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Keep up-to-date on the latest vision-related news and eye care events in our Practice.

Sports-Related Eye Injuries

September Is Sports Eye Safety Month! Ocular sports trauma is among the leading causes of permanent vision loss in North America. Tens of thousands of people get treated for sports-related eye injuries a year, with the most common injuries occurring during water sports and basketball. Infections, corneal abrasions, eye socket...

Summer Heat Wave and Your Eyes

This summer, heat waves with scorching temperatures have hit communities nationwide, making an already hot summer even hotter. With high temps and heat waves in certain areas, it’s now more important than ever to protect yourself. For best practices and tips for maintaining healthy vision in the summer heat, talk...

UV Safety Awareness Month

July is UV Safety Awareness Month, and no wonder! With the summer sun out in full force, it’s now more important than ever to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. During this month, people who have suffered from UV ray damage and their loved ones are encouraged to share...

Top 4 Eyecare Tips for Summer Vacation

This summer, whether you're headed across state lines on a family road trip, flying off to Europe, grabbing a quick weekend getaway, or taking a vacation in your own backyard, don't forget to protect your eyes! Summer Eye Care Near You Check out our top 4 tips for ensuring healthy...

Cataract Awareness Month

June is Cataract Awareness Month. During this important time, people living with cataracts (and their loved ones) are encouraged to talk about their personal experiences by giving each other helpful information and sharing their knowledge and advice. Use the hashtag #CataractAwarenessMonth on your social media channels to encourage and support...

Help! My Child Doesn’t Want to Wear Glasses!

Do your kids need glasses in order to see clearly? Maybe they have a strong case of nearsightedness, perhaps they have astigmatism, or another type of refractive error. Whatever the cause, getting your kids to wear eyeglasses can be a parenting challenge. Dr. Greg Evans treats patients from all over Rancho...

Toddlers With Myopia: Eyewear and Their Future

Toddlers With Myopia: Eyewear And Their Future Like all refractive errors, myopia (also known as nearsightedness) is typically managed by wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses. These lenses correct the refractive error by bending (refracting) light correctly as it enters your eyes, which then sending signals to your brain so that...

Playing Outside Helps Keep Kids' Vision Healthy

Playing Outside Saves Kids’ Vision Myopia, or nearsightedness, is one of the most common refractive errors. A refractive error is what happens when light enters your eye and bends (refracts) improperly, which is usually the result of a misshapen cornea. As the light bends at an incorrect angle, it causes...

Myopia – an epidemic across the nation (and the world)

Myopia – An Epidemic Across The Nation (And The World) When we think of the word “epidemic”, it brings to mind visions of desolated villages in third-world countries, overflowing hospitals, and quarantines. However, there are other less deadly, but equally serious, health concerns impacting people on a global scale. Myopia,...

Where Can I Find a Low Vision Doctor?

Where Can I Find A Low Vision Doctor? Reading your favorite books is difficult. You squint a lot while watching TV. When friends or family come to visit, you find it hard to clearly see their faces. Driving is hard because the street signs, exit ramps, and other cars seem...

When to Contact a Low Vision Doctor

When To Contact A Low Vision Doctor: When You Can’t See To Do What You Want To Do When you break your leg, you feel the pain of the fracture and visit a doctor to repair the broken limb. When you hurt your back, you go to a chiropractor to...

Why AMD Patients Need 2 Doctors

Why AMD Patients Need 2 Doctors Central vision is an important element of your overall vision, allowing you to see images and objects as you look straight ahead. This function affects your ability to read books, drive a car, watch TV, or recognize faces of the people you love. For...

Scleral Lenses and Dry Eyes

Scleral Lenses Help Even Dry Eyes! When it comes to having dry eyes, you’ve probably tried everything you can think of to get some relief. From artificial tears to medicated drops, and maybe even homeopathic remedies, nothing seems to give you long-term relief. Until now. Scleral lenses may just be...

Why choose an Optometrist who Specializes in Contacts vs Ophthalmologists

Why Choose An Optometrist Who Specializes In Contacts Vs Ophthalmologists You need new contact lenses or maybe you’re just trying them out for the first time. How do you know who to turn to for the best advice and the right fit? At Specialty Contact Lens Center At Woolf Eye...

Spring Dry Eyes

Spring Dry Eyes Spring is a time of renewal, when the harsh winter is just a memory and the outdoors seem to beckon us to go outside. While spring may be in the air, so are allergens. Allergies during the spring season can cause dry eyes and have a particularly...

