Our Practice

It is our practice philosophy to go beyond 20/20 eyesight. We strive to provide you with the most efficient and comfortable vision for your occupation, hobbies, and other needs. We believe in the importance of regular preventive vision care, educating people about their vision conditions, and offering the best treatment options.

About Our Team

Our team of eye care professionals is experienced and friendly. We’re here to help all patients understand their benefits, schedule appointments, and fulfill their eye doctor’s orders. Our opticians can give you guidance in picking out your perfect pair of eyewear, and our friendly office staff is knowledgeable about billing and benefits coverage.

Dr. Karen Chao

Dr. Karen Chao


Dr. Karen Chao grew up in the San Gabriel Valley area. She attended San Gabriel High School and graduated with honors. She attained her Bachelor of Science in Biology from UC Irvine in just three years (1990). She then continued her education at the Southern California College of Optometry and received her doctorate degree in 1994. Dr. Karen Chao has been in private practice in San Gabriel for over 25 years. She is actively involved in community services and professional affairs. She has served as President of Soroptimist International of Alhambra-San Gabriel-San Marino (1999 & 2019), President of the San Gabriel Valley Optometric Society (1999-2000), and past board member of the Alhambra School Foundation. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, California Optometric Association, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, Optometric Extension Program Foundation and the College of Optometrist in Vision Development.

Her office provides in-depth visual evaluations to assess not only eye health and clarity of vision, but also eye movement skills, depth perception, eye teaming, focus facility and endurance. She prefers to get to the underlying source of the visual problems and employs the latest technology/research to solve those problems. Dr. Chao has been helping her patients slow down their progression of nearsightedness over the years through CRT (Corneal Reshaping Therapy). Her practice also includes a special vision therapy department, which serves both children and adults who have visual problems which affects learning, earning and sports performance.