Westside Optometry
Newsletter for April 2015
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Westside Optometry Issue No. 36
“Enhancing lives with personalized vision care”
Dear Patient,
Everyone should have an eye examination. Early detection and treatment of  problems can prevent long-term issues. I recommend an exam every year unless otherwise indicated.  For your convenience you can make your appointment online or call the office.
Karen Griffith
Westside Optometry

Omega-3 Fatty Acids   

Several studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may help protect adult eyes from macular degeneration and dry eye disease.

The typical American diet, characterized by significant amounts of meat and processed foods, tends to contain 10 to 30 times more omega-6 than omega-3 fatty acids. This imbalance of  fatty acids appears to be a contributing cause of a number of serious health problems, including heart disease, cancer, asthma, arthritis and depression.

One of the best steps you can take to improve your diet is to eat more foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and fewer that are high in omega-6 fatty acids.

For a more nutritious diet and potentially better eye health try theses simple changes:

  1. Replace cooking oils that are high in omega-6 fatty acids with olive oil, which has significantly lower levels of omega-6 fatty acids.
  2. Eat plenty of fish, fruits and vegetables.
  3. Avoid hydrogenated oils (found in many snack foods) and margarine.
  4. Avoid fried foods and foods containing trans fats.
  5. Limit your consumption of red meat.




Presbyopia is quite a surprise for someone who has always had good vision. While the age of onset varies, most people in their 40s first start to have a problem reading fine print, particularly in low light conditions. Other symptoms include needing to hold reading materials at arm’s length and headaches or fatigue from doing close-up work.

Luckily, there are visual corrections available to allow you to see up close, reading glasses, progressives and even contact lenses.


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Colored Contact Lenses
The new Air Optix Colors has expanded the power range. The lenses are now available to correct hyperopia (farsightedness) too. The color range includes enhancing the color of light eyes to changing the color of dark eyes.
Fast Facts

This is a phoroptor. It contains many lenses for the doctor to use to  analyze vision and eye muscle function.

Darker sunglasses don’t provide more  protection than lighter tinted lenses. You can have whatever color lens you want and maximum protection as long as the lenses are 100% UV blocking.

Boys are more likely to be color blind. Around one in every 12 boys has some level of color deficiency, while only about one in every 200 girls is affected.

 Don’t forget you can make your appointment online.



Dr. Karen Griffith
Dr. Karen Griffith is the primary
optometrist and owner of Westside Optometry. She has been in practice since 1988.
Westside Optometry is located at 320 Petaluma Blvd. South
in Petaluma.
 (707) 762-8643
Office Hours
Monday and Wednesday  8:30 – 5:00
Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 – 6:00
Friday 8:30 – 12:00
 Saturday, May 2nd, 8:00 – 12:00
(707) 762-8643