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Keep up-to-date on the latest vision-related news and eye care events in our practice. The items are displayed by year and month. To view older entries use the links in the box below to select the year and month you would like.

Are Your Eyes Sensitive to Light?

Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is a condition in which bright light - either natural sunlight or artificial light -  can cause significant discomfort, pain and intolerance. People that experience light sensitivity will find themselves needing to close their eyes or squint when exposed to light and often experience...

Got a Shiner!

What Exactly Is a Black Eye? A black eye, also known as a periorbital hematoma, is usually not an injury of the actual eye (which is why it is called “periorbital”- around the eye). It typically occurs when there is an injury to the face or the eye socket which...

Cataract Awareness and Prevention

It's National Cataract Awareness Month According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are responsible for 51% of cases of blindness worldwide - although this blindness is preventable with treatment. In fact, research shows that in industrialized countries about 50% of individuals over the age of 70 have had a cataract...

Are You Ignoring Your Dry Eyes?

You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eyes Have you noticed that your eyes feel chronically dry, itchy, scratchy or even sometimes watery? Many people that have these symptoms just go on with their lives until the symptoms become unbearable. What they don’t realize is that these are signs that...

Does Smoking Affect Vision?

Eye Doctors Weigh In: How Smoking Can Harm Your Vision & Eye Health We all know that smoking is bad for you, especially the risks that it poses to your heart and lungs. What many people do not know is that cigarette smoke negatively affects your eyes and vision too. Smoking...

Sjogren’s Awareness Month – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

In honor of Sjogren’s Awareness month, eye care providers are helping to spread the word to increase awareness about this hard-to-diagnose disease. Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth. Other serious...

April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Hey women! Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from vision problems and are at higher risk of permanent vision loss than men? Well 91% of the women surveyed recently didn’t know that, which means that many of them aren’t taking the necessary precautions to prevent eye...

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Clean Your Glasses

There is nothing worse than a dirty spot on your glasses - well except perhaps many dirty spots or smudges. When that happens, most of us are tempted to grab the corner of our shirt and wipe it off, but resist the temptation - this is actually not a good...

It’s Time to Talk About Blue Light

Workplace Eye Safety Month Blue light. Do you know what it is? Do you know where it comes from, or how it can be harmful to your eyes? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you are not alone, yet it is important that you become aware to...

Understanding Eye Color

Eye color is a hereditary trait that depends on the genes of both parents, as well as a little bit of mystery. The color of the eye is based on the pigments in the iris, which is a colored ring of muscle located at the center of the eye (around...

6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration is a serious condition that can threaten your vision and general well-being. Characterized by the deterioration of the central area of the retina called the macula which is responsible for focused vision, the disease gradually reduces your central vision. This affects the ability to see fine details,...

Are You Missing Your Child’s Hidden Vision Problem?

Your toddler may show every sign of good eyesight including the ability to see objects in the distance, however that doesn't necessarily mean that he or she doesn’t have a vision problem.

“The Sneak Thief of Sight” Is On Our Minds This January

Make your resolution for healthy vision this year with increased awareness of the leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Holiday Season Shopping: Are Nerf Guns Safe for the Eyes?

This is the one way you can be sure that you or your child’s eyes are truly safe during Nerf shooting:

Dry Eye Syndrome Causes and Cures

Despite the fact that it is one of the most common eye problems, a surprisingly large percentage of patients are not aware of it.
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Causes and Treatment of Dry Eye Syndrome – Dr. Scott Lewis, O.D. and Associates, dry eyes

Normally, the eye constantly lubricates itself with tears by producing them at a slow and steady rate, keeping itself moist and comfortable. Usually these tears consist of three layers, an oily, a watery, and a mucus layer. Each layer has a specific role in lubricating your eyes. The oily layer is outermost. It's main purpose is to slow evaporation of the tear. The watery layer is in the middle. This makes up the majority of what a person normally thinks of as tears. This layer cleans the eye and helps to wash away small foreign objects and particles. The inner layer consists of mucus. This mucus allows the watery layer to stick to the eye and spread evenly over the eye in order to keep it lubricated. In a person with dry eyes, either hormonal changes, side effects from medication or some other factor causes the eye to either not produce enough tears, or leave out parts of the tear that make proper lubrication possible.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Chances are it affects you or someone you know. November has been dedicated as a time to spread awareness about the disease, its risk factors and the effects it has on your body, your daily life and the lives of your loved ones.

