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

Request Your Next Appointment Online…

You can now request your next appointment online! Visit the Contact Us section of our site at anytime and complete the form.  We'll receive the form via email and call you back to confirm your appointment request.  We'll be sure to call you back within one business day....

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...

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...

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...