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5 Easy Ways to Care for Your Eyes

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We place a lot of strain on our eyes because we do most of our work with our eyes at the office, school, even home. Are you staring at the computer screen by day, then binge-watching YouTube or Netflix by night? Even if you have the bad habit of reading in dim light, spending a little too much time in the sun without proper protection, or even that awful smoking habit leftover from college — all of these activities put undue strain on your eyes.

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What You Can Do to Protect Your Eyes

At the Hollywood Vision Center, we’re all about giving our patients the resources to set them up for success when it comes to having clear, comfortable vision, and healthy eyes that also look healthy. We’re not just the place that helps you if your vision gets strained or goes bad; we’re also the place who gives you the education and insight that will help you take care of your eyes more effectively, which will save you money, time, and discomfort in the long run.

Wear Shades

We know, this one’s easy. Like we really have to persuade you to wear sunglasses. But sun exposure is no joke. Your eyes are more sensitive to sun exposure than your skin, so consider UV sunglasses as important as putting on sunscreen.

Ultraviolet rays can increase your chances of cataracts as well as macular degeneration. When it comes to lenses, wrap-arounds are the best, because they protect the sides of your eyes. Make sure your lenses block 99%-100% of both UVA and UVB rays. Polarized lenses cut down on the glare, but they do come at a little bit higher of a price. If you ask us, it’s worth the investment.

Turn Away from the Window

We know, you worked hard for that view. You want to enjoy it. But don’t set your desk up against the window looking out. Glare and ultraviolet from the windows can cause permanent eye damage with that sun beating in on you. It’s best to face your desk away from the window, or, at the very least, make sure that you have shades to soften the glare and UV light.

Eat Healthy

Take a look at what’s on your plate. Foods that are rich in nutrients like Vitamin E, C, zinc, lutein, and omega 3s have been shown to reduce age-related vision problems (like macular degeneration and cataracts). Eat more leafy greens (kale, spinach) and more fish (salmon, tuna). If you stay away from meat, then go for eggs, nuts, beans, and other vegetarian/vegan-friendly proteins. Staying on top of your diet will help you maintain a healthy body weight. Obesity is related to type 2 diabetes, which is the number one cause of adult blindness, after all.

Drop that Cigarette

As if you needed another reason to quit, smoking increases your likelihood of getting cataracts and macular degeneration. Nicotine also robs your eyes of vitamin A which is important to see well at night, like when driving. If you’ve tried to quit before but failed, try again.  Healthline asserts that each time to drop the habit, you’re more likely to quit for good.

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It’s important not to fight the fight alone. Having an experienced optometrist in Los Angeles here to help you with integrative and preventive services such as Vision Therapy, and specialty contact lenses like Scleral and Ortho K corneal molds, will give you the best shot at enjoying spectacular vision for the long haul.

Finally, How to Pamper Your Eyes

Did you know that, over time, we lose at least 30% of our oily tear-producing glands?

Our eyes need to stay moist to be and look healthy.

If you live in Los Angeles or any other city with low humidity, allergies abound, stressful lives, long hours at the computer, heavy cell phone use, or environmental toxin exposure, then you likely suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome (DES). It’s actually the #1 eye problem we all face.

The Hollywood Vision Center treats dry eyes in multiple ways, including our revolutionary new MiBo Thermoflo treatment — which has been FDA-approved.

Dr. Brisco leads a team that takes a multi-dimensional holistic approach to treating your eye problems. Our MoisturEyes Dry Eye Spa treatment can help you produce more tears naturally by opening up diseased and impacted tear glands, glands that can become clogged with oil, debris, and bacteria. On top of that, it’ll make you feel like your eyes just went on a weekend getaway without you.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation to see how our MoisturEyes Dry Eye Spa treatment can help you look, see, and feel more beautiful. It’s time to pamper your eyes, and yourself today.

Living in a Visual Culture and How It’s Not So Easy on the Eyes

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Read This if You Look at a Screen of Any Kind for More Than 2 Hours Daily


How many of you have a job that could be classified as visual? This might mean that you depend on your eyes for a large portion of the work day; maybe you look at a screen all day, or maybe you spend your business hours looking over documents. Either way, our work is 90% visual in most vocational settings, which places heavier and heavier demand and stress on… you guessed it, your eyes.

Working with computers, working in graphic design, hammering out spreadsheets, making presentations on tablets, running a business from your cell phone — all of these activities are primarily visual.

