plus Savenet
Local Access Plus HMO
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
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Health Net of California
Large Group HMO
Large Group PPO
UnitedHealthCare
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United Healthcare
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Dr. Allaman's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Eye Infections
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Allaman treats Eye Infections more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Allaman treats this condition more than 94% of his peers

Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
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Dr. Allaman treats Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis) more than 93% of his peers

Dr. Allaman treats this condition more than 93% of his peers

Eyelid Disorders
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Allaman treats Eyelid Disorders more than 75% of his peers

Dr. Allaman treats this condition more than 75% of his peers

Dr. Allaman's conditions and procedures:

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Alternating Hyperphoria
  • Anisocoria
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • Argon Laser Surgery
  • Argon Laser Treatment
  • Arthropathy Associated With Reiters Disease
  • Astigmatism
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Neoplasm of Choroid
  • Benign Neoplasm of Eye
  • Benign Tumor
  • Black Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Blind Hypertensive Eye
  • Blind Hypotensive Eye
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cataract
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Cataract, Anterior Polar, Dominant
  • Cataract, Zonular
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Chorioretinitis
  • Color Blindness
  • Congenital Glaucoma
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Contact Lens Exams
  • Contact Lens Fitting Services
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Cyclotropia
  • Dacryoadenitis
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetes Eye Care
  • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Diabetic Eye Exam
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Disseminated Chorioretinitis and Disseminated Retinochoroiditis
  • Drainage of Conjunctival Cyst
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Entropion
  • Esophoria
  • Esotropia
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Sclera
  • Exotropia
  • Extracapsular Cataract Extraction
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Disease
  • Eye Drops
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Procedure
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyeglasses
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Focal Chorioretinitis and Focal Retinochoroiditis
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma - Iridogoniodysgenesia
  • Glaucoma - Sleep Apnea
  • Glaucoma Associated With Systemic Abnormalities
  • Glaucoma Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Glaucoma, Normal Tension, Susceptibility to
  • Graves' Disease
  • Headache
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Heterophoria
  • Hypertropia
  • Hyphema
  • Hypopyon
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridectomy
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Iridotomy
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Laser Surgery
  • Laser Trabeculoplasty or Iridectomy
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Malignant Neoplasm of Eye
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Night Blindness
  • Nystagmus
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Physical Examination
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Primary Open Angle Glaucoma
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Pterygium
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Refractive Lens Exchange
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Reiter's Syndrome (Reactive Arthritis)
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Neovascularization
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Retinoschisis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Soft Contact Lenses
  • Still's Disease
  • Strabismus
  • Stye
  • Tear Duct Disorders
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Trichiasis
  • Ulcer
  • Uveitis and Iridocyclitis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vision Impairment
  • Vision Loss
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitreous Hemorrhage
  • Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • YAG Iridotomy
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy
  • YAG Laser Surgery

