Breakthrough Technology for Retinal Exams

OCTA Wellness Exam provides a higher level of eye care Los Alamos Family Eyecare is proud to offer the OCTA Wellness Exam, the latest advancement in eye care technology that aids in early detection of eye diseases. The Wellness Exam uses state-of-the-art optical coherence tomography (OCTA) to produce high definition images of the layers ofContinue reading “Breakthrough Technology for Retinal Exams”

The Transformative Power of OCT Angiography

Measure Retinal and Optic Disc Vasculature to Enhance Patient Management AngioAnalytics™ allows us to measure foveal avascular zone (FAZ) parameters, areas of abnormal flow in the outer retina and choroid, and vessel density of the superficial vascular complex, deep vascular complex and radial peripapillary capillaries. Multi scan analysis enables assessment of visit-to visit change, andContinue reading “The Transformative Power of OCT Angiography”

Optovue RTVue

The Optovue RTVue is an ultra-high speed, high resolution optical coherence tomography (OCT) retina scanner used for retina imaging and analysis. It is based on the next generation Fourier-Domain Optical Coherence technology just emerging from clinical research in the last two years. The ultra-high speed and high resolution features enable the FD-OCT to visualize theContinue reading “Optovue RTVue”

My OCTA has arrived!

Wow! My OCTA has finally arrived! Super excited about this HUGE upgrade! Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography (OCTA): Advanced technology gives ultra-high resolution, 3D, cross-sectional imaging of your eye’s blood vessels, optic nerve, cornea, and retina. We are able to diagnose and treat eye diseases that may not be evident on standard eye tests and preventContinue reading “My OCTA has arrived!”

Demodex Critters Could Be Irritating Your Eyes!

Demodex Blepharitis.  Sometimes Demodex mites can cause blepharitis, which is an inflammation of the eyelids caused by a blockage in the oil glands in that area. Mites can block the oil glands at the base of your eyelashes. That’s often the reason that patients over the age of 60 develop blepharitis. Signs of blepharitis canContinue reading “Demodex Critters Could Be Irritating Your Eyes!”

Glasses for Special Needs Children

We’ve had a great response to our Tomato Frame Collection for young and and special needs children! “The day a parent discovers, that their child has poor vision may feel helpless…However, we want you to be relieved that you discovered this today.Because today is a new beginning for your child’s better vision.” Check it outContinue reading “Glasses for Special Needs Children”

Warranty & Repair Policy January 2022

1. All prescription lenses are considered special orders, and are therefore non-refundable. Some vision plans cover the cost of one lens remake within a required time frame. If you are unable to adapt to the lens style or material, we do not offer a refund. 2. We offer a manufacturer defect warranty on select framesContinue reading “Warranty & Repair Policy January 2022”

COVID Update: CDC Guidelines for Quarantine/Isolation

We are following CDC guidelines! If you test positive for COVID or were exposed to someone with COVID, then we recommend:Stay home for 5 days.If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. If you haveContinue reading “COVID Update: CDC Guidelines for Quarantine/Isolation”

Specialty Contacts: Inferior Pellucid Degeneration

Pellucid marginal corneal degeneration (PMD) is a corneal disease which affects the lower, inferior part of the cornea. Standard contact lenses do not work! Good news: there is a new contact lens design that is shaped to fit the inferior part of the cornea, with a different curvature on the upper, superior part of the cornea.Continue reading “Specialty Contacts: Inferior Pellucid Degeneration”

2021-2022 Holiday Hours

Holiday office hours:December 22, 23rd, 24th: OPEN 9am-5pmDecember 27-31st: OPEN with limited staff hours. Please call and/or make an appointment to order or pick up contact lenses/eyeglasses!January 3rd & 4th: OFFICE CLOSEDJanuary 5th: OPEN 9am-5pm

Types of Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a common eyelid condition found during the eye examination. From the American Optometric Association: The different types and symptoms are as follows: Staphylococcal blepharitis patients frequently exhibit mildly sticking eyelids, thickened lid margins, and missing and misdirected eyelashes. Seborrheic blepharitis patients have greasy flakes or scales around the base of eyelashes and a mild rednessContinue reading “Types of Blepharitis”

Heat Treatment for Styes

When you have a painful, red bump on your eyelid, aggressive and consistent application of heat to the bump is necessary. Sometimes, oral and topical antibiotics can be prescribed, but nothing is more effective than heat. We have an in-office thermal heating device that can really help. Call us today for an appointment! 505-662-9681

Measuring Corneal Thickness

If you are interested in Lasik or have been diagnosed with keratoconus, or at risk for other corneal diseases, measuring corneal thickness is important! In the past, I used this pachymeter device, which actually touched the cornea and measured the thickness at one spot on the cornea. With my spectral domain OCT ( Optical coherence tomographyContinue reading “Measuring Corneal Thickness”

WHAT IS MEIBOMIAN GLAND DYSFUNCTION (MGD)?

from AAPOS Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) refers to the condition where the glands are not secreting enough oil or when the oil they secrete is of poor quality. Often, the oil gland openings get plugged up so that less oil comes out of the glands. The oil that does make it out of the glandsContinue reading “WHAT IS MEIBOMIAN GLAND DYSFUNCTION (MGD)?”

Thank You for 25 Years!

