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SC Eye Lab
1311 N. El Camino Real
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Compiled by Eric Heinz
Cheryl Cavanna, owner of SC Eye Lab and a 30-year San Clemente resident, is hoping to make eyewear more affordable for everyone who needs glasses.
“I worked for an optometrist for several years,” Cavanna said. “The thing is, people with the state of California insurance, after the age of 21 (California Care) only pay for exams and not materials, so the cost of eyeglasses is extremely high.”
Cavanna said a basic pair of glasses can run $175-$200, but she makes glasses in her lab for as little as $99 or $49 if the customer already has their own frames.
Behind the scenes, Cavanna chisels the frames using a machine designed to make various prescriptions for polycarbonate or glass lenses.
“The wait time with me is only a day or two, whereas at other locations you may be waiting 10 to 15 days,” she said. “If I have the lenses, sometimes I can do it in an hour.”
At this time Cavanna is the only person who works at SC Eye Lab.
“It was kind of a fluke. My background was in skincare and I worked in restaurants for years, and I really just fell into it and I really love it,” Cavanna said. “I felt that people needed a low cost to get their glasses.”
Although affordability is key, Cavanna does stock higher-end bifocals.
SC Eye Lab will offer a discount of half off prices to people with a military ID or CalOptima card during the month of February.