About Dr. Mary Baker
Dr. Mary Baker, received her doctor of optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1991. Accepting a commission in the United States Navy, she was stationed at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego where she served eight years on active duty and in the reserves as an optometrist. She has received several honors including Armed Forces Junior Optometrist of the Year and other awards for military achievement as well as community service and leadership.
After leaving the U. S. Navy, Dr. Baker worked in an ophthalmology practice in the San Diego area. In 1999, she moved to the Pacific Northwest where she worked in a variety of eye care offices.
Upon deciding to stay in the Northwest, Dr. Baker began to fulfill one of her dreams by opening Overlake Family Vision. She earned her BA in Spanish from Virginia Commonwealth University and welcomes the opportunity to converse with her Spanish-speaking patients. Dr. Baker is an expert in visual rehabilitation and is a member of the Neuro-optometric Rehabilitation Association.
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Puget Sound Honor Flight:
One Last Misson – 425 Magazine
Many Bellevue residents know Mary Baker as a friendly optometrist who cares for their eyes.
But to many war veterans, Baker is a volunteer who enthusiastically escorts them on a trip of a lifetime — a complimentary trip to Washington, D.C., to visit and reflect on the war memorials dedicated to their heroic service to the country courtesy of the nonprofit, Puget Sound Honor Flight.
“Without the (volunteer) guardians, we wouldn’t be able to make these trips,” said Renee Peavey, co-director of Puget Sound Honor Flight.
While some veterans have family members to accompany them, the group relies on volunteer guardians to assist others who are alone. “A lot of the veterans — at their elderly age — need help with mobility issues, like pushing wheelchairs. It’s nice to have a buddy who keeps their eye on them, gets them water, takes pictures. A lot of these guys make lifelong friends with these guardians,” Peavey said.
Forgotten Children’s Fund
December 13, 2017
Last weekend, Dr. Baker and friends wrapped gifts at the North Pole! They were helping to support The Forgotten Children’s Fund. On Christmas Eve, Santas and their elves deliver gifts and Christmas dinner to families who have fallen upon hard times. If you’d like to volunteer, donate or find out more information please take a look at their website
Honor Flight 2015
Dr. Baker had the pleasure of participation in Honor Flight on May 1-3, 2015 taking 80 WWII veterans to Washington, DC. The mission of the trip was to take this aging group of veterans to see their memorial. During the weekend, these veterans were thanked and honored for their service. These veterans would otherwise never visit the memorial because of lack of finances or declining mobility due to age. These veterans ranged in age from late 80’s to the eldest on this trip who was 103 years old! This is a privately funded organization and is free to all veterans. You can find out more about it at www.honorflightsandiego.org.
Local eye doctor volunteers in El Salvador
Dr Baker in El Salvador
Dr. Baker went with a group of volunteers to El Salvador, September 19-27. The team worked in Tamanique, a small community in the hills of El Salvador, to help give the gift of sight to those who would otherwise never have a pair of glasses. In the group who went on this mission, there were members of the Bellingham Central Lions Club, Lacey Sunrise Lions Club, NW Lions Eyeglasses Recycling Center, some pre-optometry students and a few others along with myself who were invited to come along to assist on this trip. The locals traveled very far to our vision clinic that was set up in a modest community center. They saw 471 patients over 31/2 days, treating eye disease and giving out recycled eyeglasses. One of her patients was an 18 year old boy who had a very high prescription and had never tried on a pair of glasses. They happened to have a pair of glasses that was very close to his prescription. When she put the glasses on his face, he beamed from ear to ear and said, “I can see!” in Spanish. Since his prescription is extremely high, the glasses need to be made precisely to fit the patient’s face. Glasses will be make with his prescription in the United States and will be send down to him via Peace Health. This type of work is Dr. Baker’s passion. She speaks Spanish and being with a Spanish speaking community allowed her to better serve them. The people that were seen mainly wanted to be able to see well enough to read the Bible and to be able to thread a needle for sewing. They were so appreciative when they received their glasses! Dr. Baker collects glasses in her office to donate to the Lions club where they are cleaned and packaged to send use on vision missions. Please feel free to drop you glasses off at anytime. Donate your used glasses so that others may have the chance to see! Overlake Family Vision is located at 1951 152nd PL NE, #100, Bellevue, WA 98007 at the intersection of Bel-Red and NE 20th (425)638-0700.