Published March 16, 2004
Volume 12, Number 3

Visualeyes Sees Optometry From a Modern Perspective
Recent Hacienda addition provides state of the art vision care
Visualeyes Optometry
Doctors Edward Laubach and Susan Kim opened Visualeyes in
October, 2003, after each of them practiced for 13 years elsewhere.

By George Walsh
Special to NETWORK

The vast majority of us rely on our eyes for aspects of our lives that range from work to recreation to getting from place to place in our cars. Good eyesight is indeed a blessing, but sometimes, not everyone is born with perfect vision. If you’re seeking to augment the way you see the world around you, Visualeyes Optometry, at 4555 Hopyard Rd., may be the place to go.

In addition to standard vision service, Visualeyes offers a comprehensive eye examination to uncover hidden, symptomless, potentially sight-threatening diseases that are often not found by a simple vision screening. The office’s complete eye health testing includes checks for glaucoma, cataracts, hypertension, and even diabetes, as well as treatment of ocular disease, infection, and injury, complete contact lens services (including specialty lens products), and co-management for laser and cataract surgeries. In addition, you’ll also find a wide selection of eyeglass frames to choose from.

The optometrists at Visualeyes are a husband and wife team consisting of Dr. Susan Kim, who received her Doctorate of Optometry from the State University of New York, and her Bachelor of Science in Physiology from the University of California at Davis. Her husband and partner, Dr Edward Laubach, received his Doctorate of Optometry from Southern California College of Optometry and his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from the California State University at Fullerton. To round out the staff, the practice has two optometric assistants.

“We opened here in Hacienda in October of last year,” Kim says. “It’s a brand new practice, though my husband and myself have both been in practice individually for around 13 years. Basically, every examination that we do is custom tailored for the patient to accommodate their needs and occupational function. For example, people who look at a computer all day may need special lenses that are made specifically for that use to reduce glare and eyestrain. For mechanics who work under cars, we can make bifocals that give them the focus they need on the top part of the lenses rather than the bottom. We also do a multifocal contact lens for people who want to be able to read and still see at a distance without putting on reading glasses.” Dr. Kim has seen also about 3,000 patients who’ve had laser eye surgery procedures, though Visualeyes doesn’t perform the surgery itself.

Visualeyes also strives to give back to the community. “We offered free vision screenings for autistic children in December,” Kim says. “They tend to have a lot of visual perception problems. So, because they already have other problems relating to verbal communication and other issues, it’s important to make sure that the child isn’t having any visual problems that could make their condition more challenging.”

Visualeyes moved into its Hacienda location with growth in mind. The practice has four examination rooms and all the fully automated and computerized optometric equipment to make it a highly modernized operation. For Hacienda tenants and residents, Visualeyes also provides a complimentary screening that compares their old prescription to an evaluation of the current condition of their eyesight to help them decide whether it’s time for a new pair of glasses.


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