About Us | Erie Optical  | Mentor, Ohio

Before you entrust us with your eyecare, we understand that it’s important to get to know us a little bit first. We are happy to introduce ourselves. Erie Optical was opened in 1963 in Painesville, Ohio by Dr. Jacob Waldman.

Dr. Robert Waldman talking to a patient about eye care.

Dr. Robert Waldman is the owner and the optometrist of Erie Optical. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University in 1974, and then attended the New England College of Optometry and graduated in 1978. He then began working at Erie Optical alongside his father. Now seeing his third generation of patients, many long-term and satisfying relationships have been established. Outside of work he has a passion for biking, golf, and the Cleveland Indians. He lives in Mentor with his wife Caren.

Meet the Team

Dr. Waldman is supported by a six-person superstar team which is dedicated to providing the highest level of care and service. We have one overriding philosophy which is to treat every patient in the same manner in which we ourselves would want to be treated. From the time you call for an appointment until you leave our office, we want you to feel fully satisfied with the entire office experience.

If you would like to meet the team, feel free to come in today or request an appointment by calling (440) 255-7727.

About the Practice

Erie Optical was founded in 1962 In Painesville, Ohio by Dr. Jacob Waldman. Previous to opening in Painesville, Dr.Waldman had a practice in the city of Cleveland. He was very progressive in his thinking as he was one of the first doctors to advertise his services in the newspaper. In 1978 his son Robert joined the practice and worked alongside his father until his retirement in 1984.The practice was moved to its present location in Mentor in 1988.

The practice philosophy has always been to provide excellent value and service in a friendly and comfortable environment. With hard work and the support of the community, the practice has been able to thrive for over 50 years. “ We consider what we do to be a privilege, “ says Dr.Waldman. View our Testimonials:

"Although Dr.Jacob Waldman passed away many years ago, his influence and our appreciation for what he started is always present."

~ Beth D

"I have been going to Erie Optical for over 20 years. Dr. Waldman is friendly, thorough, and detected narrow-angle glaucoma during my routine eye exam. I am thankful he discovered it, and he referred me to a specialist. The fun part for me is choosing my glass frames with the Office Manager, Connie B. I would highly recommend Erie Optical."

~ Beth A

“Dr. Waldman found a serious health problem with my daughter. She hadn't even started exhibiting any symptoms. Because of him we were able to start treatment and avoid any further complications.”

~ Tonya C

Come See Us at Erie Optical in Mentor, Ohio

Ready to make an Optometrist friend for life? Here at Erie Optical, that’s exactly what we do: provide our patients with care they can rely on for decades. We’ve been doing it for years, and we’d love to do it for you as well. Give us a call at (440) 255-7727 or request an appointment through our website, and we’ll see you just as soon as we can!


Office Hours


9:30 am-5:30 pm


11:00 am-8:00 pm




11:00 am-8:00 pm


9:30 am-5:30 pm


9:30 am-2:00 pm




Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

  • "I have been going here for 25 years. Each visit, Dr. Waksman and his staff go above and beyond for their clients. I always recommend Erie Optical! Excellent variety of frames as well."
    Christine Rowles (Local Guide) via Google
  • "Dr. Waldman is outstanding! He's professional, detail oriented and passionate about keeping eyes healthy. I've been a customer for over 25 years and highly recommend Erie Optical."
    Mindy Baierl via Google
  • "The services are excellent from start to finish. The Doctor & his Staff takes the necessary time to answer all your questions. I recommend them to all my family & friends. They accept most insurance plans. Karen is my favorite!!"
    Hope Gibson via Google
  • ""I have been going to Erie Optical for 3 years now. My sister referred me to Dr. Waldman after her great experience with him and the office. We had a previous eye doctor and the experience was not good and they charged so much. So when I went to Erie Optical I was so pleased with the office and Dr. Waldman's expertise and thoroughness. I ended up referring my parents and grandmother to Erie Optical too. I will never going anywhere else!!!""
    Angela Kovacs
  • ""They are the best- Doc Waldman takes his time with you and the staff members, like Karen, Brigit, Linda do everything they can to help you look and feel good, after all, fitting glasses is not a job for everyone!!
    You can’t go wrong there and the service is the best!""