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 always 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, both as eyeglass lenses and contact lenses.
Meet our nationally recogized doctor and lecturer:
Dr. Irwin Shwom has been the chief optometrist and owner of his optometric practice since 1980. Dr. Shwom received his Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Pre-Optometry Magna Cum Laude from UMass Amherst in 1975. After graduating with a doctor of optometry degree from New England College of Optometry, he has maintained a long standing relationship with the College.
Dr. Shwom is a past member of the Board of Trustees and Past Associate Professor of Optometry. He currently serves on the Finance Committee and has participated in student trips to Nicaragua to provide eye care to local Spanish speaking citizens. Dr. Shwom is a national recognized lecturer for the American Optometric Association, SECO, East/ West, The American Academy of Optometry and The Mississippi State Association.
Dr. Shwom was born in Plymouth and moved to Dorchester when his father bought Gopen Optical in Chinatown from a cousin. Hence, Dr. Shwom continued a family tradition of eye care, dating back to 1869. The loveable Dr. Shwom, when not working in Everett or lecturing nationally, enjoys working on cars with his sons, talking about sports and politics, and enjoying the company of family and friends.