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Our Eye 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 have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

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 doctors:


Archie Ackroyd, O.D.

Born: Norristown, PA Moved to San Diego in 1972.

Education: Graduated from UC Berkeley as well as the UC Berkeley School of Optometry.

Practice: Dr. Ackroyd has been in practice in San Diego since 1972. He and Patrick Van Hoose have been in practice together since 2002. Dr. Ackroyd is our most experienced doctor, with more than 42 years of prescribing experience.

Activities/Interests: Golf, Sailing, and Working on his Sail Boat.


Marc C. Van Hoose, O.D.

Born: Long Beach, CA. Raised in Carlsbad, CA.

Education: BA in Biology and English from the University of Southern California 2000, Graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Southern California College of Optometry in 2004, Completed Pre-Doctorate Rotations at Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital, Veterans Hospital Downtown Los Angeles, Native American Hospital Lawton, Oklahoma, and Fullerton Eye Care Center.

Practice: Joined Ackroyd and Van Hoose Optometry in 2004.

Family: Married to his wife, Kyri, since 2001. They have a daughter, Caitlyn, who was born in 2008 and a son, Griffin, who was born in 2012.

Activites/Interests: Spending time with his family, USC Football, going to the beach, and playing golf and softball.


Patrick Van Hoose, O.D.

Born: Turlock, CA. Raised in Escondido, CA.

Education: Graduated Cum Laude from UC Riverside and the Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Van Hoose was one of the first Optometrists in California to be TPA certified to prescribe medications to treat diseases of the eye.

Practice: Assumed ownership of San Diego Optometry in 1994 and joined forces with Dr. Ackroyd to form Ackroyd and Van Hoose Optometry in 2002.

Family: Married to his wife, Viona, since 1972. Their son, Marc, is also one of the Optometrists in the office.

Activities/Interests: Golf, Cars, Family


Carl Boeck, O.D.

Born: Dr. Boeck has lived in East County San Diego since 1959 and graduated from Santana High School

Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Pacific University in 1975 where he also played baseball. Graduated from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1979.

Practice: Dr. Boeck has been in private practice in San Diego for over 35 years. After 9/11 he joined the Air Force Reserves, serving over 13 years and achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and serving as Chief of Optometry Services at March ARB, CA. He has also been deployed on fourteen Humanitarian Service Missions to Africa, Central and South America, and Southeast Asia. He is proud to continue his service to his country through the Veterans’s Administration Outreach Program.

Activities / Interests: Travel, Downhill skiiing


Robert Howard, O.D.

Dr. Robert Howard has been practicing optometry in San Diego for more than 30 years.

He values each and every one of his patients and always provides them with the highest level of personalized care. Dr. Howard takes many hours of continuing education classes to stay up to date on all of the latest developments in the field of optometry. He is certified in the treatment of eye diseases and has a special interest in hard to fit contact lens patients.

Dr. Howard has been involved with many organizations over the years including The Rotary Club and Toastmasters. He has volunteered his time with The Flying Samaritans, The Lions Club, and The Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation.

In his spare time, Dr. Howard enjoys surfing, swimming, and traveling with his wife. He has two grown daughters and recently celebrated the birth of his first grandchild.