Glendale Eye Medical Group

Ophthalmologists & Optometrists located in Glendale, CA

Glendale Eye Medical Group serves patients in the Glendale, CA and surrounding areas. They offer a wide range of services including Cataract Surgery, LASIK Vision Correction, Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery, Glaucoma treatment, Retina issues,Treatment for Dry Eye, and treatment for Eye Disease. An Optical Shop is located on the first floor which carries a variety of eyeglass and sunglass frames. Glendale Eye Medical Group is widely considered to be the leading eye care center in the greater Los Angeles area. The top priority at Glendale Eye Medical Group is to provide patients with vision correction in a supportive, compassionate, and understanding manner.

Glendale Eye Medical Group is proud to have one of the largest teams of experienced eye care professionals in all of Southern California. The team includes ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians who all strongly believe in putting the concerns, questions, and needs of the patient first. Ready to get help for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or other eye issues? The team at Glendale Eye Medical Group is here to help. Call anytime to arrange an appointment!

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Glendale Eye Medical Group

Glendale Eye Medical Group serves patients in the Glendale, CA and surrounding areas. They offer a wide range of services including Cataract Surgery, LASIK Vision Correction, Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery, Glaucoma treatment, Retina issues,Treatment for Dry Eye, and treatment for Eye Disease. An Optical Shop is located on the first floor which carries a variety of eyeglass and sunglass frames. Glendale Eye Medical Group is widely considered to be the leading eye care center in the greater Los Angeles area. The top priority at Glendale Eye Medical Group is to provide patients with vision correction in a supportive, compassionate, and understanding manner.

Glendale Eye Medical Group is proud to have one of the largest teams of experienced eye care professionals in all of Southern California. The team includes ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians who all strongly believe in putting the concerns, questions, and needs of the patient first. Ready to get help for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or other eye issues? The team at Glendale Eye Medical Group is here to help. Call anytime to arrange an appointment!


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Services We Offer and Conditions We Treat

Learn About Glendale Eye Medical Group

  • Established for over 50 years
  • We are multilingual
  • We accept walk-ins
  • We treat our patients like family
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Our Providers

Ophthalmologists
  • Richard A. Weise, MD

    Board Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology

    Specialties: Cosmetic Laser Surgery for Eyelids and Wrinkle Removal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cosmetic and Medical Eyelid Surgery

    Hospital Affiliations: Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Verdugo Hills Hospital, Foothill Surgery Center, Glendale Memorial Hospital

    Professional Associations: American Academy of Ophthalmology

    Dr. Weise is from the Pasadena area. He attended Pasadena High before going on to the University of Southern California where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He chose to attend USC’s Medical School and, while there, was selected student representative to the California Medical Association and the American Medical Association. In addition, he received the Dean’s Merit Award during his medical school career.

    He interned at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center, then did his residency in Ophthalmology at the University of California at Davis. Dr. Weise’s interest in the field led to a Fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the prestigious University of Toronto, Canada.

    His past experience includes several years as a Clinical Instructor in Ophthalmology at USC. He also served on the 11th District Medical Quality Review Committee.

    Dr. Weise and his wife Cathy live in Arcadia and have two children, Rob and Rachel. He also enjoys fly fishing, biking and mountain hiking.

  • Stephen S. Chang, MD

    Board Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology

    Specialties: LASIK Vision Correction, Cataract and Laser Surgery

    Hospital Affiliations: Verdugo Hills Hospital

    Professional Associations: American Academy of Ophthalmology 

    Dr. Chang serves as medical director of our group and specializes in cataract and laser refractive surgery.

    Born in California and raised here and in Hawaii, Dr. Chang says his goal throughout childhood was to go to medical school and become a doctor.

    He earned his B.A. in biology from Pacific Union College and then enrolled in Loma Linda University School of Medicine. After his internship at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, he served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Army for two years. Following his residency in ophthalmology at White Memorial Medical Center, he began working with Dr. McCaffery here at Glendale Eye.

