Dr. Paikal is a Southern California native, who graduated high school as a valedictorian. He completed his undergraduate and medical education at UCLA, graduating at the top of his class. He then completed his ophthalmology residency at the world-class UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute. Dr. Paikal has been practicing comprehensive ophthalmology in the LA area since 2004. He also serves as a clinical instructor at the UCLA Stein Eye Institute, where he regularly instructs medical students on their ophthalmology coursework. He also serves as a Care Harbor and Eye Care America volunteer, providing screening eye examinations for uninsured patients.