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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make EyeWish Optometry a proud provider of vision care products and services in Novato.


EyeWish Optometry is a new partnership between Dr. Lora Pond and Dr. Tania Mantua. The partnershiup was established February 1, 2006. Dr. Pond established her solo practice in 1985 and has served her patients well. In her practice she saw patients 4 days a week. In an effort to increase patient convenience, with the new partnership we can offer full eye examinations and service 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday. Dr. Mantua has worked in the office since July 2004 and now sees patients on Mondays and Fridays. She works for an ophthalmology practice that specializes in LASIK surgery 3 days a week. We hope with the new partnership you will recognize new, positive changes including the expanded hours, this website and a newsletter.

Both Dr. Pond and Dr. Mantua are therapeutically licensed and provide full scope optometric exams. Dr. Mantua completed a residency in Low Vision and Hospital Based Rehabilitative Optometry and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Both doctors volunteer their time with Lions in Sight and have provided eyecare around the world for those who could not afford and eye exam or eyeglasses.

EyeWish Optometry provides personal experience that is difficult to find at the chain stores and with our competitive prices and commitment to excellence we think you will be very please with our service and products.

Meet the EyeWish Optometry Staff


Lora G. Pond, OD

Dr. Lora Pond has been practicing optometry in Novato since 1986. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley with honors and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition, Dietetics & Food Sciences. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia and graduated in the top 2% of her class. Dr. Pond has been very active in the community through the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce. She currently spends many of her days off helping out in her daughter, Noel’s, classroom and Girl Scout Troup.


Tania Mantua, OD, FAAO

Dr. Tania Mantua grew up in Bodega Bay, California, and attended Tomales High School. She went on to Santa Rosa Junior College and then transferred to the University of California, Davis, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences in 1985. She then attended and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry in 1990 and completed a residency at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Medical Center in Low Vision and Rehabilitative Optometry in 1991. She worked for the Livermore Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center for 4 years and then has worked at Optima Medical Associates for the last 7.5 years. At Optima, Dr. Mantua works closely with a corneal specialist who also specializes in LASIK surgery.

She is also a clinical professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry and has served as an advisor for thesis projects. She is a board member for the Alumni of the optometry school and was co-editor for Berkeley Optometry. She now serves on several committees including the Bay Area Optometric Council and is Director of Education for the Alameda Contra Costa County Optometric Society. She is active in volunteering her time for service trips for Volunteers in Optometric Service to Humanity, the Lions Club, and Help the World See and has visited far off lands like Nepal, Peru, Brazil, Ukraine and the Philippines with Lions in Sight. She has also served as a mentor for a high school student for 2 years. She has recently joined Dr. Lora Pond’s practice in Novato. Her other interests include studying Spanish and ceramics and taking her dog, Emma, on long hikes.


Establish 1985, EyeWish Optometry has been a leader in early intervention, low vision treatment and best practices. The Doctors at EyeWish Optometry are Board Certified, licensed to practice in California, Washington and Oregon. We have a history of effective treatment and prescribing for a variety of ages and conditions. We provide a personal experience that you just can’t get at the chain stores, and with our competitive prices and commitment to excellence we think you’ll be very pleased.