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Dr. Allaman is truly amazing; I had two cataract surgeries performed by him, and am immensely pleased. He explained the surgery and options for the implanted lenses thoroughly, answered all my questions during appointments. His surgery staff are wonderfully kind and supportive; they put me at ease so I was not nervous at all going into the surgeries. I had minimal discomfort after both surgeries, no complications, and have gone from not being able to see the big "E" on the vision chart to 20/25 in one eye, 20/30 in the other just 3 weeks after the 2nd surgery, and am still healing. Having worn glasses since 7th grade, this is amazing. I am very happy that I had my cataract surgeries performed by Dr. Allaman, and highly recommend him!
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Elizabeth – Oct 30, 2019
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Top notch care from start to finish. Allaman and his entire staff are nothing but courteous and extremely professional. My new vision since having my cataracts done is 20/20 with the astigmatism totally gone and no glasses needed. I am amazed at the difference. Dr Allaman is VERY good and I have seen it all after spending over 43 years of my career in medicine.
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Linda Walker in Aptos, CA – Nov 06, 2018
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I had cataract surgery recently performed by Dr. Allaman and could not have had a better experience.From the initial examination to the follow up appointments I was constantly impressed by the professionalism of the staff and comfort of the facilities. All personnel from receptionists to surgeons were courteous, caring, and attentive. They all had an incredible teamwork spirit and the procedures were literally painless, prompt and anxiety free. Absolutely terrific results in improved vision.
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Paul Servel in Boulder Creek Ca, CA – Sep 13, 2018
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Dr. Allaman did an outstanding job removing cataracts in my eye. He inserted the Symphony Lens, and I have amazing clarity of vision and see colors with remarkable vividness. Highly recommended!
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Fred Mindlin in Watsonville, CA – Aug 03, 2018
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I wake up daily to a new world of vision. I had replacement lens cataract surgery with the premium replacement lens, a multi-focal lens, allowing vision for near, intermediate and far distances. Dr. Allaman didn't know if he could get perfect vision for all three because my eyes were borderline for the technology. With Dr. Allaman's careful pre-surgery calculation and amazing skill in surgery, I have 20/20 vision. Get a cataract surgery evaluation. It could change how you see the world.
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Chris B. in Santa Cruz, CA – May 14, 2018
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I have already bragged about how wonderful and efficient the office is. Dr Allaman has been fabulous and I tell everyone how grateful I am that he did my cataract surgery. I highly recommend it and him
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Barbara – May 10, 2018
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Before my recent cataract surgery with Dr. Allaman., my vision was somewhat blurry. After cataract surgery my vision was crystal clear, colors were brighter and I tested an amazing 20/20 in both eyes. I am so thankful. Dr. Allaman and his staff were courteous and professional in their procedures and care for me. They listened and answered all my questions so I could make an informed decision regarding my eyes. I experienced no pain or discomfort during or after surgery.. A first rate doctor.
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Beverly Martin in Ben Lomond, CA – Nov 07, 2017
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I recently had cataract surgery. The pre-op examination was thorough, questions were answered, & information provided. Dr. Allaman is highly skilled. His 'bedside' manner is that of a caring, healer. The staff is skilled, patient, & intelligent. The office atmosphere is well organized & happy. I am very pleased with my results.?
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Rainne Belanger in Boulder Creek, CA – Oct 08, 2017
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Dr. Allaman restored the vision in my left eye from 20/70 to 20/30. He is knowledgeable and helpful. His office staff is cheerful and efficient. My friends all recommended him and they were right!
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Don Wiberg in Santa Cruz, CA – Sep 15, 2017
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All I can say is Dr. Allaman is the best Ophthalmologist not only in SC, but anywhere. Do not even try anther doc; you will only be wasting precious time that your/your child's eyes cannot afford to waste. He is friendly, so is the staff, punctual, and supremely educated. Thee absolute best, and we have seen others who do not even compare.
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Santa Cruz, CA – Apr 26, 2017
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Dr. Allaman was excellent in providing all options that pertained to me, and recommended what he thought was best. However, he left the final decision in my hands. I went with his recommendation, which was an excellent decision. I really appreciate his professional and friendly manner. Dr. Allaman answers all questions that I have on each visit. I always feel that he makes time for me, and is NOT rushing me out of the office. I am confident in recommending him.
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Atwater, CA – Apr 22, 2017
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Thank you so very much Dr. Allaman for the most positive experience ever! Had no idea what I was not seeing until I was wheeled out of cataract surgery and instantly could see crystal clear. I am so blessed and thank you and your staff for handling me so professional and caring. Thank you for the gift of site and for treating me so kindly! I will be forever grateful!!
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Diane in Capitola in Santa Cruz, CA – Sep 20, 2016
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Many thanks to Dr. Allaman and his excellent staff. Because of his excellent work I am theoretically glasses free. I will use a prescription though, that clears up my vision even better in my lazy eye. I could wear a contact in it if I wish! Amazing, exciting, and life changing. I had cataracts removed and multi-focal lenses inserted. Truly an awesome experience to see colors and see food!
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nancy_inchrist in Santa Cruz, CA – May 13, 2016
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Because of a cornea disease complicating my cataract surgery,I was frightened of surgery and anticipated a difficult procedure and lengthy recovery, with fears of losing sight altogether. Dr Allaman operated on my worst eye a week ago, and he became my new SuperHero, removing the cataracts painlessly and efficiently, and giving me a lens that almost immediately improved my nearsightedness and suffused my world with bright, light color. I recommend him highly to everyone!
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Linda Moore in Boulder Creek, Ca. – Apr 04, 2016
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Dr. Allaman made be feel comfortable about moving forward with cataract surgery and crystal lens replacement. He is an excellent doctor and I am so glad that I had this procedure done! He and his staff are very efficient and the process went along very smoothly!. Thank you for all the wonderful improvement in my eyesight!!
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Teri in Corralitos, CA – Jan 25, 2016
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I had cataract surgery by Dr. Allaman the end of July, 2015. I had surgery on my other eye years earlier by a doctor in San Jose, so I had a comparison. My first doctor retired so I had to search for a new one closer to home, Dr Allaman and his office staff met my expectations as did the the surgery. There was a bit of a wait for one of my visits, but sometimes the doctor needs to take a little more time with some patients, not a scheduling issue. Only one little issue - I did feel slightly
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Jean H in Aptos, CA – Jan 05, 2016
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Combining advanced skill, years of experience and compassionate care, Dr. Allaman is dedicated to helping patients of all ages improve, preserve and maintain the health of their eyes, with specialized treatment of many eye diseases and conditions. We...

Specialties

  • Ophthalmology

Education

1996
Eye and Ear Institute Of Pittsburgh
Residency Hospital
1993
Calif Pacific MC
Internship Hospital
1992
Columbia University College Of Physicians And Surgeons
Medical School
1986
University of California, San Diego
Undergraduate School

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

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Allaman Eye Care Medical Group

Allaman Eye Care1665 Dominican Way Ste 122 Santa Cruz, CA 95065
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Dominican Hospital

Santa Cruz, CA

65% Patient experience rating, 4% lower than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2017)