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Dr. Stephen Chinn graduated from U.C. Berkeley School of Optometry in 1972. He has been married since 1977, and has one daughter who is currently attending Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
Dr. Chinn has been in private practice for over 30 years, he has also been affiliated with Vision Source since 1999. He currently holds hospital privileges for elderly care at Community Convalescent Home of La Mesa, and donates his time seeing patients at La Maestra Community Clinic. He is an avid sports fan who enjoys baseball, football, tennis, and swimming. In addition to English,
Dr. Chinn speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian, and Spanish. Dr. Chinn attends Horizon Christian Fellowship on a regular basis, and is a member of the California Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association and the Vista Chamber of Commerce.
Verified Patient Reviews
Very friendly, informative and professional. The equipment is clean and advanced and makes you feel confident about the treatment.
Dr. Chinn is a really nice doctor who took the time to clearly explain what he was doing and made me feel comfortable discussing my eyesight and some of the (very minor) issues I've been having lately. He was an ideal doctor and I'm really glad I found a great optometrist in San Diego!
I would highly recommend Dr. Chinn. I have been wearing glasses since I was 14 and I am now 68. So, I have been to a few optomitrists. I feel lucky to have had Dr. Chinn recomended to me. His staff is knowledgeable and personable.
I was more than an hour early accidentally, but they took me right away anyway. Also they were all very nice and their equipment was state of the art.
It was awesome and staff is great!
Friendly, professional staff with state-of-the-art equipment. Felt very much at ease and informed every step of the way.
The whole team at the office is super professional and helpful and intelligent. I got awesome service and thoughtful medical attention and a rad new pair of glasses! They'll fill out and submit your rebates for contacts and have awesome offers on hip brands. Tiffany and Cindy are especially helpful and lovely to work with, and Dr. Jennifer Chinn is so friendly and thorough (and chic!)! If you love supporting a local, family-owned business that takes care of their patients, this is your spot!
This visit exceeded my expectations. I was greeted as soon as I walked through the door and the experience just kept getting better after that. This was my first visit here and I had a tiny bit of paperwork to fill out (that could also be filled out ahead of time online but I didn't do that). I was seen immediately after I filled out the paperwork I was taken to the back for my eye exam. Updated equipment made this a very efficient process. What stood out the most was the customer service and how informative EVERYONE was. The staff is very friendly and went out of the way to really educate me on ways to maintain healthy vision for the long run. I have had glasses in the past from a different doctor's office and that experience was nowhere near as great as this. As a matter-of-fact, had I come to this location for my first set of glasses, I would've learned a lot more about eye care and how to adjust to glasses. Now I can really make the most out of my new glasses since someone took the time to give me tips and pointers that are custom to my lifestyle needs. This is a family run establishment and they definitely have an amazing balance of expertise from vision, customer service, style and everything in between. If you are looking to purchase glasses, they have a selection on display and really take the time to help you find the ones best for you. They also have a good special as well as affordable options based on your exact needs. I've already recommended some folks in my network to check them out and highly recommend anyone reading this to check out Dr. Chinn's location. Thanks so much for a great experience. This time around I am actually excited about wearing glasses.
It was very good nice doctor and nice receptionists
They were great! Kind and professional.
I've been going to see Dr Chinn for a few years now. Both Dr. Chinn and his staff are professional, knowledgeable and friendly. I used to jump around with eye doctors, but I'm staying out here.
Very welcoming office Helps you understand what it is you need & why
Dr. Chinn and his office manager are very friendly. There was no wait and I was able to take care of my appointment and get back to work for a meeting due to their efficiency. I would highly recommend Dr. Chinn to nobody who needs an eye exam! #GoBears
I thought Dr. Chinn and his staff were both extremely, professional, courteous, and welcoming. They explained each step of the exam and made sure I understood what was going to take-place/what my options were.
I loved it ! The staff was amazing ! It was a quick visit and I'm goad I chose Dr. Chinn
Loved everything. It was my first time getting contacts and they were very thorough. Make sure to print out forms just in case, especially if they require a signature before your appointment.
Very professional and pleasant exam.
Dr. Chinn is a very nice and and informative doctor. Very sweet and easy to talk to. Awesome doctor.
I'll follow Dr. Chinn's optometry wherever they go. The BEST optometry experience I've ever had. Everyone that works for that office is on point and I recommend them to everyone I know!
