Advanced Diagnostic Technology

MPOD: Heterochromatic flicker photometry is a noninvasive diagnostic test to measure your macular pigment, which is made up of zeaxanthin and lutein. These carotenoids protect the retina and shield it from harm caused by damaging light waves known as short-wavelength, high-energy, visible blue light. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) With state-of-the-art technology such as OCT, weContinue reading “Advanced Diagnostic Technology”

Hindsight is 20/20

Dear Friends:      2020 was the year that an invisible virus wrecked complete havoc on our lives and our country!   Amid chaos, sickness, and death, we have seen the strength, kindness, and resilience of our own community.  Due to nationwide and local lockdowns, there have been longer wait times than usual and significant delays inContinue reading “Hindsight is 20/20”

MPOD a biomarker for health!

Every year, we make New Year’s resolutions for healthier diet and exercise! Did you know that those with serious medical conditions are more at risk for eye problems? For the past few years, we have been measuring macular pigment to assess risk for macular degeneration and as a biomarker for health. How Macular Pigment WorksContinue reading “MPOD a biomarker for health!”

White Spots in Vision

What is asteroid hyalosis? Asteroid hyalosis (AH) happens when calcium and lipids, or fats accumulate in the fluid between your eye’s retina and lens, vitreous humor. What are the symptoms? The main symptom of AH is the appearance of small white spots in your field of vision. What causes it? Doctors aren’t exactly sure whyContinue reading “White Spots in Vision”

Corneal Edema after Cataract Surgery

After cataract surgery, it is common to experience mild corneal edema (swelling). If your cataract is more dense and progressed, the more likely the edema will cause blurred vision. It is important to stay on the prescribed eye drops. After about 1 week, this will resolve and you will be happy with your clear vision!Continue reading “Corneal Edema after Cataract Surgery”

COVID-19 Update

As of November 16th with the 2 week lockdown, we are making the following changes: No walk-in: all services by appointment only. No family members & friends who do not have an appointment. Wash hands before & after appointment. We will schedule curbside pickups. Text & email are the best ways to reach us!

UV Protection to Prevent Cataracts!

Cataracts is common in seniors after 60+ years old. They can also be caused by trauma, steroid use, and too much UV exposure! Did you know that there’s a higher prevalence of cataracts in younger adults in New Mexico? Ask us about UV protection on your glasses today! **Check out our Carl Zeiss C-UVPROTECT. EverybodyContinue reading “UV Protection to Prevent Cataracts!”

What is Uveitis?

When your eye is inflamed, it could be uveitis. Symptoms include sensitivity to light, eye redness, pain and blurred vision. This is treated effectively with steroid eyedrops. Dr. may dilate (open) your pupils for pain management and prevent synechiae (iris sticking to lens, as shown in this photo). #Eyehealth #Uveitis #Eyecare

Peripapillary Atrophy

Thinning in the layers of the retina and retinal pigment epithelium around the optic nerve is called peripapillary atrophy. This can be a risk factor for glaucoma, and can also cause your blind spot to be larger than normal. Regular eye exams with fundus photos are recommended to monitor for any changes.

Acute posterior multifocal placoid pigment epitheliopathy (APMPPE)

This rare condition usually occurs in young adults causing vision loss in both eyes. Treatment includes high doses of steroids. Symptoms may include flashes of light, blurred vision, blind spots, and distorted vision. Fundus examination shows scattered, flat multifocal creamy white or yellow spots at the level of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) with indistinctContinue reading “Acute posterior multifocal placoid pigment epitheliopathy (APMPPE)”

Don’t abuse your contact lenses!

Do you wear your contact lenses 12-14+ hours/day? Do you extend the life of your contact lenses, instead of tossing them as recommended? This is what can happen! White spot on the cornea is caused by inflammation. Symptoms include: pain, redness, sensitivity to light, burning, foreign body sensation, grittiness, and watering. Sometimes vision can beContinue reading “Don’t abuse your contact lenses!”

Factors associated with dry eye syndrome

SOURCE: All about Vision Computer use — We blink less when we’re on our digital devices and computers all day! Contact lens wear — Aging — older than 50 Menopause — Post-menopausal women Indoor environment — Air conditioning, ceiling fans and forced air heating systems all can decrease indoor humidity and/or hasten tear evaporation, Outdoor environment — Arid climate in NewContinue reading “Factors associated with dry eye syndrome”

Eye Floaters and Flashes / Spots in Your Vision

SOURCE: ALL ABOUT VISION By Marilyn Haddrill; contributions and review by Charles Slonim, MD Eye floaters are those tiny spots, specks, flecks and “cobwebs” that drift aimlessly around in your field of vision. While annoying, ordinary eye floaters and spots are very common and usually aren’t cause for alarm. Floaters and spots typically appear whenContinue reading “Eye Floaters and Flashes / Spots in Your Vision”

Why I don’t use punctal plugs

Punctal plugs are used to treat dry eye. They are biocompatible devices that can be inserted into tear ducts to block drainage. This increases the eye’s tear film and surface moisture to help relieve certain forms of dry eye. READ MORE HERE: There are 2 reasons I don’t use punctal plugs for dry eye treatment:Continue reading “Why I don’t use punctal plugs”

Eyelid Dandruff

This patient said, “my eyelids have always been itchy, uncomfortable. You’re the first doctor who addressed this problem.” Ocusoft products are designed for such conditions, specifically Oust lid scrubs. We have all seen the chronic blepharitis patient that has attempted numerous unsuccessful treatment regimens and has visited numerous eye doctors looking for some relief. Interestingly,Continue reading “Eyelid Dandruff”

Tomato Glasses Designed for Kids and Babies

Did your doctor just tell you that your child has poor vision and needs eyeglasses? We are thrilled to announce we offer the Tomato line of frames, specially designed for our kids and babies! This is a beautiful selection that comes with adjustable nose pieces, temples, and a strap to fit your child just right.Continue reading “Tomato Glasses Designed for Kids and Babies”

Thermal 1 Touch

Dear Friends:     I am thrilled to announce that we offer Ocusoft Thermal 1 Touch.  Gentle, localized heat and pressure is applied to the eyelids releasing lipids from the Meibomian glands.  Most dry eye is caused by glands that get clogged, causing your tears to lack essential oils necessary to function properly.   Thermal 1Continue reading “Thermal 1 Touch”

Kids’ Video Games that Benefit the Eyes!

