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, Tue, Wed, Thur: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm


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A pinguecula is a yellowish bump that forms on the white of the eye (sclera), near the edge of the cornea. More often than not, it arises on the side nearest the nose.

Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays is the primary cause of a pinguecula. Frequent exposure to dusty, windy, or extremely dry conditions can contribute as well. Those who are middle-aged or older are at highest risk.

A pinguecula is not cancerous, but any growth on the eye should prompt an optometric checkup. In many cases, a pinguecula is not bothersome; however, for some people it can be a nuisance and more:

  • If a pinguecula is big enough, it may cause difficulty in wearing contact lenses.
  • Since a pinguecula is a raised bump, the tear film may not spread evenly, leading to dry eyes (stinging, itching, foreign-body sensation, etc.).
  • A pinguecula may become swollen or inflamed (pingueculitis).
  • “Attractive” is not a word generally associated with a pinguecula.

Treatment varies depending upon symptoms and severity. Various eyedrops (prescription and/or nonprescription), nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medication, and scleral contacts may be beneficial. Some people want a pinguecula surgically removed due to functional or cosmetic reasons. Wearing UV-protective sunglasses whenever outdoors in daylight hours is an important piece of the puzzle, too.


by Michael Duong, OD, FAAO

Diabetes is a disease that interferes with the body’s ability to use and store sugar.  Too much sugar in the blood can cause damage throughout the body, including the eyes. Diabetic retinopathy is the result of damage to the tiny blood vessels that nourish the retina. It is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. According the the American Optometric Association, a third to half of the people with diabetes don’t receive annual eye exams.  In addition, 20-40 percent of individuals with type 2 diabetes have diabetic retinopathy at the time of diagnosis of diabetes.


Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include

  • Seeing spots or floaters in your field of vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Having a dark or empty spot in the center of your vision
  • Difficulty seeing well at night


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Often there are no visual symptoms in early stages of diabetic retinopathy.  That is why it is recommended that everyone with diabetes have a comprehensive eye exam once a year. Early detection and treatment is key to limit vision loss from diabetic retinopathy.


If you are diabetic, you can help prevent or slow the development of diabetic retinopathy by taking your prescribed medication, sticking to your diet, exercise regularly, controlling high blood pressure, and avoiding alcohol and smoking.  

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by Michael Duong, OD, FAAO

August is here and with it comes the start of the new school year!  Time for new clothes and new stationary. Going to get an eye exam can be overlooked during this busy time.  The goal of Children’s Vision and Learning Month is to educate the public about the relationship between vision and learning.  


Common signs of learning-related vision problems

  • Headaches, eye strain
  • Short attention span
  • Excessive blinking or eye rubbing
  • Poor hand eye-coordination
  • Difficulty remembering what was read
  • Holding reading materials close to the face
  • Covering one eye


20/20 does not always mean normal vision

Many parents incorrectly assume when their child passes a school vision screening, there is no vision problem.  However, a child can have 20/20 vision but still have trouble seeing. 1 in 4 school age children suffer from an uncorrected vision problem. Up to 80 % of the learning children do is through their eyes, so having an undiagnosed and untreated vision problem can have a negative effect on their education, confidence, and ability to socialize.  The only way to be sure your child can see clearly is a comprehensive vision exam.

A comprehensive eye exam also includes color vision testing, eye tracking, eye movement, eye alignment,  and depth perception. In addition, the eye health portion of the exam includes evaluating the outer and inner ocular 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.


LASIK eye surgery has been FDA-approved for over 20 years and is one of the best surgeries that I recommend at our office.  Imagine having to wear glasses and contact lenses for most of your life and within 10 - 15 minutes, being able to see without them! It is truly a life changing surgery.   Keep in mind that when you turn 40 years of age, you will still need to wear eyeglass lenses to see things up close. Nevertheless, LASIK is a great surgery if you are a great candidate for the procedure.


LASIK can support your active lifestyle

Wearing glasses and contact lenses can hinder your active lifestyle with constant adjustments to your vision. Contact lenses can dry out and irritate your eyes. Whether you are taking a class, going to the gym, or playing sports, seeing clearly and comfortable leads to a better overall experience.  You won’t have to worry about carrying solution or glasses after having LASIK.


LASIK surgery is safe

Using the latest technology and equipment, LASIK is a very safe procedure.  To determine if you are a candidate for the procedure, a pre-operative exam is performed at our office. The testing including measuring your prescription, mapping the front surface of your eye, measuring the thickness of the front surface of the eye, evaluating for dry eyes, and assessing your overall health.  


Recovery time is at a minimum

Most of us have busy work schedules and social lives which require that minimal time be taken off.  Fortunately, with LASIK, there is minimal amount of time needed to be taken off. Most people can go back to work within two days of the procedure.  

Our office is proud of the exceptional record in successfully managing LASIK patients.  With meticulous attention to detail in managing your pre-and post-operative services, we strive to assure the finest LASIK outcome.  Our practice pledges to give you personalized and professional services to assure your personal satisfaction with our LASIK program. To determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK, please contact our office at 925-743-1222 for an initial consultation.  



Do you ever get frustrated when your significant other looks down at their phone?  So does your child. A New study in Child Development reports that when parents are constantly interrupted by technology, their kids are most likely to misbehave.  Nearly 50 percent of the 170 parents studied were interrupted by technology at least three times a day while talking with their kids. The authors call it “technoference” and they say that the more often parents reported technoference, the more tantrums and behavior problems that children displayed.  


The study points out that turning toward a device might also be a coping strategy for parents who need to quickly de-stress because they are already frustrated with their kids behavior.  


Here are some easy steps to stay in check when dealing with your own technoference.


1) Make eye contact.  Reassure that the child is more important to you than the device.


2) Slot in some device-free time.  When you can leave your phone in another room or out of reach so that you are not tempted to check it.


3) It is always safer.  Being alert and giving your child your full attention means they are less likely to get hurt when you are looking away.


4) Live in the moment.  Kids are amazing so try to share the moment with them before sharing it with your social network.

Our Location & Hours

Optometrist, San Ramon, Optometric Center & Eyewear Galleria

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

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm