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Your Eyes Affect Everything You Do

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You have the right cell phone, the right computer, the right outfit.

You work out, you eat right, but have you taken care of your eyes?

Your eyes affect almost every aspect of your life. Good vision allows you to be more productive, more comfortable, and happier. Correct visual skills allows you to read faster, catch the ball better, and do better in work and school. Vision allows you to see, to understand, to process, and to be. Less than perfect vision wastes precious energy by making you work harder, slows you down as your brain takes a split second to focus, and makes you miss precious moments in life that go unrealized because you didnt see well enough, or fast enough.

The problem is, vision changes so gradually that you cannot tell that your vision is slipping away until you have your eyes and health checked, your eye muscles rebalanced, your new glasses made, or your contact lens prescription updated. Theres no way for you to know if you have glaucoma or other eye disease that can rob you of your precious vision until it progresses to the point that you lose vision. Babies can have eye diseases, millennials can have eye diseases, and you can have an eye problem also, without even knowing it.

Your eyes are the window to your health. It is the only part of your body where we can see through to your blood vessels and nerves giving us the ability to detect health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol. We have detected many health problems over the years in our patients during their annual eye exam.

Dont let life pass you by without having the best vision possible. Be your best by seeing your best.

Schedule an appointment for you and your family, and encourage your friends and co-workers to come in also.


Protect Your Eyes and Sleep From Blue Light from Computers and Cell Phones

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If you use computers, smart phones, tablets, or flat screen televisions for any significant amount of time each day, you are at risk from the harmful effects of blue light that these devices give off. Fluorescent light bulbs and LED bulbs also emit harmful blue light.

Blue light increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)which increases the chance of significant vision loss.

The negative effects of blue light emission are damaging not only to your vision, but also to your overall health. Harmful effects of prolonged use and exposure to blue light include:

  • Computer Vision Syndrome (eyestrain, headaches, blurry or fluctuating vision, fatigue, loss of productivity)
  • Disruption of sleep: blue light boosts attention during the day, but cumulative exposure sends a message to the brain to decrease melatonin production which disrupts our circadian rhythm which interferes with sleep.
  • Photo-oxidative damage to the retina in the back of the eye increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration which can lead to significant visual loss

Everyone is at risk for AMD with exposure to blue light, age, and cumulative sun damage (especially in sunny climates like Los Angeles). Obesity and hypertension also increase the risk for AMD.

Thankfully, you can now protect yourself with DuraVision BlueProtect by ZEISS: a special coating specifically designed to protect the eyes from the harmful effects of blue light emission. Other benefits of this protective filter include: superior anti-reflective properties compared to conventional anti-reflective coatings, and are easier to keep clean than other AR coatings. We can even make computer glasses with the protective filters even if you do not need a prescription, or already wear contact lenses.

If you have family members with AMD, your risk is increased significantly. We also offer DNA and allergy testing for macular degeneration and other health and allergy problems at our office.

Please call us if you have any questions, and to schedule your annual eye exam or appointment to have glasses made to protect you from blue light emission.


How Poor Eye Movement Can Interfere with Your Learning

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Can poor eye movement interfere with learning? A definitive yes, because poor eye movements can impair reading ability and cause a lack of concentration that may be incorrectly diagnosed as ADD or ADHD. After all, poor eye movements can often go hand in hand with eye teaming and focusing.

Saccades, a visual skill that allows for transitioning visual focus from one object to another, and tracking, which allows you to follow an object as it moves through space, are both necessary components of good eye movement. Lacking either, visual skills may be very debilitated, or at the least, cause children to overcompensate for their poor eye movement.

Children with poor eye movements can have difficulty tracking a ball in sports, or focusing on words when reading. Your eyes use saccades to focus on one or several words at a time. Poor saccades can increase reading difficulties, which can obviously greatly interfere with learning. Poor eye movement can also result in an inability to maintain eye contact or cause distractions during highly visual tasks.

But poor eye movement can be corrected. Developmental optometrists can help improve eye movement through vision therapy exercises, prescription lenses, and the use of syntonics – colored lights that adjust aspects of eye movements. Once corrected, learning capabilities increase.

Keep an Eye on Your Vision During May for Healthy Vision Month

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During the month of May we want to focus on healthy vision, which means we want to encourage you, your friends and family to make eye health a top priority this month. Healthy Vision Month is the perfect opportunity to learn more about your eye health, while also making sure you and your family understand the importance of regular comprehensive dilated eye exams in maintaining healthy vision.

