Meet Our Patients

"Dr. Esson and his staff are the absolute best. Dr. Esson treated her after she had bilateral entropion surgery at the shelter. I'm so thankful for Dr. Esson and his staff. Storm no longer has to deal with gunk coming out of her eye and it blocking her vision."


December 31, 2020

"Thank you guys!! You are THE BEST."


December 13, 2020

"Thank you so much VOC for the awesome Halloween costume contest gifts! From giving me the ability to see again to now spoiling me with treats, medicine, and toys - I am truly a lucky pup. You guys are the best ever and I love you so much!"


November , 2020

"Thank you Dr. Esson and Vet Tech Sarah at VOC for the best eye care throughout the years. Dr. Esson saved my eye a few years ago when I had an ulcer on my eye. You give the best care in Orange County BY FAR."


November 18, 2020

"Tribe loves giving kisses! And he appreciates being able to see who he's kissing."


November 4, 2020

"Thank you all for the amazing care! We love being long term clients and patients."


October 30, 2020

"Glad I came here and was able to get answers on my bulldogs dry eye. Immediately after applying the ointment my bully was smiling as she suffers from dry eye. Looking forward to our follow up. So glad to came to visit this doctor. Very knowledgeable & the staff is amazing."


October 23, 2020

"I was very impressed, from the minute I pulled up, the experience was excellent. Following COVID procedures, the staff met me at my car, asked some questions and took my little guy back. Dr. Essen came out after examining him and talked extensively with me in regard to what he saw and the course of action we should take.''


October 16, 2020

"I think it’s clear that I’ve told her “you’re a queen” too much. Thanks for taking literally the best care of her. You have no idea ho thankful I am for passionate animal people! Also those sweet eyes are doing great because of you guys! "


October 4, 2020

"Hi VOC! Fluffy is enjoying his good life in Huntington Harbor again, His quality of life changed tremendously since he had the cataract surgery. He loves the boat and cruising around. VOC Thank you so much for everything. You guys are awesome."


September 29, 2020

"Dear Dr. Esson,
I wanted to thank you for the excellent work you did on Maxim's eyes. He went blind so suddenly and I watched him completely change... I felt like I had lost my dog. After surgery, he seemed to see immediately and he recovered very quickly. Within a week, Maxim was back to being the normal "butthead" we have come to love so very much. Here is a photo of happy Maxim. You not only give animals their sight back, but you enable them to be happy again. I am grateful!


September 21, 2020

"Surgery with Dr. Esson was a great success. Gatsby could see again almost immediately and still has not stopped wagging his tail and running around like a puppy. Gatsby's primary veterinarian commented to me that she had never had a specialist show as much concern about a patient as doctor Esson did with Gatsby. I feel the same way about Dr. Esson and his entire team. Dana and Sarah are incredible and I felt confident leaving Gatsby in their hands. I am grateful to everyone at VOC.


September 12, 2020

"What's so amazing about this office:
1. Dr. Esson's expertise about eye disease. He cares about animals that he would go above and beyond to treat. He is not giving up unless you give up.
2. His staff are not judgemental about your concerns. They are always warm and welcoming. Many of them multi-task but they make you feel at ease and never rushed.
3. I recently had the comparison of VOC's covid19 safety protocols with our regular vet's. VOC by far outdone any office in the area."


September 4, 2020

"Thank you Dr. Esson athe VOC team!"


August 30, 2020

"Thank you for helping me see again! I am happy pup! I play with my toys, go to the dog park, walk around the neighborhood, eat and drink from my own bowl! I am no longer afraid! My eyes are clear and more beautiful than ever. My mom can't believe how much our life has changed... We are forever grateful, more than words can express. You are great! Thank you, thank you, thank you!"


August 26, 2020

"Highly recommend. Dr. Esson and team performed cataract surgery on my recently-adopted senior dog. They did a fantastic job of making sure he was a good candidate for the surgery, and explained the procedures carefully. I felt he was in good hands at all times. The surgery was successful, and it has been amazing to watch this previously blind dog realize he can see again. Thank you so much to Dr. Esson and his staff.


August 20, 2020

"So happy to be able to see my humans again. Thank you Dr. Esson and VOC SoCal!"


