Practice History

Erie Optical was founded in 1962 in Painesville by Dr. Jacob Waldman. Previous to the opening in Painesville, Dr. Waldman had a practice in the city of Cleveland. He was very progressive in his thinking in that 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 50 years. We consider what we do to be a privilege. 

Dr. Jacob Waldman passed away in 1995, but his influence is always present.


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!""