    While still a resident at White Memorial, he joined LIGA International, the Flying Doctors, and made frequent trips to El Fuerte, Mexico with Dr. McCaffery and other medical personnel from Glendale Eye. Their medical missions are documented in the film, “Esperanza”.

    In 1989, he bought a ranch in Canyon Country to fulfill his dream of being a rancher, and this is where he now lives. He is the father of two grown children and has one grandson and one granddaughter. Flying his antique Waco open cockpit biplane is his passion, and touring the West on his motorcycle is how he likes to relax.

  • Marta A. Recasens, MD

    Board Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology

    Specialties: Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery of the Macula, Retina and Vitreous, Diabetic Retinopathy, Age-related Macular Degeneration, Retinal Vascular Occlusions, Retinal Tears, Retinal Detachments and other conditions that affect the back of the eyes

    Hospital Affiliations: Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale Memorial Medical Center, Physicians’ Adventist Surgery Center, Chevy Chase Surgery Center

    Professional Associations: Diplomat American Board of Ophthalmology, Fellow American Academy of Ophthalmology, Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology, First Medical Experts

    Raised in Southern California, Dr. Recasens graduated from Loyola Marymount University and attended medical school at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was an assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia and completed her ophthalmology residency at Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Recasens did her vitreoretinal fellowship at Louisiana State University Eye Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    In addition to her retina career, Dr. Recasens has expanded her practice to include non-invasive aesthetic procedures for the eyes, face and neck. Using the latest technologies in skin science to smooth away unwanted wrinkles, tighten the skin and reduce unwanted fat, she can assist you in selecting best skin treatments and products for your age group and skin type.

    Visit Marta’s Medi-Spa, for a full listing of aesthetic and cosmetic services performed by Dr. Marta Recasens. Treatments include Laser Face and Neck Lift, Laser Tattoo Removal, Permanent Fat Reduction, Anti-Aging, Wrinkle Reduction, Laser Acne Scar Removal, Laser Treatment of Rosacea, and Botox and Fillers, all completed with brand new state of the art technology and the highest quality injectables.

    Dr. Recasens and her family live in Altadena.  She is dedicated to her son, Jamie, her pride and joy!

  • Paul B. Kouyumjian, MD

    Eye Surgeon and Physician Board Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology

    Specialties: Anterior Segment Surgery LASIK/PRK Vision Correction Cataract and Laser Surgery Glaucoma

    Hospital Affiliations: Verdugo Hills Hospital

    Professional Associations: American Academy of Ophthalmology American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

    Dr. Kouyoumjian is a native of Southern California. He attended the University of Southern California (USC) for his undergraduate school. He then attended the Chicago Medical School. Following an internship at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, he completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Maryland in Baltimore where he conducted research in corneal diseases.

    Dr. Kouyoumjian then performed a fellowship in corneal and refractive surgery at the prestigious Boston Eye Group.

    He lives in Glendale with his wife Hanriet and their young son and daughter. Dr. Kouyoumjian is bi-lingual in English and Armenian. In his spare time, Dr. Kouyoumjian enjoys skiing and playing tennis.

  • Elda Aghaian, MD

    Board Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology

    Specialties: Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Venous Occlusive Disease, Uveitis, Hereditary Retinal Degenerations, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma and Cataracts

    Hospital Affiliations: Glendale Adventist Medical Center

    Professional Associations: American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retinal Specialists, Clinical Instructor at LAC-USC Medical Center

    Dr. Aghaian has joined the Glendale Eye Medical Group to bring her expertise in diseases of the retina and vitreous to our patients.

    Dr. Aghaian grew up in the Glendale area and completed her undergraduate studies in Business-Economics at UCLA, graduating summa cum laude and in the top 15 of her major. She received her MD from the prestigious University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine.

