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Our Eye Doctors

Meet the optometrists of Monji Optometry

Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Meet our doctors:

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Gary Monji, O.D.

Since 1991, Dr. Gary Monji has been at the same private practice location in Burbank. He had the pleasure of being in a partnership for 24 years with Dr. Katherine Takaki, who retired in 2015. Dr. Monji is originally from Hacienda Heights, CA . He studied biology at UCLA and went on to obtain his graduate degree at the Southern California College of Optometry (now Marshall B. Ketchum University) in Fullerton. Dr. Monji and Dr. Ichiuji met while in optometry college and were married in 1994 and are now working together. They have 2 sons and a daughter.

Dr. Monji has a special interest and expertise in Keratoconus and specialty contact lenses for hard-to-fit patients, such as utilizing NovaKone soft contact lenses to help those with Keratoconus.

Some of his many interests are mountain and road biking, astronomy, hiking, jazz and learning piano. He has lead his sons on high adventure backpacking and canoeing trips in New Mexico and the Boundary Waters in Canada through scouting.

Dr. Monji is a member of:

  • San Fernando Valley Optometric Society (SFVOS)
  • California Optometric Society
  • American Optometric Association
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Judy Ichiuji, O.D.

Dr. Judy Ichiuji, or Dr. Judy, as she is more often called, grew up in Los Gatos, CA. She moved to Southern California to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology at UCLA. She then received her doctorate degree from the Southern California College of Optometry.

After working in a Granada Hills practice for 20 years, Dr. Ichiuji had the opportunity to join her husband, Dr. Monji, at Monji Optometry in 2015. She is enjoying seeing familiar faces as well as getting to know new people and families in the Burbank community, where she and her family reside.

Dr. Ichiuji is active in volunteer positions for her children’s school and activities. She also enjoys hiking, piano, reading, and finding new cooking recipes.

Dr. Judy Ichiuji is a member of:

  • San Fernando Valley Optometric Society (SFVOS)
  • California Optometric Society
  • American Optometric Association
  • Burbank Chapter National Charity League
  • Burbank Arts for All Foundation
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Javier E. Villalobos, O.D.

Dr. Javier E. Villalobos grew up in Fresno, CA and went north to study biology and psychology at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.

He completed his Doctorate of Optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry (now Marshall B. Ketchum University) in Fullerton, CA. Having earned certifications in the treatment and management of eye infections and diseases, he truly enjoys working with patients of all ages.

During his internship, he spent months treating veterans with varying ocular pathology and finished his internship at the Wellish Vision Institute in Nevada, renowned for both its treatment of ocular disease and refractive surgery.

“Dr. V” has been serving the San Fernando Valley for several years and is fluent in Spanish. In his free time, he enjoys going on “light” hikes, traveling and eating all types of yummy sweets, especially donuts and cookies!