Westside Optometry
Newsletter for May 2015
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Westside Optometry Issue No. 36
“Enhancing lives with personalized vision care”
Dear Karen,
I’ve had lots of opportunities to attend great education courses this Spring. Two of the lectures were on ocular surface conditions such as dry eye, eye infections and ocular allergies. I’ve included an article below about a contributor to itchy red eyes. The last seminar I attended was glaucoma day at Berkeley. I’ll talk more about glaucoma in another newsletter.
Karen Griffith
Westside Optometry

Ultraviolet Radiation – the Good and the Bad   

Ultraviolet rays from the sun strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis. Vitamin D promotes the absorption of calcium in the gut to enable normal bone growth and maintenance. It may also protect against the development of cancer, autoimmunity, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, type I and II diabetes and infectious disease. Vitamin D is available in very few foods so sunshine is how most people in the world derive their vitamin D.

Too much ultraviolet can damage cells and tissues. Wearing sunglasses is the best way to protect the eyes from over-exposure.

Eyelid Critters


The crustiness you see on the lashes in the above picture isn’t a critter, but the by product of one. Demodex is a mite that lives on most of us,
if it multiples uncontrolled, symptoms may start such as itchy red eyelids. At Westside Optometry, we have found success in treatment with a special product designed for use on the eyelids. Controlling the Demodex living in the eyelash follicles greatly improves eye comfort and appearance.



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Maui Jim
Westside Optometry has doubled the sunglass inventory. You can try on more frame styles and lens types than before. What’s so great about Maui Jim Sunglasses?

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Fast Facts

When light enters your eye, your eye does three things with the light. It changes the speed, changes the direction and the amount of light. Sometimes the eye needs help with the direction and the amount (glasses or contact lenses).

Although extensive or prolonged reading of fine print can cause eye strain, there is no evidence to suggest that it will damage or wear out your eyes.

Cats have nearly 285 degrees of peripheral vision in 3 directions.

 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
(707) 762-8643