Uninsured? Low-Cost Eye Exams Thanksgiving Weekend


Every Thanksgiving season, Linden Optometry P.C. in Pasadena gives back to the Community by offering low-cost eye exams for anyone who has lost their vision insurance (or who never had vision insurance).  Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act did not mandate vision care for adults, so many  adults go year-after-year without seeing an eye doctor.

On Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25, 2018 our Doctors of Optometry will provide you with a full, comprehensive eye exam including Glaucoma test, for $25.

This event is by appointment only, and we have a limited number of appointments available.  Please call 1-626-796-1191 and ask for a Thanksgiving $25 Eye Exam, or click below and specify “$25 UnInsured Exam” from the menu when making your appointment.

This exam does NOT include contact lens fitting, nor does it include treatment of eye infections, treatment of Glaucoma, eye injuries, or any other medical condition.  Sorry, this offer is only for patients who have no vision insurance.

Win $130 BCBG Sunglasses at Saturday’s Trunk Show!


A BCBG Trunk Show, including bcbg0001a

drawing for a $130 pair of BCBG Sunglasses, will be held at Linden Optometry, P.C. on July 8, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

There is no charge for admission to Saturday’s Trunk Show, and attendees are welcome to try on all of the latest Sunglasses from BCBG. Fashion Consultants will be offering complimentary eyewear fashion advice.

Guests are invited to drop their names into a basket for the drawing, which will be held at 4:00 PM. The winner will take home one pair of BCBG Sunglasses, a retail value up to $130, including non-prescription sunglass lenses. No purchase is necessary. Winner need not be present, but you must enter in person.

Free Refreshments will be served! The event takes place at Linden Optometry, P.C., 477 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena 91101. Phone 626-796-1191. Free parking behind the building.

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A Vision for Children Everywhere


To learn at school every child needs to be able to see their texts and lessons on the board or screen. To develop relationships with their peers they need to be able to see faces and play safely. To take in the world around them –they use their eyes.



That why Linden Optometry A P.C. is proud to support Our Children’s Vision – a global call to action to ensure that effective, inclusive and sustainable eye health initiatives for children and adolescents become a priority for governments around the world.

Undetected vision conditions do more than just limit a child’s ability to see. They limit their ability to learn, can lead to the misdiagnosis of a learning disability like ADHD, can increase the likelihood of becoming a juvenile offender, and in some instances can even lead to blindness, if not identified and treated early. The statistics tell the story. Children with uncorrected vision:

• Are often misdiagnosed as having a learning disability – 40% of kids with diagnosed learning disabilities have vision issues

• May suffer from permanent vision loss if a vision issue, like amblyopia (better known as lazy eye), is not treated by age seven

• Could face legal troubles – one study suggests 70% of juvenile offenders have been found to have uncorrected vision problems

• Could earn up to 12% less over their lifetime

It is estimated that half the world’s population will be myopic – or nearsighted – by 2050 and the cost to the global economy will be a huge $202 billion annually through the loss of educational and economic productivity. If we can reach children while their eyes are developing we can slow and even reverse this trend.

An eye exam and a pair of glasses can be the solution. When children are educated they tend to be healthier, participate more in the labor market, earn higher incomes and enable better health care and education for their own children in the future.

Over the coming months, our doctors will make a donation for every frame sold to help ensure that every child, everywhere has access to the eye care they need. Visit our practice to learn more – or make a donation givingsight.org

And don’t forget to ensure that your child has had an eye exam. We invite you to contact our office to make an appointment.

Dr. Brenda Lien, O.D. Recognized for her Volunteer Work



Dr. Brenda Lien, O.D. Volunteering at RAM Clinic in Las Vegas. Photo Credit: Alissa Nagel/Nevada.

On the weekend of October 3-4, optometrist Dr. Brenda Lien volunteered her time to give free eye exams and related vision care at the Remote Area Medical Health Clinic, a 3-day event where hundreds of families received no-cost medical, dental, and vision care.  Most of those patients are either un-insured, under-insured, unemployed, or simply cannot afford health care.

