Dr. Christen Allaman, MD

Dr. Christen Allaman, MD

Ophthalmology  |  
Male  |  
Age 54
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Dr. Christen Allaman, MD is an ophthalmology doctor who practices in Santa Cruz, CA. He is 54 years old and has been practicing for 25 years. Read his story

1665 Dominican Way Ste 122

Santa Cruz, CA 95065

Contact Information

(831) 476-1298

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Health Net of California
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • WellPoint

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Ocular Hypertension
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more than 98% of peers
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more than 98% of peers
Ectropion of Eyelid
very high
more than 95% of peers

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Dr. Allaman's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Allaman "Dr. Christen Allaman, a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego. After receiving his Medical Degree from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, he served a first-year residency in internal medicine at California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco. Realizing his talents and international interests would be best served in the field of ophthalmology; he completed a residency at the Eye and Ear Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In 1996 he joined Keith McKenzie, M.D., in private practice at Eye Care Medical Group, Santa Cruz, California, and in 1998 became the corporation's president. Dr. Christen Allaman is President and Medical Director of Cypress Outpatient Surgical Center ensuring that only state-of-the-art, compassionate care extends throughout his office and the operating theatre. He has also performed volunteer cataract surgery and diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases in Bolivia, Fiji, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. When he is not taking care of patients, Doctor Allaman enjoys sports, particularly skiing and surfing. He also enjoys adventure travels with his family."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Allaman "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 also provide full optometry services with an in-house optical shop.. An onsite ambulatory surgery center that is AAAHC approved provides state of the art anterior segment surgery. Dr. Allaman is a leader in advanced technology IOL surgery."


  • Ophthalmology

Board Certifications

  • Ophthalmology
    Accredited by: American Board of Ophthalmology*

Conditions Treated

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Anisocoria
  • Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Aphakia and Other Disorders of Lens
  • 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 - Alopecia - Sclerodactyly
  • Cataract - Ataxia - Deafness
  • Cataract - Cardiomyopathy
  • Cataract - Congenital Ichthyosis
  • Cataract - Microcornea Syndrome
  • Cataract Congenital Dominant Non Nuclear
  • Cataract Dental Syndrome
  • Cataract Hutterite Type
  • Central Serous Chorioretinopathy
  • Chalazion
  • Chorioretinal Scars
  • Chorioretinitis
  • Color Blindness
  • Conjunctival Hemorrhage
  • Contusion of the Eyeball
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Diseases
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Dacryoadenitis
  • Degenerative Disorders of Globe
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Diplopia
  • Disseminated Chorioretinitis and Disseminated Retinochoroiditis
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Drusen
  • Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry Eyes
  • Ectropion of Eyelid
  • Entropion
  • Esophoria
  • Esotropia
  • Exotropia
  • Eye Cancer
  • Eye Infections
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Focal Chorioretinitis and Focal Retinochoroiditis
  • Foveal and-or Macular Hypoplasia
  • Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma - Iridogoniodysgenesia
  • Glaucoma - Sleep Apnea
  • Glaucoma Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Glaucoma in Ciliochorodial Detachment
  • Glaucoma in Epithelial Ingrowth
  • Glaucoma in Intra Ocular Tumours
  • Glaucoma in Iridoschisis.
  • Glaucoma in Phacomatoses
  • Graves' Disease
  • Headache
  • Herpetic Keratitis
  • Heterophoria
  • Hypertropia
  • Hyphema
  • Hypopyon
  • Hypotony of Eye
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Keratitis
  • Keratoconus
  • Lazy Eye
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Migraine
  • Nearsightedness
  • Night Blindness
  • Nystagmus
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Paralytic Strabismus
  • Pinguecula
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Presbyopia
  • Primary Open Angle Glaucoma
  • Progressive High Myopia
  • Pterygium
  • Refractive Error
  • Refractive Eye Disorders
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retinal Detachment and Retinal Tear
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Hemorrhage
  • Retinal Neovascularization
  • Retinal Vein Occlusion
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Retinoschisis
  • Senile Cataracts
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • 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


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  • Anterior Vitrectomy
  • Argon Laser Surgery
  • Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty
  • Argon Laser Treatment
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Contact Lens Exams
  • Contact Lens Fitting Services
  • Coreoplasty
  • Destruction of Lesion of Retina and Choroid
  • Diabetes Eye Care
  • Diabetic Eye Exam
  • Drainage of Conjunctival Cyst
  • Excision of Chalazion
  • Excision or Destruction of Lesion of Sclera
  • Extracapsular Cataract Extraction
  • Eye Drops
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Procedure
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyeglasses
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Glaucoma Treatment
  • Iridectomy
  • Iridotomy
  • Laser Cataract Surgery
  • Laser Office Procedure
  • Laser Surgery
  • Laser Trabeculoplasty or Iridectomy
  • Ocular Surface Reconstruction
  • Pterygium Surgery
  • Removal of Foreign Body from External Eye
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment or Retinal Tear
  • Soft Contact Lenses
  • Vitrectomy (incl. Macular Hole Repair)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
  • YAG Iridotomy
  • YAG Laser Capsulotomy
  • YAG Laser Surgery


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


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

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Allaman has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Dr. Allaman's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Allaman to family and friends
based on 45 total reviews (10 with comments)
Dr. Allaman's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (10)
in Ben Lomond, CA |
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.
in Boulder Creek, CA |
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.?
in Santa Cruz, CA |
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!
Santa Cruz, CA |
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.
Atwater, CA |
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.
in Santa Cruz, CA |
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!!
in Santa Cruz, CA |
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!
in Boulder Creek, Ca. |
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!
in Corralitos, CA |
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!!
in Aptos, CA |
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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Dr. Allaman accepts 7 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
    CaliforniaCare HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
  • Cigna
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    Cigna PPO
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  • Health Net of California
    Large Group HMO
    Large Group PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
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    United Healthcare
  • WellPoint

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1555 Soquel Dr
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
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