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Eye Talk Podcast
Can you imagine a smartphone app that can use your eyes to check brain function? Researchers at UC San Diego are working on it! Also, most adults find themselves needing reading glasses as they approa...
Eye Talk Podcast
A new study indicates that having cataract surgery may reduce the risk of dementia. Dr. Bob Melrose reviews this interesting research. Then, Dr. Bob and Dr. Yolanda Scheer dive into the world of glass...
Outreach
Videos
Brookside Optometric Group has presented a scholarship award to a deserving local senior every year since 2016. Every year, we continue to be amazed by the caliber of the students who are nominated. W...
Dr. Bob Melrose
March 24, 2022
Outreach
It is with great pride that the doctors at Brookside Optometric announce that the University of California Berkeley, Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science is honoring our founding part...
Dr. Bob Melrose
March 21, 2022
History
Outreach
Drs Bob and Rosie Melrose represented Brookside Optometric at the 2022 UC Berkeley, Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science practice emersion program this year. The program is designed t...
Brookside Optometric Group
February 22, 2022
Outreach

My name is Jayden Jones and I was the recipient of the 2021 Brookside Optometric Group Scholarship.

Brookside Optometric Group
February 22, 2022
Eye Talk Podcast
LASIK surgery has provided permanent vision correction for millions of Americans since it was first approved in 1999, and Dr. Bob Melrose has provided pre- and post-surgery consultation for thousands ...
Dr. Bob Melrose
January 18, 2022
History
Outreach
Every January we write a year in review for the Brookside Optometric Group. The year 2021 was an interesting year for us as it was for everyone else. The Covid pandemic impacted our professional lives...
Brookside Optometric Group
November 22, 2021
Eye Talk Podcast
Cataracts are, or will be, a fact of life for most of us as age and exposure to the sun take their toll. Fortunately, modern cataract surgery is quick, safe, and extremely effective, as Dr. Linda Hsu ...
Brookside Optometric Group
October 12, 2021
Eye Talk Podcast
The material your lenses are made from can make a big difference! In this episode, we explain what you need to know about plastic lenses before you purchase your next set of eyeglasses. Then, Dr. Bob ...
Brookside Optometric Group
September 10, 2021
Eye Talk Podcast
Eyeglasses are an investment, and it's important to take care of them properly. Dr. Vikram Girn explains how to handle, store, and clean your eyeglasses to minimize damage and maximize their life. Plu...
Eye Talk Podcast
As our bodies age, new health conditions often arise in our eyes. Dr. Linda Hsu talks about eye care for senior adults, and how some common conditions can be managed or even avoided. Then, have you ev...
Eye Talk Podcast
Choosing a new pair of glasses involves a lot more than finding frames that you like. Lens coatings and special features provide a dizzying array of options that can quickly become confusing. In this ...
Outreach
Dr. Bob Melrose recently interviewed our 2021 Scholarship winner, Jayden Jones. Dr. Bob and Jayden discussed Jayden's community involvement, high school sports career, academic achievements, and p...
Outreach
Emergency situations that lead to interaction with the police can be frightening, confusing, and traumatic for young children. Brookside Optometric Group, Stockton Sunrise Rotary, and the Stockton Por...
Eye Talk Podcast
Does your child have poor vision, or do they just like sitting close to the TV? Poor eyesight can be difficult for parents to detect. In this episode of Eye Talk, Dr. Leila Chow outlines some things t...
Outreach
Brookside Optometric Group is proud to support the outstanding San Joaquin County High School seniors in our community with our annual scholarship contest! Here's an update from Elyse Glover, our 2020...
Eye Talk Podcast
It's Episode 3 of Eye Talk with Brookside Optometric Group! In this episode, Dr. Rick Vanover explains how to set up your computer workspace to reduce eye strain, and discusses the impact of blue ligh...
Brookside Optometric Group
January 30, 2021
Eye Talk Podcast
In this episode of Eye Talk, Dr. Rosemary Melrose explains which eye symptoms warrant an emergency visit to your optometrist, and which aren't quite as urgent. Plus, Dr. Rick Vanover explores how the ...
Brookside Optometric Group
January 14, 2021
Eye Talk Podcast
In this inaugural episode of Eye Talk, Dr. Bob Melrose and Dr. Yolanda Scheer discusss the unique aspects of children's vision. When should children have their first eye exam, what is your optometrist...
Dr. Bob Melrose
January 11, 2021
History
I was asked to write up our annual “2020 Year in Review” summary for our office. As I stared at my computer gathering my thoughts, I kept going back to the reality that while this year was simply one ...
Dr. Vikram Girn
December 02, 2020
Videos
Pink eye and red eye are common eye conditions and have various causes ranging from infections, allergies, irritantants, and styes. Mild cases of pink or red eyes get better on their own, but moderate...
Dr. Bob Melrose
November 04, 2020
Videos
Progressive lenses have become the standard lens prescribed for people in their 40’s and beyond who need help with their reading vision. Progressive lenses are lenses designed to give excellent distan...
Dr. Kurt Skinner
September 21, 2020
Videos
So it’s been determined that a spectacle prescription will help you with your visual system. The type of prescription and amount of power combined with the size and shape of the eyeglass frames you ch...
Dr. Bob Melrose
July 30, 2020
Eye Health
There has been lots of speculation about the eyes being a source of COVID-19 infection. Some of this has come from a report by a virologist news reporter who claimed to have contracted the disease fro...
Dr. Yolanda Scheer
July 01, 2020
Videos
Experiencing Eye Fatigue with Computer Use? We all can relate to hours spent each day on our smart phone, tablet and computer. The average adult American spends close to 4 hours a day on an electronic...
Dr. Richard Vanover
May 06, 2020
Videos
