Doctors & Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Los Angeles EyeCare Optometry Group a proud provider of vision care products and services in Los Angeles.
Gregory Y. Kame, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Doctor of Optometry
Doctor Greg Kame received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Irvine in 1995. He then graduated in 1999 from the Southern California College of Optometry where his father graduated 37 years earlier.
Dr. Kame is a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Optometry. He served on the California State Board of Optometry, accepting 1 of only 6 professional positions appointed by the Governor of California. He is a past President of the Asian American Optometric Society and has served many years on its board. He currently serves as one of its trustees. Dr. Kame serves as Past-President of the Alumni Association Board at the Southern California College of Optometry. He has served many years on its board as a Director and as Vice-President. He is Treasurer and Secretary of the nationally renowned contact lens group called the Society of Contact Lens Specialists. He is the Secretary of the Optometric Consultants in Contact Lenses. He is a San Gabriel Valley Vision Source Administrator. Vision Source is the world largest, independent optometric alliance with over 5000 doctor members. He is also a member of the Los Angeles County Optometric Society, California Optometric Association, Asian American Optometrc Society, and American Optometric Association. Dr. Kame has served on the National Professional Advisory Panel coordinated by Vistakon, a Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. He is also a Clinical Examiner and Grader for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO). The NBEO is a nationwide clinical exam that graduating optometric students must pass to obtain their practicing license.
Dr. Kame is Glaucoma certified and is licensed in the use of diagnostic and therapeutic pharmaceutical agents. He is able to treat eye diseases such as “pink eye”, corneal ulcers, conjunctivitis, herpes, keratitis, and bacterial infections. He has had extensive clinical experience at Nellis Air Force Base Veterans Hospital in Nevada, the Optometric Center of Los Angeles, the Optometric Center of Fullerton, and the West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital.
Dr. Kame’s goal is to continue the tradition of excellent, innovative, “cutting edge” eye care his father provided for his “extended family” for 38 years. His office continues to participate in pharmaceutical, medical, and ocular research studies.
Dr. Kame is an avid golf and basketball player. He is married to Anna S. Kame, also an optometrist, who works near their home in Orange County. They have 4 children: 3 daughters and a son. Their names are: Kaitlyn, Brooklyn, Lucas, and Avery. In honor of Dr. Greg Kame’s father, the late Dr. Rodger Toshio Kame, Lucas was given the middle name, Toshio.
Lynn K. Matsuda, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Doctor of Optometry
Dr. Matsuda received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, followed by her matriculation at the Southern California College of Optometry, where she graduated with distinction in 1990.
Dr. Matsuda is a past president of the Asian American Optometric Society, California’s largest Optometric Society. She is a member of the California Optometric Association, Los Angeles County Optometric Association, and the American Optometric Association. She is a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Optometry. She is Glaucoma certified and is licensed in the use of diagnostic and theraputic pharmeceutical agents.
Dr. Matsuda became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (F.A.A.O.) following an arduous qualifying process. To become a Fellow, one is required to write clinical case reports, as well as publish papers in referred journals, and meet stringent professional standards. A final oral examination requirement is required. Upon successfully completing the oral examination, one is then awarded the Fellow status. Only 10 percent of Optometrists ever become Fellows of the Academy.
Dr. Matsuda is an avid hula dancer and competitor. She and her husband, Doug Kato, have 2 kids: Halli and Kyle.
Desireh Akhamzadeh, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Doctor Desireh Akhamzadeh, known as Doctor Desi by most, was born and raised in the West Los Angeles area. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012. During her undergraduate career, Dr. Desi worked as a vision therapist, an experience that ultimately solidified her decision to pursue a career in optometry. She went on to complete her optometry training at the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University, graduating in 2016. Dr. Desi has had extensive clinical experience at many institutions including Cedars Sinai Medical Group of Beverly Hills, John Wesley Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, and the University Eye Center in Los Angeles. Following graduation, Dr. Desi completed a prestigious residency in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy at Marshall B. Ketchum University.
Upon completion of residency, Dr. Desi was offered the privilege of serving as adjunct clinical faculty for the Southern California College of Optometry. She currently serves as a clinical preceptor to fourth year optometry students at Marshall B. Ketchum University’s clinic, University Eye Center in Los Angeles.
Dr. Desi is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and serves on the board of the Los Angeles County Optometric Society. She is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development as well as the California Optometric Association.
Dr. Desi is Glaucoma certified and is licensed in the use of diagnostic and therapeutic pharmaceutical agents. Her passions include the diagnosis and management of pediatric and adult strabismus, amblyopia, and binocular vision conditions. During her residency, she served as an associate investigator for the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, a collaborative group of optometrists and ophthalmologists dedicated to answering important clinical questions through clinical trials.
Dr. Desi enjoys serving the community and continuing the tradition of excellent patient care as part of the Los Angeles Eyecare Optometry Group. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, hiking, cycling, drinking boba, and spending time with her friends and family.
Irene, our bilingual certified optometric assistant has been with LA EyeCare for over 30 years. She has had the opportunity to work with virtually all of the patients who have visited our office. She and her husband Ronnie have two grown children. Irene enjoys jet skiing, boating, fishing, and being outdoors with her family. She attributes her longevity in the practice to being able to provide patients with the “latest and greatest” eye care.
