Meet Our Patients

Thank You Dr Esson and the fabulous staff at VOC for taking such great care of Morty!! His eye was so bad when we rescued him from SBC and the transformation was amazing!!

Labs and Friends Rescue & "Morty" February 20, 2019

A few months ago I had an emergency when my Labrador's eye ruptured and I didn't know what to do. On the outside, it didn't seem that bad. He just had a droopy eye, but I had a feeling that something was seriously wrong so I acted fast and began to call around. I'm glad I did because as Dr. Esson likes to put it, it was like "a tiny grenade went off inside his eye."

Google gave me little results and the soonest anyone was available to see us was in 2 weeks, but a receptionist told me about VOC so I gave them a call.

I was able to see Dr. Esson that same day (amazing!), and after Dr. Esson saw Bubba we scheduled him for surgery the next day. What I really liked about Dr. Esson was his no-nonsense approach when it came to the surgery. He set realistic expectations and gave me everything I needed to know to decide if it was something I wanted to do. It was expensive and there was a chance that he would have to remove an eye if it didn't go well and he made that very clear to me. I knew what the best case and worst case scenarios looked like.

Dr. Esson is easy to talk to and I like the way he answers my questions. He carries himself in a way that lets you know you're in good hands; like a true professional. The girls at the office are also wonderful and sweet people and I enjoy talking to them while I wait on Dr. Esson.

It's been a few months since the surgery now, and I'm so happy to say that Bubba is doing MUCH better and he can see! Seriously, he is a much happier dog today and I am so grateful for Dr. Esson for saving his eyes.

Damian R & "Bubba" February 18, 2019

You have given Smedley his life back! Instead of lying in his bed all day or sitting in the middle of the floor because he's lost, he is once again our Intrepid Explorer and Undisputed King of his World. Thank you Dr. Esson!

Karan B & "Smedley" February 12, 2019

THANK YOU DR. ESSON and team for taking such great care of our "Ziggy" boy. He underwent a Corneal Sequestrum removal (Super K) and then his stitches were removed. The VOC team has been with us since Ziggy was 13 weeks old weighing in at 1.15 lbs. Today Ziggy is happy to be home and collar free. Me and my family can't thank you and the VOC staff enough for your services and expertise in caring for our little guy.

Teri C & "Ziggy" Februray 5, 2019

A couple days after he got his stitches out, we took Bailey on an adventure to the mall!  (Since he lost his vision a couple years ago, we try to take him for car rides every day so he can enjoy new smells).  This was the first time he visited the mall, and he was having the best time!  He was so happy!  So many different things to smell!  Best of all, he no longer has eye pain. I just wanted to share this cute picture and thank you all for your skills and compassion!

Patti R & "Bailey" January 31, 2019

Thanks for making Lily feel all better!!

Brittanie F & "Lily" January 29, 2019

Nothing but a 5 Star is good enough for this establishment and Dr Esson.  He is an amazing Veterinarian who  recently performed surgery on our Buddy for cataracts.  When another Veterinarian had told us Buddy was not a suitable candidate for this surgery we were referred to Dr Esson who oozed confidence and said he could do it and do it he did.  Our Buddy is now trotting along enjoying the scenery once again thanks to Dr Esson and his extremely competent staff who put us and our pet at ease the first visit.  We cannot recommend him and his very qualified staff enough. Buddy came through it in excellent shape, his eyesight is back and he is better than ever trotting on his walks like he did years ago.  So better than happy with Dr Esson and HIGHLY RECOMMEND him.

Beverly A & "Buddy" January 22, 2019

Dr Esson was amazing! What a fascinating and kind man. The experience was outstanding from cleanliness to timeliness and professionalism from all staff members.  We felt welcomed and safe in this environment with our precious family member Rico. I would not go anywhere else for animal related eye exams or eye issues in the future.

Catherine M & "Rico" January 17, 2019

I cannot say THANK YOU enough to Dr. Esson and the team! Chloe my darling 12 year Boston Terrier and my baby girl with CHF had a growth on her eye that created an ulcer. It was getting to the point she could lose her eye but with her heart condition surgery was risky. Dr. Esson was kind and thoughtful in his approach along with the staff to ensure every measure was taken to prevent any heart risks, quickly removed the growth, her eye is recovering amazingly and as a proud momma could not be happier! 🐾😁 💕

Christine O & "Chloe" January 11, 2019

Thank you Dr. Esson and staff for removing my cataracts and restoring my vision!

