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!”

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”

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?”

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?”

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”

Blue Light Protection Lens Options

With both children and adults spending 8+ hours/day at the computer monitor, blue light protection is more important than ever! We offer a wide range of options, depending on your budget and insurance!lens options: % of blue light filteredBlutech: 46%Essential Blue 20%Eyezen 20%Kodak Total Blue 80%Anti-glare coat 10%

Advantages of Trial Frame Refraction

“The last place kept remaking my glasses, but never got it right.” This is my first clue that it’s time to pull out my trial frame that I got in optometry school. It is used for eyeglass prescriptions that require more time, care, & attention than traditional or automated tests. It is also closer toContinue reading “Advantages of Trial Frame Refraction”

What is the White Spot on my Eye?

Rarely, after lasik, a white spot on the eye forms, causing light sensitivity and discomfort. This represents inflammation which is associated with gram-positive bacteria, most likely Staphylococcus. It resolves within 1 week, with steroid and antibiotic eye drops, with minimal impact on vision.

Signs of Hypertension in the Eye

Did you know that high blood pressure can show up in the eye? In acute, malignant cases, patients may experience eye pain, headaches, or reduced visual acuity[2]. In chronic cases, there may not be any symptoms. However, the complications of arteriosclerotic hypertensive changes will cause patients to present with the typical symptoms of vascular occlusionsContinue reading “Signs of Hypertension in the Eye”

What is MPOD?

MPOD testing is a part of your annual eye health and wellness exam! Macular pigment is comprised of zeaxanthin and lutein, which are found in the center of the macula (fovea) at a natural 2:1 ratio. MPOD (Macular Pigment Optical Density) is important for three specific reasons: 1. Low macular pigment is a key riskContinue reading “What is MPOD?”

Support Small Business!

Dear Friends:    It is truly devastating news that 14 businesses in our community will never open their doors again!  Not all of them were COVID-19 related, but the reality is, every “Mom & Pop” has experienced a 25% to 75% loss in revenues due to the lock down. This is unsustainable for the long term.Continue reading “Support Small Business!”

February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month!

Dear Friends:    We received a great response to our last letter and editorial in the Los Alamos Daily Post:   Shin:  Annual New Years Update.I never quite understood “aging eyes” until I personally experienced myself!   Around 40, seeing fine details, seeing in low light, driving at night, and reading up close all become more difficult.  The badContinue reading “February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month!”

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”

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”

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”