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Are You Suffering from Mask Associated Dry Eye (MADE)?

Over the course of the year, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the prevalence of an item that was once only used by surgeons, dentists and painters - the mask.  Whether it be made cloth, paper or advanced grade filtration material, facemasks have become an integral and required part of...

Working From Home and Your Eyes

Here are a few tips to make sure you are seeing your best and achieving the best eye health possible while at home on the computer screen.

Can COVID-19 Be Transmitted Through or Directly Affect My Eyes?

Can COVID-19 Be Transmitted Through or Directly Affect My Eyes?

Glasses, Contact Lens and Eye Health Tips During COVID-19

Here are some tips for glasses and contact lens care, as well as eye health during the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 and Your Eyes

As a provider of eye and vision care, Los Altos Optometric Group will be open to provide eye care services including eye exams, glasses and contacts - through March 2020, April 2020 and beyond.  We also want to pass out a few helpful tips regarding the COVID-19/coronavirus outbreak that can help keep you and your loved ones healthy

Diabetes and The Eye

November is National Diabetes Month.  Diabetes affects over 100 million Americans according to the CDC.  The disease costs America nearly $250 billion per year.  While diabetes deals with blood sugar and insulin levels, it also has many correlations with eye health. Diabetic complications can show up on nearly every part of the eye including the cornea, iris, lens and retina.

The Importance of Vision in a Child’s Learning

October is National Learning & Development month, as well as National Dyslexia Awareness Month and National ADD/ADHD Awareness Month.  While many educators and parents view learning and development in children as purely a brain activity, the eyes play an important factor in a child's education as well.

Golf Vision – Improving Your Game through Better Vision

Eyesight on the golf course is vital to your game.   Whether you are looking at the ball while swinging or spotting the ball after driving down the fairway, your vision is constantly being used while on the course.  Read on to learn more.

Snow Blindness – Can I Really Go Blind from the Snow?

With ski/snowboard season in full effect, read more to learn about snow blindness and how you can prevent it on the slopes!

Comfort, Clarity and Cleanliness – The Beauty of Daily Disposable Contacts

Daily replacement contact lenses provide considerable value towards better eye health and comfort, as well as quality vision.  Read on to learn more!

Spring Has Sprung: Allergies and the Eye

Spring time is in full swing and while many welcome the warmer weather and the longer daytime hours, there are others who dread spring and what it gives rise to…allergies from blooming flowers and the pollen they release. Allergies occur when an environmental irritant causes cells to release histamines which cause inflammation.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) – A Definitive Guide

Age-related macular degeneration, as defined by its namesake, is a disease that affects the macula.  The macula is a tiny pit of concentrated photoreceptors on the retina (back of the eye).  This area is responsible for our central vision, and due to its concentration of photoreceptors, also happens to be point of sharpest vision.

Floaters: The Definitive Guide to those Pesky Squiggles and Dots

Vitreous floaters, or more simply, floaters, are a common ailment in the human eye. The majority of the US population reports seeing a floater that either bothers or hinders vision at some point in life.

Myopic Insight – How Did We Become Nearsighted?

Glasses. Contact Lenses. LASIK. All of these terms are commonplace in modern society. You may be familiar with one or more of these modalities from your own vision care or a family member or friend. The truth is, nearsightedness (myopia) has become so prevalent that there are no degrees of separation when we seek to find individuals suffering from the condition.  So the question arises: how did we become nearsighted? Additionally, why are the rates of myopia increasing at such a drastic rate in the modern age?

Feeling Blue – Blue Light and Its Effect on the Eyes and Body

Dr. Neufeld talks about what blue light is and how it can affect both our eyes and our overall health.

A Sob Story – The Three Types of Tears

In this edition of the EYE Digest, we will discuss the three types of tears that the body makes and how they differ from each other.

Food For Sight – Eye Healthy Foods to Add to Your Diet

A question I often get from patients is: “what foods are good for the eyes?” The answer is that there are quite a variety of foods with eye benefits, ranging from fruits and veggies to certain meats.  And to be honest, there a lot of foods out there that are better than carrots.  Let’s go through a general overview of the different food categories and how they can help the eyes.

From Colds to Cataracts – Vitamin C and the Eye

In this edition of The EYE Digest, we will talk about Vitamin C and the benefits it has for eye health.

Worth the Burp? – Fish Oil/Omega-3 and Eye Health

Fish oil and its pertinent component, the Omega-3 fatty acid, have been hailed as an important nutritional supplement that provides anti-inflammatory benefits to many parts of the body, including the eye.  In this edition of The EYE Digest, Dr. Neufeld explores the different benefits that fish oil may have for the eye.

