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Eye Exams

While your vision may be clear, many eye conditions can go unnoticed until they have caused irreparable harm. 

Optometrists use annual eye exams to screen patients for signs of any vision complications in their earliest stages.

The doctors at GW Eye Associates have over 45 years of combined experience conducting eye exams for La Jolla, CA, patients.

Eye Exams Can Be Critical to Your Ocular Health

Protect Your Eyesight 

Left untreated, conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts can slowly impair your vision and eventually cause blindness. Regular eye exams are critical to ensuring intervention when your vision is at risk.

Address Vision Changes

Many patients suffer from headaches and eyestrain because they do not have the right prescription to address and care for their vision issues. Exams allow the doctor to ensure you have the proper prescription. 

Diagnose Conditions Early

When conditions such as glaucoma are detected early, proactive eye care can help control the condition from advancing. Regular eye exams can help you avoid vision loss and the need for costly advanced treatment.

Regular Eye Exams Can
Protect and Maintain Your Vision

Periodic eye exams and regular eye care are essential parts of maintaining good eye health. Most patients should undergo an eye exam every one to two years, depending on their age, current eye health, and other risk factors.

With regular eye exams, we can also monitor for changes in your vision and ensure that your prescription contact lenses or eyeglasses are up to date. The optometrists at our La Jolla and Del Mar offices proudly care for the residents of greater San Diego, Ca. To learn more about the importance of eye exams or schedule your next appointment, don't hesitate to get in touch with our office today.

(858) 454-4699

5-Star Reviews From La Jolla and greater San Diego, CA, Patients


Sara Feldman Waxtein


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The staff and doctors makes you feel like you matter and that you are important. Everybody is very professional, they way they treat you and the way the talk to you. They give me my time in every appointment and they direct you to every step. They have very affordable prices, and always makes you feel like family.

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Betty V


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Dr Wong has taken care of me for more years than I can remember right now. The reason I keep going back is because he listens to me, is willing to consider alternatives to the issues I present when I don't like the options my age presents, and work with me to come up with a best, safe scenario given the alternatives he sees.

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What Will the Doctor Evaluate During my Exam?

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The optometrists at our La Jolla and greater San Diego, CA offices will conduct a thorough exam to assess and care for all external and internal eye structures to ensure that your ocular health is at its best. 

Step-by-Step Process of an Eye Exam

During your eye exam at one of our San Diego, CA offices, your doctor will assess your vision and evaluate your internal and external ocular health. These evaluations include testing for cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal issues. We will also check your pupil reflexes, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

Between 2010 and 2050, the estimated number of people affected by the most common eye diseases (macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma) will double.  National Eye Institute
Between 2010 and 2050, the estimated number of people affected by the most common eye diseases (macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma) will double.  National Eye Institute

Vision Test

We start the eye exam with an overall assessment of your vision from varying distances. For this initial step, you will read letters from an eye chart. 

Intraocular Pressure Test

We evaluate intraocular pressure by blowing a quick puff of air onto the surface of the eye. This test can reveal signs of glaucoma.

Cataracts Test

We then use a slit lamp or an illuminated microscope to check your eyes for cataracts.

Additional Tests

Other tests are used to evaluate your eye muscles, pupil reflexes, depth perception, and color and peripheral vision.


We also perform a retinoscopy, which is used to determine your corrective lens prescription, if needed. 

Contact Lens Fitting

If you wear contact lenses or want to wear them, your eye exam may include a lens fitting. During the lens fitting, we measure the lens's diameter, curvature, and refractive correction to ensure a proper fit. We offer a range of contacts to accommodate patients with various eye conditions, such as astigmatism, dry eyes, or those who require bifocal lenses. 

Glasses Right Away

Our La Jolla, CA office has an optical lab on site. This means that right after your eye exam, we can get to work on preparing your new lenses or eyeglasses. We offer a wide selection of designer eyewear and prescription lenses so that you can pick out a new pair of glasses the same day as your eye appointment if you wish.

We Use Advanced Technology For Your Eye Exam

Our advanced diagnostic equipment allows for more efficient eye exams.

Digital Retina Photos

Digital photos of your retina allow us to avoid dilating your pupils. Digital retina photo technology allows you to avoid the hours of sensitivity to light that result from pupil dilation. 

Diagnostic Equipment

Our other diagnostic equipment helps us determine your prescription for contact lenses or glasses accurately.

On-Site Lab

Our on-site lab allows for shorter appointment times and eyeglasses prepared the same day.

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cyndie volpone


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It is always a pleasure to have an appointment at Gordon Wong Eye Design and Optometry. I am never rushed and always feel like my eye concerns are their concerns as well. I would highly recommend!

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Roo Won


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Dr. Wong was great. He spent time to explain my eye issues, was friendly and professional. The staff was friendly and professional. I will go back next year.

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GW Eye Associates

Our team at GW Eye Associates in La Jolla and Del Mar can provide a wide range of high-quality eye care services. Dr. Gordon G. Wong and Dr. Wildon C. Wong have over 45 years of combined experience and belong to several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Optometric Association

For more information about our services, contact our office online or call us at (858) 454-4699 today.

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