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How to Beat Your Winter Dry Eye Nov 1st, 2020

Does the arrival of winter weather also bring red, itchy eyes? If you notice that your eyes get uncomfortable as the weather turns cold, it could be chronic dry eye, a condition that affects millions of Americans. Dry eye develops when your eyes can’t maintain a healthy tear film. It’s...

Get Your Child Started with Routine Eye Care Oct 8th, 2020

Your child’s well-being is your priority from the day they’re born. Regular check-ups with a pediatrician are important as your child grows, and regular eye exams should be part of their health care plan, too. Even if babies and toddlers don’t read or attend school, vision is a crucial element...

Understanding the Differences in the Types of Glaucoma Sep 6th, 2020

Your optic nerves are located at the back of each of your eyes. Optic nerves connect your eye to your brain, transmitting images that enter your eye into messages your brain understands.  Your optic nerve is critical for healthy vision. But glaucoma is a very common eye condition that damages...

3 Telltale Signs It's an Astigmatism Aug 7th, 2020

About 1 in 3 people have astigmatism. This common refractive error develops when your cornea and lens have mismatched curves, and it distorts your vision at all distances.  In an eye without astigmatism, the cornea and lens are ball-shaped. They reflect light from your environment onto your retina, which is how...

Eye Care and COVID-19: What You Should Know Jul 16th, 2020

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has changed the way our world works, and that includes medical care. Going to the eye doctor should be part of everyone’s routine health care, but the pandemic may have you questioning whether it’s safe to get your eye exam. When it comes to your...

Behind Red Eyes Jun 9th, 2020

Even when you have dazzling eyes, the whites of your eyes are filled with tiny blood vessels. Most of the time, these blood vessels aren’t noticeable because they’re so small. But when they expand, your eyes take on a reddish hue.  Commonly called bloodshot eyes, red eyes range from a...

When You Should Seek Emergency Eye Care May 14th, 2020

Keep an eye out: Potentially harmful substances are everywhere. From a long fingernail to a common household cleaner, many things can irritate and damage the health of your eyes. Getting an eyelash in your eye can be uncomfortable, but it’s usually not a cause for concern. On the other hand,...

Tips for Managing Contacts During Allergy Season Apr 9th, 2020

The changing seasons and new growth in spring can be a welcome respite from winter. But for the 50 million Americans living with seasonal allergies, it means sneezing, runny noses, and itchy eyes.  The itchy, watery, red eyes are uncomfortable for everyone who suffers from allergies, of course. But if...

The Best Treatments for Presbyopia Mar 3rd, 2020

Is it more challenging to read your favorite magazine, text messages on your phone, or maybe a restaurant menu? If you’re over the age of 40, chances are high that your close-up vision isn’t as clear as it used to be.  Presbyopia is an eye condition that affects everyone as...

All About Astigmatism Feb 1st, 2020

Your eyes are complex. They refract the light in the world around you and translate it into images that your brain processes. A smooth, round eye refracts light and produces clear images. But if your eye isn’t perfectly round, your vision can be affected. Eyes that aren’t completely round have...

It's a New Year and a Great Time to Schedule Your Comprehensive Eye Exam Jan 10th, 2020

Seeing clearly may be something many people take for granted, because if you can see well, it must mean your eyes are healthy, right? That may be true, but the only way to get a clear picture of your overall eye health is through a comprehensive eye exam. The expert...

I Have Diabetes — How Often Should I Have My Eyes Checked? Dec 1st, 2019

High blood sugar levels can damage your eyesight before you even realize it. If you’ve been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, it’s important to have your eyes checked regularly. Our ophthalmologists and optometrists at Pacific Eye are experienced in diabetic eye care, and they can help you...

What You Can Do Now to Reduce Your Risk of Macular Degeneration Nov 1st, 2019

Macular degeneration can loom as a larger and larger concern as you age, especially if you have a family history of the disease. Fortunately, there are ways to control a number of the risk factors associated with this disease, so you can substantially increase your chances of avoiding macular degeneration. ...

Myths and Facts About Cataracts Oct 1st, 2019

As your eyes age, the normally clear lens that focuses light behind your iris and pupil becomes yellow and cloudy with dead cells and protein. The cataracts that result are a normal part of aging as your body replaces old and dying cells more slowly.  More than 50% of Americans...

5 Reasons to Consider LASIK Eye Surgery Sep 3rd, 2019

Imagine being able to make it through your day without wearing glasses or contact lenses. That’s the goal of LASIK, or Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, surgery. The procedure can virtually cure some vision problems by changing the shape of your eye and the way it processes light. LASIK produces results...

How Does Diabetes Affect Your Vision? Aug 1st, 2019

Did you know that diabetes is actually the primary cause of blindness in adults aged 20 to 74? In fact, diabetes is so closely linked to vision issues that there’s a term for eye problems caused by diabetes -- diabetic retinopathy.  Here at the Pacific Eye offices, conveniently located across...

Summertime Tips for Chronic Dry Eye Jul 1st, 2019

Dry eye usually isn’t dangerous, but anyone with this chronic condition understands how uncomfortable it can be. That’s because when you have dry eye, you lack proper lubrication in your eyes, which causes symptoms like: Burning or itching Sensitivity to light Watery or redness Mucus in or around your eyes...

Common Symptoms That Could Signal You Have Macular Degeneration Jun 1st, 2019

Macular degeneration progresses slowly and often asymptomatically until you notice significant difficulty seeing. It’s the leading cause of blindness in the United States, and though some young and middle-aged adults are diagnosed with macular degeneration, the condition primarily affects those ages 65 and older. Because of the age factor, macular...

Am I a Candidate for Laser Eye Surgery? May 1st, 2019

While laser eye surgery isn’t right for everyone, those suffering from nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or cataracts are considered great candidates.   Here at Pacific Eye, our ophthalmologists and optometrists provide state-of-the-art care from routine exams to laser eye surgery. We have six offices throughout San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara...

Glasses vs. Contacts: Which Is Right for You? Apr 11th, 2019

If you have difficulty seeing, it’s time for corrective lenses. But which is right for you: glasses or contacts? While both eyeglasses and contact lenses can assist you in seeing better, they also have their own pros and cons. To help you decide which is best for your eyes, the...

How to Know if Your Child Has a Vision Problem Mar 1st, 2019

Children don’t always realize they have a vision problem. They believe the way they see is the way everyone sees. But impeccable vision is critical to children’s ability to function in school. They need good eyesight to see the chalkboard, to use computers, and to read and write. Children with...

What You Can Do to Help Prevent Cataracts Feb 1st, 2019

By the time you reach 80, your chances of having a cataract or cataract surgery is 50%. While there’s no surefire way to prevent a cataract from developing, at least not yet, you can take steps that may help reduce your chances. As one of the leading causes of vision...

Glaucoma Is a Leading Cause of Blindness: What You Need to Know Jan 9th, 2019

Let’s start with the scary stuff: Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States, and around the world. More than 3 million Americans are afflicted by glaucoma, and this number is expected to rise 58% by 2030, thanks to an aging population. But there’s good news in...

5 Tips for Managing Winter Dry Eye Dec 19th, 2018

Most people expect certain health challenges in the winter, like colds and flu. What they may not anticipate, however, is the pain and burning of dry eyes. In reality, winter is the most common season for people to experience uncomfortable stinging, itchiness, and blurry vision thanks to the lower humidity...