Diabetic Eye Exams

One of the most important things you can do for your eyes if you have diabetes is to have regularly scheduled eye exams. At our optometric centers, we’ve got you covered with in-depth, diabetic eye exams that take a close look at the at-risk parts of your eye and work with you to manage your condition to protect your sight!
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Why Are Diabetic Eye Exams Important?

Diabetes is intricately linked to your eye health – so much that many patients find out they have diabetes from their eye exam before they even notice other symptoms. Staying on top of your diabetes is essential, especially when it comes to preventing sight-threatening complications like diabetic retinopathy. Besides your usual disease management regimen, diabetic eye exams are your first line of defense to keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear.

What Sets Our Diabetic Eye Exams Apart

At our optometric centers, we’re proud to offer diabetic exams that go the extra mile to keep your retina safe and in good health. Our team of eye doctors is skilled at using their knowledge to not only treat but educate our patients on how to stay on top of diabetes for their eyes’ sake. We use advanced technology to give you a comprehensive eye exam that sees even the smallest inner eye-details. Specifically, we use optical coherence tomography (OCT) and Optos® ultra-widefield retinal imaging to gain a complete picture of your eye from various angles, and track any changes since your last exam.

Why Choose Our Optometric Centers

Choosing any one of our four locations means you’ll be cared for by providers committed to excellence. We’re proud of our dedicated doctors, state-of-the-art technology, and most of all, our team’s ability to create personalized solutions for every patient. We’ll take the greatest care to help manage your diabetes so that it doesn’t affect your vision.
Eye doctor and his patient

Diabetic Eye Doctors

When it comes to diabetic eye care, our eye doctors have specialized knowledge of the link between diabetes and your eyes, beyond what general practitioners can do. We know what works and have years of experience customizing plans for numerous patients with unique needs. Our optometrists get to know you to make tailored lifestyle recommendations that can keep your blood sugar in check and protect your eyes in the long run. Your health is always our top priority, and we’re proud to be a reliable team for our diabetic patients.

Optometrist and her patient

Advanced Technology

Diabetic eye care is more precise when you have technology that can detect even the smallest changes, and we use the Optovue iWellness Exam™, an OCT ultrasound that streamlines our exam process. This gives us a cross-section image of your retina and insight on what further diagnostics you need. Combined with Optos® retinal imaging which creates a large, detailed picture of your retina — we have the critical tools for diagnosing and managing diabetic eye diseases like diabetic retinopathy.

Woman having an eye exam at La Paz

A Collaborative Experience

Managing diabetes can be challenging, but our doctors are here to help you every step of the way. We’ll work in tandem with your primary care physician to comprehensively care for your diabetes together. Our team is always here to answer your questions and provide you with the support and advice needed to keep your diabetes under control, and your vision crystal-clear.

Optometrist with patient

Personalized Solutions

Our specialists are here to support you and determine the best ways to manage your diabetes to preserve your sight. Our patients can trust us to provide personalized solutions that account for your health, including supplements that fortify your eyes to help with diabetic eye disease. We’ll also give you advice on a nutrition and wellness routine to integrate the right foods into your diet and exercise into your lifestyle. No matter how we guide you, you can rest easy knowing that it’s tailored to you – because catering to your needs is what we do!

Diabetic Eye Doctors

 Eye doctor with her patient

When it comes to diabetic eye care, our eye doctors have specialized knowledge of the link between diabetes and your eyes, beyond what general practitioners can do. We know what works and have years of experience customizing plans for numerous patients with unique needs. Our optometrists get to know you to make tailored lifestyle recommendations that can keep your blood sugar in check and protect your eyes in the long run. Your health is always our top priority, and we’re proud to be a reliable team for our diabetic patients.

Advanced Technology

 Optometrist and patient

Diabetic eye care is more precise when you have technology that can detect even the smallest changes, and we use the Optovue iWellness Exam™, an OCT ultrasound that streamlines our exam process. This gives us a cross-section image of your retina and insight on what further diagnostics you need. Combined with Optos® retinal imaging which creates a large, detailed picture of your retina — we have the critical tools for diagnosing and managing diabetic eye diseases like diabetic retinopathy.

Collaborative Experience

 Woman having an eye exam at La Paz

Managing diabetes can be challenging, but our doctors are here to help you every step of the way. We’ll work in tandem with your primary care physician to comprehensively care for your diabetes together. Our team is always here to answer your questions and provide you with the support and advice needed to keep your diabetes under control, and your vision crystal-clear.