Optician and Marketing Team Leader
Judy, our bilingual Optician has been with us for over 20 years. She has been in health care related employment for the past 30 years. Her bilingual ability makes non-english speaking patients comfortable while visiting our office. Judy is involved in The Kevyn Nojima Foundation, honoring her son who passed away in 2003 from bone cancer. She has an older son, Eric, who was married in May 2011. Judy holds degrees as Natori in classical Japanese dancing as well as Koto (Japanese Harp). She enjoys babysitting my grandkids Lauryn and Conner.
April was born in Los Angeles in the Crenshaw district. She moved to the Los Feliz area in the mid-60s and later attended John Marshall High School. While attending CSUN she worked in Little Tokyo at Joseph’s Mens Wear. While working at Joseph’s she met Alan, her future husband. They were later married in 1978. April and Alan have two beautiful daughters, Sydney and Lindsey. She also enjoys traveling, especially to the High Sierras to fish for trout in the back country lakes and streams. If anyone needs great quality photography for weddings, special occasions, portraits, etc., be sure to ask April about Toyo Miyatake Studio. Her husband, Alan, owns his family photography business.
Patient Care Specialist
Stephanie was born in Los Angeles. She spent most of her youth living in Palm Springs. She enjoys exercising daily, which includes swimming and running. She has a big heart and cares about how people are treated. She loves to learn new things and explore new places. She especially loves spending time with her family and son.
Patient Care Specialist
Eric was raised and lives in Whittier, CA. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Irvine and is an Eagle Scout. He enjoys meeting new people and has travelled with his family to many states, visiting several baseball stadiums along the way. He likes playing baseball, trout fishing, hiking, backpacking, and playing the saxophone. Eric frequented J-town often while growing up, participating in San Tai San, Nikkei games, and Nisei Week activities and plays for the Little Tokyo NAU baseball team.
Paul was born and raised in Southern California. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine, EMT certification from UCLA, and has worked with Gerber ambulance. He finds fulfillment in helping and working with people. Some of his hobbies include: working out at the gym, singing, playing the piano, and going on hikes with his awesome coworkers. On his off days Paul enjoys canyon riding on his motorcycle and exploring Logic Pro, a music production software.
Perla Calleja Valera
Founder, Los Angeles EyeCare-Optometry Group
Dr. Rodger T. Kame was born on September 23, 1938 in East Los Angeles. He had 4 brothers and 1 sister. While growing up he attended University High School in Los Angeles. After his graduation he went on to Santa Monica College and then the Los Angeles College of Optometry (now called the Southern California College of Optometry, or, S.C.C.O.) where he graduated with both a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Optometry degree in 1962. He served in the United States Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant in the Biomedical Science Corps as an optometrist from 1962 to 1965. In 1965 he was honorably discharged from service. Then in 1966 he accepted the opportunity to continue the practice left by Dr. Art Sugino.
Since 1971 he has served on the faculty of his alma mater of S.C.C.O. as an adjunct associate professor. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for S.C.C.O. for the past 6 years and most recently served as a member of its Executive Committee. Prior to his passing he was elected to be the next chairman of the Board of Trustees. In 1975 he served as president of the Los Angeles County Optometric Society, the country’s largest optometric organization. He was the 1993-94 chairman of the Optometric Association and the 1987-89 chairman of the American Academy of Optometry’s Section on Cornea and Contact Lenses, one of only two individuals to have served both positions.
Dr. Kame has received numerous honors for his outstanding contributions to the profession. Among them, he was named Los Angeles County’s “Optometrist of the Year” recipient in 1978, the Heart of America Contact Lens Society’s “National Vision Service Award” recipient in 1984, the Max Shapero Memorial Lecture Award recipient in 1997 and the American Optometric Association’s Contact Lens Sections Achievement Award recipient in 1998. He was also honored as a “Distinguished Practitioner in Optometry” in the National Academies of Practice. In 2000 the Los Angeles County Optometric Society honored him by renaming their contact lens continuing education series, “The Rodger T. Kame Contact Lens Series”.
Dr. Kame has gained international prominence for his clinical and professional contributions, having published over 50 articles, papers, and chapters for journals and textbooks, including some original discoveries. He was the “inventor” of the idea behind disposable soft contact lenses. He had presented more than 250 lectures worldwide.
In May of 1999, Dr. Kame was unanimously voted by the Class of 1999 to be its Commencement Speaker at their graduation. His address was entitled, “Class of 1999 – Bridging Two Centuries of Optometry”. Dr. Kame was also given the opportunity to “hood” his son, Gregory, at the graduation ceremony.
Dr. Kame underwent surgery in October 1999 to remove his right kidney, which contained a malignant tumor. He underwent many sessions of chemotherapy and radiation over the next 8 months. The cancer eventually spread from his kidney to his spine and finally to his lungs. Dr. Kame’s valiant battle with cancer ended the morning of July 11, 2000.
A few weeks before his passing, Dr. Kame wrote a farewell letter expressing his gratitude towards his patients. It was a letter designed to be sent out to his patients if his health took a turn for the worse. We all hoped that letter would not have to be mailed. Unfortunately, the letter was sent out a few days after his passing.
Dr. Kame was able to witness the marriage of his second son, Gregory, to Anna Sun on Father’s Day, June 18, 2000 at the family’s church in West Los Angeles. He signed the marriage license certificate as a witness to the marriage.