The front office staff is polite, sweet, and I know their jobs. It was simple to be prepared to see the doctor and they called my insurance and let me know my coverage well I saw the doctor. The office is spotless and they have the most up-to-date technology at their disposal. Dr. Chinn is very professional. It is obvious that he has been a doctor of Optometry for several years. He's also very funny and very nice. He knows how to use all the great technology he has throughout his office. It's easy to tell that you're in good hands. I can't believe it's taking me this long to find such a fantastic practice. I wish he was my MD!
Very professional, thorough exam. Friendly and helpful staff.
Everything was quick, easy & professional. I also liked the text reminders & the ability to fill out forms online before my visit. They seem to have the newest technology & made my visit very informative & comfortable.
Staff were SUPER cool and accommodating. Dr. Took extra time to re and double/triple check my eyes as I'm probably about 90% blind in my right eye. Dr. is genuine , gentle, kind hearted and the type of doc you hope to see when you go for any visit- anywhere!
Great experience, friendly staff, would definitely recommend!
The staff is very friendly and responsive. They made my visit very smooth.
Tiffany at the front desk was very nice and she really knew her stuff. Great experience at this office.
Dr. Chinn and his staff are great!
My visit with Stephen Chinn was awesome. The staff was courteous and helpful and Mr. Chinn was extremely knowledgeable. His office has state of the art equipment which makes the exam, prescription, and eyeglass purchase very easy and fast. Many of my coworkers have gone to him in the past which is how I heard about him. Everyone spoke very well of their experience. Our office is located very close to his office.
Everyone was super friendly and explained everything to me. Hardly any wait time and I think I arrived early. They had very affordable frames as well as high end designer frames at reasonable prices. I highly recommend this place!
Dr. Chinn along with his wonderful staff Tiffany and Flower make eye exams enjoyable! See you guys next year :)
State of the art equipment. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Highly recommend. Only con is parking is difficult to find.
This place is awesome. I would highly recommend this optometrist.
Dr. Chin is AWESOME! Delightful conversation with some good laughs. He and his staff made me feel comfortable. Explained every procedure and wasn't there to "make a sale". They educate you and allow you to make educated decisions. Very nice!
Great staff and Dr.
I had a great visit with Dr. Chinn. Both he and his staff were super friendly and welcoming. I didn't wait long at all - maybe 10 minutes at most. The technology they use is very modern. I felt very confident I was getting high quality care. I definitely plan on sticking with Dr. Chinn as my go-to OD.
Very professional and a welcoming atmosphere. Everyone in the office know what they're talking about. Highly recommeded.
Dr. Chinn is great. Everyone in the office was really friendly.
Very friendly and helpful staff and I really liked Dr. Chinn. Great exam and consultation. It was actually fun. Pricy specs but I guess they're pricy no matter where you go these days.
Had some initial issues with insurance, since I have two providers, but that was quickly resolved. Staff is very friendly, atmosphere is nice, office is clean, and its in a great location.
It was great, but I like to be alerted to co-pay in advance or what procedures are standard for a check up
Being new in town, I was hesitant to choose a doctor based solely on online reviews, but experience was great. The assistants were welcoming and so was Dr Chinn. He was thorough and answered my questions. It was helpful they take appointments past 5pm and using the ZocDoc it makes the visit pretty quick. They even took their own time to submit my rebate.
I have been a patient of his for a year now, and I am completely satisfied with the experience. Not only is Dr. Chinn a thorough, thoughtful doctor, his staff is friendly and helpful. I always appreciate how willing they are to work with me to maximize my visits. I would recommend Dr. Chinn to anyone!
Outstanding experience. I highly recommend Dr Chinn and his staff.
Always an amazing visit :) Friendly staff make you feel at home. Always quick, convenient service!
Awesome! Friendly and helpful staff :)
The girls upfront were great and very helpful! Will definitely be back
State of the art equipment, professional but friendly service, ten stars on all accounts!
Excellent Dr. and excellent team that really cares. Always put their guests and customers first. Very friendly and informative.
Overall great experience. The staff was friendly and helpful, as was Dr. Chinn. I was able to get a Saturday appointment and didn't have to wait long at all. Two thumbs up.
He and his staff were very friendly, nice, and helpful. He took his time to make sure I had the the correct prescription. The staff members were very easy to talk to, and everyone made me feel comfortable.
