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                                                 Dr. Strickland, Lax, and Stevens.

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Our Doctors

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 always have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors in Ventura, CA know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses, both as eyeglass lenses and contact lenses.

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 Eye Doctors in Ventura, CA:


Gary Strickland, O.D.

Dr. Strickland took over Family Vision Center two years ago and has been practicing for ten years.  Our patients and staff love the energy he brings on a daily basis.  He enjoys his job and it shows!  He loves seeing patients of all ages and takes great pride in delivering the best eye care in Ventura County.  Being certified in medical optometry, he treats glaucoma, co-manages patients with macular degeneration, treats ocular emergencies, and helps his patients see clearly with glasses and contacts.  He's really a fun guy, but he takes your vision very seriously.

Being born in New Jersey, Dr. Strickland attended optometry school in Pennsylvania College of Optometry.  He then lived by the Jersey beach for fours years while practicing full scope optometry.  Then he moved to Palm Springs where he practiced for three years, but he missed the beach and the green trees that the desert lacks.  He has finally found a place he is thrilled to call home for a very long time and is always eager to meet new and existing patients, so schedule your eye exam today!


Gary Lax, O.D.

  Dr. Gary Lax received his Bachelors degree from Cal State Northridge. He then went on to complete his  education in optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry where he graduated cum laude.

He was certified to diagnose, manage and treat eye disease in 1998.

His friendly "How can I help you?" greeting is an expression of his desire to find the answer to your vision related problems and resolve them in the most efficient way.

When not in the office, he enjoys reading, golf and spending time with his wife Sally, their two children and his grand children.



Stuart Heller, O.D.

After 45 years of serving the Camarillo and Ventura communities, Dr. Heller has retired and wishes all his friends and loyal patients the best.  He hands his torch over to Dr. Strickland and Dr. Lax to continue providing the excellent care which Family Vision Optometric Center is known for.  Join us in wishing Dr. Heller a relaxing and well-deserved retirement.



Jon Sills, O.D.

Dr. Jon Sills founded Family Vision Center 30 years ago and made it into the great eye care family it is today.  It took him a long time to find a doctor who could even come close to offering the level of eye care that he provides, but he is confident in Dr. Strickland and says he reminds him of himself 20 years ago.  So, he passes on the torch and wishes all his patients the very best, with these kind words:

"It has been a long and terrific journey with Family Vision Center.  I've watched my patients grow and have been there to see them for not just their eye care needs, but to know them and take the time to be part of their life.  I just want to thank you all for such a wonderful career; if it wasn't for you, I would not have enjoyed my job so much.  I wish I could say goodbye to each of you in person, but it is time, and in the best interest of Family Vision Center, to welcome Dr. Strickland. His energy and love for optometry is exactly what you need.  You are all in good hands and I am happy to have served you."