All About Lenses, Part II – Types and Coatings

Now that we know the basis for ophthalmic lenses, let’s take a look at some of intricacies of lenses that commonly present themselves to us in an optical. When an individual thinks of lenses for glasses, often they think of a type. Is it a bifocal? Or maybe a progressive?   And how about anti-reflective coating or tint?  Read on to learn more!

All About Lenses, Part I – Function and Materials

In this edition of the EYE Digest, read about how eyeglass lenses work and what materials they are made out of.

The Solar Eclipse and Eye Protection

As the Solar Eclipse approaches on August 21, 2017, it is important to be aware of eye safety. Directly viewing the sun can cause permanent damage to the eye.

The Back to School Eye Exam

A back to school eye exam is vital to ensure great vision and enable a child to perform at the highest visual level in the classroom.  Additionally, these eye exams can detect both health and visual system conditions that may not be readily apparent but may hinder quality of life both in and outside of school.

When Your Arms Aren’t Long Enough – Cheaters, Bifocals, and Presbyopia

At a certain point in life, normally at the age of about 40 years old, a process called presbyopia occurs.  This process is often linked to holding reading material out further, readers or cheaters, and bifocals/progressives.  Read on to learn more!

Nearsightedness, Farsightedness and Astigmatism – How Does it All Work?

We've all heard the terms nearsightedness, farsightedness, and the dreaded astigmatism. If you wear glasses or know someone that wears glasses, chances are, you've identified with one of the terms. But what exactly do they mean? And those words myopia and hyperopia, how do they fit into the scheme of things? Well, it is time to find out!

Correct Your Vision While You Sleep – Orthokeratology/CRT

Orthokeratology (abbreviated as Ortho-k) or CRT lenses are nighttime contact lenses. They are classified as rigid gas permeable lenses and are a safe and effective method of correcting nearsightedness and astigmatism without the need for daytime contact lenses or glasses.

A Contact Lens Primer, Part I – Soft Contact Lenses

Contact lenses have become an immensely popular method of correcting vision over the last few decades, especially in Western Civilization.  Today we will talk about the most common type of contact lens: soft lenses.

The Dreaded Air Puff – Why Do We Do It?

A visit to the optometrist often includes the daunting air puff test.  In this edition of The EYE Digest, Dr. Neufeld explains why we do the air puff test and the important implications it has for your eye health.

A Deeper Look Inside Your Eyes – Optomap Widefield Imaging

Examining the back of your eye (retina) is key to good vision, eye health, and overall longevity.  Breakthrough technology called Optomap Widefield Imaging allows us to get an even better picture of the retina, often without the process of eye dilation.

A Tale from the High Seas – Why Did Pirates Wear Eye Patches?

Ever wonder why pirates wore eye patches?  The answer may surprise you!  Read the latest edition of The EYE Digest to find out why.

Hazy, Blurry and Dim: An In-Depth Look at Cataracts, Part II – Treatments

This week we will talk about how we treat cataracts and the amazing technologies that go into cataract surgery and implant lenses.

Hazy, Blurry and Dim: An In-Depth Look at Cataracts, Part I

This week will take a look at cataracts, one of the most common vision related problems in the US.  Why they occur, the symptoms that they bring, and how they happen are just a few of the topics we will discuss in this first article about cataracts.

Sunlight and the Eye: How UV Light can Damage the Eye and How to Prevent It (The EYE Digest)

With summer comes beach days, shorts, sandals, and bike rides; but it also comes with sunlight and harmful UV light.  These harmful rays can damage the eye in a variety of ways.  In this article, we will talk about the damage that UV light can do the eye and how to prevent it.

Los Altos Rotary Art Show (The EYE Digest)

This weekend we will be having our annual Art Show at Lincoln Park on May 21st and 22nd from 10 am to 5:30 pm. The Art Show will have hundreds of local artist showcasing their art for viewing and sale as well as live music, food, and bevarages. The Art Show is LARC's biggest fundraiser of the year. Look for us and our staff as we work at various booths during the Art Show.

Dry Eye Syndrome, Part III (The EYE Digest)

In today's article we will talk about exciting advanced clinical procedures that we can use to combat dry eye. Many of these procedures have worked wonders for patients.   We will also discuss prescription medications that can help with dry eyes.

Dry Eye Syndrome, Part II (The EYE Digest)

This week we will dive into dry eye syndrome treatments in depth, including lifestyle changes, over-the-counter, and home remedies.

Dry Eye Syndrome, Part I (The EYE Digest)

Dry eye syndrome is caused by a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye, which occurs from either a lack of quantity or quality of tears.   This causes subsequent inflammation and discomfort of the front surface of the eye, specifically the cornea.

Sports Eye Safety (The EYE Digest)

Greetings!  April is Sports Eye Safety Month, and this EYE Digest blog post will cover statistics on sports related eye injuries and ways to prevent these injuries so that you and your children can enjoy playing sports without the worry of losing vision.

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