February 2015 Newsletter

Westside Optometry
Newsletter for February 2015
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Westside Optometry Issue No. 34
“Enhancing lives with personalized vision care”
Dear Karen,
 In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’ve included an article about the eyes and the heart. Did you know a dilated eye exam can change your life?
While enjoying all the yummy heart-shaped sweets, remember how nutrition affects
your heart and eye wellness. Try a few more strawberries and a few less chocolates.
Karen Griffith
Westside Optometry

Heart Disease and the Eyes    

The eyes may be the window to the soul, but the eyes are an even better window to the heart. Examining the retina and retinal blood vessel can indicate vascular changes in other organs of the body. Changes in the retinal blood vessels are often seen in patients with hypertension, diabetes, and other diseases. The retina is best seen through a dilated pupil. It is common at Westside Optometry to have a picture taken of the retina. The doctors can refer to this baseline photo in the future.


Protective Sportswear

Rec Specs

Basketball is the leading cause of sport-related eye injuries according to Prevent Blindness America, Roughly 6,000 Americans each year report eye injuries from basketball. Basketball also leads the 15 and older age group for eye injuries.
The best recommendation for eye injury prevention is wearing protective eyewear that meets the ASTM standards.
The type of eye injury varies depending on the sport but the most common include corneal abrasion, blunt trauma, fractured eye socket and detached retina. The most common injuries occurring on the basketball court are abrasions caused by fingers scratching the eye and surrounding tissues.

What many players, parents and coaches do not realize is that the majority of injuries occur during practice and not during games, making it crucial that kids wear protective equipment for practices and games. More than 90% of all eye injuries can be prevented with the use of appropriate protective eyewear.

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Our Spring Eyewear Event is Saturday
March 7th
10am – 2pm
Come by Westside Optometry Saturday, March 7th to see the
newest styles from the Kliik, Fysh, Evatik and William Morris Collections.
There will be refreshments and a raffle for a frame. Bring a friend.
Fast Facts

The human eye can distinguish 500 shades of grey.(so what’s the hype about 50 shades of grey?)

Light travels at 186,282 miles per second. That means in the snap of your fingers, the light has encircled the Earth 7.5 times.
Reading from paper is faster. People read 25% slower from a computer screen than a piece of paper.

 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, March 7th, 10:00 – 2:00
Eyewear Fashion Show
(707) 762-8643