Doctors & Staff

Dr. R. Anthony HutchinsonDr. Hutchinson’s Biography

Dr. Hutchinson is owner and principle optometrist of Pacific View Eye Care Center. He has been the director of this practice since 1982 when he first arrived in Encinitas. This practice has been a family practice from its inception and over the years Dr. Hutchinson has seen many of his patients grow from childhood into adulthood. Now, quite a few of the young people he sees are children of patients from years ago and many of these older patients he now considers lifetime friends.

Belief in the philosophy of “high tech and high touch” has always been very important to Dr. Hutchinson. He uses the most cutting edge technology to provide the best eye care for his patients and he has always surrounded himself with exceptionally knowledgeable and pleasant staff to give the most personal eye care experience possible to his patients.

Dr. Hutchinson is a graduate of the University Of California Berkeley School Of Optometry. His Bachelor’s degree is from the University Of California Los Angeles but his first year of college was at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  He considers himself a lifetime student and continues to take courses and classes not just to keep abreast of the latest in optometry and eye care but also to increase his general knowledge of the world and his environment.

Besides providing family optometric and medical eye care, Dr. Hutchinson has a special interest in Night Lens Therapy which allows patients to see without glasses or daytime contact lenses. Preventing progressive nearsightedness is another strong interest. He also fits specialty contact lenses for very difficult to fit corneas and works with patients suffering from dry eye disease.

Dr. Hutchinson believes in giving back to his community. He has been a member of the Encinitas Rotary Club for 34 years and has served as President. He has been a Director of the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce. Through his practice he supports the world-wide organization Optometry Giving Sight which provides eye care to disadvantaged people.

He has many outside interests including travel, CrossFit, hiking, reading mystery novels and golf. He holds a private pilot’s license and although not actively flying now, he used to fly the friendly skies of Hutch Air.  Dr. Hutchinson is married. He has three sons, two daughters-in-law and one brand new granddaughter. His wife Kathy is the office manager of the practice making Pacific View Eye Care Center a true mom and pop small business. He has always greatly appreciated his patients who support him and his local small business.

Dr. Hutchinson is a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Optometry. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the California Optometric Association. He is a past officer of the San Diego County Optometric Association and is a member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control and the Scleral Lens Education Society . Dr. Hutchinson serves as an Adjunct Clinical Faculty in the role of Primary Preceptor for the Southern College of Optometry. He has authored the book Computer Eye Stress. Also, he developed a computer based visual acuity chart which has been sold through Medtronic and Reichert Instruments. He holds a patent on communicating to deaf patients during an eye exam. Over the years he has been engaged as a speaker on various optometric topics.