Our eye doctors and our eye care team take even routine eye exams seriously. During a yearly or bi-yearly examination, our patients will receive a patient history review, a series of vision and eye tests, assessments of eye focusing and movement, and an eye health evaluation.
ALBERT K. K. CHUN, O.D., FCOVD
Dr. Albert Chun received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1985 from the Southern California College of Optometry. In 1986, he completed his Residency training in Binocular Vision and Vision Therapy at the State University of New York State College of Optometry.
Dr. Chun is licensed in California, New York, and Hawaii and has provided full scope optometric vision care in Torrance since 1986.
Although Dr. Chun has a general practice, he focuses his energy toward pediatric, developmental, and neuro-rehabilitative vision care.
Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of vision-based learning problems, Dr. Chun has been helping hundreds of school-aged children labeled as "learning disabled" improve their school performance and their grades without the need for medication by treating the underlying vision problem that was hindering their performance.
In addition, Dr. Chun treats neurological vision disorders related to head trauma, strokes, and brain tumors to restore visual and motor function for improved quality of daily living skills.
We have treated numerous cases of autism, PDD NOS, Prader-Willi Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other neuro-developmental cases to improve their function and ability to achieve optimal visual performance for school, work, and daily living. In 1988, Dr. Chun earned his Fellowship and Board Certification in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) following submission of case reports and passing a rigorous written and oral examination. COVD is the organization that serves as the certifying body of optometrists specializing in vision development.
In 1996, Dr. Chun received his certification for the use of therapeutic pharmaceutical agents when the State Board of California began allowing optometrists to treat medical eye conditions with drugs.
Dr. Chun keeps abreast of the latest technologies in the eyecare field. Currently, he is trained and credentialed to provide counseling and pre- and post-operative care for laser vision patients. South Bay Optometry is a proud affiliate of the network of providers for NVision Laser Centers. Dr. Chun is also certified in the fitting and management of overnight orthokeratology lenses for the correction of myopia.
Dr. Chun is well respected and recognized among his peers, having served on the local optometric association board for over 10 years. In 1991, Dr. Chun served as President of the South Bay Optometric Society.
Dr. Chun's dedication to his profession is rivaled only by his dedication of service to his community. Serving as an active member of the Torrance Lions Club since 1987, Dr. Chun has received numerous awards, such as The Lion of the Year Award in 1990, the Robert M. Sinsky Award, and the City of Hope Life Sustainer award in 2000 for his years of service to the organization and his community. In 1997 and 2008 Dr. Chun served as President of the Torrance Lions Club.
LAWRENCE YU, O.D.
Dr. Lawrence Yu is a full scope optometrist trained and licensed to provide therapeutic care, glaucoma treatment, and comprehensive eye care. His clinical experience includes adult and pediatric care, scleral contacts and rigid gas-permeable contacts, myopia control through orthokeratology or Atropine, refractive surgery, vision therapy, low vision rehabilitation, and children with special needs. In addition to his clinical background, Dr. Yu looks forward to creating partnerships with his patients to provide excellent solutions to their vision and health problems.
Dr. Yu received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry. His clinical training included the Naval Medical Hospital in San Diego, the Center for the Partially Sighted in Culver City, and a specialty contact lens clinic in Chicago.
Training at these sites provided thorough experience in ocular disease and management. Dr. Yu has received numerous awards of recognition for his work and training while in optometry school. These awards include the Alcon Excellence Award for expertise in contacts, the Eschenbach Optik Low Vision Award for expertise in low vision, the Dr. Takao Shishino Award for professionalism, and various awards for leadership and involvement in optometry.
As an Integrative Biology student at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Yu organized and volunteered at numerous vision screenings for impoverished communities in the Bay Area. He also collected donated glasses for distribution in rural communities in Guatemala. He continues to contribute back to the local community by volunteering at the annual Care Harbor/LA Free Clinic in Los Angeles. Dr. Yu is very proud to provide quality eye care for those in need.
Dr. Yu’s interests and hobbies include pushing himself to bike as far as possible, capturing great photos, cooking with new ingredients and recipes, and finding the next great technological gadget.
Darin Chun, O.D.
Dr. Darin Chun was born and raised in Torrance, CA and is a graduate of West High School. He completed his bachelor of science degree in neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Chun received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry at the Marshall B. Ketchum University, graduating summa cum laude.
There, he was the salutatorian of his class and received several scholarships that recognized excellence in didactic and clinical performance. Dr. Chun has served patients in a variety of clinical settings including the Veterans Affairs Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Clinic, University Eye Center at Los Angeles, and The Eye Center at Castle Family Health Center.
Dr. Chun completed his residency training in Vision Rehabilitation (Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation) at the State University of New York College of Optometry.
He also treats developmental visual conditions of vision-based learning problems, such as convergence insufficiency, eye-tracking difficulties, eye-focusing disorders, double vision, amblyopia (lazy eye), and strabismus (eye turn).
He treats the visual sequelae of concussions, traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and other neurological conditions through prescription lenses, tints, prisms, and neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy.
His father (Albert Chun, O.D.) and his wife (Emilie Endow, O.D.) are also both optometrists, so it is fair to say that he lives and breathes Optometry. When he is not looking at or talking about eyes, you might find him walking his rescue dog named Luna, golfing, playing basketball, serving his local church, cheering for UCLA sports, or playing the tuba.
Our staff and opticians are thoroughly trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of the optical field, including selecting frames that best suit the patient's face and style, recommending the appropriate lens and lens options, repairing eyeglasses and sunglasses, and fabricating spectacles in plastic, metal, and rimless frames and all aspects of the fitting of contact lenses.