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Erie Optical was founded in 1962 in Painesville by Dr. Jacob Waldman. Previous to the opening in Painesville, Dr. Waldman had a practice in the city of Cleveland. He was very progressive in his thinking in that he was one of the first doctors to advertise his services in the newspaper. In 1978 his son Robert joined the practice and worked alongside his father until his retirement in 1984. The practice was moved to its present location in Mentor in 1988.

The practice philosophy has always been to provide excellent value and service in a friendly and comfortable environment. With hard work and the support of the community, the practice has been able to thrive for 50 years. We consider what we do to be a privilege. 

Dr. Jacob Waldman passed away in 1995, but his influence is always present.