ABOUT EICHIN

Dr. Eichin Chang-Lim was born in Taiwan. She earned her doctorate in optometry from Southern California College of Optometry and is currently in a private practice with her husband near L.A. They have one son, Theodore, and one daughter, Victoria, and live in Orange County. 

Eichin is passionate about writing, acting, and enjoys listening to classical music and opera. 

She has written three books: "Flipping"(2016), "Tough Scratches Book One: Love, the Tangled Knot" and "Tough Scratches Book Two: Finding the Path."


When questioned about her different occupations:

You describe yourself as an optometrist by trade, actress, and of course, you’re an author. Juggling seems to be an inherent trait of yours…but if you had to narrow down your occupation to just one of the three, which would it be and why?

Yes, it seems that I wear three hats as an optometrist, actress, and author at this time. But that’s only happened in the last few years, after both of my children graduated from college. I was a “neurotic” mother, wife, and optometrist when my kids were at home, and those roles dominated my time. Acting and writing weren’t yet on my plate.

Let me more fully share my thoughts on the matter with you. 

I love being a mother and wife; those are my primary roles in life and always will be, even though my kids no longer live at home. I started as a full-time optometrist in a corporate setup when my son was two months old. Entering the workforce with young children was challenging in every aspect, yet it was a necessary reality that left me with few options at the time. Fortunately, my work was very close to both home and the kids’ schools during their youth.

I genuinely love my job as an optometrist. I appreciate all my patients giving me the honor of examining their eyes, the “windows to the soul.” I’ve been fortunate to discover along the way that each soul is precious and unique in my work. Every individual is traveling along the journey in his/her life with an amazing story to tell. During patient eye exams, I often hear their incredible life stories, and many are truly inspiring to me.

Once I became an empty nester, I decided to pursue ambitions that I had been dreaming about for years. Acting was one of them. I have been in several short films and an Indie film in a supporting role. I have to tell you that acting is one of the most humbling experiences I have ever had; I encounter rejections and feel humiliated all the time. You could say that acting definitely pushes me to step out of my comfort zone and expand my life’s horizons.

Writing is a highly enjoyable passion for me because I love telling stories. It’s my dream to tell inspiring stories of everyday people with a fun and easy-to-read writing style. So, all these three careers are actually complementary to one another. Acting and writing both stimulate my imagination and creativity, and my experience as an optometrist enriches and enhances my acting and writing through the stories I hear and the people I meet.

Phew, that’s a long answer! But I don’t think I really answered your question because I couldn’t possibly narrow down my occupation to just one at this time. They are interwoven. I may be able to answer it a few years from now.