Category: Board of Optometry

O’s Para Los Ojos

Tienes una cita con un profesional de la visión. ¿Sabes qué clase de licencia tiene? Mucha gente no sabe. Los siguientes profesionales trabajan con los ojos de una u otra forma y sus títulos comienzan con la letra “o”, pero existen diferencias importantes en su educación, capacitación y áreas de especialización. Aquí están los tres…

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…

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…

New Laws for the New Year

From making California into a sanctuary state to banning marijuana use while driving, hundreds of new California laws were signed by Governor Brown last year. Here’s a sampling of laws that became effective January 1. Optometrists’ scope of practice: AB 443 alleviates pressure on the health care system and makes eye care more accessible by…

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…

Put it on Your Reading List: The Winter 2017 Consumer Connection Magazine!

Happy holidays from the staff of the Consumer Connection magazine! The last issue for 2017 is filled with articles about everything from hormone replacement therapy to power poses, seniors and technology, football helmets, liquid cremation, and much more! Our cover story features the Bureau of Cannabis Control and the preparations it is making to begin…

Coding From a Clipboard: Life Situation Forms

The next time you visit the doctor, you might have a different type of form to fill out. They’re called life situation forms, and they are helping physicians get a more 360-degree view of your life—where you live, your financial situation, if you have kids, etc.—in order to figure out the best way help you…

Eclipse Blindness: It’s a Thing

You may have done it. Even the President did it. If you looked up at the solar eclipse on August 21 without eclipse glasses or other eye protection, there’s a chance you may have caused damage to your eyes. According to NASA, the sun’s surface is so intensely bright that it produces enough light to…

Hot off the Press: The Fall 2017 Consumer Connection Magazine

Tiny houses, flu shots, backpacks, and water conservation—what do they all have in common? They’re all the subjects of articles in the fall 2017 issue of the Consumer Connection magazine! The fall issue offers information on: A new office created specifically to help students in need after private school closures Your right to your prescription…

Copy That: Your Eye Prescription Belongs to You

Did you know that if you have an eye exam or a fitting for contact lenses, the eye doctor must give you a copy of your prescription—without you having to ask for it—free of charge? It’s your right—and it’s enforced by the Federal Trade Commission via the Eyeglass Rule and the Contact Lens Rule. Having…

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