Gritty Eyes

Gritty Eyes You know that gritty feeling in the eye, when it feels like something’s in it or it just feels rough and scratchy? It’s not just your imagination, there are some sound medical reasons behind this feeling. If you have gritty eyes, contact Dry Eye Center At Woolf Eye...

Mental Health and Your Vision

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the USA; in Canada, Mental Health week is May 6th to 12th. Since 1949, it has been observed throughout the United States as a way of drawing attention to the importance of proper mental health. This year’s theme is #4Mind4Body. The idea is...

Do I have Eye Allergies?

Know the symptoms of seasonal eye allergies and how to get rid of this pesky problem As the weather warms, flower buds are opening, and your neighbors are dragging their lawnmowers out for an annual spring tune-up. And suddenly you find a need to rub your itchy, red, and sore...

Parkinson’s Awareness Month and Your Vision

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month in the USA and Canada, a time when those living with the disorder, their family members, friends, and community come together to raise awareness and share helpful information. People with Parkinson's Disease (PD) and their loved ones are encouraged to share their stories, struggles, and...

Top 5 Tips for Managing Eye Allergies This Spring

Spring is a season of new beginnings, when the cold harsh winter months are behind us, flowers bloom, and people begin spending more time outdoors. For people with allergies, spring means one more thing: suffering. Spring may be in the air, but for allergy sufferers, so is pollen, pet dander,...

Women’s Health and Your Vision

March 8th is International Women's Day, a day when women are honored and their accomplishments celebrated worldwide. From medicine to law, entrepreneurship to corporate leadership, education to the military, women are achieving great strides in areas of business like never before. In addition to professional achievements, International Women's Day is...

What’s in Your Household Cleaning Supplies?

Most of us have the basics: bleach, oven cleaner, air freshener, furniture polish, and window spray. Did you know that chemicals found in these kinds of cleaning products can be toxic and harmful to your health? In small amounts, they generally don’t cause much damage. But when used on a...

School and Vision: 2 Important Partners

It’s February and that means we’re smack in the middle of winter, which is also the middle of the school year. It’s the season when kids fervently hope for snow days and parents hope they don’t happen. As we head towards the second half of the school year, you’ve probably...

What You Need to Know About Glaucoma – The Sneak Thief of Sight

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. What is Glaucoma? Glaucoma, a silent eye disease, is the most common form of irreversible blindness in the world. It is actually a group of diseases that causes progressive damage to the optic nerve.  Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that can lead to...

Top 8 Lighting Tips for People With Low Vision

You’ve got Low Vision and you need some ways of minimizing the effects on your daily activities. One of the best ways to do this is with lighting. Changing the lighting in your home or office can make a significant, positive impact on your functional vision. Check out Dr. Greg...

World Braille Day 2019

Each year during the month of January we recognize World Braille Day which gives us the opportunity to take a moment and appreciate the incredible gift that Braille has given to those who are blind or suffer from vision loss.  What is Braille? Braille is a tactile representation of letters...

Are Nerf Guns a Dangerous Holiday Present?

Nerf Guns: Popular, Projectile... Safe? With the newest Nerf guns and blasters reigning at the top of lists for the most popular toys this holiday season, many parents are excited to surprise their kids (or their spouses) with these coveted toy weapons. There is, in fact a whole culture behind these...

Low Vision Doctor in Rancho Mirage, CA

Learn How We Can Help You See Again Low vision describes a visual impairment that decreases your vision, either with a reduced field of view or with low visual acuity. This type of vision loss cannot be corrected fully with prescription eyewear, medication, or surgery. And because low vision implies...

Trouble Seeing Your Grandkids’ Faces?

Trouble Seeing Your Grandkids' Faces? Low Vision Devices Can Help Are you frustrated that your poor vision is it getting in the way of life? Is it hard to do simple things, such as seeing your adorable grandchildren's faces You’re not alone. Many people develop vision problems later in life,...

8 Tips to Relieve Winter Dry Eyes

Whether you live in a climate with cold winter weather or you are planning a ski trip up north, winter can be a challenge if you suffer from dry eyes. Dry, cool air, cold winds and even drier indoor heating can cause eye irritation, burning, itchiness and redness, and sometimes...

Diabetes and Your Eyes

Diabetes is becoming much more prevalent around the globe. According to the International Diabetes Federation, approximately 425 million adults were living with diabetes in the year 2017 and 352 million more people were at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. By 2045 the number of people diagnosed is expected to...

