The year 2020 will be a year full of good puns for eye care professionals. Most people have heard of "20/20 vision", but what is it exactly?
What is 20/20 vision?
20/20 vision means that a person can see a specific standardized size while being 20 feet away. At 20 feet away, it is considered to be distance vision. So if you have 20/100 vision, that means you have to be as close as 20 feet to see what a person with 20/20 vision can see 100 feet away.
Why can't I see 20/20?
The most common causes are the reason why a person wears glasses or contacts: hyperopia (farsightedness) and myopia (nearsightedness). In addition, there are medical causes such as dry eyes, cataracts, macular degeneration, and more that can potentially reduce a person's vision.
A new year typically means renewed insurance benefits for many people. Schedule your appointment today!
Cequa (cyclosporine 0.09%) is a new FDA approved medication to treat dry eyes. It uses proprietary NCELL technology to pack the medication in nanomicelles for higher absorption. Cequa is used twice daily and acts by increasing the eye's ability to produce tears. Ask your eye doctor if it is right for you!
We are excited to announce that we are now a provider for Spectera's vision plan! Schedule online or call 949-951-1424 to make your appointment today!
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!
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