The United States is becoming less and less a physical or manual labor country. We no longer engage in manufacturing, farming or building with our hands and bodies on the same scale as in the past. More and more of our jobs are based on visual labor rather than physical labor. We are now focused on computers, microtasks, visual analysis, viewership, design, research and other highly demanding activities that can potentially increase wear and tear, even damage our eyes.

Are Your Eyes Getting the Care They Need, and Deserve?

Little is being done to help office workers keep their eyes healthy and rested even though it’s how they do most of their work. People go to the gym to exercise their bodies and muscles, and people who do manual labor are required to take physical rest breaks, but few people do eye exercises that benefit your eyes, or take visual rest breaks. In fact, many people use their cell phones to text, watch videos and jump on social media during their breaks, instead of resting their eyes, after having spent most of the day working with their eyes.

The eye muscles are the most active muscles in the body. They are hard at work scanning across thousands and thousands of words every hour. Surprisingly, employers are neglecting the wellbeing of eyes of their Visual Workforce. This is short sighted (pun intended) because healthy eyes, clear vision, and appropriate tracking and eye teaming skills help employees be more comfortable, happy and productive. Health insurance plans often do not include vision insurance even though the majority of your work involves visual tasks. That means it’s up to you to take care of your own eyes.

Very few people consider the ergonomics of their office from a visual perspective. Workstations need to take visual needs into account such as:

  • The angle that workers are most comfortable viewing screens
  • Ambient and backlighting
  • Screen resolution and refresh rate

Protection from harmful blue light that is emitted from computer screens, cell phones, tablets, digital TVs and fluorescent lights. Blue light can cause more damage to the eyes than the sun
The humidity of the office also needs to be considered since heavy computer use often leads to dry eyes because we don’t blink as much when we stare at the computer screen

What is a “Visual Culture”?


Do you have friends who only express themselves in memes and gifs? That’s part and parcel of our culture relying more on our eyesight than any other sense. Vision is how we stay connected to the world, and each other.

Examples of visually demanding jobs include:

  • Designers (Web, Fashion, Video Game, Etc.)
  • Animators
  • Film and video Editors
  • Copywriters
  • Editorial Staff (Both Print and Digital)
  • Accountants
  • Law Professionals
  • Administrative Professionals
  • Security
  • Graphic design
  • Health professionals
  • Students
  • And Much, Much More

And the list keeps growing!

The number of multimedia artists and animators working in the field is projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026, due to increased demand for things like gaming, movies, TV, animation, and more. Also, not only does the work day trend towards digital devices, but recreational time as well. These include cell phones, social media, video games, chatting, video streaming, Youtube, TV, etc. That means it doesn’t look like our culture is going to shift away from this trend any time soon (or ever, for that matter).

Unchecked Stress on the Eyes Can Affect…

  • Visual Pursuits (Tracking Moving Objects)
  • Accommodation / Sustained Focus
  • Binocularity
  • Stereopsis (Perception of Depth)
  • Convergence (Tracking Towards and Away)
  • Plugged oily tear glands

This leads to:

  • Dry eyes
  • Eyes that are red, watering, burning, tired
  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Poor concentration
  • Diminished productivity

The bottom line is when your eyes feel tired, you feel tired!

That’s why it’s so important to take care of your eyes. The Hollywood Vision Center provides Vision Therapy for eye strain, double vision, sports vision, computer vision syndrome, visual impairment due to head trauma or brain injury, visually-related learning problems, and more.

We also have a state of the art MoisturEyes Spa to treat dry eyes that result from staring at the computer or cell phone for hours each day.

If you’re experiencing even what you perceive to be slight eye strain, it’s important to act now to avoid serious problems down the road. We have a dedicated staff of visioneers who work with you to help you see clear, easy, and comfortable so that you can perform your best at work and play!

Holistic Prevention of Blue Light Damage and Cataracts and How Diet, Nutraceuticals, and Eye Exercise Can Help

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Most people don’t know that the majority of eye diseases go unnoticed because there are no pain receptors inside of the eyes. Without symptoms, or “warning signs”, often the first sign that something is wrong with your eyes, is when the disease has progressed to the point that you have lost some vision.

This is why it’s extremely important to have annual vision exams. By catching problems in the early stage, we can prevent more serious vision problems from progressing and harming your eyesight. It’s like dental care. Regular cleaning and exams prevents cavities and gum disease.

