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The Leading Optometrist in Downtown

The eye care professionals of Downtown TSO, specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision—many of which do not always have obvious symptoms. The eye doctor of Downtown TSO, located in downtown Houston, knows how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and understands the benefits and features of corrective lenses, both as eyeglass lenses and contact lenses.

Meet Your Local Downtown Houston Eye Doctor:

At Downtown TSO, our optometrist will 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, our eye doctors encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

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Van Nguyen, O.D.

A native Houstonian, Dr. Van Nguyen graduated from the University Of Houston College Of Optometry. Dr. Nguyen joined the Texas State Optical family in 2014 and is very excited to be working at the Downtown office. She has been in the Optometry Field for 10 plus years. Dr. Nguyen is a Therapeutic Optometrist and Glaucoma Specialist with special interests in Dry Eye and Ocular Surface Diseases. She enjoys educating her patients about their eyes. “Eyes are very interesting”, Dr. Nguyen states, which is why she made Optometry her field of choice! She is fluent in Vietnamese and able to perform eye examinations in Spanish.

Outside of work, Dr. Nguyen thoroughly enjoys doing volunteer work, arts and crafts, baking and reading. She is also very talented at making paper flowers and crocheting. She is the youngest with two older brothers and is very family oriented. When Dr. Nguyen has free time, she loves to spend it with her niece and family.

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Linda Matocha, O.D.

A native Texan, Linda Matocha grew up just south of Houston in Freeport, TX. She did her undergraduate work at University of Houston and graduated from the University Of Houston College Of Optometry in 1985. After working for an HMO in Houston for 4 years, Dr. Matocha joined the TSO family in November 1989 at the Memorial City location. She joined the Museum District TSO team in the fall of 2013 and Downtown TSO in 2017. Dr. Matocha now splits her time between Memorial City TSO, Museum District TSO and Downtown TSO.

Dr. Matocha is a therapeutic optometrist who practices full-scope optometry, including comprehensive eye examinations, all types of contact lens fittings, dry eye treatment and co-management of LASIK and cataracts. Memorial City TSO, Museum District TSO and Downtown TSO carry over 750 frames and sunglasses in the latest styles to meet all patient’s needs.

She and her husband Hal, a native Houstonian and petroleum Landman, moved from the suburbs to the Museum District area in 2006. Avid sports fans, they support the Houston home teams in baseball, football, basketball and soccer. They combined their love of travel and sports by visiting every major league baseball team’s stadium. In 2005, they finished this quest. They then worked on seeing the Astros in every team’s stadium, finishing that quest in Oakland in 2015. Together, Dr. Matocha and Hal have also been to all 50 states in the U.S. To keep balanced, they also enjoy the musicals at the Hobby Center and spending time with their very large extended family.

Sabah Hasan, O.D.

Dr. Sabah Hasan is a true Houstonian, born and raised! She completed her training at the University of Houston College of Optometry in 2019 with the highest honors. She is a licensed therapeutic optometrist and glaucoma specialist.

Dr. Hasan has been passionate about the field of optometry since childhood, and she is committed to giving each of her patients an excellent eye care experience. She practices full-scope optometry, providing comprehensive eye examinations for both glasses and soft contact lenses. Some of her specialties include the treatment of red eyes, dry eye, and the co-management of cataract and LASIK refractive procedures. Like her fellow colleague, Dr. Hasan has a passion for fashion, and its her mission to help her clients find the perfect eye-wear to fit their individual lifestyle and needs.

When she’s not working, Dr. Hasan enjoys spending time with family and friends, eating great food, and traveling the world! She is fluent in English and Urdu and looks forward to serving you at your next eye examination.

Meet your local Downtown Houston Optical Team:

Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. They are excited about what they do, and they care personally about getting the best results for our patients.

Our receptionists will try to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointments that suit your needs. We will help you understand your insurance coverage and if financial arrangements are necessary, we will be glad to help you develop a plan to make your vision care treatment possible.

