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Eye Doctor Bakersfield

We are proud to be the only center with an in-office surgical facility in Bakersfield - allowing us to treat anything and everything for your optimum vision care.

Eye care is more than focusing on your eyes

The eyes are often called the windows to your soul, but they’re also essential tools to maintain your mobility and independence. The ability to see should be cherished and protected with regular eye exams and prompt treatments whenever issues arise. West Coast Eye Institute aims to forge a lifelong partnership with you to help you maintain perfect vision and optimal ocular health for a lifetime. West Coast Eye Institute is proud to be multilingual with staff that speak Hindi, Punjabi, and Spanish. Contact us to schedule an appointment with the best eye doctors Bakersfield has to offer.


achieve 20/20 vision or better

LASIK is the ideal procedure for you if you’re sick of wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses. This procedure involves modifying the shape of your cornea to ensure it bends light correctly towards the retina, thus restoring optimal vision. LASIK is an extremely safe and popular surgical procedure with a nearly perfect success rate. It can help you achieve 20/20 vision, liberating you from a lifetime of glasses and contacts.


LASIK is Your Path to Sharper Vision



About West Coast Eye Institute &
Dr. Sandeep Walia

West Coast Eye Institute has been a part of the Bakersfield community for over 30 years, and we take our role in each of our patients’ lives seriously. We are the only ophthalmology practice in Bakersfield to own our own LASIK machine and use a 3D surgical display, which allows us to provide exceptional eye care from the best eye doctor in Bakersfield.

Dr. Sandeep Walia earned his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. His M.B.A from Chadron State and attended medical school at Texas Tech University. After his ophthalmic residency at the busy Emory Eye Center with over a dozen publications, he furthered his surgical training by completing extensive cataract surgery training at Harvard Medical School with his focus on:

  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Glaucoma
  • MIGS
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Intravitreal Injections
  • Medical Management for AMD and Diabetic Retinopathy

OUR ADVANCED cataract surgery

Cataracts occur when protein formations accumulate in the lens of your eyes, leading to hazy or blurry vision. Cataract surgery involves removing cataracts and replacing the lens with artificial intraocular lens implants. Our ophthalmology practice uses femtosecond laser technology to ensure optimal precision with cataract surgery. We provide multifocal lens implants to restore perfect vision without myopia or hyperopia, so you can see all objects clearly, regardless of their distance from you.


OUR CUTTING-EDGE glaucoma surgery

Glaucoma is a condition wherein fluid accumulation in your eyes leads to increased pressure, damaging the optic nerve. Thanks to recent advancements, glaucoma surgeries are more controllable and safer than ever. We perform minimally invasive glaucoma surgery to ensure safe results with a minimal recovery period. However, our surgeons will select the ideal surgical technique based on your unique condition and lifestyle.

Eye at exams with our eye doctor in Bakersfield

Do You Want Perfect Vision?

West Coast Eye Institute takes a proactive approach to eye health. Instead of waiting for eye problems to occur, our Bakersfield eye doctors actively seek them out at the earliest stages. Most eye conditions are chronic, i.e., they worsen with time. That’s why we use advanced diagnostic tools to identify and treat eye conditions at the earliest stage, helping you maintain optimal eye health. We also provide eyeglasses and contact lenses and address all other vision concerns.

child getting eye exam with eye doctor in bakersfield


Pediatric eye care consists of regular (annual) eye examinations for children to identify and correct vision problems at the earliest stage possible. You should ideally start bringing your children in for pediatric eye exams at the age of five because that’s when they start reading and learning at school. Vision problems can make children struggle while focusing on their reading materials, and it can actively impede their academic development. We provide comprehensive pediatric eye care to identify vision problems at the earliest stage possible to ensure optimal correction and treatment.


How Does Aesthetics Fit In With Eye Care?

Eye care professionals possess the perfect combination of medical expertise and an in-depth understanding of facial anatomy, skin, and connective tissues, making them ideal providers of both surgical and non-surgical aesthetic services such as Botox and Jeuveau.

Undergoing aesthetic treatments at an optometrist’s office offers patients the advantage of receiving informed and scientifically-backed advice from their eye doctor. This is particularly important when dealing with procedures around the eyes.


Why Choose Us As Your Bakersfield Eye Doctor?

Maintaining perfect vision for a lifetime is entirely possible, but only if you’re proactive with your eye care. Our ophthalmology practice takes a proactive (rather than reactive) approach to eye care. We provide comprehensive annual eye exams to identify and diagnose potential eye conditions at their earliest stages to prevent them from compromising your health or vision. Our eye doctors in Bakersfield help you and your family maintain optimal eye health for a lifetime.

We also understand that no two eyes are alike. And no two people have the same expectations. That’s why we avoid cookie-cutter treatments in favor of personalized solutions. Our medical professionals carefully assess your eye health, run numerous diagnostic tests, discuss your goals and expectations, and review your medical history. After acquiring a comprehensive understanding of your needs, lifestyle, and expectations, we curate personalized treatment plans just for you.

Voted Best Cataract Surgeon of 2023

Office staff were great! Wait was minimal and the doctor was personable and nice! Answered all my questions. New eye doctor for me! He cleared my eye problem as well! We will be returning. FANTASTIC VISIT!!

Bellen M.Posted 2022.

Great. I did Lasik and my vision is unbelievable. I thought about getting Lasik for 2 years but now I wish I did it sooner. Julia and Doc are a good team. First I was told to go to LA by my optometrist... glad I stayed here and found doc.

Chris A.Posted 2022.

Dr. Wahlia and his staff provide a friendly professional environment. Dr. Wahlia takes his time and answers all the questions I have.

Lila M.Posted 2022.

I was very satisfied and comfortable with the question and answer part of my visit. All of my questions were answered, thank you doctor!

Clara A.Posted 2022.

My daughter and I absolutely love Dr. Walia. He was so great with her and knew exactly how to speak to her on her level as an 11 yr old girl. It was the cutest thing! I really appreciated that and on our way out my daughter said, “He is the best Dr. ever”. All of the staff were very nice and welcoming. The MA that worked her up was the sweetest with her as well. Recommend!!!

R. L.Posted 2022.

It was a great experience and everyone knew what they were doing and were quite efficient and knowledgeable. Dr. Walia is outstanding. He takes time with you and explains everything so well.

Leelan B.Posted 2022.

enhanced Vision is in sight

West Coast Eye Institute is the leading ophthalmology practice in Bakersfield. Whether you’re concerned about the signs or symptoms of eye problems or simply want a routine eye exam, we encourage you to schedule an appointment. Our eye doctors in Bakersfield will run thorough tests to assess your eye health and curate a personalized treatment plan in Bakersfield, CA.


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