Dear Friends:   I trust you had a wonderful Thanksgiving:  a time for food, family, friends and to recount the blessings of the past year.   Despite the challenges and hardships, there are still many reasons to be thankful!  In 2021, we have fully recovered the losses of 2020 due to lockdowns and COVID-19 restrictions!   Being forcedContinue reading “Thank You for 25 Years!”

LA Family Eyecare Participates in Rubber Duck Hunt!

Support Local Business: Rubber Duck HuntFamily Strengths Network (FSN) is inviting businesses and patrons to a Rubber Duck Hunt. We know many local businesses have been negatively impacted by the pandemic. In the past, local businesses have supported FSN’s Lucky Ducky Day Silent Auction, this year FSN is hosting an event to support the many amazing businessesContinue reading “LA Family Eyecare Participates in Rubber Duck Hunt!”

Normal Aging or Glaucoma?

As we get older, we lose 7000 retinal ganglion axons/year for 40% lost over a lifetime. This is .5% of your visual function lost every year!  Thinning of retinal nerve fiber layer surrounding our optic nerve and in the macula/retina is like thinning hair and receding gums with age.    In glaucoma, these ganglion cells areContinue reading “Normal Aging or Glaucoma?”

Eyedrops for Dry Eye

from Mayo Clinic: Dry Eyes Diagnosis and Treatment The attached photo shows the eye with a special dye, fluorescein, which is a test to determine the quality of your tears.  The staining pattern indicates severe dry eye, which needs aggressive treatment. Prescription medications used to treat dry eyes include: Drugs to reduce eyelid inflammation. Inflammation alongContinue reading “Eyedrops for Dry Eye”

Benefits of Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses

While soft contact lenses dominate the market, there are many benefits of rigid gas permeable contact lenses! for more information: http://www.contactlenses.org Good vision: corrects most astigmatism; excellent optical quality, good surface wettability, available in bifocal designs Excellent eye health: 2-3 times more oxygen to the cornea than soft contacts, smaller size allows for tear exchange,Continue reading “Benefits of Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lenses”

It’s Back to School Time!

The summer is almost over and it’s back to school time!   Like many of you, I have been reviewing the “school supply list” and making sure that my daughter has everything necessary for a successful year.   At the pediatrician’s office, a vision screening showed that myopia (nearsightedness) had increased, yet again!   Over the years, IContinue reading “It’s Back to School Time!”

VSP Premier Provider

We are proud to be a VSP Premier provider in Los Alamos, NM! As a VSP member, you will receive maximum benefits for your plan. Finding the right eye care provider is important to maintaining your eye health and overall wellness. All VSP® network eye doctors are well versed in vision care and meet national credentialing requirements.Continue reading “VSP Premier Provider”

What You Should Know if Your Child is Nearsighted

This might sound glib, but perhaps one of the best things to tell your child to reduce his or her risk of myopia is, “Go outside and play!” A number of recent studies have found that spending more time outdoors may help prevent or reduce the progression of nearsightedness in children. Among them: In the SydneyContinue reading “What You Should Know if Your Child is Nearsighted”

How to Treat an Eye Infection

If you wake up with your eyes stuck together, then you probably have a bacterial conjunctivitis, an eye infection caused by Symptoms include: Red eyes Eye pain Eye discharge Watery eyes Dry eyes Light sensitivity Swollen eyes Swelling around the eyes Itching Blurry vision This was treated successfully with antibiotic eye drops and ointment, asContinue reading “How to Treat an Eye Infection”

MPOD and Macular Degeneration

from Eyepromise: Did you know that 78 percent of the U.S. population has less than optimal macular pigment?  Significant increases in macular pigment can be achieved through nutritional intake and supplements containing zeaxanthin and lutein. Macular pigment is comprised of zeaxanthin and lutein, which are found in the center of the macula (fovea) at aContinue reading “MPOD and Macular Degeneration”

What is Demodex?

From The Eye Depot Demodex blepharitis is a common source of eyelid inflammation and ocular irritation. It is caused by the demodex mite. The presence of demodex increases with age making them present in the vast majority of people over 70 years of age. While most people have demodex living on their eyelid skin andContinue reading “What is Demodex?”

Corneal Edema After Cataract Surgery

It is very common to see corneal edema (swelling) after cataract surgery. This can cause blurry vision and discomfort, but usually resolves in 1 week, without additional medications or intervention. It is important to stay on prescribed eye drops! If the cornea does not clear up, then you may need Muro 128 eye drops orContinue reading “Corneal Edema After Cataract Surgery”

How to Prevent Macular Degeneration

Dear Friends:    In our practice, we focus on early prevention and screening for glaucoma. But did you know that macular degeneration is much more prevalent than glaucoma? We have advanced diagnostic technology, such as fundus photography and OCT testing, as well as MPOD testing to assess your risk for and presence of macular degenerationContinue reading “How to Prevent Macular Degeneration”

Posterior Vitreous Detachment

From All About Vision In most cases, posterior vitreous detachment is caused by normal aging changes in the eye. With time, the vitreous contracts or shrinks, and also becomes less like a gel and more like a liquid (a process called vitreous syneresis). When this occurs, the vitreous and collagen fibers within it, pull away fromContinue reading “Posterior Vitreous Detachment”