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Philip Kwok, OD

Chief of Primary Care Optometric Service, Assistant Professor

College of Optometry

E-Mail: pkwok@westernu.edu

Phone: 909-469-8486 | Fax: 909-469-5228

Website: www.westernu.edu

Join year: 2018


2002, Hospital-Based Optometry Residency, Fresno VA Medical Center

2001, Doctor of Optometry, University of California, Berkeley

1999, B. S., Vision Science, University of California, Berkeley

1997, B. A., Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley


2011, Medical Optometry, American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry

2008, Glaucoma, California State Board of Optometry

2006, Lacrimal Dilation and Irrigation, California State Board of Optometry

2001, Therapeutics, California State Board of Optometry

Professional Experience

Chief of Primary Care Optometric Service, July 2018 to Present Eye Care Institute, Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry Director of Medical Programs, October 2011 to June 2018 Golden Optometric Group, West Covina, CA Clinical Director, June 2010 to October 2011 Santa Monica Bay Eye Associates, Santa Monica, CA Associate Optometrist, April 2009 to June 2010 Atlantis Eyecare, Long Beach, CA Director of Optometry, September 2002 to April 2009 Assil Eye Institute, Beverly Hills, CA

Work Site

Western University of Health Sciences Eye Care Institute, Pomona, CA

Academic Interests


Optic nerve disease, glaucoma

Vascular retina disease, diabetic retinopathy

Geriatric eye disease, macular degeneration

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, November 2004 to June 2008

Southern California College of Optometry, Fullerton, CA

Clinic faculty for the primary care and ocular disease departments

Clinic Coordinator for the Eye Care Service at Cerritos College


American Optometric Association (AOA)

California Optometric Association (COA)

San Gabriel Valley Optometric Society (SGVOS)

Community Organizations

Orange County Dry Eye Support Group, Laguna Hills, CA 2012

Senior Center Vision Screening, Irwindale, CA 2012

Lions Club Examinations, Santa Monica, CA 2003-2009

YES Program Examiner, Santa Monica, CA 2003-2004

Stand Down Program, health screening for homeless veterans, Fresno, CA 2002

Asian Senior Health Fair, San Francisco, CA 2000

Suitcase Clinic, Berkeley, CA 1997-1998


Dr. Philip Kwok graduated from the University of California-Berkeley, School of Optometry and completed a residency in Hospital-Based Optometry at the Fresno VA Medical Center. He has a background primarily working with sub-specialists in ophthalmology (refractive, cornea, cataract, retina, glaucoma) to achieve the best surgical outcomes possible. His areas of interest are mainly in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of ocular disease, particularly the more challenging cases. Having clinical experience in a variety of practice settings, he has also been able to observe the many methods of eye care delivery, and seeks to improve its efficiencies. Dr. Kwok enjoyed his years in teaching, first as a resident at the Fresno VA Medical Center, and then as clinical faculty at Southern California College of Optometry (Marshall B. Ketchum University). He believes the only thing more professionally rewarding than personally managing ocular disease is to be able to teach it to others. In July 2018, he joined Western University College of Optometry as Chief of Primary Care with a desire to continue sharing his knowledge and experience with students.