Online Eye Exams?

Do you save time and money getting an online eye exam?   What is the cost of a “do-it-yourself” eye exam?  Wouldn’t it be nice to just check your vision and get your prescription on your computer at home?   It sure beats the commute, waiting in a doctor’s office, and taking time off from work.  YetContinue reading “Online Eye Exams?”

“Can Glasses Help Me?”

Unfortunately, my answer to this patient was “no.”   This is wet macular degeneration that I had to send for Avastin treatment by a retinal specialist. There are two basic types of macular degeneration: “wet” and “dry.” Approximately 10-15% of the cases of macular degeneration are the “wet” (exudative) type. In the “wet” type of macularContinue reading ““Can Glasses Help Me?””

What Shiny Yellow Spots Can Mean

By Dr. Yvonne Alomia Recently, I saw a 16 year old girl for a routine eye examination.  Last exam had been 2-3 years ago.   Her medical history was negative for everything.  Picture of her right eye’s retina is above.   Blood work by primary care physician shows she has HIGH LIVER ENZYMES but they don’tContinue reading “What Shiny Yellow Spots Can Mean”

When Glaucoma Causes Devastating Vision Loss

by Dr. Luu I had a new 30 year old patient come in for an eye exam.   There were no complaints reported and vision was 20/20 in both eyes.   The patient reported that vision had always been clear.   Intraocular pressures were measured 30mm Hg in both eyes, which is higher than normal.  Dilated eye examContinue reading “When Glaucoma Causes Devastating Vision Loss”

When Contact Lenses Cause Inflammation

Sometimes contact lenses can cause inflammation of the cornea, with an accompanying bacterial infection.  The white dot shown on the cornea above is an infiltrate, caused by bacterial inflammation.  Symptoms can range from mild discomfort, feeling like there’s something in your eye, tearing, and redness, to severe pain, light sensitivity, and decreased vision.  Corneal infiltratesContinue reading “When Contact Lenses Cause Inflammation”

When the Retina Detaches

by Dr. Lisa Shin I recently saw a 39 year old lady for an eye examination.  She had no medical or eye conditions, but reported a “black spot” on her right eye, that had started 6 months prior to the exam.   She also described a “floater” in her left eye, which had been persistent forContinue reading “When the Retina Detaches”

When You are at Risk for Glaucoma

by Dr. James Sanderson I saw a healthy, white, 36 year old female in my office for a routine eye examination.   Her vision was 20/20 in both eyes, with no need for glasses.   Her intraocular pressures measured 32 mm Hg OD and 28 mm Hg OS.   With elevated pressures inside her eye, she needed additionalContinue reading “When You are at Risk for Glaucoma”

When Contact Lenses Harm Your Eyes

Q:   How can contact lens wear be a risk? A:  Contact lenses are considered a medical device, which can put you at risk for serious eye infections  Q:  Why does a contact lens prescription have a specified expiration date? A:  Because the doctor must evaluate the health of your eye, to make sure that contactContinue reading “When Contact Lenses Harm Your Eyes”

A Diagnosis of Anemia

by Dr. Karl Stoler 26 year old woman came in for an eye exam.   She reported blurry vision for the past few weeks, but her best corrected visual acuities were 20/25 in both eyes.   Dilation of the eyes revealed hemorrhages in both eyes, with exudates (which occur with leakage from damaged blood vessels).    She wasContinue reading “A Diagnosis of Anemia”

A Softball Size Frontal Lobe Meningioma

by Dr. Karl Stoler A 18 year old man came to my office because he needed new glasses for night driving.   His visual acuities were 20/20 in both eyes.   Peripheral vision test showed problems, and his optic nerves appeared slightly swollen.    He was referred to a ophthalmologist.    MRI of his head showed a frontal lobeContinue reading “A Softball Size Frontal Lobe Meningioma”

Eye Cancer by Dr. Douglas Haigh

I saw a 32 year old female for her first eye exam.  She had no complaints and her vision was 20/20 in both eyes.  She was seen on the mobile clinic because she “never had time for an eye exam.”  She presented with a chief complaint of “nothing, I can see fine, I just wantedContinue reading “Eye Cancer by Dr. Douglas Haigh”

A Blood Clot

by Dr. Lisa Shin A 20 year old man in good health, taking no medications, came in for an eye exam, with a complaint of “a spot of light.”    Vision without correction was 20/20, in both eyes.   Dilated exam revealed a bleed on his optic nerve, pictured below.    He was referred to his primary careContinue reading “A Blood Clot”

When You’re 18 Years Old, with a Whole Life Ahead…

by Dr. Lisa Shin Early in my career, I saw a 18 year old man who came in for an eye exam because he needed more contact lenses.  His vision was 20/20 in both eyes, with no change in contact lens prescription.   I dilated his eyes, which means the pupils are enlarged to look atContinue reading “When You’re 18 Years Old, with a Whole Life Ahead…”

A Retinal Hole

Recently, a 32 year old patient came in for an eye examination with no vision complaints or systemic conditions.  She was interested in being evaluated for Lasik.   Best corrected visual acuities were 20/20 in both eyes.   I dilated the eyes for a full view of the retina and found retinal holes with underlying fluid. Continue reading “A Retinal Hole”