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

Kidsneedexam

 by Michael Duong, O.D., F.A.A.O

 

1)   THEY ARE TOO YOUNG

At our office, I participate in a program called InfantSEE, which allows for a one-time, no cost visual evaluation for children 6-months to 1 year of age.  Conditions such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism and amblyopia or lazy eye can be uncovered during this vision assessment.  In addition, severe conditions such as retinoblastoma, a rare eye cancer that affects infants can be uncovered during an InfantSEE examination.  I examined an infant who had retinoblastoma last year.  He was referred to a specialist and is currently undergoing chemotherapy to save his eye. It is never too early to get your child’s eye examined.

 

2)   THEIR EYES ARE HEALTHY

Unless we take the time to look at the individual structures of the eye, it is unlikely that we can determine if the eyes are completely healthy.  In our office we incorporate technology to help us diagnose eye conditions early to prevent vision loss.  One of our instruments is called the Visionix. It measures six ocular modalities including the curvature on the surface of the cornea as well as measuring the thickness to rule out thinning conditions of the cornea.  The other instrument is the Optomap Retinal Exam, which allows us to take a picture of the back of the eye to rule out cancers and other ocular diseases.

 

3)   THEY SEE FINE

Many young children cannot communicate their vision problems.  They may be able to see the board or read the bottom line at the pediatrician’s office, but can still have symptoms of eye strain and headaches.  This can lead to poor concentration and aversion to reading. This contributes to children being misdiagnosed as having dyslexia, ADD or ADHD.  A full visual assessment includes evaluating eye alignment, eye movement, eye tracking, and eye teaming to rule out a vision problem.  

 

4)   I WILL GET THEM CHECKED WHEN THEY START TO COMPLAIN

Often, when children start to complain, there is already a significant prescription needed or an eye disease that is developing.  When we take this approach, we are being reactive instead of proactive.  Would you wait until you had a heart attack to find out you needed to take blood pressure medication? I hope not.  It would be responsible to check your blood pressure annually at your primary physician’s office including a complete blood work up.  Same goes with an eye examination.  It should be done at least annually to prevent vision loss.  A 12 year-old girl came to our office and complained of blurred vision.  Our eye examination uncovered a condition called keratoconus, a progressive thinning condition on the front surface of the eye that causes irregular astigmatism. She was referred for a surgical procedure called cross-linking to help strengthen the front surface of her eye to prevent further thinning.

 

5)   WE DON’T HAVE TIME

We make time for vacations, going to the park, swim practice, baseball practice, band practice etc…We want the best for our children in their learning and development.  An eye examination takes about 1.5 hours from start to finish and there are 8,760 hours in a year.  You have the time and your children’s eyes cannot afford to wait.  

contact

 

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

Daily disposable contact lenses are single-use contacts that are discarded at the end of the day.  The next day, a new pair of lenses are worn.  Daily disposable contact lenses should not be confused with other disposable  contact lenses which can be worn bi-weekly, monthly, or quarterly depending on the brand.  


Why throw away your contact lenses?

Frequent replacement of contact lenses is healthier for the eye and leads to better overall comfort.  Protein and other substances found in your tears can build up on the lenses leading to uncomfortable contact lenses and increased risk for infection.  Non-daily disposable contact lenses are usually stored in a case and re-worn for a given time period.  Although cleaning is done, some deposits on the lenses still remain over time.


Benefits of Daily Disposable Contact Lenses

  1. No lens cleaning required
  2. No day to day accumulation of deposits
  3. Wide range of materials for better comfort and ocular health
  4. Available in colors, in designs to correct astigmatism, and in multifocal designs to correct presbyopia
  5. Affordable -about the price of a cup of Starbucks coffee.
  6. Great for patients that have eye allergies because lenses are disposed of at the end of the day along with the allergens.
  7. Part-time wearers - if you prefer to wear contact lenses for sports, on the weekends, or traveling. daily disposable contact lenses are a great option. It can be more convenient to travel with a pack of contacts instead of bottles of solution.

Schedule a contact lens evaluation today to determine if daily disposable or frequent replacement contact lenses are right for you.  925-743-1222.     

467001702

 by Michael Duong, O.D., F.A.A.O

 On Monday, August 21st, 2017 a solar eclipse will be seen across North America.  The moon will cover at least part of the sun for 2 - 3 hours.  Halfway through the event, anyone within a roughly 70-mile wide path from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a brief total eclipse lasting about 2 minutes and 40 seconds, turning day into night.  

Since the bay area is about 500 miles away from Oregon,  we will see at most about 75 percent of the sun covered.  This will occur at 10:15 a.m. and last about 2 minutes.  


Here are tips on how to watch the eclipse safely


Always inspect your solar filter before use.  If it is punctured, scratched, or torn, discard it.


Use approved solar eclipse viewers.  The viewers need to meet international standard ISO 12312-2 for safe viewing. Sunglasses, smoked glasses, unfiltered telescopes or magnifiers, and polarizing filters are UNSAFE.


