Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Opens Optical in San Gabriel Valley Specializing in Eyewear for Babies to Young Adults

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has opened its first shop for children’s eyewear in the San Gabriel Valley.

John Mellinger, ABOC assists young girl with glasses. (Photo: Business Wire)

John Mellinger, ABOC assists young girl with glasses. (Photo: Business Wire)

Conveniently located in Monrovia close to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Outpatient Center in nearby Arcadia, Children’s Optical offers one-stop shopping for patients needing prescription eye glasses, contact lenses, frame repairs, accessories and protective eyewear.

“Because a child’s visual system is still developing, it is important that their glasses be made and fitted correctly by a trained pediatric optician to insure that they can see properly,” said Mark Borchert, MD, director of the Eye Birth Defects Institute in The Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “Shops specifically for children’s glasses are scarce throughout Southern California. Since we understand the challenges our patient families face of having to travel long distances to receive proper eye care, we hope this new optical in the San Gabriel Valley will provide families with convenience as well as expertise.”

Children’s Optical provides customized lenses for children to ensure proper prescriptions and comfort. When very young children are prescribed glasses to correct a developmental condition such as strabismus, doctors say it is crucial that the lenses be properly aligned.

“More children are being prescribed bifocal lenses to treat esotropia or crossed eyes,” said Dr. Borchert. “Prescribing and fitting bifocal lenses for children is different than for adults; the glasses need to fit precisely and be designed to stay in place so the child can get the full therapeutic value of the lens. An improper prescription or poor fit of a pair of eyeglasses can impair a child’s visual development and lead to permanent visual loss.”

With dozens of frames to choose from, Children’s Optical offers kid-friendly frames that require proper fit to facial characteristics, nasal bridge and temple length to provide the best comfort. Children have smaller noses, which can lead to the glasses slipping down if they aren’t properly fitted. This is less of a problem if the frames are durable plastic, not wire, and made to fit the width of the face. The arms of the frame should be short or wrap around the back of the ear or use straps to secure the glasses. Because children are more active than adults, frames with durability and polycarbonate lenses are recommended for protection against glass shatters and UVA/UVB rays.

Children’s Optical is located at 509 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016.

Store hours are from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday.

Eye screenings are available at three Vision Center locations: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles main campus, Arcadia and Orange County. For more information, visit

About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Children's Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital in California and among the best in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious US News & World Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. The hospital is also one of America's premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

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Amanda Hedlund
Office: (323) 361-7691
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John Mellinger, ABOC assists young girl with glasses. (Photo: Business Wire)