Why should you have an eye examination at the University Eye Center at Los Angeles (UECLA)?
Our nationally recognized faculty directly supervises all providers at the UECLA, ensuring the optimum care and treatment for you and your family.
What can I expect during my eye exam?
During the course of your examination, our faculty doctors will review your personal information as well as verify your test findings. Your faculty doctor will personally evaluate the health of your eyes and look for signs of systemic diseases in the eye, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration or risk factors for retinal detachment. This will also give you an opportunity to ask questions of an expert.
The Primary Eye Care Service serves as the portal to a much larger eye and healthcare network. If you require additional services, your doctor will explain your options to you and assist with referrals to other specialty clinics within the UECLA or to other professionals within your health care network. Comprehensive vision and eye health examinations for all patients over the age of 16 are provided in this service. Younger patients are seen in the Pediatric Service.
The examination is designed to detect a wide range of problems affecting vision function that cause blurred vision and eye discomfort. Evaluations for eye health disorders are also performed.
- State of the art technology is utilized throughout the examination process.
Do you accept referrals?
Yes, these include referrals for vision therapy, low vision rehabilitation, specialty contact lens fitting, ocular disease, special testing, and pre- and post-operative management of cataract surgery, laser surgery for diabetes, and LASIK.
How often is it recommended that I get an eye exam if I am healthy?
The American Optometric Association recommends that people of different ages get their eyes examined at different frequencies.
|Patient Age||Examination Interval|
|Asymptomatic/Risk Free||At Risk|
|Birth to 2 yrs||By 6 months of age||By 6 months of age|
|2 to 5 yrs||At 3 yrs of age||At 3 yrs of age|
|6-18 yrs||Before 1st grade then every 2 yrs||Annually|
|18 to 60 yrs||Every two yrs||Every one to two yrs|
|61+||Annually||Annually or as needed|
How should I prepare for having my pupils dilated?
Pupil dilation allows the doctor to see the inner part of your eye, but the side effects of the dilation can leave your vision blurry and sensitive to light for up to 2 - 4 hours. It is recommended that a friend or family member provide transportation following pupil dilation until your pupils return to their original size.
I have a medical condition that affects my eye. What should I do?
Should you ever find yourself in need of a specialist for a more involved eye-care condition, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, the UECLA is here to help you understand your diagnosis, navigate your treatment and manage your condition with the utmost of ease possible. Contact us today to make an appointment.
I have a loved one with special needs. Are you able to help address vision concerns for a person with a disability?
Yes! We have special objective ways to assess and treat people of all abilities. Please visit our special needs page for more information.
What is the youngest age you can treat eye conditions or provide eye care?
Does the UECLA accept my insurance? What insurances are accepted?
We accept many different kinds of insurance, for both well eye care and for medical eye treatment. Please visit our insurance page or contact us today to find out more about how we work with your insurance.
Can I fill out my forms in advance of my appointment?
Yes! All intake forms are available on our website so that your visit can be as streamlined and efficient as possible.
I have diabetes. Are you able to care for diabetic eye conditions at the UECLA?
Yes! If you are diabetic or have a family history of diabetes, it is important to have your eyes examined periodically by a Doctor of Optometry. Diabetic eye disease can seriously affect vision and if left untreated it can cause blindness, making early diagnosis and treatment essential. Please visit our Ocular Disease Services page for more information or make an appointment.
How do I get started as a patient with the UECLA?
If you are a first time visitor to the UECLA, you can expect us to take excellent care of you. Our special section for first time patients offers a thorough checklist of what to expect upon your first visit.
How do I care for my eyeglasses?
Soap and water or a commercial eyeglass cleaner with a soft cloth can be effective cleansers for your eyeglasses.
Why does my eye twitch?
A minor eye twitch is an involuntary movement affecting the eye muscles and can be caused by a number of factors including fatigue, stress or caffeine. It can also be a symptom of something more serious. If you have any doubts or would like to speak to a professional, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
If I wear bifocals can I wear contact lenses?
Yes! Contact lenses exist for people who wear bifocals and offer a great lifestyle alternative to bifocal glasses.
What materials are available for glasses?
There are a number of different optical coatings available for your eyeglasses that each perform a different specific function, from protecting your vision from UV rays to helping to resist scratching.