Let’s face it. Computers are an ever present, integral part of our daily lives. Even in my profession as an optometrist where twenty years ago the only computers in the office were at the front desk o...
Uncategorized
The next time you visit Brookside Optometric for your eye care needs, some things will be different. As we reopen to deliver a full range of essential eye health and vision care, the health and safety...
Outreach
Congratulations to the winner of our 2020 Scholarship Contest, Elyse Glover! Elyse is graduating from Lincoln High School, and will be attending Sacramento State University in the fall, majoring in Bi...
Dr. Vikram Girn
March 30, 2020
Videos
Clear and comfortable vision is essential to a child’s ability to learn, develop, and play. Any number of issues with the eye health or vision can limit their ability to learn in school, participate i...
Dr. Linda Hsu
February 06, 2020
Videos
Today’s seniors are more active than ever and life expectancy is longer than ever. That is why annual eye exams are very important as you get older. Seniors are more susceptible to developing diabetes...
Brookside Optometric Group
February 01, 2020
Meet the Doctors
My wife and Partner at Brookside Optometric Group, Dr. Linda Hsu, are celebrating our 34th year in Practice Living here in Stockton. We now realize that we have called Stockton “Home” far longer longe...
Dr. Rosemary Melrose
January 15, 2020
Videos
When babies are born, they already have the “hardware” necessary for vision, but the hardware still needs to be programmed. Babies are in the dark before birth, so the visual stimulation t...
Brookside Optometric Group
January 08, 2020
Meet the Doctors
My area of specialty is pediatrics. I love working with children! During my rotations in Optometry School, I discovered that it takes different skills and techniques to work effectively with children....
Brookside Optometric Group
November 12, 2019
Meet the Doctors
I have been in practice at Brookside for more than 30 years, along with my husband and partner Dr. Kurt Skinner. The most meaningful part of my work are the relationships I have developed with my pati...
Dr. Leila Chow
November 04, 2019
Videos
A long-time patient made a comment that it seemed to her that “everyone” has either prediabetes or diabetes. She was not too far off. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30....
Dr. Jonathan Loo
October 09, 2019
Videos
Dry Eyes is a chronic and progressive condition that affects millions of people. In the United States, dry eyes rarely leads to blindness, but in parts of the world near the equator and where medical ...
Brookside Optometric Group
October 01, 2019
Meet the Doctors
I am most excited by the variety of general practice, never knowing who will walk through the door to my exam room next. It's so interesting to work with people of different ages, occupations, ethnici...
Dr. Bob Melrose
September 04, 2019
Videos
First and foremost, let me unequivocally state that I hate the term “Lazy eye”. That term always sounded to me that if a patient just stopped being ‘lazy” they would see better. This is far from the t...
Meet the Doctors
I really enjoy working with children and their parents, and the opportunity to help them understand what their child’s vision is like and what the future can hold for them. It’s important for me to ge...
Dr. Sylvester Nguyen
August 06, 2019
Videos
What are cataracts? A cataract is formed when the natural lens of our eye becomes cloudy or opaque. The human eye contains a natural lens which provides much of the “power” that allows us to see clear...
Meet the Doctors
Dr. Josephine Laurel is an optometrist and partner at Brookside Optometric Group. Patient care is her highest priority, and getting to know her patients well helps her find the pair of glasses or cont...
Dr. Kurt Skinner
July 09, 2019
Videos
Glaucoma is generally thought of as a disease whereby the pressure of the fluid inside your eye rises to the point of causing damage to your Optic Nerve. Inside your eye, there is always a fluid being...
Uncategorized
On June 12, 2019 our beloved Dr. Craig Hisaka peacefully passed away. Dr. Hisaka was a Stockton native, graduated as one of the top students from Edison High. He was a 3-sport athlete playing quarterb...
Dr. Linda Hsu
June 04, 2019
Eye Health
Transition technology has reached contact lenses! Bright light and transitions from dark to light can be stressful on your eyes. Acuvue Oasys Transition Contact Lenses quickly adapt to changing light,...
Dr. John Fujii
June 01, 2019
Videos
Astigmatism is a seemingly exotic word and often humorously mispronounced. It is a common vision condition in which light entering the eye can’t be focused clearly – in fact over 90% of all patients w...
Dr. Bob Melrose
May 10, 2019
Videos
The terms nearsighted and farsighted are often confused but the easiest way to remember which condition you have is that “you are what you can do best without glasses.” If you see better a...
Dr. Rosemary Melrose
April 09, 2019
Videos
Patients always want to know, “Am I nearsighted or farsighted?” but the more they think about it, the more confused they get. It’s really very simple: your prescription is named after what is easier f...
Outreach
Brookside Optometric Group is proud to partner with Discovery Challenge Academy to provide free eye exams and new glasses to local high school students. Based in Lathrop, Discovery Challenge Academy (...
Brookside Optometric Group
February 12, 2019
Outreach
Brookside Optometric Group is proud to support the outstanding San Joaquin County High School seniors in our community with our annual scholarship contest! Here's an update from Arica Aninag, our 2018...
Brookside Optometric Group
December 26, 2018
Eye Health
Outreach
Kendra emailed us last week with a question: would we be willing to help a young man who had lost everything in the Paradise fire? Doug, the boyfriend of Kendra’s daughter, was downhearted, like all t...
Dr. Bob Melrose
December 20, 2018
Eye Health
Last month I posted a blog explaining how important the number 7 is to a diabetic when it comes to their A1C measurement. The A1C measurement reflects the average blood sugar levels in a diabetic for ...
Brookside Optometric Group
December 04, 2018
Eye Health

