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.
Dr. Chung takes 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 Eye Doctors In North San Jose:
Dr. Elaine Chung is a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry and is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She is a member of the California Optometric Association (COA), American Optometric Association (AOA) and is the past President for the Santa Clara County Optometric Society (SCCOS). She was named SCCOS Young Optometrist of the Year in 2008 and awarded COA Young Optometrist of the Year in 2009. She was also recognized as SCCOS Optometrist of the Year in 2014. Dr. Chung is specifically trained and certified to fit Paragon CRT lenses and is a member of Orthokeratology Academy of America.
Dr. Elaine Chung received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2001 from the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Molecular Cell Biology. In 2005, she earned her optometry degree from State University of New York, College of Optometry. She was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa, an International Optometric Honor Society that promotes academic and scientific excellence as well as high moral standards in the profession of Optometry. During her optometric training, she went on mission trips to perform vision screenings in Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
Dr. Chung further achieved her optometric training in a residency program emphasis in Primary Care and Low Vision Rehabilitation at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Palo Alto. In her residency training, she had the opportunity to share her knowledge with interns and worked with veterans who were visually impaired due to macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and retinal dystrophy. She recognizes the difficulty that the visually impaired community is experiencing, and she enjoys helping these individuals adapt to their new lifestyles through use of various low vision devices. Dr. Chung is glaucoma certified, and she continues to practice to the fullest scope of optometry in California.
In her spare time, Dr. Chung enjoys reading fictional novels, playing the guitar and exploring new restaurants.
Dr. Debbi Fan grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor's degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry with honors, Beta Sigma Kappa. Dr. Fan went on to complete a
residency program, specializing in Primary Care Optometry and Low Vision, at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Healthcare System. During residency, she provided care for visually impaired patients in conjunction with instructors in all disciplines of vision rehabilitation.
Since completing residency, she has stayed on as a Staff Optometrist at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, while also working part-time in private practice. She is licensed to practice full-scope optometry and is glaucoma-certified. Dr. Fan has traveled to Costa Rica with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, where she provided eye exams to communities in need of healthcare.
In her spare time, Dr. Fan enjoys running, hiking with her family, and experimenting with recipes. You can often find her running the Bay Area trails with her two dogs!
Dr. Dianna Lam is a Bay Area native, born and raised in San Jose, California. She was eager to venture out of the Bay and attended UC San Diego where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in General Biology and a minor in History. After spending four years in Southern California, it was time to move back home to the Bay Area.
Dr. Lam obtained her doctorate degree in Optometry at UC Berkeley where she graduated with clinical honors. Her honors thesis focused on carotid artery disease and how it affects the eye. Her training includes: Meredith Morgan Eye Center at UC Berkeley, the Alameda Health System in both Oakland and Hayward, and the Veteran Affairs in Tacoma, Washington. She also completed a mission trip to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua with VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity). Dr. Lam is a member of the California Optometric Association and the Santa Clara County Optometric Society.
In her free time, she enjoys travelling, going to barre and spin classes, and spending time with family, friends, and her Jack Russell Terrier.
Dr. Karen Wong completed her residency at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center with emphasis in Primary Eye Care, Vision Therapy, and Low Vision Rehabilitation. She is licensed to practice full scope primary eye care including management of diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and retinal vascular diseases as well as co-management in cataract and refractive surgery. In addition to ocular health care, she has experience with fitting specialty contact lenses for myopia management and scleral lenses.
Prior to residency, Dr. Wong completed her Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior at the University of California, Davis. Thereafter, she attended the University of California, Berkeley where she earned her doctorate degree in Optometry. During her time at UC Berkeley, she volunteered with VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) to provide eye care in rural communities of Inner Mongolia, as well as with VSP (Vision Service Plan) to serve the Chinatown community of San Francisco.
Dr. Wong is a member of the American Optometric Association and the California Optometric Association as well as a board member of the Santa Clara County Optometric Society. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new recipes in the kitchen with her husband, taking road trips, crocheting, cycling, and spending time with friends and family.
Award presented by previous Santa Clara County Optometric Society Optometrist of the Year Recipient, Dr. Rodney Lum.
The “OD of the Year Award” is this society’s highest honor, given to a doctor for HER service to our profession, to HER community and to HER fellow man. My committee of past OD of the Year recipients Keith Chow and Chris Kavanagh are happy to have found a woman equal to or even surpassing us in accomplishments. Certainly, surpassing us guys in the good looks department too.
Our OD of the Year was selected for her many achievements, and for her quiet yet decisive leadership. To quote a colleague: “she does her job with a willing attitude and a steadfast smile to boot. “
Our OD of the Year is mentioned by another young colleague as a "real role model" to her, as both a doctor and as a leader.
Our OD of the Year is both a Brainiac and an overachiever: She has a bachelor’s in Molecular Biology from Cal, and her OD from SUNY with a Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society on top of it.
She did her residency in Low Vision at Palo Alto VA Hospital and still had time to go on Vision trips to Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.
This is not her first award: She was our own Society’s Young OD of the Year in 08 and COA's Young OD of the Year in 09.
Our OD of the Year has stepped up several times when she was put in a difficult position:
She stepped up to become your current society president when others demurred from taking the job.
She also has organized the last few BAOC meetings when others were not up to the task.
In her spare time, she recently started up her own practice “cold”, with some help on the office setup from her family.
In what little spare time she has remaining, she reads Novels, plays guitar she likes findings New Restaurants, Snowboards and Runs with her Lab Retriever named Indie. And she enjoys life with her family and her significant other Danny.
DRS., please congratulate your OD of the Year, Dr Elaine Chung