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.

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…

Body Art for Teens and Adolescents—Talk it Out First

“There is nothing permanent except change,” said Greek philosopher Heraclitus. That may be true, but not when it comes to body modifications. Body art, such as permanent tattoos, piercings (in locations other than the earlobe), stretching or scarification which involves scratching, etching, burning, branding (yes, like cattle) or superficially cutting designs into the skin, can…

Calling All Heroes: Capes on for American Diabetes Month

Today, 1 in 11 Americans has diabetes. Since 2015, the disease has retained its rank as the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. Here’s a few more facts: It does not discriminate. It affects male and female, young and old, and people of all races, shapes, sizes and socio-economic levels. It’s invisible. Although 29…

Now Playing: The California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (D.O.I) Video

The California Department of Consumer Affairs’ (DCA) Division of Investigation (DOI) serves as the law enforcement arm of DCA. DOI protects California consumers and licensees by investigating violations of California’s law, regulations and professional standards. Established in 1961, DOI provides law enforcement investigative services that focus on consumer protection for the boards, bureaus, programs, committees,…

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