Meet Your Eye Doctors in San Diego

Our optometrists in San Diego specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision—many of which do not always have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses, both as eyeglass lenses and contact lenses.

Our eye doctors in San Diego take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Joel L. Cook, O.D.


Dr. Cook has practiced in San Diego since 1977 after serving as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. His optometric education was at the University of Houston. A past president of the San Diego County Optometric Society, Dr. Cook has special interests in contact lenses and the treatment and management of external eye disease. His patients benefit from his unique understanding of LASIK, having undergone the procedure himself. A former glider pilot, Dr. Cook enjoys yoga, astronomy, and spending time with his wife.


Kevin M. Reeder, O.D.


Dr. Reeder is a San Diego native and graduate of UC Berkeley. He has practiced optometry since 1988. His areas of interest include laser vision correction, visual rehabilitation of the partially blind, and specialty contact lens fitting.

Dr. Reeder has performed contact lens research for several contact lens companies, including Alcon Laboratories, CibaVision, Allergan Pharmaceuticals, and Polymer Technology. He is a clinical investigator with Paragon Vision Sciences for a special contact lens-based procedure called Corneal Refractive Therapy.

Dr. Reeder provides charitable eye care through Help the World See. He is married with two children and enjoys music and tennis.


Barbara H. Bytomski, O.D.


Dr. Bytomski graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry and has practiced in Rancho Penasquitos since 1986. A past president for the San Diego chapter of College of Optometrists in Vision Development, her areas of interest include children’s eye care, vision therapy, contact lenses, and laser vision correction. Dr. Bytomski has served as a vision consultant for the Poway Unified School District. A San Diego native, she enjoys time with her three children, golfing, and tending to roses.


Earl Sandler, O.D.

Dr.Sandler started his optometric training in South Africa, where he received a Bachelor Degree in Optometry. He then continued his training at the New England College of Optometry in Boston where he received a Doctorate of Optometry in 1996.

Dr. Sandler’s areas of interest include specialty contact lenses and Laser Vision Correction. Dr.Sandler has been a clinical investigator and performed research for several contact lens companies. His passion and dedication for his profession as well as his sincere attitude and caring nature enables him to provide his patients with complete and comprehensive care.

Dr.Sandler is married with two children and loves spending time with his family and also enjoys playing soccer.


Dr. Lori Bende, O.D.

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 served as a Clinical Board Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. She was named Young Optometrist of the Year by the California Optometric Association. She is an advisory board member of Gordon-Schanzlin New Vision Institute, a TLC Laser Center. She is an optometric office design consultant for Pacific 33 Architect, Inc.

Dr. Bende has lectured to the San Diego County Optometric Society on specialty fit contact lenses. She has also lectured to locally to groups at the Braille Institute, University City High School, Maric College of Medical Careers, and University Village Retirement Center.

Dr. Bende is very involved in community service. She is a member of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club. 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.

When Dr. Bende is not at the office, she is busy with her boy/girl twins. Dr. Bende is a Girl Scout Troop Leader. Her husband is a Cub Scout Leader. They love to travel, enjoy entertaining, meeting new people and learning new things.