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Optometry in Carlsbad

About Dr. David W. Stemley

A Total Vision Provider

As a part of the Total Vision eye care network, David W. Stemley, O.D. provides comprehensive eye care services in Carlsbad. Equipped with cutting-edge diagnostic technologies and an experienced team of optometrists, we ensure that you and your family maintain optimal vision for a lifetime. If you’re looking for a truly professional eye doctor in Carlsbad, look no further than Dr. Stemley.

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  • Eye Exams
  • Glasses
  • Contact Lenses
  • LASIK Consultation
  • Vision Problems
  • Eye Care

Eye Exams

All eye exams aren’t the same. Most optometric and eye care centers only provide vision tests to update prescriptions. However, our optometrists provide comprehensive eye exams that update your prescriptions while also running diagnostic tests to ensure optimal eye health. We have a proactive approach to eye health — instead of waiting for symptoms to manifest, we identify and treat all vision problems at the earliest stage possible. We combine exceptional and personalized care with cutting-edge technologies to provide the best diagnostic and treatment services in Carlsbad.

Eye Exams


Our qualified optometrists and opticians help you choose the ideal pair of frames and lenses from a wide selection of durable designer glasses. Our optometric center in Carlsbad is stocked with the latest eyewear collections from some of the most reputable American and European brands. We want to ensure that you actively love wearing your glasses — we do that by making sure your chosen glasses compliment your style and personality, combining functionality with aesthetic sensibilities. We also provide the latest lens technologies in Carlsbad, including high index, Transitions, progressive addition, polycarbonate, multifocal, and polarized lenses.


Contact Lenses

At David W. Stemley, O.D., you can get the best contact lens brands that combine comfort with clarity. We provide a wide range of contact lens styles, including soft lenses, rigid lenses, toric lenses, multifocal lenses, colored lenses, disposable lenses, and more. Our trained and reputable opticians examine your prescriptions to help you choose the ideal contact lenses according to your prescription and preference. We also simplify the entire contact lens fitting process — guiding you through every step of the contact lens journey, from the vision tests to the reordering process.

Contact Lenses

LASIK Consultation

If you want to get rid of your glasses and contact lenses, you may be considering Lasik surgery to restore your 20/20 vision. Lasik surgery is an incredibly safe and effective surgical procedure that restores optimal eyesight without severe side effects or complications. But is Lasik surgery right for your specific needs? Are you eligible for this life-altering procedure? Our optometrists in Carlsbad administer numerous vision tests to determine your suitability for the Lasik eye surgery while also answering all your questions and concerns about the procedure.

LASIK Consultation

Vision Problems

As we get older our eyesight and visual acuity go through numerous changes. Over time, you may develop several refractive errors, like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or presbyopia. You may also develop other vision problems, such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, etc. At David W. Stemley, O.D., we have a proactive approach to vision problems — we identify the earliest warning signs of vision problems with annual eye exams to effectively treat them before they affect your ocular health. If something about your vision seems amiss, contact your optometrist in Carlsbad today.

Vision Problems

Eye Care

Thanks to advanced eye care techniques and cutting-edge technologies, most eye conditions and diseases are now entirely treatable. However, most eye conditions rapidly worsen if left untreated — skipping or delaying treatments may lead to permanent loss of vision or blindness. At David W. Stemley, O.D., we pride ourselves on using the latest diagnostic standards and technologies to treat all eye conditions before they have a chance to cause severe damages. We regularly diagnose and treat eye conditions like macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and many more.

Eye Care

What Makes Us Special?

Dr. Stemley is here to handle all of your eye care needs. Whether you need a comprehensive eye exam, glasses, and contact lens prescriptions, Lasik consultation, or the diagnosis and treatment of various vision problems and eye diseases, our office handles everything. Equipped with cutting-edge technologies, we stay ahead of the curve to provide the latest standards in eye care solutions to our patients. For the best in optometry, Carlsbad patients come to see Dr. Stemley.

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Eye Care is Forever

We resist the simplistic view that one’s eye health must deteriorate with age. With proper eye care, you can maintain optimal eyesight, 20/20 vision, and eye health for a lifetime — not just for yourself but for your whole family. Your Carlsbad optometrists provide regular comprehensive eye exams to track your entire family’s eye health over extended periods, identify the slightest of anomalies, and treat potential vision problems before they cause any lasting damage.

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Dr. Stemley in Carlsbad

Dr. Stemley is affiliated with Total Vision, one of the country’s most reputable networks of eye care centers. As a Total Vision provider, our state-of-the-art optometric center is dedicated to your entire family’s long term eye health. For cutting-edge treatments, early diagnoses, and reasonable pricing, contact Dr. Stemley's office in Carlsbad today.

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COVID-19 Update:

Dear Patient,
We are pleased to announce that the California Department of Public Health has given us permission to resume full scope eye care, including preventative care and postponed exams.

At Total Vision Care, the health of our patients, doctors, and associates is our top priority. We are taking precautions to ensure the safety of our community.

Health and safety protocols we are taking:

  • All visits are by appointment to ensure social distancing. This includes picking up of glasses/contact lenses, adjustments on glasses, and ordering new products.
  • Patients are asked to arrive to their appointment alone and notify us from your vehicle once you arrive (a parent/guardian may accompany a minor and a family member/caretaker may assist a senior). Please call the office and someone will greet you at the door.
  • Prior to your entry a team member will take your temperature, provide you with hand sanitizer and ask you a series of questions regarding your health and possible COVID-19 exposure. Our team members are all subject to these same screening protocols.
  • All doctors, associates, and patients must wear masks.
  • Our team sterilizes all equipment and surfaces after every patient and disinfects all frames prior to placing them back on display.

What we ask of patients:

  • If you have any of the following symptoms, you must reschedule your appointment for a future date: Fever, fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, gastro-intestinal symptoms (diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, or stomach pains), recent loss of smell or taste.
  • Please bring a mask which must be worn in our facilities at all times.
  • Your patience in adhering to new safety protocols.
  • Please feel welcome to communicate any questions that you have to your Total Vision Care practice associates.

In addition, we will continue to monitor CDC, WHO, governmental, and optometric associations guidelines and make changes as appropriate to protect our community. Thank you so much for your continued support of our practices. We appreciate your patience throughout this process and for trusting us with your eyecare needs.

The Total Vision Care Family of Eyecare Professionals