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The Staff

Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. They are excited about what they do, and they care personally about getting the best results for our patients.
Our receptionists will try to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointments that suit your needs. We will help you understand your insurance coverage and if financial arrangements are necessary, we will be glad to help you develop a plan to make your vision care treatment possible. We are open after 5pm on some days, and we can even see you on Saturday.
Stop in to meet our team!

Our receptionist puts our patients and their needs first!

She is a customer service pro, an insurance specialist, a frame stylist and an all around expert when it comes to Eye Care Plus and the services we offer.

Greeting you at the front desk with a smile!

It's exciting to be a key part of a progressive, leading edge practice. It's one of my jobs though to make sure that you're comfortable being here and feel welcomed. We know the technology can be overwhelming for some patients. If you have any suggestions to help us reach our goal of - 'patients first - always!' - please let me know!  I'm also always here on the phone to assist you in any way I can.  Place an order, make an appointment, or just call to let me know how you are doing with your new glasses! I love to hear from our patients.  


Our Opticians

Our dispensary staff are highly trained to help you select the most appropriate frames and lenses to meet your individual needs.  They also take care to properly fit and adjust your new glasses and assist you with any eye wear counseling.  Subsequent adjustments are free of charge and if you have any questions or concerns our staff will be delighted to address them as meticulously as possible.  Our expert optician has years of experience in the field, and your eyes and vision are his top priority.  Need your eyeglass lenses today? No problem, in most cases, our lab optician can cut your prescription lenses for you while you wait.  Want something special for sports, computer or outdoor activity? Our experienced opticians can recommend and order the best lenses for your needs. Have you seen the latest styles of sunglasses in department stores? We can order in from most of the hottest lines, and we'll do our best to get you the best price! Travelling? Going off to college? Moving out of the area? Our opticians will happily mail your contacts or glasses to you where ever you are!! Just ask!

optician eyeglasses 360

Our PreTest and Contact Lens Techs

Some tests are done at our office before you see the doctor.  These are designed to give the doctor some important information to help him/her better understand the condition of your eyes and vision.  Our well trained clinic staff is responsible for this aspect of your examination called pretesting.  They are also responsible for guiding you through some tests the doctor may feel are necessary after the examination such as visual field testing, digital retinal photographs and contact lens instruction.  

When it's time to get your contact lenses, our contact lens technicians will sit down and help you learn to handle them, put them on and take them off. We'll also give you clear instructions on their care.  We are patient and give you the time you need to get used to the lenses and we will answer any questions you may have.


We Have Moved!

Starting August 19, 2019, Dr. Howard, AJ, and Socorro will be joining Ackroyd & Van Hoose Optometry at: 7246 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92111

The new location is 0.8 miles west on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. from the old office.

(see map below)

Dr. Robert Howards patients records will now be located at:

Ackroyd & Van Hoose Optometry

You can still call us at 858-278-3937 or visit Ackroyd & Van Hoose Optometry’s website at to request an appointment.

We look forward to seeing you soon in our new location!!