Category: Board of Optometry

Don’t Let Excitement Overshadow Safety During the Solar Eclipse

For approximately 2 to 3 hours on Monday, August 21, 500 million people across a large portion of North America will experience a rare phenomenon—a total solar eclipse. It’s been nearly 40 years since the United States was in the path of a total solar eclipse; people are paying exorbitant amounts in airfare and lodging…

This August, the Focus is on Eye Exams

On July 19, California Senator Andy Vidak introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 70, declaring August 2017 as National Eye Exam Month in California to promote consumer awareness about the importance of eye health and safety. Founded by Sears Optical in 1989, this annual designation continues to be observed by eye care professionals nationwide, and serves as a helpful…

Get the Right Sunglasses to Protect Your Eyes

Everyone wants a new pair of sunglasses to look cool, but before settling on a pair of shades, consumers should consider their eye health and how well sunglasses protect against the sun’s harmful rays. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), six factors are most important when shopping for sunglasses: Protection from ultraviolet (UV)…

Optometry Board and State Legislators Make Successful Pitch for Comprehensive Eye Exams for California Children

One in four children and adolescents have a vision problem that can impede their learning.  Many  of these problems go undetected because children have not received the comprehensive eye exams they need to succeed in school and protect their vision for life. The California State Board of Optometry is working to change that. Wednesday, at…

April is an Ideal Time to Focus on Health

The weather is warming up, making it an ideal time to get healthy by getting active outdoors and taking advantage of the in-season fruits and vegetables. As further inspiration, a slew of campaigns focusing on health management through exercise, diet, and regular health care are happening this month. Here are a few to get you…

Glaucoma Awareness Month: Guard Your Vision

Glaucoma. It’s called the “sneak thief of sight” because it can strike without symptoms and lead to permanent blindness. The good news is that blindness from the disease is preventable. January is Glaucoma Awareness Month—a time to understand the disease and take important steps to guard yourself from its serious effects. Although there is no cure for glaucoma, if…

November is American Diabetes Month

Did you know that 1 in 11 Americans today has diabetes?  Despite its prevalence, diabetes is an invisible disease.  It affects men and women, people young and old, and people of all races, shapes and sizes.  Often there are no outward signs of the disease from the 29 million Americans who fight this chronic illness…

Don’t Put Your Eyes at Risk With Cosmetic Contacts for Halloween

If you are going all-out on a Halloween costume, complete with cosmetic contact lenses that make your eyes extra spooky, be aware of potential hazards from cheap, nonprescription contacts. Wearing cosmetic contacts purchased at gas stations, flea markets, or costume shops—any place that doesn’t require a prescription—can damage your eyes in several ways, including corneal scratches,…

June: Child Vision Awareness Month and Cataract Awareness Month

This month—and every month—the State Board of Optometry (Board) reminds consumers about the importance of children receiving early eye care, and how critical regular comprehensive eye exams are for Californians of all ages. Nearly 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems that can cause them to struggle in school. Undetected and untreated vision problems can also…

Children’s Vision Coalition: Comprehensive Eye Exam Requirement for School-Age Kids

One in four school-age children suffers from vision problems. Although vision screenings done at schools help identify those kids, the screenings miss one in three with significant vision and eye health problems, according to the National Commission on Vision and Health. Also, 40 percent of the kids identified with vision problems do not receive follow-up…

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