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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

Professional Memberships

  • San Diego County Optometric Society


  • National Board of Examiners in Optometry

Awards & Publications

  • Young Optometrist of the Year by the California Optometric Association

Office Hours

Mon9:00am - 6:00pm
Tue9:00am - 5:00pm
Wed9:00am - 6:00pm
Thu9:00am - 5:00pm
Fri9:00am - 5:00pm


Contact lens fitting$99.00
Comprehensive Eye Examination$154.00

Patient Reviews

Overall Rating

My husband found this gem hidden next to Von's. DR Lori Bende and staff Eric,Julia,Sori and one other lovely young woman who's name escapes me welcomed me this morning (Saturday by appointment only) with big smiles , relaxed atmosphere and small neighborhood appeal. I sensed at once that the staff love working there. Julia started the exam with visual field test, auto refraction and-computerized ocular photos on the most recent high technology equipment. I worked in optical in the 1990's and believe when I say the new technology cuts the time in half! Dr Lori proceeded with the refraction portion of the test (which is the part of exam where she determines what prescription eyeglasses I will need) We chatted like we were old friends. Do to my age we determined that I should have the drops to dilate my eyes to get a better look at the retina checking for cataracts etc. while I waited for the drops to work I sat with Eric looking at frames and discussing the type of lenses I use. Eric found them listed but I am talking 1999 the last time i had prescription eyewear made for myself. I wear computer and reading only and basically it is a blende bifocal. I finished the exam and am happy to say I have very healthy eyes ! The final RX was given to Eric and Dr Lori advised me that there is a newer lenses that actually will allow more fine tuning than the old one and if it like it the would remake them at no additional charge. They allowed me to use my own frame, no hidden fees. They have a very nice selection of frames from high end designers to frames that look great but won't hurt your pocketbook. Dr Lori has been in practice for almost twenty years, She bought the practice sixteen years ago. I am new to the area is the reason this was my first visit. Dr Lori is a seasoned professional who loves her patients I cannot recommend enough! I am a bit of a snob when it comes to optical because I was in this field for a long time. I look for flaws,cracks , comments by staff not for customer ears, tensions between staff members etc, they all pasted my my scrutiny. I will be her patient for many years to come! I read a couple of poor reviews from way back, transition lenses not made and covered by insurance first of all I don't know of any insurance that covers these lenses, secondly transition lenses change color mostly in cold weather climates and don't get very dark in moderate weather so that person, had he gotten them would have complained about that. To the woman who was upset the staff was not child friendly, that is a valid point and from that point you know your were angry I would have been and I am sure it soured your attitude so no matter how competent and caring the Dr was , it was too late

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