About Us

Vision Care Center of Hawaii LLC is pleased to offer a wide range of optometric services, eye care products including eyeglasses, specialty eyewear, frames, and contact lenses. Our staff is happy to help however we can.

About Our Team

Our team of eye care professionals is experienced and friendly. We’re here to help all patients understand their benefits, schedule appointments, and fulfill their eye doctor’s orders. Our opticians can give you guidance in picking out your perfect pair of eyewear, and our friendly office staff is knowledgeable about billing and benefits coverage.

Meet our doctors here!

Hours

  • Monday
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday
  • 7:30am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday
  • Closed
Dr. Natalie Ramirez

Dr. Natalie Ramirez

Optometrist

Dr. Ramirez will be returning from maternity leave in March 2023.

Dr. Natalie Ramirez is a comprehensive clinical optometrist with enhanced training in ocular disease diagnosis and management. Dr. Ramirez was born and raised in Turlock, California and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis. She received her doctorate from the Southern California College of Optometry.  During optometry school she completed clinical rotations at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Center for the Partially Sighted, and the Optometric Center of Los Angeles. After graduating optometry school, Dr. Ramirez completed an ocular disease residency at the Southern Nevada VA Healthcare System in 2014.

Dr. Ramirez has clinical experience in various practice settings including working alongside retinal ophthalmologists here on Oahu, serving our nation’s veterans at VA Fresno, and taking care of our active duty and their families at the Naval Health Clinic at Pearl Harbor where her husband was previously stationed.

Dr. Ramirez has also enjoyed teaching optometry students and residents as a clinical adjunct faculty instructor for a number of optometry schools. In 2016, Dr. Ramirez became a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Ramirez is fluent in Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, going to the beach, and traveling with her family.

Education:

Ocular Disease Residency – Southern Nevada VA Healthcare System in Las Vegas 2014

Southern California College of Optometry 2013

University of California, Davis 2009

Memberships – Professional Organizations:

American Academy of Optometry

American Optometric Association

Hawaii Optometric Association

Dr. Roger Ede

Dr. Roger Ede

Founder

In 1971, Dr. Ede opened his first optometry office on historic Waipahu Depot Road below the sugar mill. He moved the office in 1987 to the current location at Waipahu Town Center. Dr. Ede cared for his patients and the community for 50 years and subsequently sold the practice to Dr. Ramirez in January 2022.

Dr. Pellejera

Dr. Pellejera

Optometrist

Dr. Chris Pellejera has over a decade of experience as an Optometrist. He was born and raised in the Philippines. Upon graduation from high school, he immigrated to Gresham, OR with his family in 1993. He started his Optometry career working as a fabricating optician and optometry technician in 1994.

Dr. Pellejera has clinical experience in various practice settings, including working at community health clinics providing eye care for the underserved population in eastern Washington state. He also worked alongside military ophthalmologists and optometrists serving armed forces beneficiaries.

Dr. Pellejera is fluent in Tagalog and can conduct eye exams in Spanish. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, hiking, and hanging out at the beach with his family.

Education: 

 
Doctor of Optometry – Inter American University School of Optometry 2012 
 
Bachelor of Science – Concordia University Portland 2007
Dr. Duane Chang

Dr. Duane Chang

Optometrist

Dr. Duane Chang has been practicing optometry since 1988. He was a civilian optometrist at Tripler Army Medical Center prior to joining Vision Care Centers of Hawaii – Waipahu Clinic. Dr. Chang practices full scope optometry with an interest in eye disease management and contact lenses.

Education:
Moanalua High School 1975
University of Hawaii 1980 B.A., Psychology
Pacific University 1988-Doctor of Optometry

Memberships – Professional Organizations:
American Optometric Association
Hawaii Optometric Association

Memberships – Service Organizations:
Member Kalihi Union Church (Evangelical Free Church)

Dr. Peony Tam-Suarez

Dr. Peony Tam-Suarez

Optometrist

Dr. Tam will be covering for Dr. Ramirez while she is on maternity leave.

Dr. Tam has over nine years of experience as an optometrist, providing comprehensive eye exams, contact lens exams, as well as treatment and management of ocular disease. She has spent the majority of her career working at a community health clinic providing eye care for the underserved population in central California.

