Westside Optometry
Newsletter for March 2015
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Westside Optometry Issue No. 35
“Enhancing lives with personalized vision care”
Dear Karen,
Dry eye sufferers are more susceptible to allergy symptoms, itchy, watery and red eyes. An important function of the tears is to protect the eye from irritants. If the tear volume and quality are poor allergens will stay on the eye longer causing more irritation. Sometimes we have to treat the dry eye and the allergic conjunctivitis. Don’t suffer, schedule an appointment for a dry eye evaluation.
Karen Griffith
Westside Optometry

What’s in the Bottles?    

If you scan the eye care aisle at your local retail pharmacy or big box store, you’ll see a row filled with contact lens products. This can be confusing, so here’s a quick look at the main categories : multi-purpose solutions, hydrogen peroxide systems and saline solutions. To learn what each one does click here.

Generics – Even though store-brand contact lens solutions look almost the same as the name-brand product, some ingredients may differ just enough to cause a sensitivity reaction. And the ingredients in a store-brand product can differ from retailer to retailer – even though the packaging is similar – depending on which manufacturer is supplying the product.

You’ll have the best contact lens success if you use the prescribed contact lens solution as recommended.

Eye Allergies

About 35 million Americans suffer from chronic seasonal allergies, and 7 out of every 10 of them get eye allergies too. Eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis can’t harm your vision, but allergies can be extremely uncomfortable, annoying and disruptive. You may become intolerant to wearing your contact lenses due to all the swelling and discharge. The best way to treat your eyes for allergies is to avoid the allergens that trigger your symptoms. The most common outdoor allergens include grass, trees and weed pollens. Staying indoors and keeping the windows closed is best. If you have to be outdoors try to avoid windy days and wear large sunglasses. Indoor allergens include pet hair/dander, dust mites and mold.

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Fast Facts

The eye and the brain which compose 2% of our total body weight consume 25% of our nutrition.

Staring at the sun is bad for your eyes. As well as temporarily distorting your vision, overexposure to UV light can cause photokeratitis (sunburn of the cornea) and lead to growths on the eye, eyelid cancer, cataracts and macular degeneration. No matter the time of year, always wear 100 percent UV-blocking sunglasses when outdoors.

Reading in dim light can cause eye strain, but will not damage your eyes permanently.

 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, April 4th, 8:00 – 12:00
(707) 762-8643