Brookside Optometric Group doctors and partners share their most meaningful and memorable patient stories from the year!

Dr. Bob Melrose
November 16, 2018
Outreach
I had the opportunity to travel to the country of Pakistan in October. My Rotary District had set up a trip for us to go on to help immunize children for polio in this country. In 1985, Rotary Interna...
Dr. Kurt Skinner
November 12, 2018
Eye Health
Keratoconus is an eye condition whereby the corneas (the central clear part of the front surface of the eye) become curved in an irregular manner. The first signs of this syndrome usually can be detec...
Dr. Bob Melrose
November 05, 2018
Eye Health

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and a perfect time to discuss why a diabetic’s lucky number is always #7.

Brookside Optometric Group
September 19, 2018
Meet the Staff
As an optician in Brookside Optometric Group’s optical department, Lizbeth works with patients to help them select frames or lenses ideal for their prescription and lifestyle. Once the frames are sele...
Dr. Camille Weissenberg
September 11, 2018
Eye Health
According to the CDC, 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure in the United States.1 With this systemic disease, there are huge consequences for our bodies, including the eyes. Blood pressure is the fo...
Dr. Leila Chow
August 23, 2018
Outreach
Lions Eye Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving sight by providing no cost eye surgery, eye medication, and other medical eye care to low income people without medical insuran...
Dr. Demshar
August 22, 2018
Outreach

Our 7th annual Summerfest Fundraiser will be held on Saturday September 15th from 4-8 PM. The event will be held on Lake Lincoln at 3814 Merrimac Court in Stockton.

