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!”

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”

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”

Happy Father’s Day!

Dear Friends:    Happy Father’s Day!   A shoutout to all the Dads out there who do so much to enrich and bless our lives!   Recently, I received a vase of flowers and a kind note from a patient:   “I cannot thank you enough for the wonderful service you have provided me.  I am pleased with my glassesContinue reading “Happy Father’s Day!”

Why Test MPOD?

What is MPOD? Good news! We can measure your macular pigment optical density (MPOD) in our office! This is just one metric in many tests to assess your eye health, but we have seen a high correlation between poor diet/health and low MPOD scores. from Eyepromise: Unfortunately, 78% of the general population in the U.S.Continue reading “Why Test MPOD?”

Help! My Child’s Eyes are Getting Worse!

Dear Friends:   Now that school is out and summer is here, it’s definitely time to get your kids off of their digital devices and encourage outdoor play!   Did you know that pediatric ophthalmologists are actually prescribing less digital screen time to slow down myopia progression?   That’s because the prevalence of childhood myopia has surged recently,Continue reading “Help! My Child’s Eyes are Getting Worse!”

Protect Against Macular Degeneration

From Eyepromise: Age-related eye health issues destroys central vision and is the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over age 55, affecting millions of Americans each year. While there is currently no cure for age-related eye health issues and its effects are irreversible, there are risks that can be mitigated. Age-Related Eye HealthContinue reading “Protect Against Macular Degeneration”

How to Treat Small Corneal Abrasions

Patient presented with eye watering, pain, and burning, which occurred after taking out contact lens. Small corneal abrasions without significant loss of epithelial tissue generally heal quickly. A bandage contact lens is more effective with pain management than opioids and dilation. Topical antibiotics every 4 hours. Ocuflox, moxifloxacin, Polytrim are good choices. Artificial tears everyContinue reading “How to Treat Small Corneal Abrasions”

Sources of Blue Light

Digital devices and modern lighting such as LED lights and compact fluorescent lamps (CFL’s) emit a high level of blue light. CFL’s contain about 25% of harmful blue light and LED contain about 35% of harmful blue light. The highest level of UV exposure is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the summer andContinue reading “Sources of Blue Light”

Why Measure Corneal Thickness?

Corneal thickness measurements are necessary when monitoring for corneal diseases, such as keratoconus and hereditary conditions such as Fuch’s Dystrophy. If you are interested in Lasik refractive surgery, we have to make sure your corneas are thick enough for a successful outcome. We also use this advanced technology to properly fit specialty contact lenses. CornealContinue reading “Why Measure Corneal Thickness?”

How to Prescribe Vertical and Horizontal Prism

I saw a patient who went the local ophthalmologist’s office for eyeglasses. Unfortunately, they were remade a few times, but were never right with complaints of double vision. This prescription was complex, which took extra time, care, and attention that we were able to provide. This patient is “very happy” with our glasses! 3 keysContinue reading “How to Prescribe Vertical and Horizontal Prism”

Prescribing Horizontal and Vertical Prism

These prescriptions take special time, care, and attention! The ability to accurately prescribe prism also differentiates an optical assistant from a true optician. We recently saw a patient who had glasses remade several times at a local optical shop, with no success! from Review of Optometry: Prism can be very useful when treating patients withContinue reading “Prescribing Horizontal and Vertical Prism”

Los Alamos Chamberfest Virtual Street Fair

SHOP, SNAP & SHARE Tuesday, June 1 through Saturday, June 5 SHOP – @ Chamber businesses or restaurant or shop online SNAP – a selfie showing the business or the logo while there SHARE – post your photos with the hashtag #LosAlamosChamberFest

7 Facts about Blue Light

It’s everywhere, from sunlight to digital display screens. Your eyes are not very good at blocking it. It contributes to digital eye strain. Some exposure to it is essential for good health. The sky looks blue because of it. It may increase the risk of macular degeneration and permanent vision loss. If you’ve had cataractContinue reading “7 Facts about Blue Light”

What Happens During Cataract Surgery?

If you have a cataract that is negatively impacting your vision and ability to do your daily activities such as driving and reading, you will be referred out for cataract surgery. Most of the time is spent in preparation: you eyes will be dilated a few times and local anesthesia applied. The procedure itself takesContinue reading “What Happens During Cataract Surgery?”