Experience. Quality. Excellence
David J. Fuerst, MD is an experienced, board certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract, corneal, and refractive surgery. He is one of few refractive surgeons who also specializes in surgery of the cornea – the part of the eye that is treated by LASIK and most other types of refractive surgery. Because of his training, experience and outstanding results, Dr. Fuerst receives many referrals from other eye specialists for both routine and complex eye surgery, as well as many referrals from satisfied patients.
Nicole M. Fuerst, MD will join the practice in August 2019. Nicole is a board certified ophthalmologist also specializing in cataract, corneal, and refractive surgery. Welcome, Nicole!
Our doctors provide the gold standard of ophthalmologic care in a compassionate, caring environment. We treat our patients like family.
David J. Fuerst, MD completed his ophthalmology residency at the prestigious University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago and his Cornea / External Disease fellowship at the Proctor Foundation of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. He is recognized as a mentor and educator, having served as residency program director at White Memorial Medical Center and on the teaching staff of the University of Southern California.
Nicole M. Fuerst, MD completed her ophthalmology residency at the Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, where she received multiple teaching awards. She is currently finishing a clinical and research fellowship in cornea and external disease at the renowned Duke Eye Center in North Carolina, where she has learned and performed the latest techniques in corneal, cataract, and refractive surgery. Dr. Nicole Fuerst has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and has been awarded for her research presentations on a variety of topics in the field of ophthalmology.
We provide professional services in West Covina and in the Verdugo Hills area of Glendale. We are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art, high quality, personalized eye care. We individualize the experience by determining the most appropriate care for each patient, explaining the purpose of the treatment, and initiating any recommended treatment in a courteous and compassionate manner. We take pride in our outstanding clinical and support staff.
“It has been three months since you removed my cataracts and placed the Crystalens implant in my eyes. I could not be happier – it’s like having the vision of my youth. I drive, garden, & enjoy all the things you can do without glasses. What a joy.”
Sincerely, Betty McClurg
These are some of the services we provide:
Cataract surgery – A cataract occurs when the natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy. When cataracts get in the way of clear vision, they can be removed. The surgical procedure is painless, and usually requires no injection, no stitches, and you go home without an eye patch. Once the cataract is removed, an artificial ‘intraocular’ lens is put in its place.
Standard intraocular lenses provide a clear image at a single focal point. Most patients elect to use a standard lens to achieve the best distance vision possible, and use glasses to correct any remaining astigmatism, and for reading. These intraocular lenses are included in the procedure and therefore are covered by insurance.
Premium Intraocular lenses for cataract surgery decrease dependence on glasses. These optional upgrades involve additional cost, but can provide greater freedom from glasses for many activities. Some examples of these premium lenses are:
- Symfony extended depth of focus lens gives a clear focus in a continuous range from distance to near.
- ReStor multifocal is designed to provide good vision at both distance and near.
- The ReStor Active Focus lens is also a multifocal lens, designed to provide the best distance vision while still providing good intermediate vision.
- Toric lens implants are used to treat moderate to more advanced astigmatism.
Laser-assisted cataract surgery provides the best in predictability and safety. This technology uses a very fast laser to precisely prepare the eye for surgery.
MIGS (minimally invasive glaucoma surgery) consists of several different options that can be added to cataract surgery for patients who also have glaucoma, helping to control the eye pressure and optimize results. MIGS devices are covered by most insurance and help decrease the need for eye drops or other treatments after surgery. We highly recommend MIGS to all patients who are candidates.
Traditional corneal transplants are recommended when all layers of the cornea need to be replaced. This surgery is highly successful, but requires a long healing time.
Partial corneal transplants
Endothelial transplants – DSAEK (Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty) and DMEK (Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty) are both used to treat corneal swelling. The healing is generally much faster than with a traditional corneal transplant.
Lamellar transplants – DALK (Deep Anterior Lamelar Keratoplasty) is used when the front layers of the cornea need to be replaced, which is most commonly seen in cases of keratoconus or corneal scars. Compared with a traditional corneal transplant, DALK heals faster and has a very low risk of graft rejection. Dr. Fuerst is one of very few eye surgeons in the United States who have had years of success with this procedure.
Intacs for keratoconus – Intacs are arc-shaped segments that are implanted within the cornea to improve the corneal shape. They are most often used when the cornea is clear but the patient cannot be successfully fitted with contact lenses. This may help avoid or delay corneal transplant surgery.
Pterygium surgery – A pterygium is a triangular area of sun-caused degeneration on the edge of the cornea. When the pterygium causes discomfort, irritation, or blurred vision, it may be surgically removed. Pterygia have a tendency to recur; we have refined our surgical technique to minimize the chance of recurrence.
LASIK and PRK – LASIK and PRK are both types of refractive surgery, able to correct most nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Adults who desire to see well without eyeglasses or contact lenses are usually candidates for these procedures. In LASIK, a thin layer of the cornea (a flap) is lifted off the surface, an ‘excimer’ laser reshapes the exposed part of the cornea, and the flap is replaced. In PRK, instead of a flap, the surface of the cornea is removed before the excimer laser treatment. The removed surface regrows in a few days. Both procedures have excellent visual acuity results and an excellent safety profile.
Dry eye and abnormal tearing treatment – As corneal and external disease specialists, we have expertise in diagnosing and treating tear film problems.
Keratoconus treatments – In addition to the surgical treatments listed above, we provide specialized contact lens fitting for keratoconus patients.
Laser treatments for after cataracts – A common occurrence after cataract surgery (‘after-cataract’) is a clouding or hazing of the membrane behind the implant. This may occur in close to 50% of cataract patients. Fortunately, it can be treated using a laser in the office. It is a painless, low-risk procedure with almost immediate recovery.
Glaucoma management – medical, laser, and surgery – Glaucoma is a common chronic condition that occurs more frequently with advancing age. While glaucoma can potentially cause permanent loss of vision, many treatments are available. Treatment options include different types of eye drops; laser to allow for better drainage of fluid inside the eye; and many different types of surgery.
Diabetic Eye disease monitoring and treatment – Diabetes is a systemic disorder that can affect many parts of the body, including the eyes. Some diabetic eye problems require treatment to prevent vision loss. Annual eye exams are needed to monitor for eye changes since the initial phases of the eye disease is frequently asymptomatic. We provide initial diabetic eye treatments and have a network of specialists who treat patients that require more intensive treatment.
Annual eye exams – Eye health is a necessary part of our overall health. Annual exams keep prescriptions up to date and help to provide early detection, treatment and preventative measures even in healthy patients.
Fashion Eyewear and contact lenses – We have a great selection of fashion eyewear. We fit soft and gas permeable contact lenses. We also fit specialty lenses for astigmatism and keratoconus.