Meet the Staff
As part of the Brookside Optometric Group family for 33 years, Julie plays an important role as the frame inventory control specialist and manages our extensive frame inventory. During a typical day, ...
Dr. Kurt Skinner
August 01, 2018
Eye Health
The Third Week of August marks the 5th Annual observance of Contact Lens Health Week. Since Soft Contact Lenses were first invented in 1961, and introduced to the USA by Bausch and Lomb in 1971, the “...
Meet the Staff
As an optician at Brookside Optometric Group, Cherise fits glasses and contact lenses to ensure that each patient has optimal vision. During a typical day, she works closely with our doctors and patie...
Dr. Bob Melrose
July 16, 2018
Eye Health
It is hard to believe that getting our kids ready to go back to school is something we have to think about in mid-July. However, as school calendars have changed, parents have to plan earlier and earl...
Eye Health
Thanks for once again voting us “Best of San Joaquin” in 2018, for the 8th year in a row! We appreciate your ongoing support as Best Optometrist, and we are honored to have you all as our patients!...
Dr. Rosemary Melrose
June 29, 2018
Eye Health
Part I of this blog introduced vocabulary for the various types and severities of hereditary color deficiencies. Part II explains how, for the first time ever, we can help color deficient patients dis...
Dr. John Fujii
June 04, 2018
Eye Health
I am excited to try a newly released photochromatic lens. The SunSync Drive XT is a photochromatic lens that responds to ultraviolet light and also to visible light. The big advantage to responding to...
Dr. Rosemary Melrose
May 14, 2018
Eye Health

Almost everyone has heard or used the term “color-blind,” but what causes color-blindness and what does a color-blind person actually see?

