Meet the Optometrists

Our Optometry Team

Meet the team

Our team is composed of eye health professionals who are dedicated to our patients. We will do everything we can to ensure you have a pleasant visit every time. We will answer any questions you have and also make sure your concerns are taken care of.


Our entire team is dedicated to education. We are constantly learning so that we can provide the highest quality care for your eyes.


We want you to feel as confident in our staff as we are. We hope to foster this with every phone call and every conversation that you have with our staff. We are dedicated to always treating you with respect while helping you in any way you need.


​​​​​​​If you have any questions about our staff, don’t hesitate to contact us today at 9492168900.​​​​​​​

Dr. Hawaa Ali

Dr. Hawaa Ali, OD, is very experienced optometrist in Irvine, California who is skilled in every aspect of optometry with over 10+ years experience. Dr. Ali assists patients on a variety of ocular care and ocular disease issues, including eye exams, pediatric vision care, contact lenses, ocular disease treatment, ocular trauma treatment, computer vision syndrome, dry eye syndrome, and glaucoma management.

Dr. Ali earned an undergraduate degree at the UC Irvine, and then went on to earn a Doctor of Optometry and glaucoma certification at Marshall B. Ketchum University Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Ali gained invaluable experience in a variety of facilities, including Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, the Veterans Affairs Los Angeles Ambulatory Center, Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital in Sacaton, Arizona, and the eye care center at the Southern California College of Optometry.

Dr. Ali's primary goal is to provide top-quality eye care in a supportive manner that addresses and anwers every issue and concern the patient might have. Patients consistently recommend Dr. Ali because they feel confident about the high level of care they receive during every exam at University Optometric Center.

Dr. Ali is currently accepting new patients, so don't hesitate to schedule an appointment either online or by phone today.

Dr. Susan Ghodsi

Dr. Susan Ghodsi is our optometrist who is passionate about helping patients to see their best. She obtained her doctor of optometry from SCCO in 1996 and has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Ghodsi provides quality comprehensive vision exams, contact lens exams, and LASIK co-management.

She has extensive experience treating and managing in ocular disease and dry eyes, and contacts lens fit. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading and exercise.

Dr. Alpa Panwala

Our optometrist with a passion for helping people look and feel their best. She has over 20 years of experience in private practice and loves what she does.

Dr. Panwala earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UC Irvine and her Doctor of Optometry degree from Southern California College of Optometry. She is licensed in the use of therapeutic and diagnostic pharmaceutical agents to treat and manage ocular diseases.

Dr. Panwala has extensive experience in fitting contact lenses, treating dry eye, and family practice. Outside of work she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their kiddos.

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