Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet our doctors:
Dr. Krzysztof Gwizdak or “Dr. Krys” as he likes to be called, has lived most of his life in Long Beach and surrounding areas. His family came here from London, England, his birthplace, when he was just two years old. He received his Doctorate degree from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1993 after having graduated from California State University at Long Beach and Millikan High School, also in Long Beach.
Working in various settings, from private optometric practices to ophthalmology surgery/research offices to lasik surgery centers, has given Dr. Gwizdak a wide range of experiences in the eye care field. Some of his most interesting and rewarding work was as a clinical investigator for FDA phase III research studies. These were studies designed to allow approval of revolutionary new medications for the treatment of various eye diseases. Many of these medications are in use today. One of the most important studies he was involved in was for the approval of Allergan’s Restasis. This is the first eye drop of its kind that treats dry eyes by actually stimulating tear production. In November of 1999, Dr. Gwizdak underwent LASIK surgery to correct his nearsightedness. To this day, his vision is still excellent. Like most other people that have had laser surgery, he will still tell you “It’s the best thing I ever did for myself.“
Dr. Gwizdak came to Seaview Optometric in the summer of 2002 to help Dr. Bisson with a rapidly growing practice. His expertise in pediatrics, refractive surgery, and ocular disease (especially dry eyes), is a wonderful complement to the many services already offered at Seaview Optometric Center.
Dr. Gwizdak is a member of the American Optometric Association, California Optometric Association and the Rio Hondo Optometric Society. In his spare time, he donates his time and energy to such fundraising events as the annual Revlon Run/Walk for Womens’ cancers and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
Fishing, tennis, snow skiing and water skiing are some of the doctors favorite outdoor activities. He also enjoys competitive bass and tournament deep sea fishing and has placed top-5 in most of these events. Being the father of two wonderful girls, Izabella and Liliana, does not leave much free time these days. Fortunately, the girls enjoy spending every spare moment they can with “daddy”.
Dr. Stephanie M. Mitchell obtained her Doctorate of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry, now known as Marshall B. Ketchum University in Fullerton. She received her bachelors in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from California State University, Long Beach. She knew she wanted to become an optometrist from an early age and actually interned at Sea View Optometric Center with Drs. Bisson and Gwizdak.
Dr. Mitchell is board certified in the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease (TMOD). In addition, has attained special certification in the Treatment and Management of Glaucoma (TLG). She specializes in pediatric vision care and has performed research into visual dysfunction and the associated effects with poor performance in school. Dr Mitchell is proficient in the fitting and use of medically necessary contact lenses used for the treatment of keratoconus as well as ChromaGen Color Lenses which assist people with dyslexia and color vision deficiencies.
Dr. Mitchell is a Los Angeles Native and now resides in Lakewood and enjoys spending time with her lovely wife and their beautiful twins. Along with a passion for animals, she is also an accomplished percussionist and loves to spend time in their family’s garden.