The clinic was held at Tarkanian Basketball Academy in Las Vegas, and was sponsored by Remote Area Medical (RAM), a non-profit, volunteer relief corps.  RAM’s big-rig trucks hauled in trailers full of medical equipment on Thursday, and the huge, empty gymnasium was transformed overnight into something that looks like an Army MASH unit:  Wall-to-wall dental, medical, and vision testing equipment, exam chairs, and dozens upon dozens of volunteer medical personnel.

Because the clinic is run on a first-come, first-served basis, patients began lining up for numbers as early as 3:30 AM on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning. At 6:00 AM when the clinic doors opened, the anxious crowds rushed in to finally receive no-cost general medical care, immunizations, dental care, eye exams, basic eye treatment, and eyeglasses.   Organizers say they never shut their doors until every patient has been seen.

Click for News Coverage of RAM Clinic

It was a great privilege and blessing to volunteer and help restore sight to nearly 500 individuals over the weekend,” said Dr. Lien, still cheerful and energetic after several long days of volunteer work.

Dr. Lien has practiced optometry at Linden Optometry in Pasadena for over 9 years, providing eye exams and vision care for both children and adults.  She is a graduate of Southern California College of Optometry, and she became a Clinical Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry in 2010.  Dr. Lien has been a Subject Matter Expert for the California State Board of Optometry and is a recipient of the PEN/Con-Cise Award for displaying a high degree of professionalism and commitment to the independent practice of optometry.

Remote Area Medical’s mission is to prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free quality healthcare to those who cannot afford medical attention.  According to RAM, “Many people live in fear of sickness and injury simply because they have little or no access to basic medical care.  RAM responds to this need by providing free, quality dental, vision, and medical care to those who cannot afford it.  In less than 24 hours we turn fairgrounds, schools, jungles, and arenas into mobile medical centers.”

Linden Optometry P.C. recognizes Dr. Lien for volunteering her time to be part of the solution. 

Dr. Lien’s participation in the RAM Clinic was made possible by international non-profit Optometry Giving Sight, as a result of Linden Optometry being the #1 fundraiser in last year’s World Sight Day Challenge 2014.”

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A Typical “RAM” Remote Area Medical Free Clinic (stock photo courtesy RAM)


World Sight Day Challenge 2015. Will You Help?


As a member of the vision care community, Linden Optometry is concerned about people around the world who lack access to the quality eye care we can often take for granted. Because of this, we are participating in the World Sight Day Challenge during September and October.WSD 2015 026 - cropped

Now in its 9th year, the World Sight Day Challenge is the largest annual global fundraising campaign to address avoidable blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error – simply the need for an eye exam and glasses. The campaign is run by global charity, Optometry Giving Sight.

Preventable blindness is a solvable problem and we are proud to help give better vision to those in need. Most people are surprised to learn that for as little as $5 someone living in an underserved community can be provided with an eye exam and a pair of glasses to transform their lives. Everyone can make a huge difference and we are thrilled to be contributing to Optometry Giving Sight.

During September and October, Linden Optometry will match your donation (up to $500) to help the more than 600 million people in the world who are blind or vision impaired because they do not have access to an eye exam or glasses.

The campaign goal is to raise $1 million globally in 2015. We are thrilled to be contributing towards this goal and hope you will join us in doing so!WSD - image_2-girls_with-wristbands

Transforming Lives:

Annie and Sonia are two of 1500 children who benefitted from a recent screening program in Cap Haitian, Haiti. Poor vision made it very difficult for them to see the teachers’ writing on the blackboard.  They were identified as having astigmatism and were referred to the Vision Plus Clinic, part funded by Optometry Giving Sight, for a full examination and to obtain glasses. “Thank you for helping my daughters see the world,” a grateful Mrs. Charles said after her 6-year-old daughter, Sonia, put on her first pair of glasses!To date, Optometry Giving Sight has disbursed more than US$11 million in funding from donors and sponsors to 72 projects in 42 countries.

For more information, visit www.givingsight.org


Celebrate National Dumpling Day at Dr. Linden’s Favorite Eateries!


Chinese Dumplings, or “Potstickers”

Taipei and Beijing may think they have the monopoly on great dumplings, but here in “The 626” we have some pretty amazing dumpling houses too.  So to celebrate National Dumpling Day, I’ve put together a list of my favorite dumpling spots.

