Dr. Katie W. Chu Optometry

UPDATE: May 18th, 2021


At the practice of Dr. Katie W. Chu, our first priority continues to be the health and safety of our associates, patients, and our broader community. Our practice has reopened to all patients by appointment only. Scheduling all patients allows us proper distance within our office and reduces multiple patients interacting.

Patients will be required to wear a mask upon entry, and their temperatures will be assessed prior to any services being provided.
When you arrive at our office, please call us at (626) 288-6278 for an associate to let you in.

By limiting our services to appointments only, we ensure that we are allowing time between services to sanitize all equipment and exam rooms properly.

Please call us to schedule an appointment.


Dr. Katie W. Chu and her staff have served the Rosemead Community, as well as all of San Gabriel Valley, for more than 20 years. We have personally taken care of our patients, and have experienced monumental events in their lives, as we see them over the years. We have built such a positive bond with our patients, that even when life takes them far from Rosemead, they still find their way back to us and call their experience with us "like coming back to home."

We take pride in what we do, and we make sure that you are always taken care of...like family!

Meet the Doctors

Dr. Katie W. Chu

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Dr. Katie W. Chu, O.D. completed her undergraduate degree in Psychobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She then went on to the Southern California College of Optometry where she received her doctorate of Optometry. During her externships, she worked at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana and at the Naval Hospital in San Diego. She treated active, retired veterans and their families at several military facilities.

Dr. Chu has been practicing optometry since 1995, and has been serving the San Gabriel Valley at her current location in Rosemead since 1998. Her practice places a high priority on eye healthcare and patient satisfaction.

As a breast cancer survivor, Dr. Chu is keen on meeting the eye care needs of cancer patients . She is also able to relate to many of her patients with similar experiences through empathy and compassion.

Dr. Chu specializes in contact lens fittings for patients of all ages. She has been co-managing LASIK and cataract patients for more than 20 years. She chooses to work with only the most experienced surgeons who use state-of-art technology.

She is a very active member in the community. She is involved in the Temple City Unified School District , where her children attended school. She sat on the advisory committee for the Gifted and Talented Education Program (G.A.T.E.) for the school district. Dr. Chu is currently a board member of the Temple City Sister City Association - a student exchange program with Australia.

Dr. Chu is also involved with the Temple City Amateur Softball Association and volunteers her time at The Red Cross, Relay for Life, and Habitat for Humanity of San Gabriel Valley.

When Dr. Chu is not working she enjoys playing tennis and volleyball. She also loves gardening, home decorating, whitewater rafting, fishing, and camping. Dr. Chu has been fortunate to have extensively traveled with her husband and daughters. Some of their favorite spots that they have visited have been Hawaii, Spain, Italy, Turkey, and Egypt.

Dr. Joy J. Kao

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Dr. Joy J. Kao received her B.S. degree in Biological Sciences and B.A. degree in English from the University of Southern California, which she attended on a Presidential scholarship. She went on to the Southern California College of Optometry (now Marshall B. Ketchum University) for her Doctor of Optometry degree. Dr. Kao completed internships at the Center for the Partially Sighted (Culver City, CA), Kaiser Permanente (Baldwin Park, CA), and the Optometric Center of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA).

In addition to practicing primary care optometry and performing contact lens fittings for adults and pediatric patients, Dr. Kao is certified to diagnose and treat a variety of ocular diseases . She also co-manages LASIK and cataract patients with a number of experienced ophthalmologists.

Since vision is such a crucial part of our quality of life, Dr. Kao feels very fortunate to be a part of this field and loves helping to take care of her patients’ eyes. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends, reading, crafting, and traveling. Dr. Kao speaks English and Mandarin Chinese.

About Us

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Dr. Katie W. Chu has a team of caring members who are simply there to give the best care for each patient and to meet each patient's individual needs. We take pride that our practice has another optometrist who works with Dr. Chu in caring for patients.

Dr. Joy J. Kao has been a valuable associate of the practice since 2013. The family-like quality of our practice is also attributed to one of the lead staff members working with Dr. Chu since 1997. It is a wonderful feeling to walk into our office year after year with the same people helping you.

Our practice provides comprehensive eye exams for glasses and contact lenses. We have a wide selection of eyewear and lens designs to meet your visual needs.

We also work with local medical specialists to help diagnose, treat and manage various eye conditions. We are also an affiliated optometry practice of TLC Laser Eye Centers. Our relationship with them for the past 20 years have solidified our experience in co-managing our LASIK laser eye surgery patients before and after the life changing procedure.

Order Contacts Online

You can place your contact lens orders online through our secured website below.

Contact Us

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm (Closed for Lunch 1pm - 2pm)

Saturday: 9am - 4pm (Closed for Lunch 12pm - 12:30pm)

Sunday: CLOSED

We are not accepting walk-ins.
Please call us to schedule an appointment.


3106 N. San Gabriel Blvd. Unit H

Rosemead, CA 91770

Phone: (626) 288-6278

Fax: (626) 571-1868