Dr. James Franta, OD

Dr. James Franta, OD

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With advanced training in glaucoma and anterior segment disease, Dr. James Franta has practiced optometry in Santa Maria since 1990. His areas of special interest also include contact lens and low-vision correction. Dr. Franta received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University. While pursuing his doctorate, he underwent training at the Vancouver Veterans Hospital, Grace Peck Memorial Clinic and Pacific University’s Portland Clinic. Dr. Franta demonstrated dedication to advanced training while studying anterior segment disease and glaucoma at the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Optometry. Among the many activities he pursues to support the importance of healthy eyes and vision care, Dr. Franta has participated in the school vision screening programs offered in both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Dr. Franta and his wife, both of whom grew up on the Central Coast, are raising their sons in the area and enjoy the closeness of family and community.

Shepard Eye Center - Santa Maria

910 E Stowell Rd

Santa Maria, CA 93454
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan

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Care Philosophy

To provide a wide range of eye care with excellence in order to deliver both the best outcomes and the finest experience. We always operate in the best interest of our patients while showing the highest degree of caring, ethics and respect to our patients and each other.
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Experience for Dr. Franta

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Top Care Areas for Dr. Franta by Patient Volume

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Dry Eyes

Dr. Franta's volume for this condition ranks within the 5th percentile in our national data set. This is statistically normal relative to his peers.

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Floaters

Dr. Franta's volume for this condition ranks within the 5th percentile in our national data set. This is statistically normal relative to his peers.

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Blepharitis

Dr. Franta's volume for this condition ranks within the 5th percentile in our national data set. This is statistically normal relative to his peers.

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Specialties

  • Ophthalmology
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Cornea & External Diseases
  • Cornea & Refractive Surgery
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology
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Board Certifications

Dr. Franta does not have any board certifications listed.

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Conditions Treated

  • Accidental Eye Injuries
  • Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma
  • Adult Strabismus
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Binocular Vision Disorder
  • Black Eye
  • Blepharitis
  • Blindness
  • Blocked Tear Duct
  • Blurred Vision
  • 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
  • Chemical Burn - Eyes
  • Chronic Eye Diseases
  • Color Blindness
  • Congenital Glaucoma
  • Conjunctival Disorders
  • Corneal Abrasion or Laceration
  • Corneal Erosion
  • Corneal Flash Burns
  • Corneal Scar
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Diabetes-Like Blepharitis
  • Diabetes-Like Retinal Edema
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Dilatation
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Infections
  • Eye Muscle Disorders
  • Eye Palsy
  • Eye Strain
  • Eye Trauma
  • Eyebrow Disorders
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Eyelid Eczema
  • Eyelid Lesions
  • Eyelid Spasm
  • Farsightedness
  • Floaters
  • Foreign Body in Eye
  • 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
  • Hazy Vision
  • Lazy Eye
  • Low Vision
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Macular Dystrophy
  • Mechanical Strabismus
  • Nearsightedness
  • Night Blindness
  • North Carolina Macular Dystrophy
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Optic Nerve Disorder
  • Optic Neuropathy
  • Pediatric Strabismus
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Poor Color Vision
  • Primary Open Angle Glaucoma
  • Reading Disorders
  • Refractive Error
  • Refractive Eye Disorders
  • Retinal Degeneration
  • Retinal Dystrophy
  • Retinal Edema
  • Retinal Migraine
  • Retinal Scarring
  • Strabismus-Like Double Vision
  • Stye
  • Vision Impairment
  • Vision Loss
  • Visual Dysfunction
  • Visual Field Loss
  • Vitreoretinal Degeneration
  • Vitreous Detachment
  • Watering Eyes

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Procedures

  • Asian Eyelid Surgery
  • Biopsy of Cornea
  • Cataract Removal Surgery
  • Clear Lens Extraction
  • Contact Lens Exams
  • Cornea Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Corneal Tattooing
  • Diabetes Eye Care
  • Diabetic Eye Exam
  • Epi-LASIK Eye Surgery
  • Eye Drops
  • Eye Examination
  • Eye Injection
  • Eye Patch
  • Eye Procedure
  • Eye Surgery
  • Eyeglasses
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal from Eye
  • Glaucoma Medical Therapy
  • Glaucoma Surgery
  • Glaucoma Treatment
  • Implantable Contact Lens
  • LASIK
  • Laser Cataract Surgery
  • Laser Cryopexy
  • Laser Microsurgery
  • Laser Office Procedure
  • Laser Surgery
  • Laser Trabeculoplasty or Iridectomy
  • Lash Enhancer
  • Macular Translocation
  • Prism Lenses
  • Ptosis (Eyelids) Surgery
  • Punctal Plug Insertion
  • Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
  • Refractive Lens Exchange
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Removal of Intraocular Foreign Body
  • Repair of Brow Ptosis and Blepharoptosis
  • Repair of Entropion or Ectropion
  • Repair of Eye Laceration
  • Repair of Lid Retraction
  • Repair of Retinal Detachment
  • Retina and Vitreous Surgery
  • Retinal Freezing (Cryopexy)
  • Retinal Laser Photocoagulation
  • Retinal Laser Surgery
  • Retinal Surgery
  • Retinal Testing
  • Retinal Thermal Laser Therapy
  • Soft Contact Lenses
  • Strabismus Examination
  • Strabismus Surgery
  • Tear Drainage Surgery
  • Tear Duct Surgery
  • Ultrasound
  • 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.

Education

  • Pacific University
    Medical School | Graduated
  • University of California at Berkeley’s School of Optometry
    Other Education | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Franta has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications

Dr. Franta has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Franta's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Franta to family and friends
4.7
based on 90 total reviews (1 with a comment)
Dr. Franta's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (1)
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I have been a patient of Dr. Franta for a few years. My eye sight must be closely monitored due to a medication I take. He completes all tests required and never skips over anything. A few years ago, he found a small tumor in my daughter's eye and likely saved her eye sight. He is very thorough. He completely explains all procedures. I would not go to anyone but him for my eyes.
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Dr. Franta accepts 6 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Basic HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
    Vitalidad Plus California Con Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
    Select PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO

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Marian Regional Medical Center
1400 E Church St
Santa Maria, CA 93454
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