August 12, 2020

"Entropion procedure was a success thanks to the VOC team!"


August 6, 2020

"Thank you VOC team for taking good care of me. Everything went well and thanks everypawdy for the support."


July 31, 2020

"Here's a photo of Evie wearing her Doggles on walks. Thank you Dr. Calvarese!


July 25, 2020

"I'm so thankful for my friends over at VOC! Dr. Esson and his amazing team took such great care of me."


July 17, 2020

"Hopefully other pet parents can
find encouragement in Sue’s photo! You have given us extra time together... I will be always grateful!!!


July 11, 2020

"Everyone at VOC was so nice and reassuring! They don't judge me when I call asking questions and are open to help! Can't recommend them enough!"


July 5, 2020

"Thought I would share this pic of a happy boxer WITHOUT the dreaded cone! Thanks Doctor and technicians!"


June 30, 2020

"I CANNOT begin to say enough amazing things about Dr. Esson and every single person on his team. From the ladies at the front desk to his assistants and every person that handled my dog during this extremely difficult eye procedure I am FOREVER grateful."


June 29, 2020

"Dr. Esson and the staff were great. Dr. Esson examined Lilly and within a few days her eye was already looking better. It was not long after the initial visit that Lilly was back to being herself again, playful and full of energy.
It has been over a year since we first came to see Dr. Esson and Lilly's is doing great!


June 22, 2020

"Rex had his six month check-up with Dr. Esson this week and received an A+! We’re so thankful for Dr. Esson and his incredible staff. We were able to take Rex camping again last week and he didn’t miss seeing a
single squirrel, bunny or lizard. Thank you for giving our 10 year old
puppy back to us! We luv VOC!!!"


June 19, 2020

"Dr. Calvarese is THE sweetest dogtor ever. I love how she takes her time with your fur baby and thoroughly examines them. Her staff are just as sweet as her! The service is still the same despite it being curbside AND they are efficient. We still get the sweet Dr. Calvarese and her amazing staff. I highly recommend your pups to them if they have any ocular issues.


June 17, 2020

"I can't thank you all enough for taking such great care of my girl! We appreciate all the love and care. I think the look on Peanut's face says how she feels about it."


June 1, 2020

"Thank you so much Dr Esson and staff for making me better!"


June 12, 2020

"Thankful to VOCSoCal because now you can see my eyes!"


June 7, 2020



June 4, 2020

"Thank you for saving Harper's eye from that foxtail!!!"


May 30, 2020

"You only need one good eye to get a treat from VOC! It's been just over a year since Coco had to have her surgery and today she got a thumbs up from Dr. Esson! At 15 she's doing great!"


May 23, 2020

"Thanks Dr. Esson! I'm so happy to have my vision back."


May 20, 2020

"We are so happy to see her beautiful eyes clear and smiling back at us!! Always so thankful to VOC"


May 18, 2020

"Thank you @vocsocal for my super awesome eye surgery! ⛵️☀️🐾You guys are the best!"


May 14, 2020

"We want to give a warm thank you to Dr Esson, his assistant Rachel and staff at VOC for giving such expert care to Molly with her seriously
infected eyes.


May 11, 2020

"Look, doc! I’ve healed well! All is safe and sound when I’m with my friend, Mr. Hippo 💕


May 9, 2020

"My Buddy's graft did take and he doesn't need a check up for another month. Everything is great and I think his eye was really saved because of the care that VOC gave my little old man. I am so, so thankful I found this place! I wish they did more than just eyes because I would go to them for all my Vet needs if I could!"


May 4, 2020

"Dr. Esson and Staff are AMAZING!!! We are, and will be, forever grateful to Dr. Esson for giving back our baby her eye sight. He is the BEST eye surgeon, not only in California, but in the entire country. She is happier than she has ever been and is back to playing with her friends, fetching ball, and her favorite, chasing birds and squirrels. THANK YOU DR. ESSON, YOU TRULY ARE THE BEST!"

May 3, 2020

"Mr. Wesley has healed up like a champ thanks to your expertise and kindness! We really can't say thank you enough for being so gracious to us, it hasn't and won't go unnoticed. You all are the very best!"


