Ted Bailey, O.D. opened his first Optometry office in Mission Viejo in 1977 after graduating from the Southern California College of Optometry. In 1980, he went to work with a renowned ophthalmologist, Richard Kratz, M.D., in Newport Beach. During that time, there were exciting advances in eye care, including the introduction of the IOL during cataract surgeries, improved Corneal Transplant surgeries, and RK. Dr. Bailey was involved in all aspects of pre-op testing and post-op care of patients as well as heading a large contact lens and optical department. After Dr. Kratz retired in 1991, Dr. Bailey continued caring for his patients at the UCI Ophthalmology Group in Irvine.
In the late 1990's, Dr. Bailey joined Plager Vision Center in Santa Cruz. For eight years, Dr. Bailey worked closely with Dr. Plager, establishing many exciting and innovative concepts in eye care. They were the first ophthalmologist
/ optometrist team to bring the new SROP (Surgical Reversal of Presbyopia) surgery to Mexico. After the sad passing of his colleague and friend, Dr. Plager, in 2007, Dr. Bailey chose to purchase the practice and carry on the name of Plager Vision and Optometric Center. Today, he continues the values of experience, compassion, and integrity that Dr. Plager brought to the practice.
Dr. Bailey has been actively involved in all aspects of pre and post op eye care treatments, including cataract, corneal transplant, and LASIK surgeries. He has over 40 years of experience in fitting rigid gas permeable contacts for Keratoconus and Corneal Transplant patients. He is experienced in fitting many types of soft contact lenses including Toric, Multifocal, and Multifocal-Toric lenses. He is certified to use therapeutic agents to treat most eye diseases and is also certified to treat primary open angle glaucoma.
Dr. Bailey is a member of the American Optometric, California Optometric and Monterey Bay Optometric Societies. He has worked with the Flying Samaritans in Mexico to help patients in need of advanced eye care. He is a member of the Physicians Pteron Society, donating to help students, patients, and their families through the Dominican Hospital Foundation. He donates eye exams to the Western Service Workers Association to help low-income workers and he participates in Furlong Vision's Gift of Sight program, referring patients in need of corrective surgery.
For more background information,
please contact Dr. Bailey at (831) 476-8033
or by email.