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Giving Back

Our owner, Dr. Joseph Torres, has been living in San Francisco for over 30 years. He's found ways to give back to the community through Eye Carumba Optometry in ways that reflect his eclectic taste and different passion for the Bay Area.

Project Homeless Connect

Motto: “The mission of Project Homeless Connect is to connect San Franciscans experiencing homelessness with the care they need to move forward”

Founded in 2004, Project Homeless Connect is an organization that collaborates with different businesses, city agencies, and organizations to provide comprehensive services through different events to assist those who are at risk of becoming homeless, are currently experiencing homelessness or are transitioning from homelessness to housing. They are proud to serve more than 6,000 people every year through Community Day of Service events and in-house weekly services. In one day at a Community Day of Service event, a person experiencing homelessness can find services that would otherwise take months to secure.

Homelessness is a community issue, and as such requires a community solution which is why Eye Carumba is a proud partner of this organization. We take pride in providing glasses and services to those who need our assistance. Through the contributions of many including Eye Carumba, Project Homeless Connect was able to assist 10,907 people in getting glasses!

Voices of Project Homeless Connect:


Mindful Eyes Foundation

The purpose of the Mindful Eyes Foundation is to provide prescription eyeglasses and help arrange vision and eye health care appointments with eye care professionals within the community for those who are unable to obtain assistance through private insurance, welfare or other social service agencies. This organization focuses on making sure that they serve the needs of each person in order to elevate their quality of life. Without the assistance of Eye Carumba as well as other optometry offices around the Bay Area, they would not be able to provide the quality care and services they offer. They currently reside in the Berkeley Free Clinic every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7:00 PM.

FICTION by l.a.Eyeworks

FICTION by l.a.Eyeworks believes that the written word is a positive pathway to self-expression and identity, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every FICTION frame supports the work of 826LA, a non-profit organization that helps develop the writing skills of students and assists teachers in encouraging their students to write.

Founded in 2005, 826LA has served more than 65,000 young people with free programs that specifically target economically disadvantaged students, including tutoring, in-school projects, workshops, field trips, and publishing projects. An orchestrated network of volunteers, including writers, artists, and professionals, supports the vital work of 826LA, logging more than 21,000 hours of service last year alone.

San Francisco Orchid Society

Dr. Torres has volunteers at the San Francisco Orchid Society every year. He loves all things beautiful and is passionate about the continued beautification of San Francisco.

If you are interested in donating any glasses, please feel free to drop them off at our office!

What Our Patients Say

Dr. O. Vanessa Avery is the best optometrist I've ever worked with. The prescription she set me up with changed my visual life and she also helped my eye health. Apparently having an almost invisible eyelash tucked into your eyelid for days at a time is not good for your eye. She fished it out and got me eye drops to soothe my scratched lens as it healed.

OK now let's talk about frames. I have the most gorgeous, comfortable frames for my regular glasses and my prescription sunglasses. I get so many compliments on them, which is very important to me. The optician spent as long as I needed helping me find glasses that fit my giant head and make me feel good. This place has trunk shows regularly where you can comb through tons of designer selections assisted by the designer rep. BTW frame designer reps know their s*%t and can fit you in killer frames that fit like a dream. And they are particular about the fit and won't try to sell you something uncomfortable or doesn't work on you.

Eye Carumba is my jam and I've recommended several coworkers to start getting their eyes checked here. I have an appointment next week and I'm looking forward to it.

December 1, 2017
Ana Devine

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