    While at UCSF, Dr. Aghaian was awarded the Dean’s Research Fellowship to study axonal transport of the Herpes Simplex Virus in a mouse visual model. Her work was published in the Journal of Virology.

    Dr. Aghaian completed her medical internship at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco and was awarded the Intern of the Year Award at graduation. She completed her ophthalmology residency and fellowship in Medical Retina and Uveitis diseases at the prestigious Doheny Eye Institute and LAC/USC Medical Center. During her training, she continued her interest in research and presented her work at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

    Dr. Aghaian is fluent in Armenian and Spanish. She strongly believes in investing in her community. Her activities have included serving as a mentor in the Generation Next Mentorship Program, founding and serving as director of the UCSF Student Sight Savers Program, and more recently, she is an active supporter of the Armenian Eye Care Project.

    In her spare time, Dr. Aghaian enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, traveling, hiking, and cycling.

  • Michael Javaheri, MD

    Board Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology

    Specialties: Diabetic Retinopathy, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Macular Disease, Retinal Detachment, Ocular Trauma, Venous Occlusive Disease, Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy

    Hospital Affiliations: Glendale Memorial Hospital, LAC-USC Medical Center, Foothill Surgery Center, Glendale Adventist Medical Center

    Professional Associations: American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retinal Specialists, California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Association for Research & Vision in Ophthalmology, Doheny-USC Professional Association Alumni Board

    Dr. Javaheri has joined the Glendale Eye Medical Group to bring his expertise in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous to our patients.

    Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dr. Javaheri completed his undergraduate studies in Neuroscience at UCLA, where he graduated summa cum laude with honors thesis in 1999. He then attended the Keck School of Medicine of USC where he received his M.D. in 2003.

    Following a one-year medical internship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, he completed his residency at the prestigious Doheny Eye Institute and LAS+USC Medical Center at USC. Dr. Javaheri then completed a two-year fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at the esteemed Doheny Retina Institute, USC, where he was awarded a prestigious Heed Ophthalmic Fellowship, which is given each year to the most promising graduating ophthalmologists from around the country. During his residency and fellowship, he also earned a masters degree in the Department of Cell and Neurobiology at USC studying the effect of electrical stimulation of the retina.

    Dr. Javaheri is an avid fan of basketball and football. He enjoys running and listens to music from around the world.

  • David J. Fuerst, MD

    Board Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology

    Specialties: Cataract Surgery, Corneal Transplants, Refractive Surgery: LASIK,

    Hospital Affiliations: White Memorial Medical Center, Foothill Surgery Center, Specialty Surgery Center of Beverly Hills

    Professional Associations: Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology, L.A. County Medical Association, California Medical Association, California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Max Fine Cornea Society, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

    Dr. Fuerst joined Glendale Eye to bring his expertise in cataract surgery, corneal transplants and refractive surgery to our patients.

    Raised on the east coast, Dr. Fuerst was an undergraduate and medical school student at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He received his M.D. in 1978.

    He served his internship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York and his residency in ophthalmology at the prestigious Eye and Ear Infirmary of the University of Illinois in Chicago.

    Dr. Fuerst received a fellowship in corneal surgery and external eye disease at the Proctor Foundation of the University of California, San Francisco, in 1982. The following year, he was named Director of the Cornea Service of the Department of Ophthalmology of White Memorial Medical Center. He served as Residency Program Director at White Memorial from 1989 until 1995.

    Dr. Fuerst performs most of his surgical procedures in Glendale Eye’s Foothill Surgery Center.

    Dr. Fuerst and his wife Marie have three children, Nicole, Jessica and Jason. He is trained as a classical oboist and enjoys cooking and biking.

  • Helen M. Wu, MD

    Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, cataracts, and comprehensive eye care.

    Hospital Affiliations: Glendale Adventist Medical Center

    Professional Associations: Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Chicago Glaucoma Society, Cleveland Ophthalmology Society

    Born and raised in the Midwest, Dr. Wu relocated to the Los Angeles area and joined Glendale Eye Medical Group where she hopes to utilize her specialized training in the medical, laser, and surgical treatment of glaucoma to benefit our patients.

