Eye Exams Specialists

David J. Fuerst, MD, Inc.

Board-Certified Ophthalmologists & Eye Surgeons located in West Covina, CA & La Canada / Glendale, CA

While a majority of adults consider their vision their most valuable sense, only half bother to get their annual eye exams. And few adults understand their eye doctor can help detect signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid diseases, and other conditions. Nicole Fuerst, MD and David Fuerst, MD have a personal mission to help you optimize your entire health with their advanced diagnostic techniques. If it’s been more than a year since your last eye exam, take control of your health and call David J. Fuerst, MD, Inc. in Glendale or West Covina, California today. Alternatively, you can request an appointment online.

Eye Exams Q & A

When are eye exams recommended?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends eye exams at the following intervals for most people:

  • Babies and children are screened by their pediatrician
  • School-age children are screened at school
  • Adults ages 40-54 should have a baseline comprehensive eye exam at age 40 and an exam every 2-4 years
  • Adults ages 55-64 should schedule exams every 1-3 years
  • Adults ages 65+ should have an eye exam every 1-2 years

The frequency of eye exams depend on the individual’s age, race, past ocular history, medical history, family history, and symptoms.

What happens during a routine eye exam?

During your appointment, your doctor discusses your family and medical history with you. They also perform a variety of tests to screen your vision and optical health. 

During your eye exam, Dr. Nicole Fuerst and Dr. David Fuerst with the assistance of skilled technicians, use advanced diagnostic testing.

  • Visual acuity: read an eye chart from a distance with one eye covered
  • Phoropter exam: a device with lenses that helps your doctor find the right prescription
  • Peripheral vision: detect light or movement out of the side of your eye
  • Eye movement: follow an object in various directions
  • Pupils: test how pupils respond to direct light
  • Retina and optic nerve: dilating eye drops allow your doctor to examine the inner structures
  • Cornea: slit test checks for damage to cornea, iris, and lens
  • Pressure: painless pressure checks for your eyes without any puffs of air

After your exam, your doctor discusses their findings and customizes a treatment plan for you, if needed. Their expert optician and/or contact lens specialist can help you set up prescription lenses if you need corrective eyewear. 

What are the benefits of routine eye examinations?

Your eyes influence how you see the world and how well you function at work and home, so it’s important to keep them healthy with regular checkups.

Routine eye exams not only contribute to your overall health but they also:

  • Help your doctor catch conditions early while they’re still asymptomatic
  • Allow you to correct your vision with prescription glasses or contacts lenses
  • Make it possible to detect changes in your eyesight or eye structure

If it’s been over a year since your last eye exam, set up your appointment now by calling the office location nearest you or requesting one online. David J. Fuerst, MD, Inc. accepts VSP & MES vision plans and offers a wide selection of designer frames at every price point and for patients of all ages.