Comprehensive, Compassionate, & Caring: Welcome to Charles Korth Optometry
Since opening our doors in 2001, we’ve been proud to call the wonderful city of Pasadena our home. Our love for our community drives us to do our absolute best every single day.
Because we care for this community, we’ve made it our mission to always be on top of the latest eye care trends and innovations. With the help of California’s leading optometry network, Total Vision, we’re able to provide modern eye care services using the latest technology and equipment.
Dr. Korth received his Bachelor of Arts degree at UCLA in 1977, with a double major in psychology and sociology. After several years in education, Dr. Korth decided to go back to school to pursue becoming a healthcare practitioner. He earned his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1990 and has practiced in Pasadena ever since.
In May 2000, Dr. Korth opened his own optometric practice and remains in the same location today. As a result of the office expansion and remodeling in 2013, Dr. Korth, his staff, and his patients now enjoy both state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and a beautiful optical frame dispensary. The office is adjacent to Huntington Memorial Hospital in southwest Pasadena in the midst of the largest healthcare corridor of the city. Dr. Korth enjoys long-time relationships with many other healthcare practitioners in this community, covering numerous specialty areas of health care and vision care.
Dr. Korth’s training at UCLA and SCCO has enabled him to properly care for his patients each day. He emphasizes family vision care, seeing patients of all ages in the office. Dr. Korth has over 35 years of experience in contact lenses. He enjoys the challenge each day of helping patients to enjoy clear, comfortable vision with their contacts, even if they have astigmatism, do better with daily lenses, or need special multifocal lenses. Dr. Korth recently became certified to treat glaucoma. This has added to the many common ocular conditions that he treats, such as corneal abrasions and various types of conjunctivitis.
Dr. Korth and his wife, René, are involved in Young and Healthy, a non-profit organization in Pasadena dedicated to providing health care to children in need, since its inception over 34 years ago.
During his years at SCCO, Dr. Korth had the opportunity to assist many patients from the Eye Care Center of Fullerton to the West Los Angeles/Brentwood Veterans Affairs outpatient vision clinic. During these externships, Dr. Korth was exposed to a wide variety of patients with different ocular conditions and needs. This training, along with the current requirement of 50 continuing education hours every two years, enables Dr. Korth to stay current with the latest ocular health and optical technology information so that he can better serve his patients.
Dr. Korth was born and raised in South Pasadena, where he lives with his wife, René. They have been parishioners at Holy Family Church for over 40 years and enjoy the local community. Dr. Korth stays fit by running regularly along the Arroyo Seco near and around the Rose Bowl. He has completed three marathons, two Pasadena Marathons in 2009 and 2010 and the LA Marathon in 2019 . He has also run half marathons, including the inaugural Rose Bowl Half Marathon in 2007, the Pasadena Half Marathon in 2013 and numerous others in 2017, 2019 and 2021.
Dr. Irene Vazagov
Dr. Irene Vazagoc is a native of Southern California. She grew up in the San Gabriel Valley. She attended California State University in Los Angeles and received both her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Masters in Health Science. She remained in California to earn her doctorate from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1993.
Her professional experience is extensive: hostpial-based including Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles and HealthCare Partners in Montebello. In addition, Dr. Vazagov was in private practice for herself in West Los Angeles.
Dr. Vazagov continued in private practice in Whittier for more than 20 years and now recently joined Dr. Charles Korth in Pasadena.
She is certified to treat glaucoma and diagnoses and treats other medical eye conditions. She does basic and complex contact lens fittings, including cornea irregularities like keratoconus.
Dr. Vazagov enjoys hiking locally and gardening during her downtime from the practice. She loves spending time with family and friends.
Dr. David Allen
Dr. David Allen has been in the optometry industry for over 20 years and a licensed optometrist for 10 years. Dr. Allen went to undergraduate school at the University of California, Riverside, and earned another degree at Cal Poly Pomona. He received his doctorate in optometry at Western University in Pomona.
Dr. Allen was born and raised in Southern California, near Pomona and Hacienda Heights. He is currently married and has three children ages 10, 8, and 3. He loves being active in their school lives and extra-curricular activities such as baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and Girl Scouts. Dr. Allen also enjoys traveling to different parts of Mexico and Hawaii and always staying active.
Dr. Allen is pleased to help all of his patients so that they are happy with their vision and ocular health needs. To that end, he is also fluent in Spanish and is glad to lend a hand or give a second opinion whenever needed.