We use holistic and multi-disciplinary techniques at the Hollywood Vision Center to help our patients age gracefully. We empower our patients with knowledge to help them take care of themselves between visits to our office to stay healthy. Today, we will discuss ways to prevent eye problems like cataracts and blue light damage with homeopathy, nutraceuticals and a balanced diet.

Cataracts and Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Cataracts and Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) are two of the leading causes of acquired blindness and visual impairment in the United States. They both affect millions of Americans each year. Eating certain nutrients, sun protection, blue light filters, not smoking, and using homeopathic remedies to “detox” your lens, can help decrease the risk of cataracts and AMD. While studying to be a Clinical Homeopath, I learned several ways to use homeopathic lymphagogues to help decrease the cloudiness in the lens that exists in cataracts. I make individual recommendations based on the findings in each patients’ exam.

What nutrients are good for the eyes? Enhancing your lutein and zeaxanthin intake has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases like AMD and cataracts. Unfortunately, most Western diets tend to be low in lutein and zeaxanthin. Foods high in these antioxidants include leafy green vegetables, like spinach, but also corn, broccoli, and eggs.

How Do Antioxidants Help with Cataracts and Blue Light Damage?


Do you stare at a computer screen for hours on end? How many times do you expose your eyes to high-energy blue wavelengths of light from computers, cell phones, television and tablets each day? Indoor lighting, fluorescent lights and sunlight also causes free radical cell damage, and bombards us with blue wavelengths of light.

Lutein and zeaxanthin from foods and supplements can protect our eyes from blue light! Many studies have shown that these carotenoids filter harmful blue light from damaging the eye, and can help prevent AMD and cataracts.

Protect your eyes by including more lutein and zeaxanthin rich foods in your diet: dark leafy greens, herbs, salad greens, summer squash, broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus, green peas, leeks, and green beans. (PICTURES)

The average American does not get enough lutein or zeaxanthin through food alone. This is why I recommend supplements such as Ultra Dry Eye TG which contains essential fatty acids to improve the quality and quantity of oily tears to combat dry eyes, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin.

The crystalline lens of your eye can go through oxidation as well, which is a primary cause of cataracts, and presbyopia, which is the inability to see at near once you are over 40 years old. Antioxidants will help neutralize unstable molecules (also called free radicals) that cause oxidative stress and damage to the retina. You can get antioxidants through a variety of foods including:

  • Fruits: Cranberries, blueberries, and blackberries
  • Vegetables: Beans, artichokes, and Russet potatoes
  • Nuts: Pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts

More Holistic Vision Tips from Dr. Brisco

Your eyes are like muscles. You have to work them out to keep them sharp and in shape. One exercise we recommend is reading 48-point font with one eye covered from 8-10 feet away. Then read 14-point font at an arm’s length away with that same eye covered. Then alternate and repeat. This exercise is a great way to maintain the flexibility of your eyes focusing muscles as long as possible by zooming in and out. If you combine this routine with a healthy diet full of spinach, green beans, peas, broccoli, and maybe with the occasional omelet, your eyes will be in good shape for the long haul.

Sunglasses, and certain contact lenses with ultraviolet protection, namely UV-A, UV-B and UV400 protect the eyes from sun damage including cataracts, pterygiums and pingueculas, AMD and eye lid cancers. Excessive or prolonged cumulative ultraviolet exposure can cause skin damage and accelerate aging, and even more so in the eyes because the eye tissues and retina in the back of the eye are very delicate. I also recommend wearing a hat with a wide brim to protect your eyes from the sun. My mother made me wears hats and sometimes even carry a sun parasol when I was young. As I grow older, I am thankful that she made me do this! Since 80% of sun damage occurs before 18 years old, get your children in the habit of sun protection now.

We hope some of this helps. If you’d like to know more about blue light damage, cataracts, and how homeopathic treatment, nutraceuticals, and a balanced diet can help you enjoy crystal clear vision for years to come, contact us at Hollywood Vision Center today to learn more. We are here to help you keep your eyes and vision as sharp and healthy through graceful aging.

dr-elise-brisco-los-angeles-optometristDr. Brisco joined the practice in 1988 and, among other improvements, has incorporated her areas of special interest in the practice: Children’s Vision, rehabilitation of vision problems after brain injury, Vision Therapy, Sports Vision, treatment of dry eye, Strabismus and Amblyopia.

