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

 
Mon, Wed, Thurs: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

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

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By Michael Duong, O.D., F.A.A.O

 

DRY EYE CHECKLIST

__Redness

__Burning

__Itching

__Fluctuation in vision

__Feeling of sand or grit in eye

__Contact lens discomfort

__Light sensitivity

__Watery eyes

__Tired eyes

 

*If you check two or more symptoms you may have dry eye disease and you should discuss your symptoms with your doctor.

 

Dry eye is a disease that affects the quality and quantity of tears on the ocular surface of the eye. This results in foreign body sensation, discomfort, redness, and visual disturbance. It is estimated that 55 million people in the US have dry eye.  The causes of dry eye include: environmental (dry or high altitude), medications (Anti-histamines, anti-depressants, birth control, beta-blockers), contact lens wear, diseases (i.e. Rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, Sjogrens Syndrome, Lupus, Rosacea), refractive eye surgeries, changes in hormones, and blink rate reduction.  

 

That’s why it is essential to get your tears analyzed by your eye doctor.  Only an eye doctor can properly diagnose your problem and treat it appropriately.  Your eye doctor will take a sample of tears from each eye and use the TearLab to measure osmolarity (the sample taken will be no larger than the period at the end of this sentence.)  

Tear lab

Osmolarity is the accepted standard for diagnosing dry eye disease.  The TearLab Osmolarity Test will give your doctor a meaningful measurement of the health of stability of your tear film.  

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Once your doctor has determined your osmolarity number using TearLab, he or she can design a treatment regimen tailored to your specific condition.  

 

Call our office today to inquire about the TearLab Osmolarity Test.

 conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, the thin transparent layer of tissue that lines the inner surface of the eyelid and covers the white of the the eye called the sclera.  Another term for conjunctivitis is “pink eye” commonly found in children. It may affect one or both eyes and can be highly contagious. It can spread in schools and at home. Conjunctivitis is usually a minor eye infection, sometimes it can develop into a more serious problem.

 

Conjunctivitis may be caused by a viral or bacterial infection.  It can also occur due to an allergic reaction to irritants in the air like pollen and smoke, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics or other products that come in contact with the eyes.  

 

People with conjunctivitis may experience the following symptoms

  • Discharge coming from one or both eyes
  • Excessive tearing
  • Itchy or burning sensation in one or both eyes
  • Gritty feeling
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Pink discoloration to the whites of one or both eyes
  • Increased light sensitivity

 

Treatment of conjunctivitis is directed to three main goals:

  1. To increase patient comfort
  2. To reduce or lessen the course of the infection or inflammation
  3. To prevent spread of the infection in contagious forms of conjunctivitis

 

Call our office today if you are experiencing symptoms of conjunctivitis.  

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By Michael Duong, OD, FAAO

Scleral contact lenses are larger lenses that offer crisp vision of a gas permeable or “hard” lens with a comfort of a soft lens.   

Why are they comfortable?

All scleral lenses are made of gas permeable (GP) lens material which allows for each lens to be customized individually to match visual needs of each patient.  GP lenses allow 2-4 times more oxygen to the eyes than soft contact lenses for a healthier wearing experience. They are more durable and lenses can last up to 1-2 years.  

Scleral contact lenses are made of gas permeable material and are rigid or hard in nature.  One may think that rigid lenses would be uncomfortable. However, scleral contact lenses are much larger than traditional contact lenses and they sit on the white portion (sclera) of the eye.  Since the lenses are much larger than regular contact lenses, they do not move as much. Scleral lenses remain tucked underneath the eyelids making them very comfortable to wear.

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Why are Scleral Lenses better than other contact lenses?

The most common reason for dropping out of contact lenses is due to discomfort.  Scleral lenses provide extra moisture to the eyes and work well with people with dry eyes.  The lenses have a space that acts as a fluid reservoir which provides moisture and increasing comfort.  Many patients also drop out of contact lenses due to poor vision from astigmatism. Astigmatism means the front surface of the eye (cornea) is shaped like football rather than perfectly round.  Astigmatism is usually present at birth and due to the irregular shape, light is not focused to the back of the eye properly resulting in blurred vision.

