Age-Related Lenticular Degeneration Revisited – Part 1


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The notion of AMD, or age-related macular degeneration, is commonplace.  It is a consequence of aging and represents a vexing degenerative process because it is so challenging to treat.  The crystalline lens of the eye doesn’t garner as much attention in aging because cataract surgery and implantation with IOLs has become so commonplace, and in most cases so successful.  Cataract is best conceived as lenticular degeneration, what I’ve previously proposed to call ALD and the anterior counterpart of AMD.

The Gulden Ophthalmics cataract (ALD) model is an effective chairside communication aid that models what happens to the crystalline lens in various types of cataract.  We reassure patients that cataract is not a growth, but a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye.  And when that cloudy lens interferes with visual function, the surgeon will extract the old lens and implant a new one.  Out with the old and in…

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How Scary are Halloween Contact Lenses? Get the Facts before making a big mistake.

Last year I was shopping with my daughter in a Halloween costume shop when one of the sales clerks was really scared!  Turns out he could not remove his Halloween Contact Lenses that had been in his eyes for days- He had bought them online. This naive young man was at risk of a cornea ulcer and losing his vision …all in the spirit of fun. Check out this FDA released video about your risks and the illegality of online contact lens sales

Why your kids should spend more time outside playing!

Children are 10% less likely to become nearsighted-need glasses to see far away- by spending just 40 minutes a day outside. What else can you do to prevent myopia or nearsightedness in your children. Dr. Marran earned her doctorate specializes in how the eyes focus. Problems focusing can create the symptoms that require glasses.

Dr Marran treats the focusing problem rather than the symptoms allowing kids and young adults to avoid needing glasses. Call us Today 714 961 2020 to learn more!_MG_7771

Avoiding Fat in your Diet? Not as good idea as it seems

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Jane Brody on health and aging.

The nutritional pickle so many Americans are now in is largely a result of “an oversimplification of dietary recommendations that created a fat phobia,” Dr. Frank B. Hu of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health told me.

Starting in the 1970s, when accumulating evidence from animal and human studies showed that a diet high in saturated fats and cholesterol was an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease, dietary guidelines urged people to eat less fat.

Although health advice focused on saturated fats from high-fat animal foods, many people generalized the advice to mean all fats, choosing in their stead a panoply of reduced-fat and fat-free foods rich in carbohydrates, from crackers to sweetened yogurts. They especially increased their consumption of two kinds of carbohydrates, refined starches and sugars, that have helped to spawn the current epidemic of obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

Experts now realize that efforts to correct past dietary sins that made heart disease and stroke runaway killers have caused the pendulum to swing too far in the wrong direction.

“The mistake made in earlier dietary guidelines was an emphasis on low-fat without emphasizing the quality of carbohydrates, creating the impression that all fats are bad and all carbs are good,” Dr. Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology, said. “It’s really important to distinguish between healthy fats and bad fats, healthy carbs and bad carbs.”

He explained that saturated fat, found in fatty animal foods like meats and dairy products, raises blood levels of cholesterol and is not healthy, “but olive oil is important — it’s beneficial for cardiovascular health and body weight.” Olive oil, like canola, avocado and nut oils, is monounsaturated, and while it has as many calories as meat and dairy fat, it does not raise serum cholesterol or foster fat-clogging deposits in blood vessels.

“We have to get out of the fat phobia mind-set,” Dr. Hu stressed, adding that we also have to abandon the idea that all complex carbohydrates are good.

Sugars are simple carbohydrates and starches are complex carbohydrates; all are ultimately broken down into glucose, the body fuel that circulates in blood. Sugars are digested rapidly, quickly raising blood glucose, but most starches take longer to digest.

Important exceptions are refined carbohydrates, like white bread and white rice. Starchy foods with highly processed grains that have been stripped of dietary fiber act more like sugar in the body. They are rapidly digested and absorbed, raising blood levels of glucose and prompting the secretion of insulin to process it. When consumed in excess of the body’s need for immediate and stored energy, refined carbs and sugars can result in insulin resistance and contribute to fatty liver disease.

Dry Eye causing blur that comes and goes?

If you have had a good eye exam, and with your new prescription your vision still goes in and out of focus throughout the day…you may be suffering from dry eye.