Personalized Solutions

 Eye doctor with his old patient

Our specialists are here to support you and determine the best ways to manage your diabetes to preserve your sight. Our patients can trust us to provide personalized solutions that account for your health, including supplements that fortify your eyes to help with diabetic eye disease. We’ll also give you advice on a nutrition and wellness routine to integrate the right foods into your diet and exercise into your lifestyle. No matter how we guide you, you can rest easy knowing that it’s tailored to you – because catering to your needs is what we do!

See What Our Patients Are Saying

Tracy McCleereyTracy McCleerey
17:52 15 Sep 22
What a fantastic office! 100% positive experience.1. The ease of online appointment scheduling and patient forms2. Friendly staff at the reception area3. Technician administering visual tests extremely knowledgeable and friendly.4. Dr. Michael Lum clearly explained my results and my options so that I would receive the right prescription for my multiple visual needs5. Huge selection of frames to choose from which could have been overwhelming but Erin hand selected many for me to choose from and between us we were able to quickly find the perfect pair.I have never been excited to go to for an eye exam or to pick out glasses but I now look forward to my appointments at this office.
Heike LarsonHeike Larson
19:14 02 Sep 22
LaPaz Optometric is a wonderful practice, both for regular eye exams, glasses, and contact lenses, and also for more complex well eye visits. I've had two eye related health issues in the last 18 months, and both times the team here was able to quickly fit me in, do a thorough exam, and leave me treatment and guidance that made me confident in the health of my eyes. Plus, everyone is so friendly, I don't ever have to sit around and wait, the equipment is very modern and confidence inspiring, and all three doctors I've met are very knowledgeable, great with patients, and just plain nice people! Highly recommend!
patricia Robitaillepatricia Robitaille
18:57 19 Aug 22
Staff is friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.Dr Yamamoto is great. He takes the time to answer questions and doesn’t make you feel rushed.Amelia helped me find the perfect pair of glasses and was really patient with me.I’d recommend this office in a heartbeat!
Meng Fei KueMeng Fei Kue
02:33 18 Jun 22
Wonderful vision center and I would recommend it to everyone. The staff are always super friendly and professional. The Optometrist is always asking about your concerns, issues, or any questions you may have. Plus they have a huge selection of glasses to pick from.
Gil B. Jr.Gil B. Jr.
22:29 28 Oct 21
Full CoVid safety protocols followed here. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. The doctors use state of the art equipment to really look at your eyes. They have an incredible selection of frames at reasonable prices. They also offer curbside pickup.
sami fardissisami fardissi
14:56 22 Sep 22
Yesterday I had my routine eye exam. Not really sure where to start with this review. The crew was amazing, professional and kind. They took their time in running all the tests and explained everything in details. After completing all the tests, Dr. Walsh took her time with me to address all the concerns, prescribe the best lenses for my glasses and contacts. They by far the most professional optometry center I’ve ever dealt with. As a patient never been that happy. Simply if you have vision challenges. That’s the place you want to be to get your treatment.So glad that I found my optometry center.The most highly recommended vision center. If there was more then 5 stars I would have definitely gave it to the team.That’s the place you should go to if you want to walk out with a smile on your face. They magically know how to draw a fat one on your face.
Kimberly WalshKimberly Walsh
18:27 17 Aug 22
Dr. Walsh was extremely knowledgeable and thorough while also being compassionate and caring. The office was friendly and well organized making it a great experience.I would highly recommend Dr. Walsh and her team!
Sue GregorySue Gregory
17:18 29 Jul 22
Everyone at Mission Viejo Optometric Center was very friendly and professional. Dr. Walsh examined my eyes and Jennifer helped me find some great frames. She even ordered several petite frames for me to choose from. I would highly recommend them.
Jackie ApodacaJackie Apodaca
19:42 18 Jul 22
I had a great experience! Dr Walsh and her staff are professional, kind and helpful. I had a very thorough exam. They were also very knowledgeable regarding my insurance coverage and helpful in selecting glasses.
Theresa NakagawaTheresa Nakagawa
03:48 10 Oct 22
I've been going to Dr. Nakasone for a many years. The entire staff are professional, kind and highly skilled. I highly recommend North Tustin Avenue Optometric Center.
Kevin BaughmanKevin Baughman
17:19 06 Jul 22
Everyone at this office is friendly and helpful. I can't imagine a better experience! I have purchased glasses, prescriptiom sun glasses and soft contacts over several years and I keep going back because they are the best! They take the time to answer all questions whether it be picking out lenses or explaining payment options. THE BEST!