The CPT program offers a unique computerized perceptual therapy modality for: These new, revolutionary programs will significantly improve your patients’ binocular and perceptual vision skills, while putting minimal demands on your time… even if you have not offered this valuable patient service before! Learning Disabilities Dyslexia/Reading Disabilities Non Verbal Learning Disabilities Rapid Automatized Naming AutomaticityContinue reading “Kids’ Video Games that Benefit the Eyes!”

The Nuclear Option for Dry Eye + Styes: Thermal 1 Touch!

We now offer Thermal 1 Touch as an effective, affordable in-office treatment for dry eyes and styes! Patented OCuSOFT® Thermal 1-Touch™ applies heat and gentle pressure to the eyelids releasing lipids from the Meibomian glands. The procedure is fast, virtually painless and takes place right in your office with just one touch to achieve optimumContinue reading “The Nuclear Option for Dry Eye + Styes: Thermal 1 Touch!”

Now is the Time for an Eye Exam

Dear Friends:    Recently, I found high astigmatism in a 6 year old with no complaints or symptoms.  I prescribed glasses necessary to see clearly, just in time for school.  With Los Alamos Public Schools starting off with online learning, eye exams are essential for the well being and eye health of our kids! Check out myContinue reading “Now is the Time for an Eye Exam”

Davis Vision Warranty Policies

As of January 1, 2020, the Los Alamos National Laboratory will no longer offer Vision Service Plan (VSP) to their employees. Instead, Davis Vision will be the vision insurance for LANL employees. Although the benefits are comparable, we have noticed significant changes in warranties, products, and contact lenses. With VSP, anti-reflective coatings had a 2Continue reading “Davis Vision Warranty Policies”

Tests and Treatment for Glaucoma

As we get older, we lose retinal ganglion cells and our retinal nerve fiber layer gets thinner. However, in glaucoma, these ganglion cells are lost more quickly and peripheral vision can be affected. The vast majority of glaucoma patients will not experience severe vision loss. Lowering eye pressure by 20% with eye drops decreases theContinue reading “Tests and Treatment for Glaucoma”

Eye doctors add safety measures to cut COVID-19 risk

By Adam Debrowski from All About Vision The coronavirus pandemic has temporarily closed countless American businesses, but some eye doctor’s offices often are open — though with reduced hours and with added safety precautions in place. Optometrists, ophthalmologists and opticians continue to offer essential eye care ranging from saving a patient’s vision to mending aContinue reading “Eye doctors add safety measures to cut COVID-19 risk”

How to Avoid Eye Injuries on the Job

Did you know that 90% of eye injuries are preventable? Many injuries result in permanent loss of vision. We strongly recommend well-fitted industrial safety glasses with impact resistant lenses that meet ANSI Z87. 1 standards. We provide high quality safety eyeglasses for LANL and subcontractors, with an excellent customer service. Check it out today!


Wash your hands before handling contact lenses. Clean & disinfect contact lenses every day. Rinse and air dry your contact lens case every day. Replace your contact lens case every 3 months. **Bacteria can grow in a dirty lens case, and cause an eye infection. Saline solution can be used to rinse lenses, but isContinue reading “CONTACT LENS WEAR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SAFE AND HEALTHY EYES”

Can Make-up Affect your Eyes?

Can cosmetics really affect my eyes? Yes! Make-up particles can irritate the surface of your eyes and skin, causing allergic reactions, stinging, burning, discomfort and dry eye symptoms. You should avoid make-up with the following preservatives: Benzalkonium Chloride (BAK), Formaldehyde, Parabens, and Phenoxyethanol. A 2013 study showed that 60% of mascara users experienced eye irritationsContinue reading “Can Make-up Affect your Eyes?”

Build up immunity during COVID-19

From Healthy News Blog: How can you build up a strong immune system to fight pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses such as COVID-19? Good nutrition is key! Avoid these: Alcohol, fried foods, sweetened foods or beverages. Eat these foods: local, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. They have natural Vitamin C, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals thatContinue reading “Build up immunity during COVID-19”

#1 Cause for Vision Loss over 65

Did you know that dry macular degeneration is the leading cause for vision loss for adults over the age of 65? Although 80% of those with AMD remain in the less severe dry stage, 20% progress to the wet form, which has a devastating impact on vision! It is more prevalent among the older whiteContinue reading “#1 Cause for Vision Loss over 65”

Risk factors for Severe Illness due to COVID-19

From CDC: COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Based on what we know now,Continue reading “Risk factors for Severe Illness due to COVID-19”

Eye and heart health

Did you know that heart health and eye health go hand in hand? Keep your heart healthy by keeping up with your routine medical exams. Eye exams can help detect early signs of diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension which can be contributing factors to heart disease. We can check your blood pressure as part ofContinue reading “Eye and heart health”