Our Location & Hours

Our Location & Hours

Optometrist, San Ramon, Optometric Center & Eyewear Galleria

2551 San Ramon Valley Blvd.
Suite #101
San Ramon, CA 94583 View Map

 
Monday--Thursday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

* Exams 9am-5:15pm Mon-Thurs; 10am-4pm Fri

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            You wouldn’t take your child to the dentist only when they complain of a toothache would you? Absolutely not. No, you faithfully take your child every six months as directed so you can be ahead of any problems. So, why would you only take your child to the Optometrist if he or she is complaining of vision problems?

            Many young children do not know how to articulate their vision symptoms until they are older and by that time their condition may become more difficult to treat. As with everything, vision disorders are more easily treated the earlier they are caught. A good example of this is Myopia (nearsightedness.) The earlier myopia is caught, the better. We have many treatments at our disposal to control myopia and to keep it from progressing, especially when caught early on. Our Myopia Control Clinic utilizes Atropine drops, multifocal contact lenses, Ortho-Keratology lenses (also known as CRT) just to name a few treatments, to control myopia from progressing.

            Beyond common vision disorders, annual eye exams can detect problems your child may not be aware of; such as color vision deficiency, retinoblastoma (a type of rare cancer found in the back of the eye, the retina), Keratoconus (a condition where your cornea becomes thinner and bulges like a cone) and many more.

            The most common thing we hear in our practice from parents is, “my child doesn’t need an eye exam, his/ her eyes are healthy.” While that is often the case, the child does have healthy eyes, that doesn’t always mean they don’t have a vision disorder and unfortunately, sometimes the child’s eyes may not be healthy. You cannot tell simply by looking at someone if their eyes are healthy. Also, a pediatrician’s screening or school screening cannot take the place of an annual comprehensive eye exam.

Make sure to make an appointment for your child now to prepare them for the second half of the school year.  925-743-1222.

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Computers, tablets, cell phones, gaming systems are a way of life.  However, digital eye strain can cause headaches, dry eyes, redness, and blurred vision.  Neck, back, and shoulder pain due to poor posture and less than optimal screen position can be an issue as well. Roughly 28 percent of people spend 10 or more hours a day on digital devices, 65 percent spend 3-9 hours a day. Here are steps to combat digital eye strain:

 

Schedule and eye exam to correct any prescription that may be uncorrected which can cause eye strain and fatigue.  If you need to wear glasses or contacts, wear them!

 

Wear computer-specific lenses  with antireflective coating while working on the computer.

 

Practice good posture and workspace layout.

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Blink! Digital device use cuts down blink frequency by 50 percent which leads to dry eyes.  Take frequent breaks from digital devices.  Use the 20/2/20 rule.  Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 or more feet away for at least 20 seconds.  

 

Don’t forget about HEV (blue) light from digital devices.  HEV light has beneficial qualities, but can also contribute to cataracts and age-related macular degeneration if left unchecked.  Blue light filter coatings and tinted lenses are available to cut down on the amount of HEV light entering your eyes.  

 

Dim the background of your digital device, consider switching from white to a cool-gray background, and purchase glare-reduction filters.  

 

Cut back on your screen time.  Your eyes will thank you.  If you notice and changes to your vision or eye health, contact our office for a complete evaluation.  925-743-1222

Eye Care Tips

 

by Michael Duong, OD, FAAO

It is holiday season again! Many of us will be heading to the mountains, traveling to see relatives  or taking a nice vacation to a warm place.  Here are some tips that you can take with you while traveling.

 

Bring a pair of back-up glasses - If you wear glasses, bring two pairs of glasses on every trip.  You never know when you may break or lose a pair of glasses.  If you wear contact lenses, bring extra pairs of contacts just in case you rip or tear a contact lens along with your back-up glasses.

 

Prepare for dry eyes - Traveling on a plane for few hours? The dry air in the cabin can cause dryness and irritation especially if you wear contact lenses.  If you plan on sleeping, it is best to take out your contact lenses and wear your glasses while on the plane.  Bring over-the-counter artificial tears to lubricate your eyes.  

 

Bring contact lens solution - Always bring two travel size contact lens solutions with you in case one spills.  Remember to place your contact lenses in the proper contact lens case and bring a back up case.  Never clean your contact lenses with tap water, as bacteria and other micro-organisms can cause serious eye infections.  

 

Bring sunglasses - Make sure you have a set of shades that block 99% UV.  Protecting your eyes from the sun does not only apply to the beach; UV rays reflected from the snow can cause your eyes to burn and cause damage.  Whether you are on the beach, going to the mountains, or taking a road trip to Disneyland; wearing a good pair of sunglasses is very important for protecting your eyes.  

