Eye Exam Specialist

C. Gene Wilkins, O.D. -  - Optometrist

C. Gene Wilkins, O.D.

Optometrist located in Los Alamitos, CA

Your best defense at against eye disease and vision problems is a regularly scheduled eye exam. For more than 20 years, Dr. C. Gene Wilkins has been conducting thorough eye exams at his optometry practice in Cypress, California. Dr. Wilkins takes the time to carefully examine your eyes using state-of-the-art technology and to perform tests to evaluate your eye health. If you live in Cypress or the nearby areas, regular eye exams with Dr. Wilkins can keep your eyes and vision as healthy as possible for years to come. Call Dr. C. Gene Wilkins, Optometrist or schedule an eye exam online today.

Eye Exam Q & A

How often should I have an eye exam?

The frequency of your eye exams depends on several factors, including your overall health, your vision health, and your age. Regularly scheduled eye exams help Dr. Wilkins monitor and detect eye problems at their earliest stages when they’re most treatable. Follow these general guidelines to determine how often you should have an eye exam:

Children and adolescents

Your child’s pediatrician or family practice doctor often conducts a brief examination of your child’s eyes, and although this is a good place to start, it shouldn’t be a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam with Dr. Wilkins, an experienced optometrist. Only eye doctors have the advanced training and clinical tools to perform a thorough evaluation of your child's eyes and vision.

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam when they’re just six months old. Children should then have additional eye exams at age three and just before they enter school.

After these initial exams, Dr. Wilkins recommends a schedule to follow for your school-aged children based on their eye health. It’s typically every one or two years.


Even if you’re in good overall health and don’t have any vision problems, you should still make an appointment every year or two whether you wear glasses or not. Your eye exam isn’t just about checking your vision, but also for determining if you are at risk for developing problems down the road such as cataracts, glaucoma, or macular degeneration. Dr. Wilkins conducts a very thorough eye exam, including a series of tests that evaluate:

  • Your eyesight
  • The neurological function of your eyes
  • Eye muscle coordination
  • Overall eye health
  • External and internal eye structures
  • Eye pressure

Additionally, if you have underlying health issues, like diabetes, that may increase your risk of certain eye conditions, it’s important to get a yearly eye exam and keep any follow-up visits that Dr. Wilkins recommends.

What tests do you perform during my eye exam?

When you come to the office for an eye exam, Dr. Wilkins performs several tests that help him determine your eye health and whether or not you need a new prescription for glasses or contact lenses. Some of the tests you might have during your eye exam include:

  • A refraction assessment to determine how well your retina focuses light
  • A visual field test to test your peripheral vision
  • Color vision testing
  • A retina exam
  • Glaucoma screening to read the pressure in your eye
  • Vision acuity test
  • Eye muscle test

It should be noted that Dr. Wilkins conducts your glaucoma test without using a puff of air, as you may have experienced in the past. Instead, he uses a more comfortable method of testing your eye pressure. Based on your individual needs, Dr. Wilkins may also recommend other vision and eye testing to keep your eyes in their best health and allow you to see clearly.

What if I need glasses or contacts?

If you need glasses or contacts, Dr. Wilkins offers a full range of optical services, including a complete eyeglass selection and a wide range of contact lenses, even for hard-to-fit prescriptions. If you prefer contact lenses, Dr. Wilkins offers a separate exam for contacts in which he considers your lifestyle, vision needs, and whether or not you can benefit from wearing multifocal contact lenses.

For your convenience, you can schedule your routine eye exam and a contact lens exam at the same time. Call the office or use the online booking tool.