At Hollywood Vision Center, we want to be your go-to optometrists in Los Angeles, which is why it is important to visit us this month to learn more about healthy vision. While it is important all year, our Los Angeles area optometrists want to place an extra emphasis on healthy vision during the month of May. Your eyes are windows to the world and it is important for you to learn how you can protect them.

What Should I do to Protect My Vision?

With May being Healthy Vision Month, we want to make sure you know what steps you can take to ensure you have healthy vision. To help you better understand your vision health, let’s take a look at 5 different ways you can protect yourself:

Get a dilated eye exam. By getting a dilated eye exam our Los Angeles optometrists will be able to catch eye diseases early, because with many diseases, there are no warning signs.

Live a healthy lifestyle. By living healthy, you can significantly lower your risk of eye disease, as an overall healthy life is good for your eyes. You can start taking steps toward healthy living by maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthy foods, not smoking and managing chronic conditions.

Know your family history. By understanding your family history, you can further protect yourself. While you may know that you get your eye color from your parents, did you also know that eye health could be hereditary, too? Talk to your family members about their eye healthy history today.

Use protective eyewear. While doing chores around the house, playing sports or on the job, it is important to keep your eyes protected. Talk to one of our optometrists in Los Angeles to learn more about how you can protect your eyes with protective eyewear.

Wear sunglasses. We all know that the sun’s rays are bad for our skin, but they are just as bad for our eyes. While sunglasses may look fashionable, they do a lot more than just look good. Sunglasses help to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Celebrate Healthy Vision Month by taking these steps today! At Hollywood Vision Center we want to make sure your eyes are healthy so that you can see well for a lifetime. And don’t forget to spread the word to your family, friends and colleagues. Schedule an appointment today with one of our Los Angeles eye doctors to take the next step toward optimal eye health this month and for a lifetime.

When to Visit Your Eye Doctor in Los Angeles at Hollywood Vision

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Your eyes are more than just windows to your soul—they are also a good place to look for signs of problems. Even if you think you boast 20/20 vision, it is still important to visit our eye doctor in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Vision Center – Optometry. Eye exams are not only for people with poor vision. They are an important way of detecting eye problems before you have any symptoms.

By visiting our Los Angeles eye doctor, other health problems, like diabetes, can even be caught early. If it has been more than a few years since your last eye exam, or if you have never had one, then it is time to schedule a trip to see Dr. Elise Brisco and Dr. Bita Shokouh, our Los Angeles optometrists.

Be Prepared for Your Visit

When visiting the Hollywood Vision Center – Optometry, we want to make sure you are prepared for your visit. To help you understand what to bring, or what not to bring, to your appointment, lets take a look. Remember to bring your glasses or contacts with if you wear them. You may not want to wear your contacts for a few days prior to your visit to allow for more precise measurements. You can ask our optometrists in Los Angeles for further instructions.

It is also important to bring a list of:
Any health conditions or allergies
All medications and supplements you take
Specific questions you might have about your eye health
Previous medical and vision records for our hospital patients or if you were referred by another doctor for a Vision Therapy evaluation

And most importantly, don’t forget your insurance policy, as some policies cover vision care. We are also available to answer any of your questions you might have about your upcoming appointment—don’t hesitate to contact us!

During Your Eye Appointment

During your eye appointment you will get to know our Los Angeles eye doctors, while they also get to know you and your eyes. The exact eye exam that will be performed will vary from person to person, but some things that you can expect are:
Health and lifestyle history (so that we understand what your visual demands are at work and sports or school. Many health problems affect the eyes so we will review that with you also.

Comprehensive eye and eye health examination to determine the optimal prescription to help you see your best. We also offer retinal photography to document the health of your eyes and detect eye & health problems sooner.
Specialized ocular health testing for glaucoma, cataracts, retinal problems, etc. if necessary.

Presentation of treatment options including options such as correcting your myopia and astigmatism non-surgically, Vision Therapy for visual motor and perceptual issues that can interfere with academic, athletic and executive performance, and an integration between Western medicine and natural treatments such as homeopathy and supplements.
Through an eye exam, our eye doctors will be able to detect early signs of glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure and even arthritis. If we find anything unusual, we will recommend that you follow up with your regular doctor or specialist.

Our Los Angeles, CA optometrists work together to provide you with the best in quality eye care. We look forward to meeting you and helping you maintain optimal vision to see and perform your best. Contact us today to schedule your next eye exam.

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