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Dr. Ellen Merkin, O.D. unexpectedly passed away on August 25, 2023.  Our community has lost a great doctor and friend to many.  

A native Nevadan, she was born in Las Vegas on January 15, 1958 to Dr. Albert and Eunice Merkin. She attended Crestwood Elementary, John C Fremont Junior High, and Valley High School. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from San Diego State University and later a Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Ellen opened her optometry practice in 1987 and practiced until her untimely death. She was a lifelong member of Temple Beth Sholom. Throughout her life, she enthusiastically pursued passions in ceramics and hiking – becoming an accomplished hiker through the American Southwest.  

All of us at Las Vegas Eye Center will do our best to honor her legacy and take care of her patients to the best of our ability.  

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