Dr. Brisco incorporates an Integrative approach to vision care. She evaluates patients from a holistic standpoint looking at how health, lifestyle, stress and diet affect the visual system and vice versa. She is one of a select group of optometrists in the country to be a Certified Clinical Homeopath, having conducted a research study using homeopathy with LASIK to decrease dryness after surgery. Dr. Brisco gives her patients options between pharmaceuticals and natural medicine such as homeopathy whenever appropriate. She also incorporates Chinese Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Preventive Cardiology, Acupuncture and other health care disciplines into her recommendations as needed, to help her patients reach their maximum health potential. Dr. Brisco graduated from the University of Southern California with honors, and completed her doctorate with Distinction at the Southern California College of Optometry.

She has earned two post-Doctorate Fellowships from the American Academy of Optometry, and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She’s been recognized in the International Who’s Who in Medicine, and America’s Top Optometrists. One of her special interests is Children’s Vision. Since there is a strong relationship between vision and learning, the Hollywood Vision Center – Optometry provides vision screenings at over 40 schools in the area. The practice also has a complete Vision Therapy department. Another one of her interests is Rehabilitative Vision which is the treatment of patients who have functional visual impairments after acquired or traumatic brain injury (such as stroke, brain tumor, motor vehicle accident, etc.) that interfere with daily functioning such as reading, driving, eating, and sports. She co-founded the Rehabilitative Vision clinic at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and is a member of the Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation Association. Dr. Brisco’s achievements include being the Team Optometrist for the NHL’s Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, WCHL’s Long Beach Ice Dogs, and the Los Angeles Galaxy. She also worked with athletes from around the world at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia teaching them how they could improve visual motor skills to see and react faster. She has been a Clinical Instructor at the Southern California College of Optometry and was an Adjunct Faculty member of the Western University College of Optometry.

Specialty Contact Lenses

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We thought a blog about the many specialty contact lenses that we offer at the Hollywood Vision Center Optometry would help shed light on the new innovations and exciting options available for those who can benefit from medically necessary and specialty contacts.

There many different types of lenses available for a wide range of eye conditions that are not correctable with glasses or regular contact lenses. Technology has consistently improved lens designs so that patients with dry eyes, high prescriptions, irregular corneas, damaged corneas (from surgery or injury), astigmatism and bifocals can now wear contacts comfortably and see clearly.

Types of Specialty Contact Lenses

We offer scleral lenses that are designed for high astigmatism, keratoconus, and post-surgery (such as LASIK and radial keratotomy). These are also designed for patients who have irregular corneas and cannot see well with gas permeable or regular soft lenses. Scleral lenses are also designed to provide sharper vision to irregular corneas, provide more security for hard-to-fit eyes, and creates a moist reservoir for dry eyes.

Ortho K corneal molds are specialty contact lenses designed to decrease myopia and astigmatism while you sleep, and without surgery. You don’t have to wear these contact lenses during the day. You’ll only need to wear them at night while you sleep. There can be many reasons for discomfort, including sports (like swimming, football, baseball, basketball, and horseback riding). These molds non-surgically provide decrease prescription and are completely safe for children (who are too young have LASIK).

Multifocal lenses are another type that eliminates the need for bifocal glasses and reading glasses. Multifocal lenses also give you enhanced depth perception (unlike monovision contact lenses).

Lastly, we use hybrid lenses (like Duette by SynergEyes), which are great for keratoconus and for patients with irregular corneas who have a hard time adapting to hard contact lenses. Hybrid lenses have a rigid gas permeable center for better optics, attached to a soft skirt to increase patient comfort and decrease foreign bodies and debris under the contact lens.

A Wide Array of Vision Possibilities, All Under One Roof!

Hollywood Vision Center Optometry takes an integrated and holistic approach to our work. Our dedicated staff of medical professionals have our patient’s best interests in mind at all times. We also offer other services, including our MoisturEyes Dry Eye Spa, Vision Therapy, as well as both western and homeopathic medicine choices for our patients. For example, our integrative approach to treating dry, tired eyes includes stimulating and increase your natural tear production, which will help our patients with dry eyes wear their contact lenses longer and more comfortably.

Patients often tell us that they see more vividly and more accurately with contact lenses because their lenses behave and perform as if they are a natural part of the eyes. There are many cases when our patients see better with their contacts than with their glasses. Our patients enjoy increased peripheral vision and crisper vision through contact lenses, and during your initial consultation we’ll help you determine which type will be the best and most practical for you. Contact Hollywood Vision Center Optometry today to schedule your visit.

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