The doctors at Auburn Eye Care Associates are committed to providing the best care for your vision and the health of your eyes. Beyond their extensive training and education our doctors continue to look forward to learn and keep up with the newest developments and advancements in eye health and vision care. They participate in progressive continuing education forums and network and collaborate with other leading eye health professionals worldwide. Their ability to share this information with their patients sets them apart from other professionals.
Robert Belajic, O.D.
Dr. Robert D. Belajic graduated with a degree in Biological science from the University of California, Irvine. He received his doctorate in Optometry from Southern California College of Optometry where he received the prestigious “Albert Sheard Award for Clinical Excellence.” He successfully completed the extensive training to become board certified in therapeutic pharmaceutical agents and glaucoma treatment by the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry. He also received special training in laser vision correction management by Pacific College of Optometry in Oregon. He is one of the founders of the Laser Eye Center and has lectured on the optometric management and treatment of laser vision patients.
David Norcott, O.D.
Dr. David R. Norcott is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara campus, and the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry. While at Berkeley, he received the “Robert Greenwood Memorial Award” for outstanding clinical skills. In 1994 he was presented the “Young Optometrist of the Year” by the California Optometric Association. He has been an expert examiner for the California State Board of Optometry and has served as president of the Sacramento Valley Optometric Society. He has been in private practice in Auburn for almost twenty years, and is on the founding board of the Laser Eye Center.
H. Douglas Cooper, M.D.
A native of Idaho, Dr. H. Douglas Cooper graduated cum laude in 1981 from Brigham Young University in Utah. He graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1985. Dr. Cooper trained as an Ophthalmology Resident at Tulane University, where he received the prestigious "James Allen Excellence in Ophthalmology Award." He has also written and published numerous articles in professional publications such as "The American Journal of Ophthalmology" and "Archives of Ophthalmology." In 1989, Dr. Cooper settled in the Sacramento area and started a general ophthalmology practice specializing in refractive and cataract surgery. In 1996, Dr. Cooper affiliated with Dr. Belajic and Dr. Norcott to form Auburn Eye Care Associates. He is also a medical director of the Laser Eye Center.
Dan Belajic, O.D.
Dr. Dan Belajic graduated from Placer High School, and the University of San Diego. He spent 6 years as a cancer research scientist for Dow Chemical and Johnson & Johnson R&D. Returning to school, Dan completed his 4 year optometric training at Pennsylvania College of Optometry. While at PCO he was selected into the international optometric honor society, sat on the Institutional Review board overseeing all NHI research proposals, and served as a student clinical coordinator. At PCO Dr. Belajic participate in an international relief effort providing free eye care and correction in Guatemala. Dr. Belajic completed all clinical rotations with honors, crossing the country in the areas of eye disease and emergent management, diabetes, glaucoma, contact lens, and low vision studying under internationally recognized instructors.
Doctors of Optometry (ODs) are the primary health care professionals for the eye. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures, as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye. An optometrist has completed pre-professional undergraduate education in a college or university, and four years of professional education at a college of optometry leading to the doctor of optometry (O.D.) degree. Optometrists are eye health care physicians, state-licensed to diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of the eye and visual system.
Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine which deals with the diseases and surgery of the visual pathways, including the eye, hairs, and area surrounding the eye, such as the lacrimal system and eyelids. The term ophthalmologistis an eye specialist for medical and surgical problems. Since ophthalmologists perform operations on eyes, they are considered to be both a surgical and medical specialty.