Meet the Doctors
The two areas of practice that I especially enjoy are pediatric eye exams and specialty contact lens fittings for patients who have limited vision even with glasses. As an eye doctor, you realize that...
Eye Health
Want to track your daily activity and give back to those in need simply by wearing your glasses? Now you can do both with Level smart glasses. Designed in the U.S. and handcrafted in Italy, the smart ...
Dr. Richard Vanover
April 03, 2018
Eye Health
People are very protective of their eyes. I notice this all the time in doing an eye exam in that people are tentative when you bring objects close to them. So it boggles my mind that people are so no...
Dr. Yolanda Scheer
March 21, 2018
Eye Health
Brookside Optometric Group recently acquired a new scanning device to increase the effectiveness of our care for our patients. The Oculus Pentacam is an amazing device that can measure the parameters ...
Dr. Bob Melrose
February 16, 2018
Eye Health
February is designated as National Low Vision Awareness Month. Low vision is the term used to describe the visual performance of eyes impacted by any condition that renders a person’s visual acuity to...
Brookside Optometric Group
January 11, 2018
Meet the Doctors
In the summer between 6th and 7th grade, my parents enrolled me in a summer school class where I was bored to tears. My mother suggested that I help the teacher, who was my 6th grade teacher, with som...
Dr. Rosemary Melrose
January 09, 2018
History
After 20 years, it’s fun to reminisce about how and why the partners came together as Brookside Optometric Group. Professionals practicing in the same city get to know their colleagues, but several of...
Brookside Optometric Group
December 18, 2017
Meet the Staff
As a tester at Brookside Optometric Group, Bryce conducts a few simple tests on patients to produce a picture of their eye health before they meet with their optometrist as part of a complete vision a...
Dr. Bob Melrose
December 11, 2017
Eye Health
Refractive surgery to help rid people of the need for glasses is one of eye care’s most rapidly changing specialties. It has evolved from the early days of incision RK surgery to the advent of laser p...
Brookside Optometric Group
November 14, 2017
Meet the Staff
Pat manages the in-house finishing lab at Brookside Optometric Group. As bench optician, he produces prescription eyewear for patients, solves problems with difficult prescriptions, and assists the re...
Dr. Bob Melrose
November 01, 2017
Meet the Doctors
My wife and I came to Stockton in 1982 when Dr Hisaka and Dr Prima asked us to become partners in their practice. We moved here with all of our belongings in the back of an open-air truck along with o...
Dr. Linda Hsu
October 30, 2017
Eye Health
One out of 10 adults over the age of 20 has been diagnosed with diabetes. Many adults can suffer from the effects of sugar fluctuations on their eye health. Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause o...
Dr. Leila Chow
September 25, 2017
Eye Health
October is no longer just an orange and black month in the spirit of Halloween. October is also a pink month—October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. October is the month when major campaigns to prom...
Brookside Optometric Group
September 12, 2017
Meet the Staff
As a pre-tester at Brookside Optometric Group, Marie conducts pretest procedures on patients before they meet with their optometrist as part of a comprehensive eye exam. She also helps opticians dispe...
Dr. Bob Melrose
September 07, 2017
Eye Health
People say that the eyes are the windows to the soul yet they are actually a window to your health. Many people are unaware how many health issues can be detected or diagnosed in an eye exam. The eye ...
Eye Health
A solar eclipse is a phenomenal spectacle that everyone should make the effort to see, and the eclipse of August 21, 2017 promises to be one of the most amazing of our lifetieme. Your mother's (and yo...
Meet the Staff
Heather is a pre-tester at Brookside Optometric Group, and greets and conducts pretest procedures on each patient before they meet with their optometrist as part of a complete vision analysis. She als...
Dr. Richard Vanover
August 08, 2017
Eye Health
Many people take their contact lenses for granted. Taking unnecessary risks with your contact lenses is like texting and driving: It is an accident waiting to happen. Even people who have been fit pro...
Dr. Kurt Skinner
July 06, 2017
Eye Health
It’s hard to believe that here, in the peak of summer, some school districts will be resuming classes in July, and the rest will go back to school in August. For many students, there may be almost as ...
Meet the Staff
Honey is an optician at Brookside Optometric Group, and works with patients to help them select frames and educates them about their options for lenses and premium lens coatings. She enjoys meeting ne...
Meet the Staff
As an optician at Brookside Optometric Group, Monica works closely with patients. During a typical day at the office, she helps patients pick out new frames based on their vision needs and style prefe...
Dr. Yolanda Scheer
May 08, 2017
Eye Health
Now, more than ever before, there are greater numbers of children with special needs and challenges in the classroom. Many of these children, particularly those with dyslexia, attention deficit disord...
Meet the Staff
As assistant lab manager at Brookside Optometric Group, Pheth ensures that all patients experience great customer service when they visit the office. Her role includes helping patients pick out new fr...
Meet the Doctors
Dr. Rosemary Melrose is an optometrist and partner at Brookside Optometric Group. Known around the office as Dr. Rosie, she has practiced optometry with her husband, Dr. Bob Melrose, since 1982. The m...
Meet the Staff
As a receptionist at Brookside Optometric Group, Alicia is one of the first staff members that patients interact with when they call the office or come in for an appointment. She responds to the needs...
Dr. Bob Melrose
March 28, 2017
Eye Health
Dr. Bob Melrose served on the Board of Directors of Community Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired for several years. It was there he met and became friends with Joni Bauer, M.S., COMS, who has ...
Meet the Doctors
Dr. Richard Vanover is an optometrist at Brookside Optometric Group. The most rewarding aspect of his job is the opportunity to explain a process or condition to a patient in a way that brings them gr...
Dr. Rosemary Melrose
February 28, 2017
Eye Health
As I examine patients and ask about eye disease in their family, nearly everyone has heard of glaucoma and cataracts (although only occasional patients can remember which is which!). Relatively few pa...
Brookside Optometric Group
January 30, 2017
Meet the Doctors
Dr. Vikram Girn is an optometrist at Brookside Optometric Group. He enjoys working with patients to help improve their vision and comfort, from helping a patient who thought they would never be glasse...
Brookside Optometric Group
January 30, 2017
Meet the Staff
Iris joined the Brookside Optometric Group family in 2015. As part of the enrollment department, she assists with scheduling, prepping, and organizing. She enjoys being part of a team that works toget...
Brookside Optometric Group
January 16, 2017
Meet the Staff
As front desk manager at Brookside Optometric Group, JoAnn is one of the first people that patients meet when they visit the office. She oversees appointment scheduling for all of the optometrists, ha...

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