1. Din Tai Fung (1088 S. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA)

When it comes to dumplings, most locals immediately think of Din Tai Fung. They use the freshest and highest quality ingredients, which makes up for the expensive prices. I am particularly fond of their fish dumplings – the fish is so fresh you would think it was soft chicken. The variety, however, is very limited. Due to their popularity and overflowing crowds, they built two back to back locations on Baldwin Avenue in Arcadia in order to handle the constant flow of customers.

2. 101 Noodle Express (1025 S. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA)

On the same street as Din Tai Fung, there are two other places where I have tried the dumplings. 101 Noodle Express has 22 varieties of dumplings. The dumplings are clearly larger than the ones at Din Tai Fung, and there are so many different kinds to choose from. I personally love their hot and sour soup, while my three daughters absolutely adore their delicious beef noodle soup.

3. Dumpling House (921 S. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA)

The other dumpling place on Baldwin Avenue is Dumpling House. Unfortunately, Dumpling House only has around six different types of dumplings, but the prices are very low and affordable.

4. Mama’s Kitchen (153 E. Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA)

On Duarte Road, there is a little “hole in the wall” called Mama’s Kitchen. They used to be on Valley Blvd. in San Gabriel but they moved to Arcadia a couple of years ago. Mama’s Kitchen has been around for more than 30 years. The best part is how the don’t use MSG or any other additives for their dumplings, and they use whole-wheat flour to make the dumpling skin. I always feel so healthy eating their dumplings. The dumplings here are delicious, and they have a long list of varieties to choose from. Mama’s Kitchen is a family favorite (my daughters are obsessed with the dumplings). Some of the flavors here are unique, such as pumpkin with mushroom, pork with fennel, and lamb with carrot. The ambiance is not as nice, so I would recommend bringing the dumplings home – perfect for the whole family!

And there you have it!  My four favorite San Gabriel Valley dumpling places.  Why not treat yourself and your family to a night out tonight to celebrate National Dumpling Day?  In fact, why not snap a photo of yourselves enjoying your favorite dumplings, and send it my way?  Post it on the Linden Optometry, P.C. Facebook page so everyone can see it.  And be sure to tell me how your dumplings were the next time you come to see me for an eye exam, or drop me an email, and tell me about your favorite dumpling restaurant!

Dr. M. Emily Linden, O.D.      

Doctors and Staff Win Award for Best Fundraising Results in U.S.A.


Presenting the World Sight Day 2014 funds

Presenting the World Sight Day 2014 funds

A fund-raising ceremony was held in our offices in Pasadena last Friday to celebrate 3 months of successful fundraising for World Sight Day 2014.  Over 100 doctors and staff members of donned “World Sight Day 2014” t-shirts and worked as a team to raise the funds.  The funds collected will be used to build vision clinics and train new eye doctors in under-served communities around the world, in order to help people who are in urgent need of eye care.

Accepting the Platinum Award

Accepting the Platinum Award

Eric Anderson, Chief Development Officer of non-profit “Optometry Giving Sight” visited our office and accepted the funds in the form of a giant check.   He then congratulated our doctors and staff for being the #1 fund-raising optometry office in the USA, presenting them with a Platinum Fundraising Award, the highest level possible.  The Award was accepted by Drs. Alan Limfat OD and M. Emily Linden, O.D.

Doctors Linden and Limfat accept Congressional Certificate of Achievement from Viola Van of Congresswoman Judy Chu's office.

Doctors Linden and Limfat accept Congressional Certificate of Achievement from Viola Van of Congresswoman Judy Chu’s office.

Crystal accepts her Congressional Certificate.

Crystal accepts her Congressional Certificate.

                     Viola Van, representing the office of Congresswoman Judy Chu, presented a Certificate of Congressional Achievement to the doctors and staff of Linden Optometry for outstanding fund-raising efforts, and presented a separate certificate to Crystal Paxton, the number one fund-raiser in our office!

Save 30% on Sunglasses and Eyeglasses on Black Friday 2013



Valid November 29th, 2013 only.   Some restrictions apply.  Ask optician for details.  Discount does not apply to contact lenses or professional services such as eye exams.  Cannot be combined with other specials, discounts, or previous purchases.  Cannot be used with insurance.   Valid for non-prescription or prescription eyewear.  For prescription eyewear, bring your outside Rx, or eye exam available onsite for additional fee.