Don’t Let Fall Eye Allergies Get You Down

Red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids (along with sneezing, congestion or a runny nose)...

How Contact Lenses Can be a Danger to your Eyes

Most people wouldn’t consider contact lenses dangerous. In fact, they are a great alternative to glasses, offering convenience and great vision for those who wear them. However, when not obtained and used according to an eye doctor’s instructions, the consequences can be devastating.   Contact Lenses Need to Fit Like...

An Active and Eye Safe Lifestyle

90%! That’s the number of sports eye injuries that studies show can be prevented using proper eye protection.  Yet most sports leagues don’t require protective eyewear as part of their uniform or safety requirements.  This leaves it up to athletes, parents and coaches to ensure that proper measures are taken...

10 Tips to Teach Children About Eye Safety

It is important to teach your children about eye health and safety from a young age.  This includes awareness about how your overall health habits affect your eyes and vision as well as how to keep your eyes safe from injury and infection.  Starting off with good eye habits at...

When 20/20 Vision isn’t Enough For Your Child

Since studies show that learning is 80% visual, children with untreated vision problems can really suffer when it comes to school. Most people think that good “vision” means 20/20 acuity but in reality, vision is much more complex.  Your brain is actually what completes the processing of the visual world...

Cutting Edge Eye-dentification

We have all seen the futuristic thrillers that use high-tech eye scanning identification systems but nowadays the technology does exist to use them in real life. A greater number of high security establishments have begun to use iris recognition for identification and security systems.   How does it work? The...

Innovations in Color Blindness

There have been a lot of videos going viral lately of color blind people “seeing color” for the first time using specialized glasses. The emotional reactions of amazement, shock and joy even lead some to break down into tears. The glasses provide these individuals a way to view the world...

Poolside Eye Safety

Whether it is the sea, the sand, the sun or the softball field, summer brings people outside and this creates exposure to a multitude of potential dangers to the eyes.  One risk that is possibly the least obvious is the swimming pool. Swimming pools are the culprit for multitudes of...

Cataract Awareness Month: What to Expect from Cataract Surgery

After the age of 50 most people will eventually be diagnosed with cataracts. Cataracts are when the natural crystalline lens of the eyes become clouded, causing vision impairment that can not be corrected by glasses or contact lenses. While commonly an age-related condition, occasionally there are infants born with a...

Sunwear for a Bright Future

According to the Vision Council’s 2016 UV (Ultraviolet Radiation) Protection report, parents are more likely to wear sunglasses (56%) than their children (only 29%!). Yet children, who spend much more time outside, are typically exposed to three times the amount of sunlight and UV radiation that adults get. This early...

How UV Damages Your Eyes

UV Awareness Month: This article might scare you, and we hope it does - just enough to motivate you to wear proper eye protection against the sun. Most people are aware of the dangers ultraviolet (UV)  light from the sun pose to your skin, while the long-term effects of sun...

What is a stye anyway?

A stye (known by eye doctors as a hordeolum) is an infection of an oil gland which forms a pimple-like bump on the base of the eyelid or within the eyelid itself. Styes can be uncomfortable, causing swelling, pain, redness, discomfort and sometimes excessive tearing or blurred vision if it...

Eye Allergies

Along with congestion, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches and difficulty breathing, individuals with allergies often suffer from eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis resulting in red, watery, itchy and sometimes swollen eyes. Just as irritants cause an allergic response in your nasal and respiratory system, your eyes also react with an...

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses 

If you are over 40 and have difficulty seeing close up, you probably have a common age-related condition called presbyopia which is when the eye’s natural lens loses the ability to focus on close objects. Presbyopia is a natural process that occurs as the eye ages and affects the majority of...

Macular degeneration update

AMD is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among people over 65 years old.

Flashes and floaters

New onset flashes and floaters may indicate a serious eye problem such as a retinal tear or detachment.

Glaucoma – an overview

Learn why glaucoma is often called "the silent thief of sight."

Back to School Eye Exam

Eighty percent of everything a child learns is acquired through his or her visual system.

Keys to comfortable contact lens wear

Many factors contribute to the ability to wear contact lenses comfortably.

Cataract awareness

Cataracts are the number one cause of vision deterioration in patients over 55.

UV light protection

Protecting your eyes from UV light is one of the most important things you can do to protect your vision.

