About us

About Helmus Optometry

image of eye glasses on an eye chart. Drs. Mark and Joann Helmus, along with their daughter, second-generation optometrist Dr. Julie Helmus, have always considered Helmus Optometry a vital part of the Davis community and downtown Davis business district. Helmus Optometry has proudly remained Yolo County's longest serving, family-owned eye care provider for over 33 years. Patient care and community involvement is a core mission of our family practice, and includes supporting local school fundraisers and groups, as well as providing educational outreach. 

Davis was a small community of under 5,000 residents when the town's first optometric practice was opened in 1950 by Dr. Richard Lindholtz. In 1986 Drs. Mark and Joann Helmus moved their young family from Berkeley, joined Dr. Lindholtz, and began Helmus Optometry. Advancements in the delivery of eye care, along with a growing community, led to the need for a larger facility. The current clinic was designed and built by Drs. Helmus in 2007. Dr. Julie Helmus grew up working along with her parents at the clinic as well as on volunteer vision trips and, after graduating from Pacific College of Optometry, joined the family practice in 2015. Dr. Julie, along with Dr. Joann, Dr. Sally Talaga, Dr. Lana Tu, Dr. Paymaun Anaashari and Dr. Clare Thomasy, now proudly continue to provide eye care for the Davis community. 

At Helmus Optometry each member of our vision care team is selected based upon his or her experience, professional demeanor, and dedication to providing personalized care to our patients. Our entire Davis optometry staff is committed to ensuring the comfort and satisfaction of each and every patient. We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointment times that meet your needs. Our knowledgeable staff at Helmus Optometry will work with you to help you understand your vision insurance coverage to ensure you get the best vision care possible.

We know that you have a choice when it comes to Davis optometry, so we strive to provide comprehensive eye exams, a great selection of glasses, and personalized care. 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Our staff speaks English, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Urdu, Farsi, and Tagalog.

Thank you for voting us Best Eye Doctors of Yolo County 13 years in a row!

Testimonials

  • This was my first time getting glasses & I was very pleased with how lovely the staff was! In addition, all of my questions were answered thoroughly & I loved how in-depth my prescription was described to me. The selection of glasses is wonderful! Love, love, love Helmus Optometry! 

    - Andi V.
  • My experience with Dr. Joann Helmus and the team at Helmus Optometry was excellent from start to finish. Office staff were kind and professional. I was confident in the quality and thoroughness of Dr. Helmus' exam. I have already recommended the practice to others. Many thanks to Helmus Optometry for the excellent care!

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    Read More - Grace B.
  • For over twenty years I have seen Dr. Joann Helmus annually as my optometrist. The very high standard of service and technical knowledge of both doctor and staff has never wavered. Consistently modernizing their examination equipment in providing the most up-to-date exams and accurate prescriptions. Their selection of eyeglass frames is most complete range of style choices. The staff are very knowledgeable of insurance allowances, and discussed with me the many options available. Have many times and will continue recommending this outstanding optometric office to family and friends.

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    Read More - Michael W.
  • Great optometrist. Fast and quality service always.

    - Logan K.
  • Extremely professional, kind, helpful, staff from top to bottom! Exam was thorough and well diagnosed. Best glasses fitting ever, and that is with progressives. Quick service. I feel staff is very knowledgeable and willing to go to any extent to spend time with you and be helpful. Just moved to Davis and this is a great find. Highly recommend!!

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    Read More - Sally D.
  • My family have been coming here for years! Always exceptional service and spend the time to figure our insurance coverage details. Highly recommended!!!

    - Pete K.
  • Everyone was so nice and accommodating. Dr. Helmus was very sweet and took the time to really talk to me like a person and not just another dollar sign. They also had a nice selection of glasses in many different styles and price ranges. Most insurance policies are covered here as well. Definitely a plus! They'll always have my business! 

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    Read More - Allyson C.

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Hours of Operation

Monday

8:00 am - 5:45 pm

Tuesday

8:00 am - 5:45 pm

Closed for staff meeting 11:00-11:50

Wednesday

8:00 am - 5:45 pm

Thursday

8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Friday

8:00 am - 5:45 pm

Saturday

8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sunday

Closed

Monday
8:00 am - 5:45 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:45 pm Closed for staff meeting 11:00-11:50
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:45 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:45 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday
Closed

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