As members of the National Glaucoma Society, Dr. Dugue and Dr. Chi attended its symposium this past Sunday. The lectures provided a wealth information on reinforcing current glaucoma standards and introducing new technology. Innovations in development include new methods of recording eye pressure, monitoring visual changes at home, and treatment options. For example, virtual reality headsets are being incorporated into glaucoma testing. The advantage is being able to perform visual field testing with consumer VR headsets (ex. Oculus) so that patients can do the test in the comfort of their homes. Nevertheless, one of the most important aspects of glaucoma is periodic visits with your eye doctor. Make an appointment today!
We are excited to announce the only soft contact lens of its kind to the office, Bausch & Lomb Ultra Multifocal for Astigmatism! Before this contact lens, the only multifocal contacts manufactured were spherical, meaning it only corrected either near-sightedness or far-sightedness. As a result, presbyopic patients with astigmatism had to be fitted with monovision to provide distance and near vision. Alternatively, patients would be corrected for distance and then wear reading glasses. According to Bausch & Lomb, "there are an estimated 32 million people in the U.S. living with both astigmatism and presbyopia who could wear contact lenses" and these new lenses offer "an easy-to-fit, multifocal toric lens without the delay and hassle of custom lens ordering." We have been fitting these contacts for several months and have been waiting for positive feedback from patients before making an announcement. So far, so good! So, if you have astigmatism and was told you weren't a candidate for multifocal contacts or if you are unhappy with monovision, schedule an exam and try these out!
Do you dislike being dilated? Does being blurry and light sensitive for several hours ruin the rest of your day? If you answered yes, then we have a solution for you! Optos retinal imaging is capable of capturing an image up to 200 degrees of the back of the eye in less than 0.4 seconds without the dilation, thus skipping the side effects. The ability to see out in the periphery of the retina allows for detection of potential sight threatening conditions. The image is captured in different wavelengths so that different layers can be examined. The digital image is kept securely in our database so that the doctors can monitor for any changes. It is suitable for patients of all ages, so come see your retina today!
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!