Have an Eye Safe Halloween

Brush Up Before You Dress Up Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year for children and adults alike. When else do you get to dress up as anyone (or anything) you want, socialize with friends and eat lots of treats? Nevertheless, lurking behind those costumes and...

Exercise and Your Eye Health

Regular exercise is an essential component of overall health and wellness. It is proven that exercise reduces sickness and disease; it increases strength, immunity, and mental health; and it also helps regulate bodily functions and maintain a healthy weight. Research shows that exercise can lower our risk of chronic conditions...

Is Too Much Screen Time Dangerous For Your Kids?

Screen Time Pros and Cons Whether it is homework, email, gaming, chatting with friends, searching the web or watching Youtube, kids these days seem to have an endless number of reasons to be glued to a screen. Many parents out there are wondering how bad this can be for their...

Healthy Aging for the Eyes

Getting old doesn’t have to be synonymous with vision loss. There is a lot you can do to keep your eyes and vision healthy and prevent age related eye disease and vision loss, especially if you start early. Keeping your eyes healthy and strong may require some lifestyle changes, but...

Progressive Myopia: When Your Child’s Vision Keeps Getting Worse

What Is Progressive Myopia? Nearsightedness or myopia is one of the most prevalent eye disorders worldwide and its incidence is increasing. In fact by 2050, myopia is projected to affect half of the world’s population! Many children diagnosed with nearsightedness (myopia) experience a consistent worsening of their vision as they...

The Dangers of An Online Eye Test

An online eye test may seem like a convenient way to check your vision or get an eyeglass prescription but beware, these tests aren’t all they are chocked up to be. In fact, they may even be dangerous.  What is an online eye test really testing?  An online eye test...

Signs That Your Child Has a Vision Problem

Healthy eyes and good vision are essential for your child’s growth and development. In fact, learning is 80% visual, which means a child’s success in school, athletics and many other aspects of life can be impacted by poor vision. Good vision goes beyond how far you can see, and also...

Eye Dangers in the Dorm – Eye Health for College Students

It’s almost back to school time for college students and whether this is your first time away from home or you are already a pro, you want to be prepared with as much knowledge as possible to live safely on your own. This knowledge includes eye and vision safety, as...

Why You Shouldn’t Rub Your Eyes

While it may seem like a harmless action, rubbing your eyes can actually cause a lot of damage. There are a number of different reasons that people rub their eyes and for the most part, it does more harm than good. While rubbing your eyes might feel really good in...

Ocular Migraines

Migraine Awareness Month: An ocular migraine is any migraine headache that involves a visual disturbance such as flashes of light, seeing stars or zigzags or the appearance of blind spots in the visual field. Ocular migraines can interfere with your ability to go about your daily tasks such as driving,...

Welcome to our New Website

We invite you to take a look around our new site to get to know our practice and learn about eye and vision health. You will find a wealth of information about our optometrists, our staff and our services, as well as facts and advice about how to take care...

Pink, Stinging Eyes?

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be...

High Incidence of Micro-organisms found in Counterfeit & Unapproved Contact Lenses

A recent study published in the journal of Forensic Sciences (2017) examined over 300 decorative, non corrective contact lenses obtained without a prescription. What they found was shocking: 60% of the counterfeit lenses tested positive for microbial contamination 27% of the unapproved lenses tested positive for microbial contamination 3% of...

Eclipse August 21, 2017

Starting August 21st at approximately 9:07am, maximizing at 10:24am and finishing at 11:48am a solar eclipse will occur. Here in the desert it won’t be a total eclipse but about 70% (69%)of the sun will be obscured. Because of the infrequency of this natural phenomena and because of the publicity involved...

Visual Complications of Stroke

Understanding Stroke Basics Approximately 800,000 people suffer a stroke every year. It is the most common disability among adults. There are two basic types of strokes: an ischemic stroke (when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel) and hemorrhagic stroke (when a blood vessel ruptures or leaks). Some stroke patients...

Allograph: Safe and Remarkable Applications for the Eye

An allograft is a bone or tissue surgically transplanted from one human donor to another, which may sound frightening, but is actually safe and has been in use for quite some time. The most common tissues are amniotic tissues which are attained only during childbirth. The tissues are processed and...

New lens options help address aging patient needs

During the past 20 years there have been numerous studies that show the contact lens dropout rate is about 20%. The main reason in almost all studies is comfort which when studied further is mostly related to dryness. The incidence of dry eye increases with age in men and particularly...

Contact Lens Abuse causing Millions of eye infections

A recent study (November 2014) released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed in 2010 there were an estimated 988,000 visits to doctors’ offices, outpatient clinics, and emergency departments for keratitis and contact lens related eye conditions. The total cost was estimated to be $175 million. There was...

