Cindy E. Pouw, OD, FAAO

Dr. Cindy Pouw


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As a therapeutic optometrist and glaucoma specialist, Dr. Pouw strongly believes in providing the best care possible for her patients through comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, and the diagnosis and treatment of various eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. As an InfantSEE provider, she is committed to ensuring that eye and vision care become an essential part of infant wellness in order to set a solid foundation for life. She also enjoys managing myopia in young patients in the form of Ortho-keratology treatment and implementing the MiSight program.

In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga and is a certified yoga instructor. She and her husband have a 2 year old toddler and an eight year old German shorthaired pointer named Bailey. Originally from Texas, they love spending time together outdoors and exploring new places (and tasting new foods!). They are expecting their second baby boy in March 2021.

Dr. Pouw is excited to serve the Palo Alto community and is looking forward to providing personalized care for you and your family!

  • Optometry school: University of Houston College of Optometry – Beta Sigma Kappa Gold Key Honor Society, Student Volunteer Optometric Services to humanity (SVOSH)
  • Undergraduate: University of Houston – BS biology, minor psychology, summa cum laude
  • Affiliations: InfantSEE, Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO), California Optometric Association, Santa Clara County Optometric Society
  • Research Interests: Pediatric care & myopia management, dry eye treatment, LASIK & glaucoma co-management

Dr. Joy Lam

Site for Sore Eyes Dr. Joy Lam

Dr. Joy Lam was born and raised in Houston, Texas and attended The University of Texas at Austin where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with a minor in Biology. During this time she worked closely with a group of optometrists and discovered her love for optometry and passion for helping patients. She then went on to earn her Doctorate in Optometry at the University of Houston College of Optometry where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. During her optometric education, she completed rotations at the U.S. Naval Medical Clinic in Quantico, Virginia and the BridgeBuilder Eye Clinic in Dallas, Texas. She was also a member of Beta Sigma Kappa, an International Optometric Honor Society.


In addition to prescribing glasses and contacts lenses, Dr. Lam specializes in the management and treatment of diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy, macular degeneration and the co-management of cataracts and LASIK. Dr. Lam also has a special interest in the treatment of ocular injuries, eye infections, dry eye syndrome, computer vision syndrome, multifocal contact lenses and corneal refractive therapy for myopia control (CRT).


In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, yoga, boot camp classes and traveling with her husband and 2 year old son(as of 2020). They recently moved to the area and are excited to join and serve the Palo Alto community and surrounding cities!

Eye Exams available by an Independent Doctor of Optometry, conveniently located inside Site for Sore Eyes.