All About Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

In order to have proper eyesight, the eyes must operate in unison with each other and with the brain. When this system breaks down, the result can be amblyopia or lazy eye.

Pink eye

Pink eye is a generic term referring to conjunctivits of the eye caused by a virus, bacteria, or allergy.

Red eye problems

Red eye problems can be caused by a variety of underlying conditions.  Correct diagnosis is critical for appropriate treatment.

Color Blindness: An In-depth Look

Color blindness is a common genetic condition which impairs someone's ability to distinguish among shades of color.

Sports Eye Safety

This month we acknowledge national Sports Eye Safety Month

What is Astigmatism?

The cornea surrounding your iris and pupil is, under usual conditions, round. When light enters your eye from all angles, part of the job of your cornea is to help project that light, directing it to the retina, right in the rear part of your eye. But what is the...

Pink Eye

Pink eye is a generic term referring to conjunctivits of the eye caused by a virus, bacteria, or allergy.

The Danger of UV light to your Eyes

If you're unsure about the level of UV protection your sunglasses provide, take them to your eye doctor or optician for an evaluation.

A Holiday Guide to Toy Eye Safety

The holidays are right around the corner and that means toys and presents. Read a few tips on how to protect kids from toy related eye injuries.

We take vision insurance!

Good news!  As of December 1st, both myself and Costco Optical will be set up to take Optum (Spectera) insurance. So good news for all patients that have have that insurance plan!

Retino-what? What Happens During your Eye Exam

There are various assessments that you have seen during an eye exam and questioned how they work. Having beams of light shined into your eyes may be an example. This is one way eye doctors test the refractive error of your eye, and it's called retinoscopy. By examining the reflection...

Focusing on Smartphones

These days, it would be difficult to find someone not on some sort of mobile device. These devices ensure our constant access to our friends, family and work wherever we find ourselves. However as handheld devices have small screens, a lot of users tend to hold their smartphones a lot...

Progressive and Multifocal Lenses

Are you over 40 and struggling to read small print? You might have presbyopia, a common condition affecting those who are approaching middle age. But developing presbyopia when you already need glasses for distance vision doesn't mean you need to start switching between multiple pairs of glasses. This is all...

Treating Lazy Eyes in Children

Are you worried your child has a lazy eye? Amblyopia comes about when sight is suppressed, but only in one eye. Vision might be suppressed if someone isn't able to see as well with one of their eyes because of issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism, or...

Why Eye Doctors Take a Complete History

How can you make your next eye exam even more productive? In order for us to make sure your exam is beneficial and worthwhile, there are several things we'll need to know. It is essential to let us know about any recent health conditions or problems you may have recently...

Seeing in the Dark

You wake suddenly, in the middle of the night, or maybe you're looking for a light switch or door handle or phone in the dark. These sorts of things happen to us all the time. Your eyes normally require a few minutes to adjust to the dark and then the...

Middle Age and Presbyopia

Ever wonder why it gets harder to focus on small print as you get older? As time passes, the lens of your eye grows less flexible, decreasing your ability to focus on near objects. This is known as presbyopia. And, it's something that affects us all. To avoid having to...

Focusing on Kids’ Eye Safety

Sometimes it's challenging to know which toys are not harmful for our kids' eyes. Children are born with only semi-formed vision. Nothing stimulates a child's visual development more efficiently than play, which encourages hand-eye coordination and learning about spatial relationships. Good toys to encourage an infant's sight in his or...

Good Vision In The Classroom

Most learning is achieved through the use of a child's eyes. Despite the overt link between vision and learning, a lot of parents don't realize how profoundly vision problems affect education, and as a result, don't get their child's eyes examined regularly. As your child's vision may change frequently, regular...

Convergence Insufficiency: Not As Simple As It Seems

Lots of children are diagnosed with learning or behavioral disabilities when in reality, that's not the issue at all. He or she may have a hidden but very real condition, which effects learning at school, known as Convergence Insufficiency (CI). To explain, CI is a near vision issue that interferes...

Focusing on Visual Acuity

Everyone has heard the expressions visual acuity and twenty-twenty vision. As common as these terms may be, do you actually know their meaning? 20/20 vision actually refers to the sharpness of vision from 20 feet away. If you've been told you have 20/20 vision, it means that from a distance...