Diabetic epidemic is here now

As a certified telemedicine diabetic reader I participate in a program ran through UC Berkeley called Eyepacs. Eyepacs is a web based non-proprietary application for exchanging eye-related clinical information. The bulk of Eyepacs communications involves bringing diabetic retinal assessments into the primary care physicians’ office. The program works without regard...

The lowdown on Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

The lowdown on Laser Assisted Cataract SurgeryOk you’ve been told you have a cataract and that having cataract surgery is the best way to improve your vision….now comes the hard part. Not only does your doctor have to decide whether a specialty lens is appropriate but also whether to perform...

In-Office Testing – CLIA approved tests give rapid in office diagnosis

Patients Benefit From In-Office Testing CLIA labs offer more accurate assessment and rapid diagnosis CLIA, short for Clinical laboratory improvement amendments, is a federal regulatory body that oversees laboratory processes and testing on humans. It also grants waivers for testing that may be done in-office. There are hundreds of CLIA waived tests...

Sjogren’s Syndrome – a serious systemic disease often overlooked

Dry Eye and Sjogren’s Syndrome Sjogren’s (SHOW-grins) Syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disease in which an individual’s white blood cells attack their moisture-producing glands. Although the hallmark symptoms are dry eyes and dry mouth, Sjogren’s also causes serious complications throughout the entire body. This results in dysfunction of the kidneys, gastrointestinal...

A new treatment for Dry Eye

A New Treatment for Dry Eye Ever wonder why over the counter drops and even prescription drops don’t seem to resolve a chronic dry eye condition?  Chances are you or your doctor is using the wrong approach. Dry eye is a complex disease but the origin can be traced to...

Take this quiz to learn how retinal disease predicts higher stroke risk in hypertensive patients.

Retinal disease caused by hypertension linked to Stroke Risk Stroke is what leading cause of disability? 1st 3rd 5th What’s a Stroke? Stroke is what cause of death? 1st 3rd 6th Stroke is preventable? Always Never Sometimes Being overweight is a risk factor for Stroke? Yes No Stroke patients can...

Allergies hit the desert first – Don’t let allergies get you down.

Ocular Allergies Spring is allergy season and in our desert our spring starts earlier and runs later (due to the multitude of plants) than most American cities. This means persistent high pollen counts, which can soar when the wind blows. Patients often present with multiple symptoms related to more than...

Velomobile sighting

We all have activities we enjoy. For some it’s hiking, for others it’s walking or swimming and for some it’s biking. Wouldn’t it be fun if we could incorporate our love of an activity into our everyday lives. A velomobile seems to fit that niche. Velomobiles are enclosed recumbent bicycles...

Diabetic medications and Diabetic Eye Disease

A recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, June 2012 edition found that patients on a class of drugs called thiazolidinediones (or glitazones) had a two to three-fold increased risk of developing macular edema. Actos and Avandia are commonly prescribed glitazone class drugs. The study supports the importance of...

Sleep Apnea a risk factor for eye disease

Eye doctors are now on the look out for sleep apnea in patients with normal-tension glaucoma. Normal-tension glaucoma is the diagnosis in 1 out of 3 new glaucoma patients.  Early diagnostic tests such as ocular coherence tomography and frequency doubling visual fields have helped increase early diagnosis of normal-tension glaucoma....

Systemic Disease and the eye

Attached is an image illustrating a branch vein occlusion secondary to systemic vascular disease. This patient did not have any visual symptoms but had an vein occlusion (stroke in the eye). The cause of this hemmorrhage is uncontrolled high blood pressure versus isolated eye disease. This case needs to be...

Glucose monitoring with high-tech contact lenses

Researchers at the University of Akron in Ohio are developing contact lenses that may make those finger sticks a thing of the past. Blood glucose isn’t the only thing to vary during the day as glucose concentrations change. Along with blood also urine and tear glucose levels change to mimic...

Bandage contact lenses for healing, pain and corneal protection

Therapeutic bandage contact lenses can be successfully used in the management of a variety of corneal diseases. Most patients think of them as being used for the correction of refractive errors.  They are also used for corneal disease. Contact lenses have been used  for the following: recurrent corneal erosion corneal...

Hello patients

This is our first weekly blog/post. On it we’ll try and pick up at least one case a week that for us was interesting. As well share stories of our lives or things that have touched the lives of the practice.  Our staff all share a passion for eye care...