Here at James R. Dugue Optometry, we strive to upgrade our technology with the purpose of improving patient care. Recently, we've acquired a few instruments and equipment that help us do that. The first one is an adapter to our Optical Coherence Tomographer (OCT) that allows us to fully visualize the front of the eye. This allows us to better evaluate specialty contact lenses, narrow angle glaucoma, and more. In narrow angle glaucoma, it allows us to identify patients who are at risk, which traditionally involves a lens touching the eye.
To create a smooth experience at our office, we've recently added a Patient Forms page to our website so that you can print and fill them out to bring on your visit. Fill them out to the best of your knowledge and if you are unsure about anything, ask us when you come in!
Don't forget to schedule online as well!
Happy Fourth of July to you from all of us! Wear your sunglasses during the day and stand at a safe distance to enjoy the fireworks!
We are happy to announce that we are now a participant of the Avesis Vision Plan! Schedule your appointment and we can also check your eligibility and benefits. Give us a call at (949)951-1424 or schedule through our online appointment feature!
According to a 2017 report from the CDC, 30.3 million people in the U.S. have diabetes (7.2 million undiagnosed) and 84.1 million adults aged 18 years or older have prediabetes. It is considered an epidemic and is a leading cause of death in the U.S.
How does diabetes affect my eyes?
1) A person with fluctuating blood sugar levels can experience fluctuating vision. This is because fluid accumulates in the lens inside the eye, which causes blurry vision until the blood sugar is controlled.
2) Diabetes also damages the blood vessels in the retina, which is the lining in the back of the eye. Blood and fluid can leak from the damaged vessels, leading to swelling and eventually vision loss if left untreated. This is called diabetic retinopathy.
How is the retina examined?
For a complete retinal examination, eye drops are used to dilate the pupil to allow the doctor to have a full view. If a patient is unable to undergo dilation, Optos can take a panoramic photo of the retina.
How often should I have a diabetic eye exam?
Annual eye exams are recommended for diabetic patients. A patient with ocular findings can expect to be followed more closely. Here is more information on diabetes from the American Optometric Association. If you are due for your annual exam, don't delay and schedule your exam today!
What is Latisse?
It is the first FDA-approved eye drop treatment to grow eyelashes.
How is it applied?
First, wipe off all make-up from your eye. Then, place one drop of Latisse onto the provided sterile applicator. Run the applicator along the skin of the eyelid margin, where the eyelashes meet the skin. Make sure to blot off any excess solution on your eye. Discard the applicator and use a new one for the other eye.
What if I wear contacts?
Remove contact lenses before using Latisse. You may wear them again after 15 minutes.
Are the effects permanent?
If you stop using Latisse, your eyelashes will gradually return to how it was before.
Who can prescribe it?
As of 2018, optometrists in the state of California are authorized to prescribe Latisse.
Ask about Latisse at your next eye exam! Find out more at their official website here.
We are proud to announce the newest addition to our contact lens department, Acuvue Oasys Transitions! Manufactured by Johnson&Johnson, this widely popular 2-week disposable soft contact lens now has the ability to change shades with exposure to light. It is the only one of its kind. Make an appointment and see if they are right for you!
You can find additional information at Johnson&Johnson's website here.