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Los Angeles EyeCare Optometry Group

Our Practice

Gregory Y Kame, OD, F.A.A.O.

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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 Treasurer and Secretary of the nationally renowned contact lens group called the Society of Contact Lens Specialists. He is a past President of the Asian American Optometric Society and has served many years on its board. He currently serves as a trustee. Dr. Kame serves as the Immediate Past President on the Alumni Association board at the Southern California College of Optometry. He is also a member of the Los Angeles County Optometric Society, California Optometric Association, Asian American Optometrc Society, and American Optometric Association. 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 a Vision Source Administrator for the San Gabriel Valley area.

Dr. Kame is licensed in the use of diagnostic and therapeutic pharmaceutical agents; therefore, he is able to treat eye diseases such as "pink eye", glaucoma, corneal ulcers, herpes, keratitis, and bacterial infections, to name a few. 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 contact lens clinical research studies.

Dr. Kame is an avid golf and basketball player. He is married to Anna Sun Kame, also an optometrist, who works near their home in Orange County. They have 3 daughters and a son: Kaitlyn, Brooklyn, Lucas, and Avery.

Lynn K. Matsuda, OD, F.A.A.O.

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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 was the president of the Asian American 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 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 have two beautiful children. A daughter, Halli, and a son, Kyle.

Michiko Furuta

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Receptionist and Optometric Assistant

Michiko, our bilingual receptionist, is the senior staff person. She has held the position for the past 30 years. She undoubtedly is the most familiar face as she has been welcoming patients for much of that time. Michiko, along with her husband Peter, have three grown children and reside in Orange County.

Irene Ikeda

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Office Manager

Irene, our bilingual certified optometric assistant has been with LA EyeCare for almost 30 years. She has had the opportunity to work with vitually 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.

Judy Nojima

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Optometric Technician and Assistant

Judy, our bilingual Optometric Assistant has been with us for over 10 years. She has been in health care related employment for the past 20 years. Her bilingual ability makes non-english speaking patients comfortable while visiting our office. Judy has two grown children. She holds degrees as Natori in classical Japanese dancing as well as Koto.

Jennifer Furuta

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Optometric Technician and Assistant

Jennifer lives in the city of Placentia in North Orange County. She has a brother, Garret, and a sister, Laurie. Jennifer enjoys shopping, fishing, and cooking. She loves babysitting and going to Disneyland with Dr. Kame's daughter Katie and Dr. Matsuda's kids, Halli and Kyle.

April Miyatake

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Optometric Technician and Assistant

April was born in Los Angeles in the Crenshaw district. She moved to the Los Feliz 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. Sydney is 20 years old and is attending the University of Hawai, Hilo. Lindsey is 16 years old and is a sophmore at Immaculate Heart. April enjoys visiting her brother, Patrick, in Kona, Hawaii. She also enjoys traveling, especially to the High Sierras to fish for trout in the black country lakes and streams. If anyone needs great quality photography for weddings, special occasions, portraits, etc., be sure to ask April about Toyo Miyatake Studios. Her husband Alan owns his family photography business.

Ravinder Bharwani

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Optometric Assistant

Ravin is of Indian descent but was born in the Philippines. He has been living in Los Angeles for the past 11 years. He is a member of the American Board of Opticianary and the National Contact Lens Examiners. He enjoys working with people. Ravin enjoys spending time with his niece, Tivo'ing, playing Uno with friends, and trying new restaurants.

Lina Truong

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Optometric Assistant

Lina was born in Hong Kong, and spent most of her childhood raised in sunny Southern California. She enjoys learning new ideas and experiencing fun adventures from traveling to different places, or exploring the many different venues Los Angeles has to offer. Lina is a graduate from the California State University Los Angeles, and is currently studying with utmost fascination in the biological sciences especially in optometry with a strong affinity in helping others.

Tribute to Dr. Kame

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Rodger T. Kame, OD, F.A.A.O.

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.