|When did you last replace your contact lens case? Has it been so long you don’t remember?|
We know the value of getting full use from household items. But whether it’s a towel, toothbrush or toaster—eventually, things need to be replaced. For your vision health, replacing your contact lens case at least every three months is important for avoiding irritation and infection.
You Change The Solution, But Bacteria Remains
You should already be…
Back-to-school season is a great time to schedule an eye appointment.
With all of the rigors of new classes and extracurricular activities, it’s a great time to make sure students are seeing their best.
80% Of Learning Is Visual
A tremendous amount of information is processed through a student’s eyes on a daily basis. In fact, it is estimated that 80% of a child’s learning occurs through his or her eyes. That’s…
We wear our glasses all day, but we don’t think much about the toll the day takes on our lenses.
You can’t always avoid having your glasses scratched or bent, but there are a lot of things you can do to preserve the clarity of your lenses and integrity of your frames.
Tip #1: Clean Your Glasses The Right Way
Our first instinct when we notice dusty or smudged lenses is…
When it comes to sunglasses, what you can’t see can hurt you!
You may think your shades are doing their job by just taking away the sun’s glare. But sunglasses have another important purpose—blocking invisible ultraviolet light.
Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light can cause short-term discomfort. More importantly, over time, it can lead to cataracts and other vision problems.
It’s not immediately obvious if sunglasses are blocking damaging UV light.…
Over 9,000 fireworks injuries occur each year. Many of these injuries include eye damage—sometimes permanently compromising vision!
It’s Fireworks Safety Month
Too many of us forget that fireworks are dangerous, explosive devices, NOT family-friendly toys! Always follow safe practices around fireworks, whether you’re attending a professional production, or using consumer fireworks in your driveway.
Educate yourself about the firework allowances and restrictions in your community. Those rules are there to keep…
|How old is that mascara? Do you know? Most of us don’t worry much about makeup expiration dates. But eye makeup is a notorious breeding ground for potentially harmful bacteria.|
Potential Bacterial Infections Like Styes or Pinkeye
Eyelashes naturally have bacteria on them. Your mascara wand is infected as soon as you use it! Bacteria thrives in the dark, moist environment of your mascara tube. Although many cosmetics contain preservatives that slow bacterial…
Garden your way to healthy eyes!
Spring is arriving and that means it is time to start planting! My husband and I had fun last weekend at the Vancouver Farmer’sMarket perusing the herbs and vegetables as we prepare to start planting ourgarden this year. If you’ve never been to the Farmer’s Market you should definitely go… it is the best place to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon! Not only did we find the most delicious wild…
Embrace the Madness
March Madness is back, baby! Time to fill out your bracket and watch it get busted when that no-name 15 seed beats that 2 seed you had going to the Final Four. Whether you are a die-hard basketball nut who researches every team or you simply pick your teams based their mascot or jersey colors, everybody has a chance and no bracket is safe. Since my team didn’t even make it into the…
We're worried about Santa
It’s that time of year when we see images of Santa everywhere. Although rarely seen in person (impersonators at the mall don’t count), it is generally agreed that Santa is a jolly, heavy-set, elderly gentleman with rosy cheeks, a white beard, and a deep, booming laugh. Let’s be clear on this: Santa is awesome. He brings joy to kids all around the world and is a symbol of all things good. Having said that, the…
The Future is Here
I’ve always been fan of science fiction. As a child, some of my favorite movies were The Terminator, Alien, Blade Runner, and Robo Cop. I would marvel at all the futuristic gadgets that were commonplace in the worlds of those films, and would wonder if anything like that would be available in my lifetime. Well, it appears that such technology is not too far away.
What are the odds?
The best competition in all of sports (I dare anyone to disagree with me) is back again. It’s March Madness, baby! The Big Dance is a time when work productivity is at an annual low due to people being glued to their computers and TVs. It’s a great tournament filled with plenty of theatrics—buzzer beaters, exhilarating wins, heartbreaking losses, blood, sweat, and tears. It’s a completely unpredictable collection of 67…
Penguins are on fire!
Don’t worry, there are no actual avians aflame.
As part of our commitment to the community, we like to keep you informed of notable local events. Just a few blocks from our Vancouver office, there is some really exciting stuff going on at the Clark College Athletic Department. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams are dominating their league, the NWAACC. Both teams are on a 10-game winning streak and…
more pie please!
Hey everybody! After eating our share of pumpkin pie, pecan pie, large plates of potatoes, turkey and all the fixin's...oh and lets not forget the left-overs all weekend long, I thought we should recap information about Diabetes and the eyes. November was Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, so we’d like to answer some of the most common questions patients ask us about how diabetes affects the eyes.
Do a Triple Lindy!
If you are baffled by the title, then I recommend watching the great 1980's movie, Back to School. It seems like an appropriate subject for this time of year-- a time when the lines at Target are packed with mothers buying folders and pencils, and when kids have a mere couple of more weeks of summer laziness left. It's officially back to…
I recently returned from a trip to Ireland
, and I must say that the stereotypes about that country are mostly true. Although I did not come across any leprechauns or pots of gold, Ireland does have plenty of lush greenery, rainbows, potatoes, whisky, and some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. For a moment…
What to do for itchy, watery eyes.
Now that March Madness is officially over, you may have started to notice people with red and watery eyes. Contrary to what you might think, most of these people are not crying due to their beloved Memphis Tigers not making it very far in the NCAA tournament. That’s the reason why my eyes are red and watery, but most people are actually experiencing ocular allergies this time…
The Chilling Reality of Dry Eyes
The cold weather is upon us. While many people in the Pacific Northwest dread the beginning of many months of gray skies and rain, I love this time of year because it is the season for two of my favorite things: new video game releases and basketball. I am having a blast with the new Wii U console, and as I write this my Memphis Grizzlies have the best record…
Making a Difference Makes Us Different
For years, our practice has continually supported numerous organizations in our community. We have committed either services, funds, or time to groups that we feel are important in our community. There are so many great causes to be involved with and our passion for contributing runs high. We hope to continue and be present in some way in our community for years to come. Below is a sampling of how…
For a number of years now, we have opened our doors to host the Free Clinic's Vision Services once every 3 months. Our doctors and staff volunteer to provide eyecare to the uninsured and low income patients of SW Washington. The Free Clinic makes the arrangements for these patients, and they are scheduled in our building four times a year. We stay into the late hours and are able to…