Nicole H & "Lance" January 9, 2019

Anita and I want you all to know how much we appreciate everything that you are doing to save Mindy's eye. We are hoping for the best possible out come and no matter what the end result is, we know that you have done your best and we are grateful to have you as Mindy's doctor. There are no words to express how grateful we are of you.

Anita & Greg P & "Mindy" January 7, 2019

Buddy, my energetic 10 yr. old Lab, suffered total blindness over a 6 month period due to diabetes. He and his female rescued roommate both became sullen and withdrawn.
Dr. Doug Esson sat on the floor for the initial exam....with all the expertise, a total dog person. Post surgery, cataract removal/lens-ectomy, our energetic Lab is back!!!! Koral & Kari are warm, welcoming staff who share the hurt and the high! Good parking-competitive pricing for a surgeon who has practiced internationally!

Brad D & "Buddy" January 5, 2019

Words can not describe the appreciation for the care Dr. Esson and his caring group provide!!! Ten year old Leela lost her sight due to rapidly forming cataracts and Dr. Esson removed the cataracts and implanted new lenses.  She now has her spunk back and loves to 'see' her friends on our daily walks. Thank you so much to the wonderful, talented group at VOC for everything you do!!

Paul S & "Leela" January 3, 2019

Thanks for seeing my boy yesterday. You made us so comfortable and confident with him in your hands! Thank you!

Chelsea S & "Exodus" December 29, 2018

I highly recommend Dr. Esson and his team! They are extremely knowledgeable, kind, compassionate, and helpful! I’m very impressed with them! Their expertise has helped Valor’s, my dog, eye heal from his corneal ulcer so he can continue to do what he loves...agility! I love Dr. Esson’s philosophy of thinking, “What would I do if this was my dog?” when deciding on the best course of treatment. You can tell that everyone cares about your pet which makes me feel really comfortable! Their office is beautiful and clean. I love looking at all of the photos of Dr. Esson treating different wildlife. A huge thanks to Dr. Esson and his team! You are the best!!

Julie H & "Valor" December 21, 2018

This is me, Oliver, when I first met you, you removed my cataracts. Later, when I lost my sight permanently, you advised my Mom to get me a buddy, which she did… Wingman... then we went to school together. And then, you fixed my eyes one more time, so they would not cause any more pain. Thank you! Now, I am a very happy dog, I am healthy and pain free. I get to patrol our back yard, chew on sticks and lounge on our back patio, and best of all I get to run on the beach, always with my best buddy Wingman. After a long day of fun we rest... I am happy and I am loved. Thank you Dr. Esson!

Haydee P & "Oliver" December 12, 2018

Kapua wanted to say hi and thank you all for taking such good care of him!

Dee W & "Kapua" December 4, 2018

Thank you for the great care you've taken of Ichabod. His eyesight is so good and has made him a happy little guy being able to see and give him quality life. The care and love you give to our four legged family members and to my wife and I is felt from you and your staff's kindness.

Steven & Carole H & "Ichabod" December 2, 2018

Wanted to say thank you to Dr. Esson and your wonderful team!  You’ve given our baby back not only his vision but also his zest for life. It actually brought us to tears as there really are not enough words to describe what an incredible feeling it is to see Tubby happy and playful once again!

Amber L & "Tubby" November 21, 2018

Thank you so very much for fixing Chip's eye! He is doing great!! He is so happy to be back doing what he loves!!

Brenda K & "Chip" November 17, 2018

Mac says he would never throw a penalty flag at Dr. Esson or his staff. He likes them too much!

Charli A & "Mac" November 13, 2018

We had a great experience with VOC!

Melissa L & "Thor" November 2, 2018

Thank you so much for taking such good care of Cherie!

Amy N & "Cherie" October 30, 2018

Dr Esson you are amazing! Thank you for my great care last year and now. Misty in her Bumble Bee costume! Happy Howl-o-Ween🎃🐾

Kathleen T & "Misty" October 29, 2018

Dr. Esson is the best of the best! I brought Cooper into VOC for a biopsy and was greeted by the friendly staff and amazing Receptionist (Koral). Cooper was immediately brought into the room to begin the appointment. Dr. Esson finished the biopsy perfectly and Cooper was pain-free! I will always bring my dogs to Dr. Esson. Thank you VOC!

