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

blepharitis

 

Two of the most common conditions of the lids and lashes that we see in our practice are blepharitis and styes. You may or may not know what these two things are. Blepharitis is when you have bacteria and oily flakes at the base of your eyelashes. Your eyelids are red, swollen, or feel like they are burning.

 

A stye (also called a hordeolum) is a small, red, painful lump that grows from the base of your eyelash or under the eyelid. Most styes are caused by a bacterial infection. Both of these conditions may be treated in similar ways at certain stages. They are also prevented in much the same way. Here are some tips to help you prevent these conditions:

 

● Always remove makeup before going to bed with an oil-free makeup remover.

● When washing your face in the morning and at night do not forget to wash your lips and lashes with a mild soap such as baby shampoo.

● Always use hypoallergenic and oil-free makeup and face products to avoid clogging your pores and glands.

 

stye

 

My doctor says I have a Chalazion, What is that? A chalazion is a swollen bump on the eyelid. It happens when the eyelid’s oil gland clogs up. It may start as an internal hordeolum (stye). At first, you might not know you have a chalazion as there is little or no pain. But as it grows, your eyelid may get red, swollen, and sometimes tender to touch. If the chalazion gets large, it can press on your eye and cause blurry vision. Rarely, the whole eyelid might swell. If you have symptoms of any of these conditions, see your eye doctor as soon as possible. While these are not emergent conditions, they can be uncomfortable and like all conditions, the earlier they are treated, the easier they are to treat and the less chance you have of possible complications.

Optomap 

The retina is the delicate tissue that lines the back of your eye.  When light strikes the retina, an image is produced that is sent as an electrical signal to the brain, enabling you to see.  

 

What can happen to the retina?

Your retina is the only place in the body where blood vessels can be seen directly.  This means that signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, and other diseases can be seen in the retina.  Early detection is essential so that treatment can be initiated in a timely fashion.

Optomapnormal

NORMAL OPTOMAP

 Optomap Diseases

OPTOMAP WITH OCULAR DISEASES

 

Diabetic Retinopathy (DR)

Diabetes affects the eyes and the kidneys and is a leading cause of blindness.  Retinopathy occurs when diabetes damages the tiny blood vessels inside the retina.

 

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

The center of the retina (the macula) can become diseased as we get older.  This results in alterations to our fine central vision making daily activities such as driving difficult.

 

Glaucoma

Glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve and almost always develops without symptoms.  

 

How does Optomap help?

Optomap ultra-wide digital retinal imaging system captures more than 80 % of your retina in one panoramic image. Traditional methods typically reveal only 10-15% of your retina at one time.Seeing most of the retina at once allows your eye doctor more time to review your images and educate you about your overall eye health.  This leads to early detection and better care. Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated the power of optomap as a diagnostic tool.

 

How often should I have an Optomap?

You should have an Optomap every time you have an eye exam (at least once a year).  This will ensure that you have a digital record of your retinal health so that any change can be compared over time.  Many vision problems begin at a early age, so it is important for children to receive proper eye care from the time they are infants.

 

Will I need to be dilated and does it hurt?

An Optomap takes only seconds to perform, is not painful, and typically does not require dilation.  However, your eye doctor may decide dilation is still needed.

Call our office today to schedule your comprehensive eye exam including the Optomap Retinal Exam.

BrightEye Photos 

Ocular hypertension is an increase in the pressure in your eyes that is above the range considered normal with no detectable changes in vision or damage to your eyes.  The term is used to distinguish people with elevated pressure from those with glaucoma, a serious eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve and vision loss.

 

Ocular hypertension can occur in people of all ages, but it occurs more frequently in African Americans, those over age 40, and those with family histories of ocular hypertension and/or glaucoma.  It is also very common in those who are very nearsighted or have diabetes.

 

Ocular hypertension has no noticeable signs or symptoms.  As part of a comprehensive eye exams, your doctor of optometry can check the pressure in your eyes with an instrument called a tonometer (“air puff” test).  The inner structures of your eyes will also be examined for any potential damage.

 

Not all people with ocular hypertension will develop glaucoma.  However, there is an increased risk of glaucoma among those with ocular hypertension, so regular comprehensive eye exams are essential for your overall health.  

 

There is no cure for ocular hypertension, however, careful monitoring and treatment, when indicated, can decrease the risk of damage to your eyes.  

tearlab 1

 

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.  

osmo scale

 

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.  

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