Before looking at the sun, cover your eyes with the eclipse viewers while standing still.  Glance at the sun, turn away and remove your filter.  Do not remove the filter while looking at the sun.


Do not look at the sun through a camera, telescope, binoculars or ANY other optical device while using your eclipse glasses; the concentrated solar rays could damage the filter and enter your eyes causing serious injury.


Always supervise children using solar filters.


Visit your doctor of optometry should you experience discomfort or vision problems following the eclipse.  If you have any questions please call us at 925-743-1222 for more information.

 

Retail Chains that carry eclipse glasses

  • 7-Eleven
  • Best Buy
  • Bi-Mart
  • Casy's General Store
  • Hobby Town
  • Kirklands
  • Kroger
  • Lowe's
  • Maverik
  • Pilot/Flying J
  • Toys "R" Us
  • Walmart

Click on the link below to follow the path of the eclipse in the bay area. 

http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/11/heres-what-the-solar-eclipse-will-look-like-in-the-bay-area/

View the video below by the American Optometric Association on how to view the eclipse safely.  

 

Shades

by Michael Duong, O.D., F.A.A.O 

Overexposure to UV light can lead to ocular conditions such as photokeratitis, cataracts, pterygium, and macular degeneration.  


Photokeratitis - a sunburn of the eye causing severe pain.  The condition is also known as “snow blindness.”  Up to 80% of UV rays are reflected by the snow and the danger also occurs near swimming pools and the beach.  


Cataracts - the most common cause of reversible vision loss in people age 50 and older.  The UV rays cause clouding of the natural lens located in the eye by disrupting the arrangement of the fibers of the lens.  The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that up to 20 percent of all cataract cases are attributed to UV radiation and are preventable.  


Pterygium - sometimes called “surfer’s eye” is an abnormal but benign growth on the surface of the eye starting in the corner near the nose and extending to the front of the eye (cornea).  Pterygium is linked to excessive exposure to the sun, wind or sand.  Childhood UV exposure increases the risk of pterygium.  


Macular degeneration - Leading cause of blindness in people 60 years of age or older.  Studies suggest that exposure to UV early in life, rather than in later years, is a strong predictive factor for developing macular degeneration.  The macula is the tissue behind the eye that located in the center of the retina to provide clear central vision.  Damage to the macula causes blurred detailed vision and dull colors in the center field of vision.  

 
UV Spectrum 2
 
The sun emits three kinds of radiation: UVA, UVB, and UVC. UVC gets absorbed by most of the Earth’s atmosphere.  UVB radiation is only partially blocked and burns the skin and the eyes causing sunburns and even skin cancer.  UVA  is not filtered and can cause the most damage to vision.  90% of U.S. adults are concerned about the health effects of eye exposure to UV, but many remain uncommitted to sunglass use.

How do I select the right pair of sunglasses?


Buy from a reputable dealer, such as a store or your eye doctor’s office.  Unlike shades purchased from thrift stores or street vendors, sunglasses sold at trusted retailers meet frame and lens safety criteria set by industry standards. You can use your vision plan to purchase prescription sunglasses and some plans allow for sunglass coverage after LASIK surgery.


Make sure 100% of UVA/UVB are blocked.  Look for the label on the sunglass lenses.

Think about your activities.  Someone who plays sports or cycles may want to use a different pair of sunglasses during their daily activities for both comfort and safety.  

Select a lens color that improves clarity and reduces glare.  Different colors and tints works in different ways depending upon the activity.  Talk to one of our opticians for more details. Watch the video below on how polarized sunglasses work.

 

 back to school

 By Michael Duong, O.D., F.A.A.O

School is starting up again soon, now is the time to schedule an eye examination for your child.

Problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism can cause difficulty with learning in the classroom.  It you cannot see, then you cannot learn.  The visual skills necessary for learning include eye movement, eye teaming, eye focusing, eye alignment, and visual perception ( the ability to process what the eyes see).  Many students may be unaware of problems with their eyes or may not be able to verbalize their eye problems.  Parents should look for common symptoms including:

 

  • Short attention span
  • Unable to finish school work
  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Tendency to cover one eye
  • Frequent blinking or eye rubbing
  • Frequent headaches

Many of the symptoms above can be misdiagnosed for ADHD or dyslexia when in fact the child has a vision problem.  80 percent of what we learn is through our eyes.  Having an undiagnosed vision problem can have a negative effect on learning, social situations, and confidence.  


Good Vision is not just 20/20


The school screening done at the school can measure how a child see’s at a distance but does not evaluate the visual skills necessary for learning.  Measuring how well a child can see 20/20 is just one component of a complete eye examination.  A comprehensive eye exam also includes color vision testing, eye tracking, eye movement, eye alignment,  and depth perception.  In addition, the eye health portion exam includes evaluating the outer and inner structures of the eyes.  


With school starting soon, we want to make sure that your child has the best opportunity to learn and see the world clearly.  Start the school year off right by scheduling a comprehensive eye examination for your child today at our office.  Call today 925-743-1222. View the video below on the importance of back to school eye exams.

 

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