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Breanne Bracey

Manager

As a child, during the summer, Breanne and her family would spend warm Saturday afternoons at AstroWorld! “It was the best place in Houston, Texas.” Breanne expresses. “My favorite part was the Looney Tunes characters that would walk and dance around the park.” Breanne is extremely friendly, always walking around with a big smile on her face whom has a very warm laughter. Breanne provides Downtown Texas State Optical’s patients with exceptional customer service. Interacting with patients is Breanne’s favorite aspect of her job. “Knowing that I can help someone and be of value makes my job of such importance to me.” Outside of the office, Breanne enjoys spending quality time with her loved ones and to go shopping! “My proudest accomplishments are being a devoted big sister and an Aunty.” says Breanne. An inspirational quote by Kevin Kruse which Breanne holds close and represents is written below:

“Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.”

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Beatriz R.

Lab Manager

Beatriz attended U of H and her goal is to grow with Texas State Optical. She wants to excel as the Lab Manager and provide eyewear as promised by quality check standards to the patients. Her favorite part about her job is being able to help patients and ensure their eyewear is as accurate to their prescription as assured. “I know the importance of accuracy and sight due to using glasses myself.” states Beatriz. She has at least 9 years of experience in Lab and Quality Control and is very detail oriented, striving for perfection when it comes to working on the patients glasses. Her proudest accomplishment is becoming a part of Texas State Optical and having the opportunity to train and learn all things in the Optical Lab. Outside of work, Beatriz likes to read books, explore Pinterest for recipes, decorate, craft and go on cruises. Beatriz’s husband as well as herself, love cruises so much, they were married on one! Her favorite childhood memory is spending summers at her grandparents’ house where she received endless love and snacks!

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Hazel S-M.

Optometric Assistant

Hazel makes such a great impact on both her coworkers and patients alike here at Downtown TSO. Dedicated and always willing and ready to assist, Hazel is proud to be a part of the eye care field! Hazel is very artsy; she loves to paint, draw and prefers realism over abstract art! She has won a few art contests in the past few years due to her utmost talent. A favorite childhood memory of Hazel’s is walking around her apartment complex with her best friend, picking all of the beautiful flowers. A quote Hazel lives by and is one of her favorites is listed below:

“Anger doesn’t solve anything. It builds nothing, but can destroy everything.”

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Jeanice S.

Dispensing Optician

Jeanice’s career goal is to grow and understand different positions in the Optical field. Her major is Business in college, therefore she hopes to have a better understanding of “behind the scenes” in the optical industry. Although Jeanice has big interests in the Business aspect, she thoroughly enjoys the patient interaction. “I enjoy assisting our patients or people in general!” says Jeanice, “I want to help them with what they need that contributes to their daily lives.” Jeanice is not only extremely helpful to Downtown TSO’s patients, she is a great team member, always happily willing to assist her co-workers when in need. Outside of work, Jeanice loves eating out at new restaurants that have different cultural foods as well as trying new delicious pastries. “It’s very enjoyable to take friends and family along on my food journeys.” Jeanice is both fluent in English and Spanish. Jungkook from seven-member South Korean boy band BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys, speaks Jeanice’s favorite quote below:

“Living without passion is like being dead.”

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Valeria C.

Dispensing Optician

Valeria has furthered her studies in customer service, computer and phone skills. Her career goals are to be the best Optician as she can be. “Downtown TSO has great team leaders and I am very comfortable in what I do which in turn makes for a great experience.” states Valeria. Valeria is very dedicated and a hard worker who genuinely enjoys learning new things every day. Valeria is able to assist all of Downtown TSO patients in both English and Spanish. Her proudest accomplishment is where she is at today. Outside of the office she spends time with her three beautiful children, she loves to shop, explore new hobbies, go to the movies and the park. Her favorite childhood memory is spending time with her parents on her birthday and Valentine’s Day, full of love! Her favorite quote comes from the Bible, below:

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13

 

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