Clear Lake Eye Center—Dr. Jacqueline Brending and Dr. Rachel Chen The reality of today’s healthcare climate often has providers as well as patients feeling frustrated and dissatisfied. Red tape, legislation and insurance woes often trump personalized care. This is why walking into Clear Lake Eye Center is a breath of fresh air. From the friendly,
Clear Lake Eye Center—Dr. Jacqueline Brending and Dr. Rachel Chen
The reality of today’s healthcare climate often has providers as well as patients feeling frustrated and dissatisfied. Red tape, legislation and insurance woes often trump personalized care. This is why walking into Clear Lake Eye Center is a breath of fresh air. From the friendly, knowledgeable front desk staff and the beautiful surroundings to the state-of-the-art technology and the attentive doctors, each and every patient leaves feeling cared for, valued, heard and served at the highest level.
Founded in 1994, by Dr. Jacqueline Brending, Clear Lake Eye Center has steadily grown over the years, moved to a spacious, beautiful facility in 2008 and added another doctor, Dr. Rachel Chen in 2013, all to better serve its loyal patients.
Meet the Doctors
Dr. Jacqueline Brending is a Therapeutic Optometrist and founder of Clear Lake Eye Center. Her warmth, compassion and commitment to excellence at every turn permeate the practice and have earned Clear Lake Eye Center a reputation in the community that is second to none.
“I had vision issues as I child and after having my vision corrected, I remember being so impressed and impacted by what I had been missing,” she said. “Good vision is tremendously important. I love helping people attain that and have that same ‘wow’ moment when they truly see well.”
Dr. Brending graduated from the University of Houston, College of Optometry, with Honors in 1990. Her professional interests include: general optometry, therapeutic optometry, glaucoma specialty, and the fitting of glasses and contact lenses, including bifocal rigid oxygen permeable and soft multifocal contact lenses. She is a licensed therapeutic optometrist and glaucoma specialist. Professionally, Dr. Brending has shined throughout her career. In fact, she was one of the first doctors of optometry in the country to be named a Diplomate in the American Board of Optometry.
Dr. Brending and her husband raised their daughters in the Clear Lake area and both girls are in college now, one pursuing veterinarian medicine and the other pursuing a degree in Agricultural Business. With their nest empty, they enjoy bicycling and Dr. Brending has ridden in 12 MS 150 bike rides from Houston to Austin and she ran one Houston Marathon.
A more recent hobby for Dr. Brending is raising cows and ranching. Her youngest daughter raised three heifers while in high school and the family is now in the process of growing the herd. They own property in Huntsville, where their daughter goes to school and keep the cows there. “We are learning about growing hay and gardening,” said Dr. Brending.
Dr. Brending was honored to recently become a volunteer member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. She serves on the Calf Scramble Greeters Committee. “My daughter was involved with the Calf Scramble when she was younger and I am really enjoying serving in this area. It’s a lot of fun,” she said.
Dr. Rachel Chen has worked with Dr. Brending at Clear Lake Eye Center since she was a first-year optometry student. She gained experience as a technician and assistant for Dr. Brending while earning her optometry degree. “I believe it helps me provide better care to my patients because I have experience in every aspect of optometry,” said Dr. Chen.
Dr. Chen is a licensed Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from The University of Texas at Austin and her Doctorate of Optometry from The University of Houston College of Optometry in 2011. In optometry school, she served as a teaching assistant and was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. She is also a member of the Texas Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.
Always strong in math and science, Dr. Chen also knew from an early age that she would go into the medical field. Both her parents are biomedical researchers. Dr. Chen moved to America from China when she was in middle school and her family settled in the Galveston area. Her parents still live in League City and she is very close with them. Dr. Chen is married and has two dogs. They enjoy traveling and attending concerts.
Like Dr. Brending, Dr. Chen had vision issues when she was younger and the impact of vision correction was profound. “I actually failed the vision portion of my driver’s license test when I was 15 and that’s when I knew I had vision problems.” Once corrected, Dr. Chen could not believe how well she could see.
“I love that moment for my patients, when they can finally see really well for the first time in a long time or the first time ever,” she explained. Recently, Dr. Chen helped a new patient who was frustrated that no matter the optometry prescription he was given, he still could not see well. Dr. Chen spent a lot of time with him asking questions and performing detailed testing. “It turned out, he had a corneal disease that required a specialty contact lens. Once I fitted him with the new contacts, he was almost crying over how well he could finally see. That’s very gratifying and that’s what I love most about my job.”
From laser vision correction and a frame shop brimming with trendy and classic designer frames to comprehensive eye exams and a team dedicated to serving patients with compassion and excellence, Clear Lake Eye Center is a leader in the field. Call to schedule an appointment today.
Clear Lake Eye Center
17040 Highway 3
Webster, Texas 77598