    Following medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Dr. Wu completed a residency in Ophthalmology at the Baylor College of Medicine Cullen Eye Institute in Houston, Texas where she developed an interest in glaucoma. She pursued a fellowship in glaucoma at the Cole Eye Institute Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Most recently, Dr. Wu was the Director of Glaucoma Services in Evanston Northwestern Healthcare and Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

    With her husband and three young children, Dr. Wu resides in Altadena. When not busy attending soccer games and swimming lessons, she enjoys ice-skating, sewing, and reading.

Optometrists
  • Carolyn C. Wang, OD

    Doctor of Optometry TPA Certified Education: Southern California College of Optometry, Fullerton, CA

    UCLA, Los Angeles: B.S. Degree in Biochemistry

    Born in Los Angeles, Dr. Wang was raised in the Seattle and San Francisco Bay area before returning to Southern California for her education.

    Dr. Wang’s paraprofessional experience was instrumental in shaping her approach to meeting the diverse ocular health needs of her patients. Her internship at the Northwest Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle included co-managing post-operative patients who had undergone cataract, corneal, glaucoma, refractive and retinal procedures. At the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital’s Southwest Blind Rehabilitation Center in Tuscon, she received practical training in treating patients with a variety of low-vision conditions. Later, her tenure at the Indian Health Service in Lawton, Oklahoma, involved caring for those with severe ocular manifestations of diabetes.

    Dr. Wang enjoys practicing at Glendale Eye because of the opportunities to work with a team of excellent and caring doctors. Using state-of-the-art equipment, the doctors at Glendale Eye strive to provide cutting-edge treatment with a very high standard for quality and care.

    Dr. Wang lives with her husband, children, and dog in Pasadena. When not playing piano, she enjoys traveling and has melded her personal and professional interests through undertaking a number of medical missions to Mexico(with Mexican Medical Ministries) and Egypt.

  • Allan C. Drexl, OD

    Doctor of Optometry TPA Certified Education: Southern California College of Optometry

    B.M. – Music: San Diego State University

    A native Californian, Dr. Drexl was born and raised in San Diego. After completing his undergraduate education he moved to Orange County where he attended Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton and graduated in 1978. That same year he began his career by joining California Eye Medical Group in Beverly Hills, where he practiced for many years.

    Dr. Drexl joined Glendale Eye in the early 1990’s. He sees his patients here at the Glendale office as well as our Sylmar office.

    In addition to being a trained classical pianist, Dr. Drexl is an avid Freediver/ Spearfisherman and held the World Record Wahoo (Ono) from 1990-1995. Loving the ocean, he spends much of his spare time on his boat or under it!

  • Greg Panosian, OD

    Doctor of Optometry TPA Certified Education: Pacific University, College of Optometry, Forest Grove, OR

    B.S. Visual Sciences: Pacific University College of Optometry, Forest Grove, OR

    B.S. Biological Sciences: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

    Dr. Panosian started his career in Optometry in 1985 at the Hull Eye Center Medical Group in Lancaster, CA after graduating from the Pacific University College of Optometry. He then joined Larry Leiske, M.D.in Glendale in 1987 as staff Optometrist. Since 1994 he has been a member of the Glendale Eye team where he sees patients for routine eye exams and contact lens fittings.

    Dr. Panosian lives in Glendale and in his spare time enjoys photography and traveling.

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    "Always excellent, in every way, from the three doctors I've seen to all of the assistants and staff. I hope I can stay with Glendale Eye Medical Group forever!"

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  • I have been going to Glendale Eye for over 20 years. Everyone on the staff is friendly and efficient. I highly recommend them.

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Glendale Eye Medical Group
500 North Central Avenue
Suite 400
Glendale, CA 91203