Robert DavisRobert Davis
17:05 21 Jun 22
I have been going here for over 30 years. Super friendly staff. Great doctors that give you all the time and care you need. No waiting, they are always ready for you.
Matt MartinezMatt Martinez
17:16 08 Jun 22
The staff is very friendly. Very thorough exam. I had to take my glasses back for them to adjust my focal point. They fit me in really quickly and made sure they found the issue.
Leighannk_Leighannk_
05:10 15 Sep 20
I've been coming to this optometry establishment for years, and have always had nothing short of a positive experience. They are now under new management, but the service provided is still exceptional.I booked my annual eye exam, and was going in feeling comfortable. On our call, Jody had asked me to make sure to bring my mask and to fill out some paperwork via email prior to my appointment, to reduce contact and time spent in the office. Upon arrival, I was asked to call the front desk to assure that I would be socially-distanced and everything was cleaned before entering. Once entered, Jody took my temperature and then walked me through some eye tests. She made sure to wipe all of the equipment down before use, which was very assuring. I then walked into my exam, and there was a sign on the chair before sitting down stating that it had been cleaned. I had an eye exam with Dr. Hsieh, and was extremely happy with her professionalism and knowledge. We ended up trying out some new contacts! James checked the schedule and had me book a 1-week follow-up appointment to make sure that they were to my satisfaction before ordering them.I came back a week later with no problems, and ended up purchasing a year supply of contacts (which were shipped to my house promptly - in less than a week).Overall, they are one business that is following COVID guidelines well, and I will continue to give them my service!
Bret BergBret Berg
16:30 15 Oct 22
I've been going here for years and always very happy with their level of service. They are timely and very professional and the doctors always take their time to answer all questions and concerns. I do recommend them!
Diane SmithDiane Smith
12:57 22 Sep 22
I went in for my annual exam. I expected to be greeted by a friendly staff and I certainly was! I was told Dr Cooperman himself retired which was no problem for me as I have never met him and was always examined by another doctor on staff. I must say that this crew working there is very friendly and professional. My appointment was on time, and I felt very well taken care of. I felt like they took the time to make sure I was getting the best service. The entire staff seems very knowledgeable and efficient. I would certainly recommend this office to anyone!
J PJ P
19:15 10 Sep 22
Husband has an urgent need to have his eye looked at, no appointment… the office scheduled him for next day, but asked him to stick around for a bit as they worked on getting him in sooner. He was seen later in the day and given a very thorough examination and testing. They went above and beyond for him.In addition, we have experienced the staff to be very professional, patient and kind when calling to change or make appointments. Also when checking in to be seen.The office is very clean
A BurkeA Burke
14:28 27 Mar 22
I give two thumbs up to the dedicated office staff. I would recommend the Brookhurst Optometric Center to anyone who needs immediate vision care. I was a previous patient and hadn’t been seen for 1.5 year. I took a chance a walked in hoping to be seen.I was greeted by Jacob who was warm and welcoming. I explained my vision problem and he asked if I wanted to be seen today. I said “yes”. Jacob checked my insurance and explained me the tests that would be performed. He was so kind and helpful. I was seen 30 minutes later and had a full eye exam and was fitted for contacts. I was so thrilled. I was seen by Dr Chi. Excellent Optometrist. He was very patience with me and explained and answered every question I had. He even assisted me by plucking sn ingrown hair from my eyelid. Wow! I checked out with the girls who were delightful . I had the best experience. The entire office staff was friendly and very helpful. Stop by and see them! You”ll be happy you did.
Eric ChangEric Chang
05:57 24 Feb 22
I had a good experience at this office for my eye exam. I've been having a little trouble seeing my phone with my glasses and Dr. Chi gave me a solution on my new ones. The staff were also very helpful since I walking in the door to me choosinga new frame. They treats me like a family instead of another patient. Not having to dilate this year because of the tech they have might be one of the best part.
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Diabetic Eye Exams at Each of Our California Locations

We’re proud to provide top-notch eye exams to the communities we serve. All our sister practices — La Paz Optometric Center, Brookhurst Optometric Center, Mission Viejo Optometric Center, and North Tustin Ave Optometric Center — deliver the quality care standard that you deserve.