Adult Vision Care
We are here to serve you and the special needs of aging including diabetic eye exams and glaucoma evaluations. We also offer multifocal eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses.
Eye Health Care
Your eyes are a window into many areas of health. Our experienced doctors are able to diagnose and treat common eye health conditions that you may have.
Expertise & Technology
Downey Optometric Center has modern technology and experienced eye doctors who have seen the eye health conditions that you may be experiencing.
Meet Our Eye Doctors
Experienced, Caring, Professional
Ivy Lin, O.D. received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology at UCLA in 1998. She graduated from Pacific University in 2003, earning her Doctor of Optometry degree after completing externships at Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, along with others specializing in pediatric eye care and vision therapy. Shortly thereafter, she co-authored a study on the Acuvue Bifocal contact lens that was published in Optometry, the Journal of the American Optometric Association.
Dr. Lin served on the board of the Orange County Optometric Society for several years, is the editor of their newsletter, and previously acted as the liaison for the California Vision Foundation. She currently acts as a marketing consultant to the OCOS. She is affiliated with the Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society, OCOS, California Optometric Association, and the American Optometric Association, and has participated in various community health fairs and Special Olympics vision health screenings.
Dr. Lin's goal is to provide clear, comfortable vision for patients and their families, with an emphasis on good patient education and preventative healthcare in a friendly environment. She speaks Mandarin and Spanish fluently, and welcomes the opportunity to help patients who may be uncomfortable communicating their needs in English.
David Ardaya, O.D., M.H.A. received his Doctorate of Optometry with distinction from Pacific University in 2003 as a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa honor society. Prior to his optometric education, Dr. Ardaya was awarded the President’s Scholarship given to the class valedictorian and was accepted into the honors college at the University of Arizona where he graduated in 1998 with a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Sciences. Dr. Ardaya recently continued his education and was awarded a Master of Health Administration from the University of Southern California in 2017.
Dr. Ardaya is a partner and the current president of Golden Optometric Group’s Whittier location. Through his leadership he strives to provide personalized and compassionate care to all patients.
Dr. Ardaya is a past President of the Orange County Optometric Society (OCOS) and was recognized as Young Optometrist of the Year, 2009 by the largest optometric organization in the state, the California Optometric Association (COA). In addition, Dr. Ardaya is the chairman of the Health Care Delivery Systems Committee for the COA. He also participates in governmental affairs as the treasurer of a political action committee (LSCOA-PAC) that promotes optometrists’ and patients’ legislative rights and is an active member of the American Optometric Association.
A published author in Optometry magazine who has appeared in various newspaper and online articles regarding optometric and vision issues, Dr. Ardaya also serves as principal investigator for numerous contact lens studies which allows him to be aware of new innovations in the field.
Most importantly, Dr. Ardaya has an amazing family that includes Dr. Ivy Lin and two very funny and curious children. Although Dr. Ardaya has no spare time, if he did, he would enjoy playing his guitar a little more, checking out some live music, and taking advantage of his Eagle Scout skills in the great outdoors.
Maria Esther Salado, O.D. completed her Doctor of Optometry with honors at Southern California College of Optometry. Prior to completing her doctorate degree, she attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where she earned a bachelor of science in Biopsychology. Her clinical externships focused on primary care, the treatment and management of ocular diseases as well as specialty training in low vision. She also completed an additional year of advanced training by doing a residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center and Nursing Home.
During optometry school, Dr. Salado held several leadership positions such as vice-president of the Spanish optometric society and board member of the SCCO Student Association. She has volunteered her time at several local vision screenings such as Care Harbor and Special Olympics as well as traveled to El Salvador and Fiji as part of a mission trips to provide free eye care to those in need. She is TLG licensed and is currently working on becoming a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Salado is fluent in Spanish and in her free time she enjoys going to Disneyland, taking Zumba classes, and spending time with friends and family.
Justine A. Gonzalez, O.D completed her Doctor of Optometry degree with honors at the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, CA. Her clinical externships focused on primary care optometry, treatment and management of ocular diseases and low vision training. She also completed an additional year of advanced training by doing a residency in Primary Care Optometry at Kaiser Permanente in Seattle, WA. Throughout her optometric education, Dr. Gonzalez enjoyed volunteering her time and providing free vision screenings at Care Harbor, Special Olympics and Seattle/King County Clinic. She also attended a mission trip in El Salvador where she provided free pre- and post-op cataract care.
Prior to completing her optometric education, Dr. Gonzalez attended Bell Gardens High School and graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences.
Dr. Gonzalez is fluent in Spanish and in her free time she enjoys running, hiking and spending time her fiancé and family.