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

Diabetic Retinopathy

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

Diabetic eye disease is a group of disorders that affects people with diabetes.  Diabetes, if left untreated can cause blindness.  It is the leading cause of blindness in adults in the United States. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to the following ocular conditions: diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema (dme) , cataracts, and glaucoma.  

Diabetic retinopathy - high blood sugar causes the retinal blood vessels in the back of the eye to leak out.  This can lead to blurred and distorted vision.

Diabetic macular edema (DME) - is a consequence of diabetic retinopathy which causes the central area of the retina called the macula to swell and leak.  

Cataracts - a clouding of the lens inside the eye.  Usually affects older people, but those with diabetes are affected much younger.  Adults with diabetes are 2-5 times more likely to develop cataract than those without diabetes.  

Glaucoma - a disease that causes damage to the cable that connects the eye to the brain called the optic nerve.  In adults with diabetes, the risk of glaucoma nearly doubles.  

Early detection is key to preventing vision loss in patients with diabetes.  Make sure to see a primary care doctor annually to test your blood sugar along with cholesterol and blood pressure.  Stay away from foods that are high in sugar and saturated fats.  Diabetic eye disease can go unnoticed until vision loss occurs.  Patients with diabetes should undergo a comprehensive eye examination at least once a year.  

Contact our office at 925-743-1222 today to schedule your comprehensive eye examination if you have diabetes or borderline diabetic.  Please watch the video below for an overview of diabetes.  

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7/14/17

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

Due to the increase use of electronics, there is increased exposure to harmful blue light from these devices. Computer monitors, laptops, tablets, smart phones, LED TVs and compact fluorescent bulbs emit blue light.  Lets face it, we are not going to be giving up our digital devices anytime soon.  In addition, cumulative exposure to blue light can suppress melatonin and disrupt the natural sleep cycle.  

Blue light diagram 

 

Blue light over-exposure symptoms

 

  • Eye strain

  • Headaches

  • Blurred vision

  • Macular damage

 

Is your child at risk?

 

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Children and Teens tend to hold digital devices closer and their larger pupils let in more of the harmful blue light. Studies show this may put them at higher risk for developing sleep disorders, behavioral problems, obesity, and vision loss.    

 

What can be done?

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BlueTech eyeglass lenses offer the most protection against blue light. BlueTech lenses are available with or without prescription.  Call our office Optometric Center & Eyewear Galleria at 925-743-1222 or go to http://www.noblurr.com/computer-vision-syndrome for more information on digital eye strain and blue light.  

 

7/7/17

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

“I started seeing flashes and floaters that started last week in my right eye.”  When I hear this, it is imperative that a careful evaluation of the retina is performed.  The retina is the tissue that lines the back surface of the eye.  The patient was dilated to allow viewing of the entire retina.  A digital-wide field image was ordered for the patient  to check for any tears or detachment.


 

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From the photo, the patient has a “horse-shoe” shaped tear in her right eye.  33-55% of the time, this can lead to a retinal detachment leading to loss of vision.  Horse-shoe tears are caused by the gel in the eye (vitreous) pulling on the retina, causing it to tear.  Risk factors include older age, being nearsighted, already having a thin retina, and trauma.  She was referred to a retinal specialist for immediate laser treatment to seal the surrounding areas of the tear. The prognosis is good when caught early as in this case.


If you experience symptoms of sudden onset floaters or flashes of light, please contact us immediately at Optometric Center & Eyewear Galleria, 925-743-1222.

 

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6/30/17

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


The 4th of July is coming up and that means looking forward to parades, celebrations, back yard bbqs and of course, fireworks.  However, as spectacular as fireworks are, they can be very dangerous.  There were 10,000 fireworks-related injuries in 2014 and 1,300 of those were eye injuries.  


  • One in six fireworks-related injuries results in permanent vision loss.
  • On average, 400 Americans lose sight in one or both eyes due to fireworks every year.
  • 45 percent of fireworks-related injuries occur in children under the age of 14.

 

Tips on Firework Safety


Attend professional public fireworks shows is safer than purchasing consumer fireworks

 

If you choose to to purchase your own fireworks, wear protective eyewear when handling the fireworks.  People watching should also wear eye protection as nearly half of people injured by fireworks are bystanders.

 

Children should never be allowed to play with fireworks.  Even sparklers can reach temperatures of 1800 degrees F. They can catch clothes on fire and cause severe burns.  

 

If an eye injury occurs, make sure to seek medical attention immediately to prevent loss of sight.  Do not rub, rinse, apply pressure to the eye, or remove objects that are stuck in the eye.  


Keep these tips and mind and be safe.  Happy 4th of July from all of us at the Optometric Center & Eyewear Galleria!

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6/23/17

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

How can we protect our eyes from the sun? Just like wearing sun block to protect our skin, sunglasses protect our eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays (UV) from damaging our eyes.  The sun’s effects on the eyes include:

 

Cataracts - a clouding of the natural lens inside of the eye which causes blurred vision over time.  It is estimated that 20% of cataracts are caused by excessive UV exposure.

 

Macular degeneration - causes damage to the center of the retinal called the macula, causing blurred and distorted vision over time. The leading cause of blindness in individuals over 65 years of age.  

 

Solar Maculopathy - causes sudden, acute damage to the center of the retina called the macula.  This is a result of staring at the sun for a prolonged period of time. This can take 3-6 months to recover and often it is incomplete.   

 

Pterygium - a tissue that grows from the white part of the eye onto the clear part of the eye called the cornea.  This can alter the curvature of the cornea causing astigmatism.  

 

When purchasing sunglasses, look for the ones that block 100% UVA and UVB radiation, so your vision can stay sharp and healthy.  It is also a good idea to wear a hat.   If you have a prescription, your vision insurance often allows a certain amount of coverage toward sunglasses.  Come to our office today to check out our collection of eyewear. http://www.noblurr.com/vision-products/optical-showroom

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