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ARE YOU SENSITIVE TO LIGHT?

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Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is a condition in which bright light - either natural sunlight or artificial light -  can cause significant discomfort, pain and intolerance. People that experience light sensitivity will find themselves needing to close their eyes or squint when exposed to light and often experience headaches and nausea as well.  In mild cases, the discomfort accompanies exposure to bright lights or harsh sunlight, but in severe cases even a small amount of light can cause pain and discomfort.

Photophobia is more common in individuals with light eyes. This is because the greater amounts of pigment in darker eyes help to protect the eye from the harsh rays of light. The darker pigment of the iris and choroid absorbs the light, rather than reflecting the light and causing internal reflection or glare experienced by those with lighter eyes. People with albinism, which is a total lack of eye pigment, also experience significant light sensitivity for this re…

WHAT'S IN A BLACK EYE AND HOW TO TREAT IT

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A black eye, also known as a periorbital hematoma, is usually not an injury of the actual eye (which is why it is called “periorbital”- around the eye). It typically occurs when there is an injury to the face or the eye socket which causes bleeding beneath the skin and bruising. The term, “black eye” comes from the dark coloring of the bruising that occurs underneath the skin around the eye. When a blunt force hits the eye socket, this can cause capillaries in the area to burst, causing hemorrha ging, also known as a hematoma. This blood can accumulate in the eye socket and as it begins to be reabsorbed into the surrounding tissues, the colors of the bruising begin to change. That’s why you will often notice the coloring of the black eye to go from a dark purplish-red color to brownish and then yellow.
Sometimes along with the external bruising, you might also notice a small amount of bleeding on the white surface of the eye, which is called a subconjunctival hemorrhage. This is when…

NATIONAL SUNGLASSES DAY 6/27

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We understand the patient-doctor relationship, wherein us as doctors are more concerned about the health of the eyes and the majority of our patients are more concerned about looking good in what they wear. So we have been able to offer the best of both worlds and combine these different ways of thinking with what we do. This is one of the main reasons we are putting such a big emphasis on making sure each of our patients knows about June 27th, NATIONAL SUNGLASSES DAY (I really wish we could have you read it with a booming echo instead of thinking we're just yelling via this blog post in all caps)! On a more serious note, we are offering 25% off for anyone who comes into the office and purchases sunglasses on 6/27.


All of our frames have UV protection and are ensured to protect you from the sun while still making you look good! With brands like Ray-Ban, Tom Ford,Tiffany & Co and Oakley to name a few, you're sure to find something that you love. We run a promotion every ye…

FREE LASIK CONSULT DAY COMING 6/19 AT DR. BLADH'S OFFICE

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When LASIK was just being introduced into the marketplace, there were a lot of naysayers in our profession saying it would ruin the Optometry industry as we know it! How could we be supporting something that is going to put us out of business?!?! We have always been of the opinion if medical advancements help the patient, why would we ever stand in the way of that? We are huge proponents of LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis), yes it is actually an acronym, we have actually found that patients that have LASIK surgery end up becoming some of the most educated and loyal patients in our office.


With that being said, the surgery center that we have the best relationship with is NVISION Eye Centers. We do so much business with them that they actually approached us about doing a LASIK Consult Day in our office! They are taking one of their consultants out of their busy office for an entire day to dedicate to our patients. They do great work! They will be here to answer any questi…

SJOGREN'S AWARENESS MONTH - THE INVISIBLE DISEASE

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In honor of Sjogren’s (SHOW-grins) Awareness month, Dr. Bladh's office is helping to spread the word to increase awareness about this hard-to-diagnose disease.

Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth. Other serious symptoms include chronic fatigue and pain, specifically in the joints, as well as major organ dysfunction. The syndrome also increases chances of neuropathies and lymphomas.

The severity of the disease varies greatly, ranging from mild discomfort to debilitating symptoms that can seriously impair normal functioning in everyday life. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent serious complications and improve quality of life. There is currently no cure for Sjogren’s, yet there are treatments for many of the individual symptoms. On average patients are prescribed upwards of 8 medications to treat the wide range of symptoms.













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ANTI-REFLECTIVE COATING LIKE IN THE MOVIES

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There are many different reasons to purchase a pair of glasses with anti-reflective coating 😎. The most popular reason will probably come as no surprise, but it's actually cosmetic. The functionality of the coating has many benefits from light sensitivity, clarity, health and of course cosmetic. One of the most fascinating facts you might not know is that anti-glare coating has been around for almost 100 years! It was really regarded as a trade secret with the Carl Zeiss Optics Company used in WWI before taking mainstream several generations later.

The coatings would be applied to camera lenses in order to pick up clearer pictures of terrain and enemies from a camera point of view, and when you look at any lens today it will have some form of coating on the actual lens to help take crisp and beautiful pictures. What filmmakers found was that applying the coating to glasses actually helped actors engage with audiences more efficiently🎥. Think about your grandpa's old picture…

TIFFANY & CO. COMING TO DR. BLADH'S OFFICE

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Charles Lewis Tiffany, the founder of Tiffany & Co., mandated that you could only receive one of his patented blue boxes with a Tiffany purchase. The New York Sun brought this idea to light back in 1906 in an interview saying "this was the one thing in stock that you could not buy from him." Women long for this box and those that have received a gift with the coveted Tiffany Blue will never forget the first time they received it. The affects that Tiffany & Co. have had on the fashion world for almost 200 years has reached across the globe and can now be found right in your backyard of Diamond Bar, California.

It's hard to believe the jewelry innovator started licensing its designs to the eyewear industry less than 10 years ago. During this short time they have quickly developed into a leader in the optical industry. Several times per month we get asked if we carry Tiffany, brand recognition has been kind to them. With that being said, they also limit the amount o…