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: https://www.artcraftoptical.com/ Wiley X: https://wileyx.com/ On Guard & A2: https://www.hilcovision.com/c/onguard-frames ArmouRx: https://armourxsafety.com/ 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!”

Follicles vs Papillae

Follicular conjunctivitis is caused by viruses, bacteria, and toxins present in certain eye drops. In contrast to papillae, follicles are small, dome-shaped nodules without a prominent central vessel. Accordingly, whereas a papilla clinically appears more red on its surface and more pale at its base, a follicle appears more pale on its surface and moreContinue reading “Follicles vs Papillae”

Dr. Coleman: Lasik Surgeon Par Excellence

If you are interested in LASIK, you want the surgeon who is at the top of the field, highly skilled and experienced.   Dr. Stephen Coleman has a lasik only specialty practice, has published extensively in ophthalmology journals, and is the surgeon who teaches other doctors how to do lasik.   After 2 decades of co-managing hisContinue reading “Dr. Coleman: Lasik Surgeon Par Excellence”

Glaucoma Management

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve in which the retinal ganglion cells are damaged, retinal nerve fiber layer get thinner, and your peripheral vision is affected. The vast majority of glaucoma patients will not experience severe vision loss, and the condition progresses very slowly. Lowering eye pressure by 20% with eye drops decreasesContinue reading “Glaucoma Management”

Risk Factors for Glaucoma

High intraocular pressures and age are strong risk factors for developing glaucoma. The risk increases considerably at age 40 for African-Americans and at age 60 for the general population. Other important risk factors aside from high eye pressure and age include: family history of glaucoma; African or Hispanic ancestry; and nearsightedness. Additional risk factors forContinue reading “Risk Factors for Glaucoma”

Prediabetes – Your Chance to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Approximately 84 million American adults—more than 1 out of 3—have prediabetes. Of those with prediabetes, 90% don’t know they have it. Prediabetes puts you at increased risk of developingContinue reading “Prediabetes – Your Chance to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes”

Help! My Child’s Eyes Keep Getting Worse!

I have been nearsighted almost all my life, and wear corrective glasses and contacts lenses.   If only my optometrist had offered options for slowing down its progression!   This missed opportunity drives my enthusiasm and passion for myopia control.  This is conversation I have with every parent and child, whose eyes are getting worse year afterContinue reading “Help! My Child’s Eyes Keep Getting Worse!”

Myopia control: Is there a cure for nearsightedness?

If your child has myopia (nearsightedness), you’re probably wondering if there is a cure — or at least something that can be done to slow its progression so your child doesn’t need stronger glasses year after year.For years, eye care practitioners and researchers have been wondering the same thing. And there’s good news: A numberContinue reading “Myopia control: Is there a cure for nearsightedness?”

A big puffy eyelid!

When your eyelid gets infected, it can cause a red, painful, and swollen bump!   It is important to treat this quickly, so the infection doesn’t spread to the back of your eye.  Chalazia and hordeola (styes) are sudden-onset localized swellings of the eyelid. Treatment is primarily with hot compresses and oral steroids.  Both conditionsContinue reading “A big puffy eyelid!”

Biotrue ONEday Daily Disposables

We’ve seen great results with Biotrue ONEday Daily Disposable contact lenses!   These lenses have more moisture than any other contact lens on the market, for all-day comfort and UVA/UVB protection.   With special discounts and rebates for a year’s supply of Biotrue Dailies AND your VSP $200 contact lens rebate, your out of pocket costs areContinue reading “Biotrue ONEday Daily Disposables”

Graveyard Shift can Cause Diabetes!

Did you know that working the Graveyard Shift can cause undue stress on your body and result in diabetes!    Those who snore are 27% more likely to develop diabetes and those who have sleep apnea are 50% more likely to develop diabetes!   Getting enough  sleep on a regular basis is essential to good health,Continue reading “Graveyard Shift can Cause Diabetes!”

Prediabetes is not Pre-anything

Prediabetes is not pre anything!   It is a deadly disease driving our biggest killers:  heart attacks, strokes, dementia, and cancer.   2/3 of all patients admitted to ER with heart attacks had prediabetes or undiagnosed diabetes (Jessani, Int. J. Clin Practice 2007).    People feel “relieved” when they are diagnosed with prediabetes, but shouldn’t be!  DidContinue reading “Prediabetes is not Pre-anything”

Myth: “A calorie is a calorie”

You may have heard that “a calorie is a calorie.”  But studies have debunked this myth.  The quality of your calories counts!    200 calories of broccoli vs 200 calories of refined sugars elevates your blood glucose differently.   A recent study gave young children different amounts of high fructose corn syrup, but the same numberContinue reading “Myth: “A calorie is a calorie””

When Ankylosing Spondylitis Affects Your Eyes

Uveitis is inflammation inside your eye.   It causes eye redness, pain and blurred vision. The condition can affect one or both eyes. It primarily affects people ages 20 to 50, but it may also affect children.  Possible causes of uveitis are infection, injury, or an autoimmune or inflammatory disease.  When a cause can’t be identified,Continue reading “When Ankylosing Spondylitis Affects Your Eyes”

When your eyes hurt

This patient presented with blurry vision, eye pain, and burning OU which is caused by dry eye syndrome, also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), and keratitis sicca.  This is a multifactorial disease of the tears and the ocular surface that results in discomfort, visual disturbance, and tear film instability with potential damage to the ocularContinue reading “When your eyes hurt”