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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make James W. Almaraz, OD a proud provider of vision care products and services in Big Bear Lake.

James Almaraz, OD

Dr. Almaraz is an Optometrist in Big Bear Lake providing complete eye care services for the Big Bear Valley.

As a licensed optometrist, Dr. Almaraz provides exams, diagnoses, and treatments of all disorders that affect the eye or vision. In addition to training in eye diseases and disorders, Dr. Almaraz is also trained in anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology. With this background, Dr. Almaraz is trained to recognize a range of health issues; such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, and hypertension.

Dr. Almaraz is a graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry and works hard to stay current on the latest advances in eye health and vision care and regularly attends continuing education seminars and advanced training courses. Along with his friendly, well trained staff, he is proud to say he has built the most successful optometry practice in Big Bear’s history.

Dr. Almaraz is married and has two children living in San Diego.  He enjoys golf, reading, woodworking, wine tasting, cooking and cycling.  He is currently an Advisory Board Member to the NVision Laser Eye Center and the secretary of Big Bear Cycling.  Wave if you see him riding around the Valley!


At James W Almaraz, OD, our staff is friendly and professional. Our commitment is to provide exceptional customer service to all of our Big Bear Lake patients. We take pride in our personalized care and strive to spend the necessary time with each patient to ensure a comfortable experience.

From left to right is Kristi, our awesome Eyewear Consultant and Optician, Mary Kay, Insurance Secretary extraordinaire,  Dr. Jim, with his mouth open cracking a joke, Paula, our friendly Doctor’s Assistant and Contact lens Tech, and Michele our smiling and warm Receptionist.

Update: We are happy to introduce Katrina to our office.  A long time Big Bear resident, she will be taking over the Doctor’s Assistant duties.  Welcome Aboard!