Westside Optometry
Newsletter for August 2015
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Westside Optometry Issue No. 38
“Enhancing lives with personalized vision care”
Dear Karen,
In June, Maureen, Nannette and I went to the American Optometry Association meeting in Seattle. We attended interesting lectures, workshops and meetings. There was new equipment to look at and some older items to revisit. We brought home knowledge, new ideas and some instruments.
Karen Griffith
Westside Optometry

Presbyopia Myths

Myth #1

If you have 20/20 vision, you can’t get presbyopia


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 correction options available to allow you to see up close; this includes reading glasses, progressives and even contact lenses.


For more myths and the truth about presbyopia, click here



What is a Contact Lens Prescription?


A prescription for glasses and contact lenses may look similar, but they are not interchangeable.

An eye examination is needed to determine an individual’s suitability for contact lenses. This typically includes a refraction to determine the proper power of the lens and an assessment of the health of the eye. Dr. Griffith will also ask questions about your lifestyle, general health and contact lens wearing goal.

If you haven’t worn contact lenses before, training for application and removal of the contact lens is necessary. If the lenses are to be re-used, a care and disinfecting system is required too. A follow-up appointment will determine the proper fit and lens compatibility for your eyes. Contact lenses are not a “one size fits all” device. There are many parameters to each lens. Besides the power to correct the vision, material and edge design will effect the comfort. The size: diameter and curvature are factors in the fit and ultimately the response of the cornea and eyelids to the contact lens.

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Fall Trunk Show
Maui Jim Tent
Westside Optometry is  hosting a Fall Eyewear Event
Saturday, September 12th 10:00-2:00
As in previous years, the Maui Jim Sunglass tent will be in the parking lot. Inside several ophthalmic lines will be featured:
Cole Haan
OP (Ocean Pacific)
and the new Aspire frames
Stop by to try on a variety of frames and sunglasses. Refreshments will be served, bring a friend.
For more information and details click here.
Fast Facts

The dolphin always sleeps with one eye open.

During the course of the day as your eyes adjust to different types of lighting conditions and focal distances, scientists estimate your eyes will expend the same amount of energy that your leg muscles would expend if you walked 50 miles.

 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, September 12th 10:00 – 2:00
(707) 762-8643