Meet Our Costa Mesa Eye Doctors
Caring Orange County Family Optometrists
Alissa Wald, O.D. – Managing Doctor
Born and raised in a small town in Michigan, Dr. Alissa Wald knew she wanted to be an optometrist from the early age of fifteen. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and remains a diehard Wolverines fan. Dr. Wald obtained her Doctorate of Optometry degree with honors in 1989 from the University of Houston College of Optometry. In 1990, she headed west to the warmer weather of Southern California. Only two years out of school, Dr.Wald bought a small optometry office from a retiring doctor and began OC Eye Designs Optometry. She has proudly provided outstanding eyecare to the Costa Mesa community since 1991. Dr Wald’s professional experience includes working as an Expert Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. The National Board certifies the competency of new optometrists.
Her office has also been externship site providing internships for optometrists in school. She was featured in a national magazine about women in optometry as a role model for other women entrepreneurs. Dr. Wald is a member of the California Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association and the National Association of Women Business Owners. Her hobbies include antique shopping and traveling. She also enjoys spending time with her family.
Julie Bhindi, O.D.
Dr. Julie Bhindi was born and raised in Schaumburg, Illinois. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and then went on to receive her doctorate degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2012. Dr. Bhindi provides full scope optometric services including the management of dry eye disease, keratoconus, glaucoma, and diabetic eye disease. Throughout her many years in private practice, Dr. Bhindi has developed a special interest in nutrition as it pertains to ocular health, eye aesthetics, dry eye treatment and specialty contact lenses.
Dr. Bhindi is committed to providing the highest level of quality eye care to each of her patients. She is grateful for the vital role her profession allows her to play in one’s overall health and is passionate about taking the time to communicate with and educate her patients. Dr. Bhindi is fluent in Hindi, Gujarati and speaks conversational Spanish.
When not in the office, Dr. Bhindi can be found spending time outdoors with her husband and two daughters. She also enjoys traveling, dancing, and reading.
Mary Mekhael, O.D.
Dr. Mekhael was born and raised in West Los Angeles, California. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular & Molecular Biology at California State University – Dominguez Hills and received her doctorate degree at Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University.
She has experience in several practice over the years including multi-practice ophthalmology, VA Hospital, specialty clinic and general optometry. Her experience includes pre- and post-operative care, dry eyes, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, amblyopia, double vision, pediatric care, and contact lenses, including hard, scleral, and hybrid lenses. She is board certified with the most advanced optometric credentials in California to treat glaucoma. She is fluent in Arabic and speaks elementary Spanish.
Outside of the office, Dr. Mekhael enjoys spending time with her husband and son, hiking, going to the beach, painting, and cooking a variety of cuisines, including Asian, Mediterranean, and Spanish dishes.