The Eye Doctors, Opticians and Staff at Bella Eye Care Optometry in Newark are here to serve you. We come to the office every day with the single mission of improving your life by providing you the finest eye care in the Tri-City area. From state of the art eye exam equipment to the newest styles and colors in designer eyeglasses, we believe you will find the finest eye care in the Bay Area. Come see what your friends, family, and neighbors already know, Bella Eye Care Optometry provides the best eye care and service with a smile on each and every visit.
Dr. Judy Nguyen
Dr. Nguyen is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale in Florida. She completed a coveted internship in Ocular Disease at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida. She has received a BSc in Vision Science from Nova Southeastern and a Bachelors in Science in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from UC Davis.
A personal note from Dr. Judy Nguyen:
As a student I jumped with both feet into any new disease or pathology we were covering in school. I couldn’t learn enough and loved my time in the classroom. As an intern, I loved the connection between fashion, design and health in the field of Optometry. There was a synergy there that continues today at Bella Eye Care, where we strive to provide the finest, most comprehensive exams in the Bay area. We strive to provide a wide selection of wonderful designer eyeglasses from around the world in a fun, friendly, family-oriented shop in Newark. I can remember when I first met my patients and their families and now, having watched those kids grow up as my practice has grown has been so rewarding. I love the connection with our patients. As a practice, we get together multiple times during the year to volunteer at Project Homeless Connect in San Francisco and help provide much-needed eye exams and eyeglasses to the needy in our communities. It truly warms my heart to see the smiles and dry the tears of those we’ve helped see clearly for the first time in years.
Dr. Anh Thu Nguyen
Dr. Anh Thu Nguyen graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of South Florida.
A personal note from Dr. Anh Thu Nguyen:
I deeply value a good doctor-patient relationship. It is one of the reasons I chose Optometry as a field. This profession allows me such wonderful interactions with each person I examine. While we all want to have the best possible vision each of us has something special we want to see, whether it’s the pages of our favorite books, the road we commute on, the landscapes we love to hike on, or the stars we love to gaze at. Learning about what is important to each of my patients makes each exam even more fulfilling and even more accurate. I wouldn’t trade what I do each day for anything.
Dr. Patricia Hom
Dr. Patricia Hom received her undergraduate degree from UCLA with a B.A. in Economics and her Optometry degree from the University of California at Berkeley. During Optometry school Dr. Hom was awarded the U.C. Berkeley School of Optometry Feinbloom Award for Excellence in Low Vision and Primary Care. She then went on to do a residency at the Palo Alto Veteran’s Hospital with a specialization in Primary Care and Low Vision. She was selected as the ‘Young OD of the year’ by the Santa Clara Optometric Society in 2005. Dr. Hom has also volunteered with the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce and was on the Health Advisory Committee for the Head Start Program in Berkeley.
A personal note from Dr. Hom:
I have been practicing Optometry for over 19 years now and I still love learning new things and being able to help my patient’s lives in new ways to always see their best. My husband often comments that I am one of the few people he knows who actually loves what they do. I continuously attend optometry meetings to enhance my knowledge of the most recent developments in optometric care. I feel that it is important to integrate the knowledge from these meetings into my patients’ eye examinations to make them as comprehensive as possible.
I enjoy my time with my patients and can often be heard laughing during appointments. I try to make patients feel comfortable during the exam ask them about other aspects of their lives to create their prescriptions with a more holistic approach. I also love to volunteer my time and have traveled to Nicaragua to serve as a Medical Missionary with Medical Wings International.
Dr. Alpa Shroff
Dr. Alpa Shroff obtained her doctorate from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2003 and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo in Canada. She has received extensive training in Primary Care, Pediatrics, Glaucoma and post-op management of patients who have undergone cataract and laser surgery. She was awarded the ‘Young OD of the year’ award by the Santa Clara Optometric Society in 2011.
A Personal Note from Dr. Shroff:
The one aspect of my profession that I love the most is getting to know my patients. Every patient has a unique lifestyle and has individual visual needs. I enjoy working with my patients to figure out what we can do to make their vision better and maintain healthy eyes. I will spend the extra time with my patients to make sure we have addressed any concerns they may have about their eye health as well as ensuring their new eyeglasses prescription will help with their daily needs.
