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!”

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”

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”

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”

At Home Eyelid Hygiene

HOME CARE: Did you know that eyelid hygiene can help with tear production and with eyelid inflammation? It can make a big difference with dry eye and preventing styes, infections. ___Warm compresses: apply warm washcloth to the closed eyelids 10 minutes, 2x/day ___Ocusoft Dry Eye Mask: microwave for 20 seconds and apply to clean eyelidsContinue reading “At Home Eyelid Hygiene”

Infuse Daily Disposable Contacts!

We are super excited about our new Infuse contact lens fitting set! If you have tried contacts lenses before, and couldn’t wear them due to dryness and discomfort, this could be the lens for you! “This lens balances exceptional moisture, modulus, and breathability to help minimize the impact on the ocular surface and provide excellentContinue reading “Infuse Daily Disposable Contacts!”

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”

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!”

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”

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”