Dr. Lori J. Bende grew up in Southern California. She decided at the age of 12 that she wanted to become an optometrist. She has always been detail oriented and has a special concern for the welfare of people. Dr. Bende graduated with honors from the California State University at Fullerton, California receiving a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Biology. In 1995 she received her Doctorate of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry. She did her clinical training at the Illinois Eye Institute, Hillman Medical Center and Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Bende is a past president of the San Diego County Optometric Society. During her presidency, the San Diego County Optometric Society was awarded the prestigious "Society of the Year" honor by the California Optometric Association. She serves as a Clinical Board Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. She is a delegate for the California Optometric Association's Congress each year and was named Young Optometrist of the Year by the California Optometric Association.
Dr. Bende is very involved in community service. She is a volunteer for the California Vision Project and Vision Service Plan's Sight for Students and is a member of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club where she serves on the Board of Directors. She has worked extensively with organizations such as the Rotary Club and the Lions Club, volunteering her time to perform eye exams both locally and internationally.
- California State University at Fullerton
- Illinois College of Optometry
- Illinois Eye Institute
- Hillman Medical Center
- Illinois Masonic Hospital
- San Diego County Optometric Society
- National Board of Examiners in Optometry
Awards & Publications
- Young Optometrist of the Year by the California Optometric Association
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