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”

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”

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”

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”

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!

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”

LANL Safety and Computer Glasses

Los Alamos Family Eyecare, P.C. LANL Safety & Computer Glasses Program Our wide selection includes frames that meet ANSI Z87.1 and CSA Z94.3 standards. We can special order any safety frame from the following vendors: ArtCraft Optical: Wiley X: On Guard & A2: ArmouRx: Our $375 safety package deal includes frame,Continue reading “LANL Safety and Computer Glasses”

With Blue Light Blocking Glasses Sleep Better – BluTech Lenses

Fall and Stay Asleep Do you ever struggle to fall asleep and can’t figure out why? Or perhaps you wake up in the middle of the night for what seems to be no apparent reason? It’s likely that blue light from your phone, TV or tablet is disrupting your circadian rhythm, (i.e. the part ofContinue reading “With Blue Light Blocking Glasses Sleep Better – BluTech Lenses”

ZEISS DriveSafe

Most drivers are exposed to difficult conditions that impact their vision, including driving in rain, snow, fog, and of course driving at night. For many, this can be a significant source of stress – in fact, over two thirds of adults report difficulty driving in these challenging visual conditions. ZEISS DriveSafe is an all-day lensContinue reading “ZEISS DriveSafe”

Computerized Home Vision Therapy Systems | Treatment for eye strain, computer vision syndrome and children’s learning problems

Do you have these symptoms? Do you suffer eyestrain? Does computer work give you headaches or blurred vision? Does your child avoid homework? Do you tire easily when reading or working on the computer? Does your child have learning problems? Is it hard to concentrate on reading? Do you get car sick? Source: Computerized HomeContinue reading “Computerized Home Vision Therapy Systems | Treatment for eye strain, computer vision syndrome and children’s learning problems”

What to expect after cataract surgery

After cataract surgery, expect your vision to be blurry and improve over the next few days. Colors may seem brighter after your surgery because you are looking through a new, clear lens. A cataract is usually yellow- or brown-tinted before surgery, muting the look of colors. You will usually see Dr. Shin 1-2 days afterContinue reading “What to expect after cataract surgery”

When a scleral contact lens fits too tightly!

I’ve had great success with scleral contact lenses for patient with highly irregular corneas and conditions such as keratoconus. When standard size gas permeable lenses are not able to improve vision and my patients complain about glare and haloes, it may be time to fit large size gas permeable lenses known as sclerals. Scleral lensesContinue reading “When a scleral contact lens fits too tightly!”

Why is my eye red?

Episcleritis is a relatively common, benign cause of red eye, due to inflammation of the episcleral tissues. Nodular episcleritis is characterized by a clearly defined elevated area of inflammation. In simple episcleritis, vascularization is present without an obvious nodule. Differentials include: scleritis (inflammation goes deeper in the tissues and is much more serious), allergic conjunctivitis,Continue reading “Why is my eye red?”

Multifocal implants with cataract surgery!

I’ve been amazed at the positive feedback of multifocal implants with cataract surgery! I recently had a pilot with high visual demands, who is extremely happy with his multifocal implants. If you need cataract surgery and you want the greatest freedom from eyeglasses after surgery, you might want to consider multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs) to allow the best vision possible forContinue reading “Multifocal implants with cataract surgery!”