Make an appointment at Yorba Linda Optometry and Beyond for a Dry Eye Workup. We give you the tools to cure your dry eye with mostly over the counter treatment. If needed, we will supplement this therapy with prescription eye drops.

Signs and Symptoms:LOGO YLOpt

  • Blur that comes and goes
  • Burning
  • Sensation of a foreign body
  • Scratchiness
  • Tired Eye

Untreated, dry eye can prevent successful contact lens wear and if severe, can damage the cornea, the clear part of your eye. Call today and get relief  714 961 2020

Order your glasses online? Get your eye exam at home by a machine?

Absolutely not! Glasses are a medical device. An eye doctor has 4 years post graduate study and prepares for this by 4 years of PreMed studies in college or university. Most work under another doctor with years of clinical experience before seeing patients on their own. Finding the correct prescription takes alot more than “which is better one or two”. Many pieces of data go into the decision of your final prescription and correctly ordering your glasses. Data you likely do not know is being taken.The doctor sends your prescription out to a lab and once filled, the doctor checks that the lab made the prescription precisely before they are dispensed to you.

I get that you want to save money whenever you can, who doesn’t? But think about it, does it make sense to do that when it comes to your vision? Spend less on a frame, but get your lenses from your doctor!_MG_7770LOGO YLOpt


“One out of three patients that I see who have been told– for the first time in their life- that they need glasses to see far away, do not need and should not get glasses to see far away. Nearsightedness or myopia is a symptom before it is a condition. We make it into a condition by treating the symptom and not the cause. By treating the symptom with glasses, we lock the person into nearsightedness for a lifetime.” Dr. Marran

Can you read this?

Only two years after The Nation’s Report Card showed that only 38% of students could read at or above the level of “proficient,” our nation’s children continue to struggle with reading – at epidemic levels.  Many parents are told their children aren’t far enough behind to warrant special services at school, yet they continue to struggle with reading and learning.  Other children are misdiagnosed with learning disabilities when in fact they have undiagnosed vision problems at the root of their struggles.

In June 2011, we featured a story about educators in New Jersey who routinely screen for learning-related vision problems. Their district had one of the lowest rates of student classification for special education services in their county,” states Dr. Kara Heying, President of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). “In addition, parents shared that optometric vision therapy was one of the interventions that makes a big difference in their children’s ability to read and learn.”

It is a logical assumption that checking hearing and vision would be one of the first steps to identify why a child is struggling with reading. While eyesight, or visual acuity, is typically assessed, the main test is whether a child can see certain-sized letters from a distance of 20 feet (hence the term “20/20”). However, reading occurs at approximately 6 to 15 inches. People mistakenly assume that, if distance vision is fine, then vision at reading distance will be as well. This unfortunately means that vision isn’t tested at reading distance, nor are eye coordination and focusing taken into account.

Optometric research has shown that more than 10 million children struggle with reading and learning because of eye coordination and eye focusing disorders. Research also clearly indicates that both of these disorders are very treatable with optometric vision therapy . “While there is no critical period or age limit for vision therapy, early identification is always recommended,” states Dr. Heying.

“Most children who are having trouble with reading after working on it for four, or five, or six years are not easy to fix. They believe they are just stupid or just can’t do it. Why? Almost never are they stupid,” V&L_large 5_Signs

Why I Love Optometry

I see patients who cant see 20/20 even with glasses. I can help restore their vision but I would rather prevent the problem. Only an eye doctor can check if your baby needs glasses. Sometimes the vision is poor in just one eye, so the child acts normal but is silently developing amblyopia


So simple….. just a pair of glasses…… a life changed forever.

This is why I love optometry and especially InfantSEE.

Her name is Piper.  Her parents were concerned because she wasn’t crawling.  The pediatrician recommended an eye exam and they took Piper to see Dr. Josiah Young at Opticare Vision Center.   Dr. Young is an InfantSEE provider. He diagnosed Piper with significant hyperopia (farsightedness) and prescribed glasses.  This is what happened when mom wrestled with her to get the glasses on and Piper’s life was changed forever.  For starters, the voices of her parents now have faces. Piper has been wearing the glasses for about a month now and she is making huge developmental strides.  Go Piper!

Thank you Dr. Young and InfantSEE.  You rock my world.

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