OC Eye Designs Optometry

Dr. Alissa Wald

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Born and raised in a small town in Michigan, Dr. Alissa Wald knew she wanted to be an optometrist from the early age of fifteen. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and remains a diehard Wolverines fan. Dr. Wald obtained her Doctorate of Optometry degree with honors in 1989 from the University of Houston College of Optometry. In 1990, she headed west to the warmer weather of southern California.

Only two years out of school, Dr.Wald bought a small optometry office from a retiring doctor and began OC Eye Designs Optometry. She has proudly provided outstanding eyecare to the Costa Mesa community since 1991.

Dr Wald’s professional experience includes working as an Expert Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. The National Board certifies the competency of new optometrists. Her office has also been an externship site providing internships for optometrists in school. Recently she was featured in a national magazine about women in optometry as a role model for other women entrepreneurs . Dr. Wald is a member of the California Optometric Association , the American Optometric Association and the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Dr .Wald’s hobbies include antique shopping and traveling. She also enjoys spending time with her family and is kept busy with her 5-year old twins Ben and Tessa and dog, Oliver. Along with her husband Scott, they are often found at the zoo, aquarium, or their children’s favorite restaurant CPK.

Dr. Amanda Hobbs Mercer

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Dr. Amanda Hobbs Mercer was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Calgary and earned her Doctorate of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry where she graduated summa cum laude.

Dr. Hobbs Mercer then went on to complete a post-graduate residency program in primary eye care and ocular disease management at the Illinois Eye Institute, an affiliate clinic of the University of Chicago. Dr. Hobbs Mercer is currently in the process of becoming of fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Hobbs Mercer is a member of the American Optometric Association, American Academy of Optometry, and the California Optometric Association.

As an avid sports and outdoors enthusiast, Dr. Hobbs Mercer enjoys playing volleyball and ultimate frisbee and is currently trying to learn how to surf! She and her husband Jeff relish any opportunity to get outdoors, whether it be hiking, biking or camping with their dog Scout.


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Lab Manager Dexter Espinoza brings 34 years of manufacturing experience to OC Eye Designs. Previously with Essilor Labs of America, he came to the practice in 2003 and has been here ever since. As a board certified Dispensing Optician and Fellow in the National Academy of Opticianry, he enjoys meeting and exceeding all expectations for exceptional quality and service of the eyewear he produces. Dexter is currently undergoing preparation for his Master Optician certification.

Dexter can also been seen and heard as the lead singer for the popular rock group Union of Saints at various concert venues locally.


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Sarah truly enjoys helping patients find that funky, fun eyewear with flair. Whether you are looking for what’s trendy in the fashion world or a conservative clean look, Sarah will make sure you look great and have fun at the same time. Sarah has extensive merchandising and optical experience and has been working in the ophthalmic industry since 2002. Here at OC Eye Designs, Sarah keeps our optical boutique fresh, exciting, and beautiful as she is always on the cutting edge of design and fashion.

Sarah was born and raised locally in sunny Huntington Beach. When she is not at work, most of her free time is spent with her friends and family. Sarah and her husband Chris are proud parents of their two year old son, Connor, who keeps them on their toes.


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Denise is our energetic optometric assistant and will help you with all your contact lens needs. She will assist you throughout your visit and is eager to do all she can to make your experience comfortable and relaxing.

Denise was born and raised in Orange County. She received her Bachelors of Science in Physiology at the University of Arizona and she plans on attending optometry school in the Fall of 2010. She has been on numerous road trips all over the country including trips to New York and Washington D.C. In her free time Denise enjoys spending time with her friends and family.


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Ahmad is a board certified Licensed Optician and a new member of the OC Eye Designs team. He brings extensive optical expertise and an exquisite sense of style with him as he returns home from New York. He is very cultured and loves to travel. Some of the most exciting places he has been are Cairo, London, Damascus, and Istanbul.

We rely on his natural eye for fashion and his excellent people skills to provide the best customer service and make each client look and feel fantastic in their new eye wear.


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Jennifer brings unparalled enthusiasm and warmth to OC Eye Designs. As a board certified optician, she not only harbors a wealth of knowledge but gives a genuine smile that is infectious and has a sincere, caring attitude towards all our patients. Aside from being a full-time student, Jennifer is also the Marketing Coordinator here at OC Eye Designs. Jennifer is an active member of the Orange County branch of NAWBO.

Relocating from Massachusetts in 1994, Jennifer enjoys swimming, snorkeling and riding her beach cruiser along the beaches of sunny California. She is a certified scuba diver and loves traveling to Cozumel for diving. Jennifer also practices martial arts and enjoys concocting epicurean delights!

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