I have a particular interest in the pediatric population and I try to make it a fun and stress-free experience. I enjoy seeing kids of all ages; from InfantSee baby eye exams to fitting teens in contact lenses for the first time. As a mom to two young kids myself, I understand the vital role good vision has on the learning process and how crucial it is for early childhood education. When I’m not seeing patients at Bella, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband and young son and daughter, on most weekends you will find us hiking the east bay hills.
Dr. Alison Kyaw
My passion for eyeballs sparked when I first saw a picture of my mom’s retina. I was fascinated with how we can see our own blood vessels inside of our eyes without poking the skin. During my undergraduate career, I later explored the career through shadowing various optometrists, where I fell in love with the profession; the opportunity to build long-lasting relationships with your patients and grow alongside them in life really drew me into pursuing optometry as a career.
I love that being an OD allows me to form personable relationships with my patients while also viewing the one and only organ that holds dear to my heart, which is the eyes.
In the humblest way of possibly speaking, I was very proud of myself when I was able to correct a patient’s vision to see 20/20 in contacts when previously he was not able to. The scene of that patient merely reading a few smaller lines not only made me happy but confirmed my love and passion to be an optometrist.
Another time during a mission trip to Nicaragua, I was able to help a young girl see clearly for the first time in her 17 years of life. Her face was filled with happiness upon putting on the glasses is a moment I will never forget.
I look forward to serving the Bay Area community with the best possible care for their eye health and vision. I make sure my patients understand everything regarding their eye health and are not afraid to ask me questions.
The right frame can instill a sense of confidence that can change somebody’s life for the better. Although I no longer wear prescription glasses, I get to guide patients as they find the perfect pair of glasses that complements their personal style. I’m currently wearing Ortho-K contact lenses because I love the idea of correcting my vision while I sleep (even though sleeping with hard lenses took a little getting used to at first). When patients try contacts for the first time, I get to teach them how to put their contacts in and how to take them out. Often times, I’m able to witness the pride and instant gratification of putting in a lens and being able to see! Sometimes change is difficult, so it’s really rewarding to spend my days helping people who are in search of something that not only looks good, but also helps them see the beautiful world around us.
One of the reasons I chose to be a part of the team at Bella is because I truly care about being able to help people. My favorite customer story is when I helped a seven year old pick out his first pair of eyeglasses. When the glasses were ready and he came in to pick them up and as soon as he put them on he exclaimed “Mommy, it’s not blurry anymore!” That just made my day.
I also love working alongside all the other amazing staff here, it’s the best part of my job. We share great camaraderie and help each other out so that our patients have the best possible experience here! I have great fun fitting our patients with frames from our collection that suits their individual sense of style. My personal favorite is the ProDesign brand because it is so unique.
I may be one of the newest opticians at Bella Eye Care Optometry, but I have a longer history here than most of my coworkers. I started as a patient here in high school and was so taken by the wonderfully collegial atmosphere here with all the smiles, that actually coming in every day and working here became my goal. I love my job and I especially love helping our younger clients try on eyeglasses for the first time and see the look on their face when a whole new world opens up to them for the first time with the eyeglasses that they picked out. I can honestly see myself making a career of helping people improve their vision with our great eye exams and eyeglasses.
I love problem-solving. That’s why I love helping people find eyeglasses that fit their needs while also making them look and feel good. When you find new eyeglasses that fit your style and visual needs, you’re more likely to wear them. I’ve been wearing glasses ever since I was 6 years old. So I’ve had many years of practice selecting frames for myself. It makes me super happy to be able to help patients pick out their first pair of eyeglasses.
My current glasses are from ProDesign of Denmark. I like that their styles come with and without nose pads. The nose pads really help my glasses sit properly on my face since I don’t have much of a nose bridge.
I enjoy educating patients on how to best wear contacts and helping them find the pair of glasses that make them feel the most like themselves. I’ve been an Optometric Assistant for over 5 years, and I appreciate how still I’m learning new ways and technology to take care of patients at Bella Eye Care Optometry. I live for patient feedback like I just received “You do everything with such grace and fun! Every single one of you is so patient and kind. You have a special way of putting everyone at ease too!”
One of our four-year-old patients was afraid of wearing contacts to improve her vision, so I hid two stuffed bears in the office to comfort and distract her. I’ll never forget how her face lit up when she found them. We’ve been playing the game ever since!
I wear my Maui Jim sunglasses when I’m outdoors because they block harmful UV and glare while keeping my vision sharp. The green of the forest and the blue of the ocean look more vibrant. They are worth the investment!