A Fresh Look at Color Contact Lenses

Have you considered getting a new look for your eyes? Then let's talk about FreshLook®, a line offering a large palette of color contact lenses, so you can subtly intensify or totally alter the color of your eyes. This great collection of contact lenses has such an extensive amount of...

Keeping Your Eyelids Clean

Inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis, is something that many people suffer from at some point during their lives. Blepharitis is a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, some types of skin conditions, or dry eye symptoms. Usually, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the sensation...

Focusing on Contact Lens Care

Have you ever left your soft contact lenses in for just a few days longer than your optometrist instructs? It goes without saying that a lot of things are at their best when they're fresh. It's no surprise that the same applies to your contact lenses. There are so many...

Cataract Awareness

It's June, which means it's Cataract Awareness Month. Are you aware that cataracts are the main cause of deteriorating vision among patients who are over 55 years old? Actually, more than fifty percent of those who are 65 or older have at the very least, partial cataract development. As stated...

The Best Protection from UV Rays

Virtually everyone is exposed to UV rays on a daily basis. Even though this is the case, the possible risks of years of exposure to these unsafe rays are not often considered, to a point where the majority of people barely take enough action to protect their eyes, even when...

Focusing on Comprehensive Eye Exams

May is healthy vision month. When was the last time you had a comprehensive eye exam? Checking your eyes regularly is one of the best steps you can take to guarantee your eyesight remains strong and healthy. During the session, your eye care professional examines your eyes, looking for common...

Introducing Transitions® Optical’s Vantage™ Lens

Great news for anyone in the market for dependable variable tint lenses: Transitions® Optical has just put out an exciting product as part of their comprehensive range. It's called the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. The company has increased the features of their highly regarded light adapting lens with the addition of...

Recognizing Poor Vision

In patients, whether young or old, sometimes poor vision can be the result of several possible factors including changes in the body or defects in the eye or visual system, eye diseases, side effects of medicine or injuries to the eye. Lots of people also report visual abnormalities resulting from...

What Every Woman Should Know About Healthy Vision

In April, Prevent Blindness America addresses eye health issues specific to women. It's no surprise that the various stages of a woman's life could have a strong impact on her eye health and vision. Eye disease among women is becoming more common, more notably in aging women. In fact, studies...

This month we acknowledge national Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, along with often warmer weather, comes an increase in the prevalence of eye injuries caused by sports accidents. Each year, far too many people, both young and old suffer sports related eye injuries that could be prevented with the right protection. Guarding your eyes while playing sports...

How Vision Affects Driving

Road safety largely depends on good eyesight. In fact, driving safely needs several different visual abilities including distance and near vision, peripheral vision, night vision and color vision, just to name some examples. Distance vision is crucial because of how it helps you to scan the road ahead of you...

Workplace Vision Wellness Month

Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has designated the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. The aim of this initiative is to educate businesses and their employees about the importance of eye health, including safety tips on how to prevent vision-threatening eye accidents. Every day, workers suffer from job related...

Be Knowledgeable About Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

February has been dedicated by Prevent Blindness America to raise awareness about age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. How many of us are aware that age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading reason for vision loss in adults over the age of 65? AMD is characterized by...

Pink, Itchy Eyes? Perhaps it’s Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis, also referred to as pink eye, is one of the most common eye infections, especially with children. Pink eye can be caused by bacteria, a virus or even irritation from pollen, chlorine in pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other substances, which touch your eyes. Many forms of conjunctivitis...

The Right Solution for Your Contacts

Users of contact lenses must be fully aware of the importance of proper eye hygiene. Research conducted by Bausch & Lomb this past summer determined that an alarming number of people regularly use dangerous chemicals rather than contact solution to moisten their lenses. Everything from baby oil, to beer to...

Winter Dry Eyes

The winter leads to many more cases of dry eye syndrome.

The Danger of UV to your Eyes – In the Winter

Winter is officially here, which means in some locations whipping winds and freezing rains and sometimes snow aren't far behind. You wouldn't ever think of leaving the house without a heavy sweater or coat in overcast conditions, nevertheless unfortunately, far too many people don't think to take their sunglasses. While...

Request Your Next Appointment Online…

You can now request your next appointment online. Find out how...

Eyeglasses – Plenty of Great Choices

New options to help you look good and see better!

Online Patient Registration Forms

Fill in your patient history online, before your next appointment. Find out how...