History of Our Practice
Our patients make our history special! Over the years, our patients seem more like family than patients and this is what makes us enjoy what we do and our days go by so quickly! After 25 years on Indian Hill Blvd, we are happy to have much more clinic and showroom space with plenty of parking in our present location at 695 W. Foothill Blvd. We designed every inch to our specifications, exclusively for our optometry practice in 2011. Our patients have enjoyed the many special design touches and attention to detail not to mention cutting edge technology afforded in our new location. Today it is respected as one of the most environmentally conscious and technically advanced optometric practices in Southern California.
We are proud of the measures taken in designing our office to Leed qualification levels. To see more about our "Green" office click here.
It is the purpose of our office to deliver the highest quality vision care to our patients. Our genuine enthusiasm and excellent service combine to create happy and healthy patients who return for recommended follow-up care and refer family and friends to our office. Our patients usually find us because someone was kind enough to recommend us. We appreciate this confidence and trust and we take our responsibility to live up to this trust very seriously. We strive to treat all patients with sincere kindness, courtesy, respect and fairness.
Our practice prides itself on delivering eye care with a personal touch. We work as a team to make our office a welcoming environment.
As the saying goes, "You are only as strong as your weakest link." Our practice puts an emphasis on continuing education to perpetually expand our knowledge base. Everyone is expected to strive to be the best that they can be, because every staff member plays a role in the success of the practice. For this reason we encourage all staff members to seek certification through the American Optometric Association's National Paraoptometric Registry. Our Opticians are certified by the American Board of Opticians (ABO) and the Nation Board of Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE).
Giving back to our community is very important to both our doctors and staff. Our practice actively participates in the California Vision Project, a volunteer organization helping the working class poor by providing free eye exams and glasses. Also, one day per week, our opticians go to local retirement communities and the Joslyn Senior Center to repair and adjust eye glasses. Dr. Johannsen has traveled to Mexico and the Philippine's to prescribe and fit glasses donated by patients and is planning her next medical mission to Fiji in November 2012. We gladly accept your donated nonprescription sun glasses or slightly used reading glasses.
Dr. Johannsen is a Past-President the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) Alumni Association, served four years on the SCCO Board of Directors, and presently presently serves on the Council of Regents. She also serves on the Claremont Community Foundation Board of Directors and on the NVision Laser Center Advisory Board. Both Dr. Johannsen and Dr. Baggarly are Past Presidents of the Inland Empire Optometric Society. Dr Baggarly also sits on the Advisory Board for NVision Laser Center and was nominated for the California Optometric Association's Young O.D. of the Year Award. Dr. Baggarly is the only optometrist in the area to maintain hospital staff privileges and assists during pediatric cataract surgeries at San Antonio Community Hospital.
For further information on our doctors many awards and community service activities you may view each doctors Curriculum Vitae:
What is an Optometrist?
Optometrists perform 85% of the primary eyecare in the United States. Our education includes a Bachelor of Science degree followed by four additional years of Optometry School and the degree Doctor of Optometry. (O.D.) A one year residency in a specialty field is optional. Each year all optometrists must attend continuing education courses to maintain their license. Optometrists are specifically educated, trained and licensed to examine the eye and surrounding structures for the purpose of prescribing eyewear or contact lenses. The optometrist can also diagnose all eye health disorders and can prescribe topical or oral medication to treat eye disease. The optometrist can utilize orthoptics, or vision therapy, to remediate visual skills and can fit low vision devices to aid the partially sighted patient.
The optometrist is the entry level, primary eye care provider for any problem with the eye or visual system. We work closely with ophthalmologists who are medical doctors specializing in the treatment of eye disease with medication and / or surgery. We often co-manage cataract and laser refractive surgery patients to provide more comprehensive care.