Dr. Marissa Matsuyama was born and raised in Aiea, Hawaii. Growing-up her biggest role-model was her father who is also an optometrist. One of her earliest and fondest memories of her father was modeling frames for him at her very first eye exam. As a youngster, she would marvel at her fathers ability to change a patient’s perspective of the world through a comprehensive eye exam and diligent, personable care. She knew she wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps.
Dr. Marissa Matsuyama graduated from Iolani School and later attended University of Washington where she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Health. She later attended and graduated from Southern California College of Optometry also known as the Marshall B. Ketchum University College of Optometry with a Doctorate of Optometry degree.
Dr. Marissa Matsuyama’s background in environmental health provides her with a unique perspective to vision and eye care. The visual system is not an isolated group of organs. The health of the visual system is dependent upon proper functioning of other body systems (muscular, skeletal, nervous, etc) but also upon environmental factors. For example, environmental factors such as temperature and climate can drastically affect those suffering from dry eye syndrome. The prevalence of cataracts or the clouding of the lens in the center of the eye increases depending upon sun exposure and an individuals’ physical proximity to the equator. Understanding environmental health challenges equates to a more comprehensive approach to vision and eye care.
In Dr. Matsuyama’s free time she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends whether it be hiking or sitting down for a relaxing movie night.