Westside Optometry
Newsletter for December 2014
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Westside Optometry Issue No. 32
“Enhancing lives with personalized vision care”
Dear Karen,
 I can’t believe this is the last newsletter of 2014. Westside Optometry has had a growing year with the introduction of the dry eye clinic and the addition of new instrumentation (OCT). We are excited to bring our services to a higher level and  take better care of our patients.
The end of 2014 is also bittersweet as we celebrate the retirement of Margaret Parducci. I met Margaret on a vision trip to Mexico in 1990. She was working for a colleague of mine in Sonoma. When Dr. Cannon  retired in 1996 I asked Margaret to join me. It’s been an amazing 18+ years together.
Come by the office Tuesday, December 30 between 5:00 – 7:00 and lift a glass with us.
Karen Griffith
Westside Optometry


Flashes and Floaters

Most of the time floaters are part of the natural aging process. As we grow older, the vitreous shrinks and pulls free of its attachments in the back of the eye. This event is called a Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD). When this happens, a large floater is usually seen which can resemble a cobweb. A PVD is frequently associated with the sensation of flashing lights as a result of the vitreous pulling free of the retina in the normal eye.

Changes in the vision or your eye can indicate other changes too, such as retinal detachment. It is always a good idea to call the office if you have any concerns about your eyes.


Hyperopia or farsightedness, is a type of refractive error in which the eye doesn’t have enough power. This is usually due to a short eye or small eye size. Other causes include a small curvature of the cornea or lens.

In a hyperopic eye the light rays converge to a point behind the eye. If you’re farsighted, distance objects are often easier to see than near objects. Hyperopia is often noticed while working on a computer or reading.
Hyperopia can be corrected with plus power contact lenses and glasses. The lenses shorten the converging light rays so images focus on the retina.


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Come Celebrate Margaret’s Retirement
Westside Optometry is having an open house to celebrate Margaret’s retirement. Come by the office on Tuesday, December 30th between 5:00 and 7:00 to wish her well.
Fast Facts

Sitting too close to the TV doesn’t damage your eyes, but it may be an indication that you need glasses.

The eye is  approximately the size of a ping pong ball and contains over two million working parts.
The cyclamates in artificial sweeteners can make your eyes more sensitive to light, as can some antibiotics, oral contraceptives, hypertension, diuretic and anti-diabetic medications.

 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, January 3rd, 8:00 – 12:00
Open until noon Dec. 24th and 31st. Closed Dec. 25th, 26th and Jan 1st
(707) 762-8643