 

Stock up on prescription drops - If you take prescription eye drops, bring extra unopened bottles on your trip especially when traveling overseas.  Medications that you are taking may not be available at your destination.  If you need eye drops for allergies, glaucoma, or dry eyes, be sure to bring them with you and bring extras.  

 

Bring a copy of your current prescription for contact lenses and/or glasses - If you lose your contact lenses or glasses you can use your prescription to get replacements in a timely manner.  You don’t want to ruin your trip because you can’t see!

 

Don’t ignore changes to your vision - Don’t ignore sudden blurred vision, eye pain, red eye, or double vision.  These conditions may not be painful but can be the result of serious eye and health problems.  Don’t wait. It is best to seek medical attention immediately from a local eye doctor to prevent vision loss.  We have a 24 hour emergency phone service for our patients that will allow direct access to our doctor for a phone consultation.  925-743-1222

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by Michael Duong, OD, FAAO

Winter weather means colder temperatures, winds, and lack of moisture which can wreak havoc on your eyes. Cold outdoor air and heated indoor air can cause your eyes to dry out.  Here are tips to take care of your eye during winter.

 

  1. Drink enough water. Mild dehydration can cause your eyes to dry out.  Consume fluid-rich foods such as soup, fruits and veggies.

 

  1. Lubricate your eyes with artificial tears.  The tears on your eyes evaporate much more quickly during the winter months.  Artificial tears can help keep your tears on the eyes longer.  Not all artificial tears are made equal.  See your eye doctor to find out which eye drops are the best for you.  

 

  1. Incorporate Omega-3s into your diet. Dry eyes is caused by inflammation of the tear glands.  Omega-3s helps reduce inflammation and increase tear production to lubricate the eyes.  Foods such as salmon, cod, and herring are rich in Omega-3s.  Taking a Omega-3 supplement can also help your eyes as well as your heart.  Ask your doctor which dry eye supplement is right for you.  

 

  1. Use a humidifier. During the winter season, the humidity in your home can drop to 35-55 percent leading to dry eyes.  One of the best ways to increase humidity is to purchase a humidifier.  

 

  1. Wear sunglasses. Heading to the mountains? Snow and ice create reflective surfaces that can harm your eyes with ultraviolet light (UV).  Without sunglasses, you will experience glare, eyestrain, frequent blinking, and other discomfort.  Always wear sunglasses or goggles while outdoors to protect your eyes from the sun.  Your eyes can get sunburned, a condition known as photokeratitis.  Fortunately, it is temporary but can be painful.  Protect your eyes from UV light.  

 

Winter can be irritating to the eyes, if you are experiencing and problems, we are just a phone call away. 925-743-1222.

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by Michael Duong, OD FAAO

It is Holiday season again, time for family gathering and making purchases for loved ones.  You have worked hard all year, why not take care of yourself?  Let’s take a look at the most common pre-tax dollar accounts that you can use for your eyes.  

  1. Flex Spending Account (FSA) - As name name states, these accounts are the most “flexible” of the pre-tax dollar accounts.  Money in this account may be used towards co-pays, deductibles, eyeglasses, contact lenses, LASIK surgery, eye health supplements and other medical equipment.  This account has a use it or lose it proposition.  The money does not roll over from one year to the next and money that is left over will not be returned to the employee.  For 2017 FSA contribution limit is $2,600.
  2. Health Savings Account (HSA) -  Many of the things that are covered in an FSA account are covered in the HSA account.  However, items such as eye vitamins will need a prescription from your doctor. HSA can be rolled over to the following year and employees are only eligible if they have a high deductible health plan.  For 2017 HSA contribution limits are $3,400 for self-only coverage and $6,750 for family coverage.  If you are 55 years of age and older, you can contribute an additional $1,000 to your plan.  
  3. Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) / Medical Reimbursement Account (MRA) - typically through your medical insurance and will automatically pay for any overages that may otherwise be your responsibility such as deductibles or co-insurance amounts.  Talk to your employer or HR department for more details.

 

Both HSA and FSA do not get taxed when you withdraw for medical expenses.  The amounts can be deducted from your income to lower your taxes.  

Our office also accepts CareCredit, which is a unique health care spending card.  Up to 90% who apply are approved and it can be done in the office.  CareCredit can be used for co-pays, deductibles, LASIK, contact lenses, eyeglasses, eye vitamins and more. With CareCredit, we offer six to twelve month repayment plans with no interest.  

Call our office today to find out how you can use your HSA/FSA or CareCredit accounts toward your vision today!  925-743-1222.

Our Location & Hours

Optometrist, San Ramon, Optometric Center & Eyewear Galleria

2551 San Ramon Valley Blvd.
Suite #101
San Ramon, CA 94583 View Map

 
Monday--Thursday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

* Exams 9am-5:15pm Mon-Thurs; 10am-4pm Fri