Eye Health

Five Ways to Prevent Digital Eye Strain


Today, many people spend hours each day sitting in front of a computer screen. Once you get in the flow, you may not take a break for several hours. When you finally do turn away, your eyes may feel tired and perhaps your vision is a bit blurry.

“Digital eye strain is increasingly common,” says Marianne Ghatta, O.D., an optometrist with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “Many of my patients come in with eye strain and blurred vision, simply from staring at the computer for too long, too often.”

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Best Ways to Protect Your Eyesight


Whether we wear prescription lenses or simply get eye strain after a day on the computer, most of us would like to improve and protect our eyesight, but what really works to protect your vision naturally?

Virginia Ko, O.D., an optometrist with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, shares these top ways to protect and improve your eyesight, no matter your age. Read More

Children’s Eye Health – Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

I Spy With My Little Eye…

Playing peek-a-boo, devouring the first Harry Potter book or scoring a goal for the team – good eye health and vision are critical so your child can learn, experience and enjoy the world around him or her to its fullest. From birth to the age of 10, the area of a child’s brain responsible for vision is still developing. That’s why it’s important to have your child’s eyes checked regularly, as many eye disorders and vision problems can be treated successfully if diagnosed early.

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Why Lasik Prices Vary

“Why are LASIK costs so different?”

This is a question that I often receive. A person will have seen an advertisement in the newspaper for someone offering laser vision correction for $1,000 or less per eye. As the saying goes “Buyer beware.”

The first thing that a person should be aware of is that the advertised price will usually have a small asterisk next to it. At the bottom of the advertisement there will be a statement that the price only applies for a prescription of less than a low number such as -1.50 . Often there also will be a restriction on the presence of astigmatism.

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Computers and Eye Strain

As computers become part of our everyday lives, more and more people are experiencing a variety of ocular (eye) symptoms related to computer use. These include eyestrain, tired eyes, irritation, redness, blurred vision, and double vision – collectively referred to as computer vision syndrome. The visual effects of various display characteristics such as lighting, glare, display quality, refresh rates, and radiation affect how your eyes feel. Offices tend to keep the humidity low to protect the computers, however the dry air irritates the eyes. Indeed, the major contributor to computer vision syndrome symptoms by far appears to be dry eye.

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