About Us

Sacramento Contact Lenses and Optometry, Inc. was founded in 1982 by Dr. Smiley and Dr. Shlyakhov. Today, we are the leading contact lens and family vision practice in Northern California, providing quality eye care to over 55,000 patients at our offices in Sacramento and Roseville. We are proud of our highly competent, personal, progressive, and efficient delivery of eye and vision care to the patients. To our patients we represent stability, and continuity of care. We excel in contact lens fitting and care for adults, teenagers and children, ranging from routine to highly complicated cases. We commonly see referrals for complicated contact lens cases from doctors in other states and abroad. Our modern optical departments carry unique styles of eyewear and the latest in optical lenses and materials and are staffed by experienced opticians.

Doctors

Dr. Gene Shlyakhov, O.D.

Completed his undergraduate degree in physiology at UC Berkeley. Received his Doctorate from the UC Berkeley School of Optometry in 1980, where he later served as a Clinical Instructor and an Associate Clinical Professor in the Children's Vision and Strabismus Clinic. Completed residency at Letterman Hospital, US Army Presidio in San Francisco and externship at Western Blind Rehabilitation Center, VA Hospital in Palo Alto, CA. Certified by the International Board of Examiners in Optometry in diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases. Earned PRK and LASIK certifications by most laser facilities in Sacramento and the Bay Area. Engaged in private practice with emphasis on specialty contact lenses, keratoconus, and pediatric optometry since the early 1980's. Holds an MBA degree from UC Davis and serves as a part-time faculty at CSUS. Likes skiing, fishing, arts and theatre. Speaks Russian and Italian.

Dr. Thomas Smiley, O.D.

Completed his undergraduate degree in cell biology at UCLA. Holds his Doctorate from UC Berkeley School of Optometry since 1980, where he also instructed in the Special Services Clinic. Completed residency at Letterman Hospital, US Army Presidio in San Francisco. Certified by the International Board of Examiners in Optometry in diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases. Earned PRK and LASIK co-management certifications by most laser facilities in the Sacramento area and the Bay Area. Engaged in private practice with emphasis on specialty contact lenses for adults and children, keratoconus and cataract co-management since the early 1980's. Dr. Smiley is an accomplished water-skier, antique and muscle car expert, and a stock car racer.

Dr. Shea Patrick

Earned her B.S. degree in Biology from the University of California, Davis and received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University. She spent three months of her training in Guanajuato, Mexico seeing patients from an indigent population. She practices comprehensive optometry including co-management of laser vision and post-operative cataract patients. She joined Sacramento Contact Lenses and Optometry in March 2008. Dr. Patrick enjoys spending time with family, road trips, biking and the outdoors.

Key Staff Members

Lorie Deering

Lorie Deering, Practice Manager, has enjoyed working in the optometric field since 1990. She is a certified optician, as well as a contact lens and para-optometric technician. Formerly, served as a chair of the California Para-optometric Section. Devoted to the training and professional advancement of our staff. Highly experienced in vision insurance and billing, she guides patients through their insurance coverage. Has extensive knowledge and flair for fitting each patient with the perfect eyewear matching their life style, their face structure and their budget. Lorie enjoys cooking, traveling and shopping. Joined Sacramento Contact Lenses and Optometry in 2007.

Danny Malloy

Danny Malloy, our ophthalmic optician, ensures that your eyeglass prescriptions are expertly filled, crafting them to the highest degree of accuracy. Having started in the optical business in 1972 he is fully certified by the ABO. Has proudly represented our office since 1994. He is in charge of quality assurance, frame repairs and adjustments, maintenance of eyeglass lens inventory, and communications with optical laboratories. Danny loves music, sports and outdoors.


Monica Williams

Our Roseville manager and lead optician, joined the SCL family in September of 2012. She brings over seventeen years of optical experience in frame styling, ophthalmic lens technology,  frame adjustment, and contact lens training. Monica maintains current her education and knowledge of the latest technology in spectacles and lens materials to best fit our patients' needs. She gives every patient a personal experience with a smile on her face and attention to every detail. She can speak Spanish. She enjoys spending time with her family and swimming.