Excellent customer service! A++++ They offer amazing deals and services. Been going for years :) Love their excellent selection of glasses / contact lenses. Wonderful I love this place!!
I have horrible eyes and Dr. Chinn was incredibly thorough with the examination. He makes sure you like and can adjust well to new contacts by letting you take home a couple trial pairs before you spend money on 6 months to a years prescriptions worth. I don't live in North Park any more but he is so good, I'll make the drive so I can keep him as my eye doctor.
I love everyone that works there. They always address you by your name and give you advise as to what looks good on you. They are always friendly and have a smile on their face.
Great doctor, gave a quick checkup and helped with my dry eyes.
Great experience. Very professional. The staff is amazing
My appointments are always very pleasant. The girls at the desk are absolutely awesome! They're very personable and knowledgeable. Dr. Chinn is always a pleasure to see, he takes great care of my eyes. I can't see myself going anywhere else. Thanks!
He was great! Very friendly and wonderful staff. I am very excited I found them so close to home.
Such a great and knowledgeable Doctor. I enjoyed talking with him as well. He shared such great information with me.
Friendly and attentive, everyone took the time to explain what was happening.
My son had the appointment. We were in and out with an order of new glasses in 40 minutes. Staff is very nice.
Everyone including Dr. Chinn were very nice and helpful. My family and I were greeted with a very enthusiastic hello and with a smile. I will continue to come to this office for future eye exam's and i highly recommend this office to other adults and their children. They were great with my 8 tear old.
Excellent. The staff are all nice and accomodating. Dr. Chinn is very professional and cheerful. He is a nice guy. I should have known him before.
Dr Chinn and Tiffany were wonderful!
Staff very efficient and friendly. Dr.Chinn was friendly and knowledgeable!
He was great, he and his staff took the additional time necessary to explain in detail what the diagnostic machines they used and how my sight had degenerated
Prompt appointment visit, courteous, informative.
A very pleasant experience! Highly recommended!
Great doctor and staff!
Our first experience was amazing. The office was extremely clean and tidy! Nothing like I expected it to be! Would definitely recommend Dr. Chinn to family, friends, or who are looking for a really good Optometrist!
They didn't seem to have enough people working. There was a lot of waiting, but everyone was very friendly and hospitable.
Dr. Chinn is personable and professional. He really cares about his patients. He goes the extra mile to make sure his patients have the right contacts.
Very professional, very intelligent, and very interesting. I always enjoy speaking with my doctors, and this man is certainly no exception. All around 5/5, not to mention the extremely helpful staff!
It was great, excellent attention and answer all my questions, last minute appointment and no long office waiting.
It was a very nice office and staff. We are glad we chose it.
Dr. Chinn was very kind and easy to talk with and very professional.
professional, efficient, informative, caring
Thoroughly enjoyed meeting the doctor and his staff. Everything was well explained before it was done and while it was being done. I was given all the options and information I needed at each step of the process and felt confident I was making good decisions.
Dr. Chinn is very professional and I was impressed by how thorough my eye exam was and I left feeling confident about the visit. I definitely recommend this place.
Visiting Stephen Chinn's office was a wakeup call when it comes to Eye Care. I don't think I am a-typical when I say I always used to "just go to costco" to get an eye exam. A smart man twiddles a few buttons and asks "1 or 2". The amount of technology that this office has on offer is truly staggering. I was blown away at how different it was to every other standard eye doctors visit I've had in my life. 3d Scans of your eye? Ultrasound? Automated prescription finder? Yep - all that, and more. The tech was not just all show and tell. The 3d scan of my eye allowed Dr Chinn to reccomend a very specific type of contact that fit and felt way better than the ones I had used before. Lens fit is very personal, but for mere mortals like myself - it's just a question of hit or miss. The techno babble allowed Dr. Chinn to narrow it down to a few candidates, which all felt great. I'm enthralled by the service I received today. Enough said.
Dr. Chinn was very professional, thorough and nice. The visit was both helpful and pleasant.
I would recomend Dr.Chinn.He and his staff were awsome
I was greeted right away and explained everything i needed to know so that I have no questions of my insurance coverage & options. Definitely a huge upgrade in service coming from a eye store shop found in most malls nowadays.
He's really nice
I FEEL WELCOME AS SOON AS I WALK IN THE OFFICE :)
Extremely courteous, friendly, funny and knowledgeable. His office staff likewise. Will definitely recommend.
Vey professional and takes time to talk to you and exlain details