Welcome to Bender Optometric Group! Your trusted eye doctor in Tustin for 50 years!

For over 50 years, we have been providing eye care in Tustin with the goal to examine every patient thoroughly utilizing the latest treatments and technologies.

Dr Eric Bender

Bender Optometric Group led by Tustin Optometrist, Eric Bender, O.D. is continuing an over 40-year history of excellence in eye care in Orange County. Our mission is to bring you the latest advances in the field of optometry. From high definition retinal photography to computerized vision testing, we are using the most recent and sensitive technology to diagnose and treat eye disease and to make your vision sharper.

Latest technology and personal care

Bender Optometric Group is excited to usher the digital age of healthcare with state-of-the-art electronic medical record technology, thereby assuring accurate clinical accounts and efficient communication with your primary doctor and other specialists. We are certain both to meet your vision needs and exceed your expectations.

Dr. Eric Bender

”As an eye doctor, I am dealing with how people see the world. People have different points of view, enjoy different things, and interpret life in unique ways.

Examining eyes and improving a patient’s vision allows me to see how they view the world. I am dialing in their eyesight and allow them to better appreciate their world. Prescribing lenses is part science and part art.

I do use machines and instruments to measure the vision. Patients will subjectively respond and tell me what they are seeing, but in the end I must gather all the data and decide what to prescribe. I consider what prescription they are using, what their visual demands are, and the numbers that are measured in the examination. This is art itself: creating a prescription that encompasses all of these factors. An essay could be written on this topic alone!

Also, on another level as an optometrist I get to use a lot of cameras and microscopes. I take a great deal of pictures of the inner and outer eye structures. There are so many lighting considerations and magnifications so it has been quite a learning curve to create the best images.”

1998 B.S., Biology, University of California San Diego

Studying biological sciences, Dr. Bender received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of California San Diego. He confirmed his interest in the eye and vision care by doing research at the prestigious Shiley Eye Center where he contributed to the research behind Frequency Doubling Perimetry, a widely used glaucoma test now available at Bender Optometric Group.

2002 O.D., Doctor of Optometry, Southern California College of Optometry

Dr. Bender studied at the prestigious Southern California College of Optometry, concentrating on dry eye research and testing the efficacy of new artificial tears. He completed internships at the VA Outpatient Clinic, Los Angeles and at Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital.

In 2002 Dr. Bender received his doctorate in optometry and began practice in a surgical center specializing in the pre and post-surgical management of laser vision and cataract procedures. Working with over 10,000 surgical patients, Dr. Bender focused his practice on promoting eye healing, selecting the most appropriate surgical procedures, and the care of diseases such as dry, infectious and allergic eyes.

2009 Bender Optometric Group

Dr. Bender worked for 6 years in private practice with Dr. Joshua Kaye, managing the specialty contact lens clinic. He introduced Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) and bifocal contacts to eliminate the need for glasses without the use of surgical intervention. In March of 2009 Dr. Kaye retired and Bender Optometric Group was established; continuing an over 40-year history of excellence in eye care. Since taking over as clinical director, Dr. Bender has established a full-scope eye care center equipped with many new technologies. Recent additions to the office include Optical coherence tomography (OCT) and low vision services.