John G & "Cooper" October 23, 2018

We had a fantastic experience at VOC! We were so worried when Totto got a massive eye injury. Dr. Esson saved his eye and our puppy has his sight back! Thank you!

Patty & Ali M & "Totto" October 20, 2018

Dr. Esson, thank you so much for the great job you did on our Pebbles eyes. I can't thank you enough for seeing her at the last moment and getting her into surgery right away to save her eyes. I completely understand why Dr. Singer gave you such a glowing recommendation.

Katie W & "Pebbles" October 18, 2018

My experience at VOC was excellent. Daisy was so comfortable with everyone, and they made me feel very at ease. Highly recommend!

Ann M & "Daisy" October 17, 2018

At the three other ophthalmologists prior to Dr. Esson, I had the worst experience. Dr. Esson solved my little girls entropion eyelids and now she is perfect. Thank you, you made this a painless experience for both of us!

Robin G & "Ruby" October 17, 2018

Thank you Dr. Esson and staff!  Jackie is doing much better thank you!  PS.  Koral is amazing we loved her over at Dr. Sam’s practice Sun Surf, great recruit! 😉

Rick L & "Jack" October 15, 2018

Thanks Dr. Esson for 2 perfect cataract surgeries to restore Frostie's eyesight!

Joanne W & "Frostie" October 13, 2018

Yoda LOVES Dr Esson. Thank you so much for the excellent, kind, and loving care & treatment. 5 out of 5 stars!

Martin O & "Yoda" October 10, 2018

Webber is very happy to be out of the "cone of shame" after one month! Dr. Esson saved Webber's right eye. Thank you for our happy boy!

Kathi B & "Webber" October 9, 2018

We love Dr. Esson and his staff!!

Charli A & "Mac" October 1, 2018

"Axel" recommends Dr Esson and the VOC Team to all of his canine buddies!

Rayetta P & "Axel" September 27, 2018

Dr. Esson is the only eye doctor I'll take my dogs to. He's incredible!

Richard F & "Oliver" September 21, 2018

Thank you so much for taking good care of Bentley (aka Shotgun).  He loves hanging out on the dinghy, as well as running on the beach with his new eyesight. He is such a happy dog, and we are forever grateful for what you did for him!

Elizabeth W & "Bentley" September 17, 2018

Thank you all for your help, kindness, and professionalism in treating our dog Mac. He is back to his normal self and we appreciate all the work you did to get him better! You truly have a friendly and compassionate staff and we will absolutely be back here for any future eye related needs.

Brian W & "Mac" September 14, 2018

BB's and my experience at VOC was great.  BB followed Dr. Esson from his previous location and absolutely loves him.  We would not trust anyone else to care for BB's eyes.

Judi R & "BB" September 10, 2018

Dr Esson is an amazing surgeon and cares very much about his patients. Our first visit with Dr Esson was for emergency surgery to remove a luxated lens. A couple of years later he needed cataract surgery in his other eye. You would never know he had any issues. Frasier would have lost his vision years ago if he wasn't under Dr Esson's care.

Judy P & "Frasier" September 1, 2018

Coco's beautiful brown eyes after cataract surgery, thanks to Dr. Esson and his fabulous staff - she's a new pup!

Patricia P & "Coco" August 27, 2018

From badly damaged eye (possibly losing the eye) to perfectly healed with minimal scars. Hooray! Thank you Dr Esson & Team VOC!

Gale O & "Pu'Iwa" August 25, 2018

Dr Esson and his staff are professional, personal, and caring. We feel our golden Retriever, Cliffy, deserves only the best treatment which is what he receives at VOC. .Paws and  hands down, Veterinary Ophthalmic Consulting, is number one. We are so grateful to Dr Esson and his staff!

Gail G & "Cliffy" August 17, 2018

Five-star service from setting up the initial consultation through the post-op appointment with Dr Esson & his team. Dr Esson is truly an expert at his craft - I highly recommend VOC!

Nancy G & "Kingston" August 14, 2018

Teddy is handsome one-eyed pirate! Dr Esson saved his right eye & helped him live a happy, healthy and sighted life. Dr Esson and his staff are the best!

Gail S & "Teddy" August 9, 2018

Dr Esson took care of my kitty Mr. Snow. He explained everything very thoroughly and treated him as if he was his own. I've been to other ophthalmic veterinary offices where I felt my appointments were rushed, though with Dr Esson I did not get that feeling - he took his time and Mr. Snow is feeling better thanks to him.