Most contact lenses are pre-made and cannot be customized to a person’s scleral shape.  Scleral lenses are ideal for astigmatism because they create a smooth surface over the irregular cornea allowing light to be properly  focus on the back of the eye. In addition, scleral lenses are also available for multifocal and bifocal wearers. Multifocal scleral lenses provide superior optics to help with far, computer, and reading vision for those people who have failed with soft bifocal or multifocal contact lenses.

How can Scleral Lenses help me?

If you have any of the following  irregular corneal conditions, scleral lenses can help improve your vision and quality of life.  

  • Keratoconus  
  • Corneal transplant
  • Dry Eye
  • Post-LASIK, RK, or PRK
  • Trauma-damaged corneas (i.e. corneal scar due to old infection)

 

Please contact our office today to schedule a scleral lens consultation.  925-743-1222

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By Michael Duong OD, FAAO

Are you over 40 and notice that you are pulling things further away from your eyes when you read? Are you wearing over-the-counter reading glasses to help you see your phone better?  These are symptoms of a condition called presbyopia (pres-bee-opia). The natural lens behind the colored part of the eye (iris) is controlled by tiny eye muscles called ciliary muscles.  Over time, the lens becomes less flexible causing objects at near like a cell phone or dinner menu to become blurred. Don’t be alarmed! This is a natural process of “maturing” that everyone goes through this in their 40s.  

 

What can be done to help your eyes feel young again?

 If you are already wearing glasses and are tired of taking your glasses on and off to read or see up close, consider progressive eyeglass lenses.  Progressive eyeglass lenses allow for clear vision when see things far away, intermediate, and up close by relaxing your eyes from straining. This is not the same as a bi-focal that your parents or grandparents wore with a distracting line.  Bi-focals have only two zones: far and up close. Progressive lenses have no lines, allowing for better functional vision and looks like a normal eyeglass lens, so they don’t age you! Computer glasses are a type of progressive lens tailored for computer users, especially for those who work on two or more monitors. These lenses have a larger computer and reading area compared to traditional progressive lenses to prevent neck pain from constantly trying to find the "sweet spot".

                          General Progressive Lenses

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How about if you wear contact lenses but notice you cannot see up close? Not to worry, with new contact lens technology, multifocal contact lenses allow for clear vision at a far,  at the computer, and up close. This will reduce your dependency on reading glasses about 80% of that time so that you do not have to constantly pull out your readers. Multifocal contact lenses work by providing multiple images on the eye at the same time.  There is an adaptation period and your brain learns how to decipher which correction to focus on, depending upon whether focusing at far or at near. There are many types of progressive eyeglass lenses and multifocal contact lenses for every prescription.

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                        Multifocal Contact Lenses

If progressive eyeglass lenses or multifocal contact lenses sound like a good fit for your lifestyle, schedule a consultation at our office!  

Enchroma purple

by Michael Duong, OD, FAAO

Color blindness is a condition where a person’s eyes cannot see color accurately and have difficulty telling colors apart.  It is estimated that 300 million people are colorblind worldwide.  One in 12 men are colorblind and one in 200 women are colorblind.  The genes that influence color vision are carried on the X chromosome and if these genes are abnormal or damaged, color blindness occurs. 

What causes color blindness?

The retina in the back of the eye contains three types of cone cells that correspond to three types of photoreceptors – red, green, and blue.  Red-Green color blindness is caused by the overlap of red and green photoreceptors in the eye. 

How does color blindness affect the color blind?

Imagine going shopping for clothes without the ability to tell the difference between colors or when shopping for produce at the grocery store.  What if you wanted to cook a steak and couldn’t tell if the steak was done because you couldn’t see pink or red? These are some of the situations that people who are colorblind face everyday.  Not to mention work limitations, safety when driving and learning color-coded information in school.

What can be done?

EnChroma eyeglass lenses use special-filtering technology to help red-green color blind people see more of the full spectrum of color without compromising color accuracy or balance.  The lenses can be customized to your prescription for ultimate clarity. For some people the brain adjusts quickly and the effect is instant when first wearing the eyeglass lenses.  For others, it may take 10-15 minutes or more for the brain to adapt. 

If you are colorblind come to our office today to test drive Encrhoma glasses.

Check out the video below of a 66 year old man seeing color more accurately for the first time!

 

Our Location & Hours

Optometrist, San Ramon, Optometric Center & Eyewear Galleria

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

 
Mon, Wed, Thurs: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

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