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Eye Clinic physical address:

VA Long Beach
5901 E. 7th Street
Building 126 – Optometry Service
Long Beach, CA 90822

Santa Ana CBOC
1506 Brookhollow Dr.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Externship Program Director:

Edward Chu, OD, FAAO (714) 434-4668

Type of Practice:

  • VA Hospital

Patient Care Hours

Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Prerequisites for Student Interns

  • Clinic attire, scrubs acceptable
  • Work hard, be professional, show improvement
  • Please see externship documentation and immunization requirements

Patient Services Provided

  • Provide vision care and prescribe appropriate visual aids.
  • Provide primary eye care services as well as diagnosis and treatment anterior and posterior diseases. Patients are exposed to full-scope practice.


  • All clinic rooms stocked with BIO and 90D/78D/20D lenses, gonioscopy lenses
  • Personal equipment is allowed, but not required

Patient Services Provided:

  • Primary care exams with diagnosis and treatment of anterior/posterior segment diseases.
  • Opportunities to shadow and perform exams on patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI)


  • Externs, residents, and staff doctors will meet every Wednesday for 1 hour for Grand Rounds/Journal club
  • Externs are required to present one PowerPoint presentation on a patient seen during the rotation

Educational Objectives

  • Externs are expected to see between 8 and 10 patients per day
  • Ability to detect, diagnose, and treat ocular pathology
  • To improve efficiency, time management, technical and clinical examination skills
  • Increase ability to perform advanced procedures such as gonioscopy, scleral depression
  • Integrate classroom knowledge into clinical care
  • Improve independent decision making and management ability

Other Information

  • No housing available. Please feel free to contact Dr. Chu with any questions regarding potential areas to live in during the externship.
  • Car for transportation between clinics recommended. Externs are expected to be able to commute to both clinic locations (Long Beach and Santa Ana) during the rotation. Thus, having a car for the rotation is not required, but highly recommended as the clinics are approximately 20 miles apart.
  • Equipment is provided for externs in each exam room (90D, 78D, 20D, gonioscopy lenses, BIO, trial lenses).
  • Scrubs are acceptable clinic attire.
  • Fully equipped clinics with OCT, fundus camera, anterior segment camera, Humphrey VF.
  • Other externship affiliations: NECO, SALUS, MBKU.
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