Gentle Molding vs. Lasik surgery.

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Gentle Molding - No surgery, no post-operative pain and both eyes are treated at the same time – while you sleep.  

"Gentle Molding saved me from having surgery on my eyes. Not being stuck to eyeglasses is a breath of fresh air. I would recommend trying GM before I would consider surgery. I can finally see my wife's eyes at a distance." -N. J.  

Lasik Surgery is a risky proposition no matter how many times the procedure has been performed. With Gentle Molding, you reap the benefits of improved vision without the risks of a surgical procedure.

Other benefits to consider:

  • No postoperative pain
  • Both eyes are treated at the same time
  • Corneas change shape as we age, causing normal prescription fluctuations which are easily managed with Gentle Molding, not Lasik.
  • Gentle Molding is reversible - Lasik is not!
  • The safety margin of re-entering the cornea decreases each time the surgeon has to re-cut the cornea.
  • There is no strong steroid or antibiotic drugs needed with Gentle Molding as there are during the post-operative period for laser surgery.
  • It is good for both children and adults and is an excellent alternative for children who are first becoming nearsighted.
  • Gentle Molding could prevent nearsightedness from increasing!


Our goal is to create a state of the art eye care facility combined with a professional and caring atmosphere in order to make patients feel welcome from the moment they enter the office.

The professionals at our practice provide each patient with quality vision solutions and exceptional customer service. Our staff is experienced in all areas of vision care. Maintaining healthy eyes require regular vision and eye exams. We look forward to serving you.

Facilities and Equipment

Our Optical Service provides high-quality frames and lenses for lifestyle, occupational, and recreational needs. Frames for all ages, infants to adults, are available. Our services range from spectacles for general use, to specialty lenses for sports, hobbies, or occupational use. A wide range of scratch-resistant and anti-reflective coatings, lens designs, and tints are available. As a courtesy, eyewear adjustments and cleaning are provided without an appointment.

Our state-of-the-art equipment aids in the accurate diagnosis of refractive, pathological, perceptual and dysfunctional problems relating to the eye and the visual system. We also offer the latest technology called GENTLE MOLDING. This allows a patient to wear contacts while sleeping to correct their vision so they do not need to wear corrective lenses during the daytime.

Our opthalmic frame selection includes designers such as Guess, Ray-Ban, Tommy Bahama, Revlon, Harley Davidson, Joseph Abboud, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger, Swissflex, and many others.

Types of Payment Accepted

We accept Cash, Personal Checks, American Express®, MasterCard®, Visa®, Discover®, and Care Credit.

Insurance Plans

We participate with VSP, Medicare, and

Medical Eye Services, EyeMed, UFCW, NVA, and many others.

• Check with our staff if you have other types of coverage.

Languages Spoken

Our staff speaks American Sign Language and English.

EyeGlass Guide

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Photochromic Demonstrations (Transition lenses)

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Dr. Duane Pettit, O.D.

2700 Bellflower Blvd, Suite 310
Long Beach, CA 90815

(405 Fwy. - Exit Bellflower Blvd.)

Phone: 562-497-2020

Fax: 562-497-1010

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Office Hours:
Open Mon-Fri from 8:30am - 5:30pm
Closed for lunch daily (12:00 to 1:30pm)
Saturdays by appointment only

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