Author: Michelle Cave

Greetings! I am an Information Officer with the California Department of Consumer Affairs and I am glad that you took a moment to check out our blog.

Come Join the DCA Team and Become a Champion for California Consumers!

Searching for a job can be challenging.  Searching for a job with the State of California – albeit not impossible – is challenging. The California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has dedicated a page on the department’s website to assist individuals seeking employment. DCA’s careers page is a single source for job listings, examinations and…

Start Your Day Right: Keep Your Phone Out of Sight!

When you wake up in the morning, how soon do you reach for your cell phone? If the time falls within 30 minutes – you are not alone, but this habit may be bad for your health and state of mind.  Researchers assert that what you do upon waking sets the tone for the day.…

Tips for Coping with the Post College Job Hunt Blues

Graduating from a college or university with a diploma is a great academic achievement, and it also marks the end of an era of the structure that organized education provided.  With this change many graduates may be experiencing a loss of identity because they have had the label of “student” for nearly 17 years.  The…

Don’t Let July Fourth Become Your Dog’s Independence Day

Americans love celebrating the Fourth of July with glorious fireworks, but your dogs—terrorized by the noise—could panic and make a run for it. Noise anxiety in dogs is real. Fireworks make loud noises accompanied by bright flashes of light that many dogs find scary. It’s estimated that 40 percent of dogs experience noise anxiety from…

Kids Eye Health Is Not Child’s Play

Do you know at what age your child should have their first comprehensive eye exam? Chances are­­ it’s earlier than you think. A basic eye exam or vision screening may be helpful, but without a comprehensive eye exam, several eye and vision conditions may go unnoticed. To address this–the California State Board of Optometry created…

Eye Spy with My Little Eye. Light-Adaptive Contact Lenses Are Coming!

Many of us know someone who wears prescription eyeglasses that turn into sunglasses when they are exposed to sunlight.  These are also known as photochromic lenses. For the last 50 years, this convenient option was only available in eyeglasses, but now a change is on the horizon for consumers who wear contact lenses. Pending approval…

Now Playing: BRN’s Intervention Program Video

Being a registered nurse (RN) does not guarantee immunity from substance use disorders (SUDs) or mental illness. In fact, most people suffering from an SUD, treatable brain disease or mental illness may not even recognize they have a problem. According to the Journal of Nursing Regulation, an estimated 10 to 20 percent of nurses are…

O’s for the Eyes

So, you have an appointment with an eye care professional.  Do you know what they’re licensed to do?  Many people don’t.  The following professionals all work with eyes in one capacity or another and their titles begin with the letter “o,” but there are important differences in their education, training, and areas of expertise. Here…

Get to Know the Federal Lemon Law

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (MMWA) also known as the Federal Lemon Law, creates additional protections for consumers.  The law applies to transactions on consumer goods valued at more than $15 that are subject to a warranty.  For this blog post, we will focus on how the MMWA relates to new or used cars and trucks.…

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Nearly 3 million Americans have glaucoma and half of them don’t know it. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing. Our eyes are made of fluid, delicate tissues and nerves.  If clear eye fluid drains too slowly this can place pressure on the optic nerve (the part of the…

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