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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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

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6/16/17

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

Glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and cataracts can be genetically linked.  If someone in your family has glaucoma, you are four to nine times more likely to have glaucoma.  Glaucoma is a disease that causes damage to your peripheral vision and eventually can affect your central vision if left untreated.  A great place to ask about these conditions is at a family reunion.  Also, be sure to tell family members if you have an eye disease. 

If you are in your 60 and older, you are at risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.  Cataracts and macular degeneration causes central vision to be cloudy gradually.  Both conditions cause painless loss of vision so it is difficult to tell the difference between the two.  However, macular degeneration causes irreversible damage to the retina and can severely distort and impair vision if left untreated.  Smoking causes an increase risk of cataracts and macular degeneration so it is important to stop smoking as soon as possible. 

Research also shows that refractive conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism can also be genetic.  Therefore, it is important to have children examined as early as 6-months of age to correct for these conditions.  Vision and learning is important to development and it is directly related to success in the classroom.

Schedule your eye examination today at the Optometric Center and Eyewear Galleria.  Please call 925-743-1222. 

 YAY - Summer is Officially here!

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 6/1/17

School is out and we finally get to spend some serious time in the pool. But before you jump in, here are a few quick safety tips for you and your eyes:

 

  • The pH of our eyes is 7.2, so can you guess what the recommended pH is for your pool? (hint: it’s 7.2!) Remember to check the pH levels in your pool at least once or twice a week and try to keep it in the range of 7.0-7.6.

  • Chemical conjunctivitis or red eyes can occur due to chlorine exposure in swimming pools. Having a little after a day in the pool is okay, but if it persists into the next day or if it seems to be getting worse, call your optometrist and ask to have your eyes checked that same day.

  • As a general rule, contact lenses should never be worn in the pool. Doing so puts you at risk for a variety of possible infections, including a fungal infection called Fusariumkeratitis that is difficult to treat and can lead to permanent blindness. (The only exclusion to this rule is for my daily disposable contact lens patients under the strict condition that their contacts are thrown out as soon as they leave the pool.)

  • Prescription goggles are available and can be fairly inexpensive! If you rely on your glasses to see, talk to your optometrist about prescription goggles for use in the pool.

  • And if you plan to be hanging out around the pool this summer, remember that sunglasses are just as important for protecting your eyes as sunblock is for protecting your skin. Make sure yours have UVA and UVB protection.

 

Have safe and fun summer!

 

Visian ICL

5/19/17

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

Have you been told that you are not a candidate for LASIK because your prescription is too high or your cornea is too thin?  Another option exists to address this issue called implantable lenses.  Implantable lenses are surgically placed behind the the colored part of the eye (Iris) and in front of the natural lens inside of the eye.  The implantable lenses work like contact lenses, but are placed inside the eye instead of on top of the front surface of the eye (cornea).  

The Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) was approved in 2005 for correcting nearsightedness from -3D to -20D.  The lens is implanted behind the iris and in front of the natural lens.  This makes the lens undetectable to the naked eye unless viewing under a microscope.  The lens is flexible and can be folded prior to insertion which leads to a small surgical incision.  

Recently, I had the pleasure of co-managing our patient Lisa for Visian ICL surgery, she had dry eyes with her contacts and her prescription was -12 D in the right eye and -10D in the left eye.  Now, she can see 20/20 in each eye without glasses or contact lenses.  

If you suffer from dry eyes, irregular astigmatism, or have been told that you are not a candidate for LASIK, ask about Visian ICL surgery.  The video below describes the Visian ICL procedure.  Call our office for more information.    

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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