Low Vision & Optometry Clinics

Low Vision Clinic

The LightHouse, in partnership with the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, offers low vision examinations every week at our San Francisco office. This service includes an hour-and-a-half-long low vision evaluation by a board-certified low vision optometrist and a follow-up visit with a LightHouse Rehabilitation Training Specialist.

If you are unsure whether you are a candidate for a low vision exam, speak with your primary eye care professional or give us a call. Our staff will be happy to guide you through the process.

For more information or to schedule an exam, contact the UC Berkeley Optometry School at 510-642-5726, or for questions about low vision, email the LightHouse’s Debbie Bacon at dbacon@LightHouse-sf.org.

General Health Eye Appointments

The LightHouse Eye Center is a satellite clinic of the U.C. Berkeley School of Optometry located on the 10th Floor of the LightHouse Building in downtown San Francisco. The clinical staff includes a U.C. Berkeley School of Optometry graduate and residency trained doctors of optometry and senior optometry interns.

The clinic is located in our state-of-the-art building just adjacent to the Civic Center BART stop. With the same quality service and expertise found at UC Berkeley, the LightHouse Eye Center operates right in the heart of San Francisco, providing primary eye care such as glasses and contact lens prescriptions with thorough ocular health examinations as well as low vision services for the visually impaired. The eye clinic now serves both people with low vision and fully-sighted family members and friends, and anyone else interested in a regular optometric checkup.

With vision insurance, primary care eye exams typically cost between $10 and $20 copayment (Accepted providers include Blue Shield of California, Vision Service Plan, Eyemed, March Vision, Medi-Cal, Medicare). We do not have an optical center on site, but can order contact lenses and at the completion of your exam you will receive a copy of your prescription, which can be filled at your local optical retailer.

Call (510) 642-2020 o schedule an eye exam. Starting Wednesday, May 26, the Optometry clinic will be available on Wednesday for routine exams and Fridays for Low vision exams at LightHouse Headquarters, 1155 Market Street, San Francisco, 94103

About Dr. Crystal (Wang) Wen

Dr. Crystal Wen is originally from the Bay Area. She received both her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and her optometry degree from the UC Berkeley School of Optometry. Dr. Wen completed the Low Vision Rehabilitation residency at the University of Houston College of Optometry where she received extensive training in low vision care. Dr. Wen has received the Robert B. Greer Excellence in Low Vision Award, the Curtis W. Keswick Alumni VA Residency Low Vision Award, and the Bill Mattingly Memorial Scholarship Award for her passion and excellence in low vision care. She believes in providing compassionate care to low vision patients and those of all optometric needs. In her free time, Dr. Wen enjoys spending time with her husband and family, exploring new hikes, and eating delicious desserts. 

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