Yaz L & "Mr Snow" August 7, 2018

Cassidy is a superstar therapy-dog with a new lease on life after cataract surgery & she loves visiting Dr Esson & the staff of VOC!

Betty Z & "Cassidy-Belle" August 1, 2018

Thanks to Dr. Esson Jack still has his two big and beautiful eyes. He is a happy dog once again. We are sincerely grateful to Dr. Esson and his caring staff.

Cathy R & "Jack" July 31, 2018

Our experience with VOC has been bar none exceptional! The staff is kind, patient & courteous. As for Dr Esson - wow! He is personable, relaxed and conveys a confidence that spills over to a comfort level for the anxious pet parent. Overall an outstanding demonstration of professionalism.

Dawn M & "Sage" July 20, 2018

Dr Esson and staff are the absolute BEST in all of Orange County! They took such great care of dog (and us) throughout the surgical procedure. This is a rare find of incredible expertise coupled with sincere care for you pet that you can trust. I've been to the other places in Irvine and both were terrible experiences. I only trust Dr Esson with my dog's eyes. We are grateful for VOC’s amazing expertise, kindness & care. The practice is five star & our sweet girl was fortunate to have such a skilled surgeon. 

Kallie K & “Maple” July 16, 2018

A new practice (location), but Dr. Esson is definitely well known. After calling 4 different places (and getting no luck with getting an early appointment), I was super relieved to book an appointment here within the same week of calling. Super sweet and kind staff-you can tell they genuinely care about your furbabies' needs/concern. Dr.Esson was professional and knowledgeable, in that he thoroughly assessed my baby's situation in layman's terms. Pricing was reasonable and will definitely be coming back for checkups. Highly recommend this place!

Brenda P & "Buttercup" July 10, 2018

Much love to Dr. Esson and all at VOC. Thank you for restoring my sight through cataract surgery!

Leslie P & "Ziggy" July 5, 2018

Dr Esson is 100% honest & has a real gift with animals. I have complete confidence in all he does & he has Ginger’s devotion. 

Thank you so much!

Karyn P & “Ginger” June 16, 2018

Without Dr. Esson and his skillful knowledge and loving care, our sweet French Bulldog Dumpster would have lost his left eye at only one year old.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Ondrea E & “Dumpster” June 10, 2018

Thanks to Dr. Esson and staff for always taking such great care of our beautiful Lacey.  Your knowledge and skill is second to none!

Leah B & “Lacey” June 4, 2018

We love Dr. Esson and his staff!!

Charli A & "Mac" October 1, 2018

Dr Esson is the best!

JP G & "Buddy" June 1, 2018

I wouldn’t trust these beautiful brown eyes to anyone else but Dr. Esson, his care, skill, and judgement are truly the best!

Mae S & "Max" May 29, 2018

Dr. Esson gave my 14-year-old Westy a new lease on life!

Norma M & "Moses" May 21, 2018

I not only trust Dr. Esson implicitly with my own pets, but with my clients pets as well - I know that when they see him, they are getting the best veterinary ophthalmology out there!

Colleen M & "Potter" May 19, 2018

Dr Esson was refreshingly direct, efficient & compassionate in caring for our pug Alvin. Thanks to him Alvin is back to 100%!

Kris D & "Alvin" May 15, 2018

The whole team at VOC are awesome! We're so grateful for the care we received.

Debie S & "Dexter" May 14, 2018

Thank you Dr Esson for saving my dog's vision!

David B & "Boo" May 12, 2018

After years of referring challenging cases to Dr Esson, I'm still amazed by what he knows & the things he can do. He has taught me a great deal & made me a better veterinarian.

Robert R & "Kyle" May 9, 2018

We love Dr Esson. I'm a medical professional who understands the value of quality veterinary care & my pets are part of my family. Thanks to Dr Esson's skill & care, Cadbury's vision was restored after he developed cataracts. I have referred many friends & family members and will continue to do so.

Shannon L & "Cadbury" May 8, 2018

I have known. worked with & respected Dr Esson for many years. As a local veterinary specialist I consider his skills, knowledge & passion to be second to none! When my own dog needs an ophthalmologist - he's my choice.

Tony C & "Skye" May 3, 2018

Dr Esson & his team are the absolute best! The entire staff is very friendly and extremely caring. Dr Esson has helped three of my dogs over the last ten years & I would highly recommend him to anyone who has a pet that needs eye care.

Aaron W & "Griffin" May 1, 2018