April 30, 2020

"We have been bringing our kitties to Dr. Douglas Esson for many years and cannot recommend him enough. The staff at VOC is so efficient and caring, and Dr. Esson is such an excellent doctor. He is friendly, professional and explains exactly what is happening and how you need to care for a particular issue. I would not take my pets anywhere else for eye care!


April 25, 2020

"He loves ya'll at VOC! His eyes are much better thanks to you!"


April 22, 2020

"I just wanted to thank you, so very much, for performing the graft procedure on Woody. Your generosity is appreciated more than you know. And, also, thank you for giving him the adorable lion cut. He seems so much happier. This has been such a stressful few months, but we are so thankful that Woody is under your care."


April 19, 2020

"Few times in life have we been so impressed with a vet, or a doctor for that matter as we've been with Dr. Esson. In a country like ours, where everything can be bought and sold, Dr. Esson's professionalism is priceless. We wish that there were more doctors as talented as Dr. Esson, and we also hope that other ophthalmology clinics take a leaf out of Dr. Esson's book on professionalism and love for animals.


April 11, 2020

"I really want to thank you all for your care and attention to Honey B. Here's an Update: We went for a little walk, passing the neighbors house, where the gardeners laughed at her wearing the G.D. cone!Anyway, I cant thank you enough for you kindness, professionalism, skill and concern for your real patients, personal and human. I appreciate you all so much and felt rescued once Dr. Esson said, "so here's what we're gonna do."


April 5, 2020

"Dr. Esson at Veterinary Ophthalmic Consulting, in Irvine did an amazing job correcting the scarred lids and properly rolling back and removing excess skin around the eyes. If you need specialty eye care for your rescue or your own pet, we highly recommend the highly skilled Dr. Esson at Veterinary Ophthalmic Consulting in Irvine."


April 2, 2020

"I love this place! They were so wonderful to my cat and me. To protect themselves and patients from COVID 19, they came out to the parking lot to pick up my cat. It was a great experience and if you love your pets like I love mine, you'll love the service at this place."


March 31, 2020

"Barry now has Rexspecs to wear when he goes outside. Thank you VOC!"


March 28, 2020

"We can't thank you enough for all you've done for her! See you at her checkup in June!"


March 25, 2020

"My family is grateful for the care and compassion provided by Dr. Esson and the staff at VOC. We first met the VOC family when Dr. Esson treated our Laila, last year. We were very happy with her treatment, and did not hesitate to take our Barkley for his recent eye issue. Thank you VOC!"


March 21, 2020

"Dr. Esson is truly an expert ophthalmologist, often lecturing to community veterinarians about diseases of the eye. His entire team is so helpful and friendly- from the front office receptionists to the vet techs. I have zero regret of having Barney get treated at VOC- they're phenomenal and I can't thank them enough!"


March 19, 2020

"We love @vocsocal thank you!"


March 15, 2020

"In my decades of being a fur baby’s Mommy, I have never experienced the amazing care given to my precious Bichon, Honey. Dr. Sara and her devoted team are Angels. Thank you so much for making everything come together so quickly, and successfully correcting Honey’s issue. Don’t be surprised if we pop in one day to say hello, so she can give you a Honey Hug! 😬🐾🍯💗"


March 10, 2020

"Thank you @vocsocal for helping our little June Bug with her right eye gunderson flap procedure!!! Great Doctor and wonderful staff. Eye is doing great and we can’t thank you enough!!!"


March 7, 2020

"Sadie’s in love with Dr. Esson and team."


March 5, 2020



March 1, 2020

"Bentley and son Tommy cuddling after surgery with Dr. Esson."


February 29, 2020

"Thanks Dr. Esson and staff!"


February 27, 2020

"Logan is celebrating valentine's day at his recheck with Dr. Calvarese. Thank you!"


February 25, 2020

"Dr Esson stayed late on a Friday night to see my dog. Dr Esson did a conjunctival patch on his eye and saved his eyeball. We have been back for several checkups and I have been very happy with the care received on each visit. I highly recommend Dr Esson and his staff at VOC."


