What is Amblyopia?

Amblyopia, often called ‘lazy eye’ and occurs when the eyes are turned or when one eye has a much different prescription than the other. The brain will “shut off” the image from the turned in or blurry eye. When left untreated, amblyopia can stunt the visual development of the affected eye, resulting in permanent vision […]

Kids and Eye Exams

Did you know that 80% of all learning in a child’s first 12 years is through their visual system? While most parents recognize the value of routine visits to the dentist, they often underestimate the importance of testing their children’s eyes. Studies find that 1 in 4 children, ages 5 to 12, have an undiagnosed vision […]

SLT For Glaucoma Treatment

Are you tired of taking expensive drops for your glaucoma? Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) may be the answer. SLT is a fast, effective & painless ‘cold’ laser treatment that is used to lower intraocular pressure (IOP) in glaucoma patients. It may reduce the need and the expense of eye drop medication. The outpatient procedure is […]

Your Dry Eye Coach – Dr. Richard Hector

It always bothers me when a patient says “Well, you are the expert, tell me what I need to do”. The truth is every patient knows more about how they feel, what parts work and what needs help, than I will ever know. As much as I try, I cannot feel or see how someone […]

Floaters – Are they dangerous?

What are Floaters? What is that speck that I see? This is one of the most frequent questions that we get every day. They are commonly called floaters. Floaters are tiny clumps of debris or gel that are suspended within the clear jelly-like fluid that fills the inside cavity of the eye. They can take […]

Glaucoma: The Silent Thief of Sight

Glaucoma is a disease of the eye whereby there can be buildup of fluid within the eye causing increased pressure. When this occurs there is a risk of damage to the optic nerve, a part of the eye that is necessary for good vision. Because glaucoma is without visual symptoms until serious damage has occurred, […]

5 REASONS TO HAVE AN EYE EXAM……even if you don’t wear eyeglasses.

1) Eye Exams Save Sight Some sight-threatening eye diseases do not have early warning signs, and many can only be detected during a dilated eye exam. 2) Eye Exams Detect Other Health Problems Too Many general health problems are often first detected during a routine comprehensive eye exam, because the eye is the only place where […]

Things You Might Not Know About Dry Eyes

1. Do you need another reason to quit smoking? Add Dry Eye Disease to the list. Recent studies have shown even second hand smoke is very harsh on the surface of the eye. There are a lot of toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke that can break down your protective tear film and the surface corneal […]

True or False: Tanning Booths Won’t Cause Skin Cancer.

Tanning Beds Won’t Cause Skin Cancer – True or False FALSE – According to, just ONE tanning booth visit, 1) will increase your risk of melanoma by 20% 2) will increase your risk of basal cell carcinoma by 29% and 3) will increase your risk of squamous cell carcinoma by a whopping 67% . […]

Beware of Similar Looking Bottles

Take few minutes right now and separate your artificial tear/eyedrop bottles from ALL other similar containers. There has been a recent increase in patients reaching for their eyedrops, or what they thought was eyedrops, but instead placing a drop of nail cleaner, ear wax remover, super glue or whiteout into their eye. Some of these […]