Vernon Lee Johnson, a Santa Monica optician who worked for Tyson Optical, died of Pagets disease. He was 72 years old.

He worked for Tyson Optical for more than 40 years and provided eye care services to various celebrities.

Johnson is survived by his partner of 38 years.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Johnson’s name to The Pagets Foundation, 120 Wall Street Suite 1602, New York, NY 10005-4001.

The foundation can also be reached at (800) 23-PAGET (72438) or