February 22, 2020

"Hi Dr. Calvarese & team! I wanted to give you guys an update on Pancake's medial canthoplasty and tell you how amazing she looks! Her tear stains have improved x100! Thank you again for everything, I am SO SO happy!"


February 18, 2020

"Hi @vocsocal this my cat pepper, thanks for having the sweetest staff & shoutout to his Dr. Esson for helping ease my nerves while going through this process with Pepper. See you in three months for an update 🙂"


February 15, 2020

"Thank you!! 🤠🐴 🙌🏼


February 13, 2020

"Dr. Esson and his staff are wonderful. He was very gentle and kind to my dog Walden, and he seemed to be a very knowledgeable vet. I would definitely recommend him and VOC to anybody looking for a veterinary ophthalmologist."


February 10, 2020

"Thank you Veterinary Ophthalmic Consulting"


February 6, 2020

"Goliath wishes everyone a Happy Chinese New Year. Thank you, VOC!"


February 2, 2020

"Thanks for taking such great care of Dalton, and the tasty treats🐾💖"


February 1, 2020

"I was able to get an appointment quickly, and was very impressed by the modern decor and calm atmosphere. The staff greeted us and we were seen quickly. The assistants made Sully feel comfortable, and he didn't seem nervous at all. I will never forget the great service we received and Dr. Sara's expertise."


January 30, 2020

"VOC is the best! My 10 year old Labrador had some nasty seed pods in his eye and with only one visit they were able to get him back out in the marsh. I hope my precious Jasper never gets another seed pod in his eyes but at least I now know where I will be going directly to. Thank you to Team VOC!!"


January 25, 2020

"Rachel and Dana were our nurses/techs and they made us and Sofia feel very welcomed and comfortable...his prices are competitive and he's worth the cost due to his knowledge, how nice the office is and how kind his staff is. Our girl is home recovering! Thank you, VOC!"


January 21, 2020

"Igot Frankie whenhe was about 3 years old from another Marine Veteran. We dress up Frankie as a Marine to raise funds for the troops over seas, toys for tots, and and for PD K9 unit. Thank you for everything with Frankie."


January 20, 2020

"So very excited to see you all today!! Thank you to the talented Dr. Esson and his amazing staff for taking such good care of me today!! 💕💕See you in 2 months 😍😍"


January 18, 2020

"Thanks for taking good care of me🙏🏼 Thank you Dr Esson 👀 🙌🏼♥️🐶"


January 15, 2020

"Thank you!"


January 12, 2020

"Thank you for taking such good care of Buddy. Happy Holidays!"


January 11, 2020

"Thank you Dr. Calvarese at VOC Upland!"


January 6, 2020

"Many thanks for giving Skipper his sight. Merry Christmas!"


January 2, 2020

"Thank you so much for your excellent care of Goliath over these past few months. We are incredibly grateful. Thanks to you, my sweet boy still has two eyes, he can see with both of them, and he is no longer in crazy pain - it’s the best Christmas present ever!!!"


December 31, 2019

"Thank you! Happy holidays!!


December 28, 2019

"Here's Charli's before and after. So pleased with the results. Thank you all so much. She is SO much happier! and so are we."


December 26, 2019

"That's my girl!! Thank you for taking such good care of her. Happy Holidays to you and the entire office."


December 21, 2019

"Thank you so much for giving me gift of vision!"


December 18, 2019

"Thank you for taking such good care of Ranger for us! Happy holidays!!"


December 17, 2019

"Brandy would like to thank Dr. Esson and the staff at VOC for the wonderful, happy, and very successful experience she had at your facility. Her parents are especially grateful and so happy to have found you!"


December 14, 2019

"Thank you to Dr. Calvarese and her wonderful staff at VOC for Muffy's and ours greatest Christmas gift ever!!!


December 13, 2019

"Talker is eating and feeling better after his eye removal.
Thank you!"


December 11, 2019

"I get great care from Dr. Esson and appreciate how well you treat me. We also really like seeing you and all the girls and the treats at the counter with Koral. Hope you like my picture! Aren’t I cute?


December 10, 2019

"Dr. Esson is the best eye doctor in the world!"


December 7, 2019

"Thank you!!!!"


December 5, 2019

"Thank you for taking excellent care of our beloved Laila!"


December 1, 2019