Education:

– Primary Care and Surgical Co-Management Residency – Jonathan M.
Wainwright Memorial VA in Washington 2014
– Doctorate of Optometry – Western University of Health Sciences, College
of Optometry 2013
– Bachelor of Science – University of California, Irvine 2008

Dr. Natalie Ramirez

Optometrist

Dr. Ramirez will be returning from maternity leave in March 2023.

Dr. Natalie Ramirez is a comprehensive clinical optometrist with enhanced training in ocular disease diagnosis and management. Dr. Ramirez was born and raised in Turlock, California and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis. She received her doctorate from the Southern California College of Optometry.  During optometry school she completed clinical rotations at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Center for the Partially Sighted, and the Optometric Center of Los Angeles. After graduating optometry school, Dr. Ramirez completed an ocular disease residency at the Southern Nevada VA Healthcare System in 2014.

Dr. Ramirez has clinical experience in various practice settings including working alongside retinal ophthalmologists here on Oahu, serving our nation’s veterans at VA Fresno, and taking care of our active duty and their families at the Naval Health Clinic at Pearl Harbor where her husband was previously stationed.

Dr. Ramirez has also enjoyed teaching optometry students and residents as a clinical adjunct faculty instructor for a number of optometry schools. In 2016, Dr. Ramirez became a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Ramirez is fluent in Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, going to the beach, and traveling with her family.

Education:

Ocular Disease Residency – Southern Nevada VA Healthcare System in Las Vegas 2014

Southern California College of Optometry 2013

University of California, Davis 2009

Memberships – Professional Organizations:

American Academy of Optometry

American Optometric Association

Hawaii Optometric Association

Dr. Duane Chang

Dr. Duane Chang

Optometrist

Dr. Duane Chang has been practicing optometry since 1988. He was a civilian optometrist at Tripler Army Medical Center prior to joining Vision Care Centers of Hawaii – Waipahu Clinic. Dr. Chang practices full scope optometry with an interest in eye disease management and contact lenses.

Education:
Moanalua High School 1975
University of Hawaii 1980 B.A., Psychology
Pacific University 1988-Doctor of Optometry

Memberships – Professional Organizations:
American Optometric Association
Hawaii Optometric Association

Memberships – Service Organizations:
Member Kalihi Union Church (Evangelical Free Church)

Dr. Roger Ede

Dr. Ede

Founder

In 1971, Dr. Ede opened his first optometry office on historic Waipahu Depot Road below the sugar mill. He moved the office in 1987 to the current location at Waipahu Town Center. Dr. Ede cared for his patients and the community for 50 years and subsequently sold the practice to Dr. Ramirez in January 2022.

Dr. Peony Tam-Suarez

Optometrist

Dr. Tam will be covering for Dr. Ramirez while she is on maternity leave.

Dr. Tam has over nine years of experience as an optometrist, providing comprehensive eye exams, contact lens exams, as well as treatment and management of ocular disease. She has spent the majority of her career working at a community health clinic providing eye care for the underserved population in central California.

Education:

– Primary Care and Surgical Co-Management Residency – Jonathan M.
Wainwright Memorial VA in Washington 2014
– Doctorate of Optometry – Western University of Health Sciences, College
of Optometry 2013
– Bachelor of Science – University of California, Irvine 2008

Dr. Pellejera

Optometrist

Dr. Chris Pellejera has over a decade of experience as an Optometrist. He was born and raised in the Philippines. Upon graduation from high school, he immigrated to Gresham, OR with his family in 1993. He started his Optometry career working as a fabricating optician and optometry technician in 1994.

Dr. Pellejera has clinical experience in various practice settings, including working at community health clinics providing eye care for the underserved population in eastern Washington state. He also worked alongside military ophthalmologists and optometrists serving armed forces beneficiaries.

Dr. Pellejera is fluent in Tagalog and can conduct eye exams in Spanish. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, hiking, and hanging out at the beach with his family.

Education: 

 
Doctor of Optometry – Inter American University School of Optometry 2012 
 
Bachelor of Science – Concordia University Portland 2007