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Explosion of Eye Allergies

Dr. Tommy Lim of Berryessa Optometry Discusses the Explosion of Eye Allergies CBS New York conducted a radio interview with Dr. Tommy Lim, of Berryessa Optometry, on the topic of eye allergies and proper treatment for the symptoms....

Halloween Eye Safety

October has arrived and that means many people are already starting to plan for upcoming costume parties and trick-or-treating for the Halloween season. This is why now is the time to remind the public about some very important precautions about eye safety since there are some common costume props and...

Allergy Relief on WCBS Newsradio 880

Dr. Tommy Lim discusses with Pat Farnack how to get relief during this troublesome time of the year for allergies. Dr. Lim on CBS Radio...

Trouble Seeing the Fine Print? Here are Your Options…

Every good pair of eyes eventually gets old and with age comes a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia, which usually begins to set in some time around 40, occurs when the lens of the eye begins to stiffen, making near vision (such as reading books, menus, and computer screens) blurry. You...

Aging Eyes and Driving Safety 

Even if you don’t have any eye or vision problems, the natural process of aging affects your ability to see and react to visual stimuli. It’s important to know the impact the aging can have on your eyes and vision so you can take the necessary precautions to stay safe...

Three Career Stages: Protege, Peer, Mentor

Tommy Lim, OD, of Berryessa Optometry in San Jose, Calif., reflects on three stages of his optometric career. First, as a protégé, he benefited from the advice of more experienced ODs. Later, he sought and exchanged business knowledge from peer study groups involving other ODs at varied career stages. Finally,...

Is Your Teen Ready for Contacts?

Many teens who wear glasses are eager to try out contact lenses for convenience, fashion or to just provide another option for vision correction.

Inside a Life With Color Vision Deficiency

What’s it like to be color blind? Contrary to what the name implies, color blindness usually does not actually mean that you don’t see any color, but rather that you have difficulty perceiving or distinguishing between certain colors. This is why many prefer the term color vision deficiency or CVD...

How to Safely View the Great American Eclipse of 2017

On August 21st, for the first time since 1979, a solar eclipse will be visible across North America. What's even more historic is that it will also be the first time an eclipse will be visible across the continent, from coast to coast, since 1918. If you want to bear...

Dr. Lim & VSP Mobile Clinic in Chinatown

Dr. Lim & VSP Mobile Clinic in Chinatown Read how Dr. Lim coordinated this special Project to provide eye exams and glasses to 200 patients  Click Here For The Article...

Are Your Eyes Sensitive to Light?

Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is a condition in which bright light - either natural sunlight or artificial light -  can cause significant discomfort, pain and intolerance. People that experience light sensitivity will find themselves needing to close their eyes or squint when exposed to light and often experience...

Got a Shiner!

What Exactly Is a Black Eye? A black eye, also known as a periorbital hematoma, is usually not an injury of the actual eye (which is why it is called “periorbital”- around the eye). It typically occurs when there is an injury to the face or the eye socket which...

Cataract Awareness and Prevention

It's National Cataract Awareness Month According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are responsible for 51% of cases of blindness worldwide - although this blindness is preventable with treatment. In fact, research shows that in industrialized countries about 50% of individuals over the age of 70 have had a cataract...

Are You Ignoring Your Dry Eyes?

You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eyes Have you noticed that your eyes feel chronically dry, itchy, scratchy or even sometimes watery? Many people that have these symptoms just go on with their lives until the symptoms become unbearable. What they don’t realize is that these are signs that...

Does Smoking Affect Vision?

Eye Doctors Weigh In: How Smoking Can Harm Your Vision & Eye Health We all know that smoking is bad for you, especially the risks that it poses to your heart and lungs. What many people do not know is that cigarette smoke negatively affects your eyes and vision too. Smoking...

Sjogren’s Awareness Month – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

In honor of Sjogren’s Awareness month, eye care providers are helping to spread the word to increase awareness about this hard-to-diagnose disease. Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth. Other serious...

April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Hey women! Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from vision problems and are at higher risk of permanent vision loss than men? Well 91% of the women surveyed recently didn’t know that, which means that many of them aren’t taking the necessary precautions to prevent eye...

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Clean Your Glasses

There is nothing worse than a dirty spot on your glasses - well except perhaps many dirty spots or smudges. When that happens, most of us are tempted to grab the corner of our shirt and wipe it off, but resist the temptation - this is actually not a good...

It’s Time to Talk About Blue Light

Workplace Eye Safety Month Blue light. Do you know what it is? Do you know where it comes from, or how it can be harmful to your eyes? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you are not alone, yet it is important that you become aware to...

Understanding Eye Color

Eye color is a hereditary trait that depends on the genes of both parents, as well as a little bit of mystery. The color of the eye is based on the pigments in the iris, which is a colored ring of muscle located at the center of the eye (around...

6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration is a serious condition that can threaten your vision and general well-being. Characterized by the deterioration of the central area of the retina called the macula which is responsible for focused vision, the disease gradually reduces your central vision. This affects the ability to see fine details,...

Are You Missing Your Child’s Hidden Vision Problem?

Your toddler may show every sign of good eyesight including the ability to see objects in the distance, however that doesn't necessarily mean that he or she doesn’t have a vision problem.

High-Tech Eye Exam in San Jose, CA

High-Tech Eye Exam in San Jose, CA - We use the Topcon's CV-5000 automated phoropter to ensure patients receive the most accurate eye exam possible today.

“The Sneak Thief of Sight” Is On Our Minds This January

Make your resolution for healthy vision this year with increased awareness of the leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Holiday Season Shopping: Are Nerf Guns Safe for the Eyes?

This is the one way you can be sure that you or your child’s eyes are truly safe during Nerf shooting:

Dry Eye Syndrome Causes and Cures

Despite the fact that it is one of the most common eye problems, a surprisingly large percentage of patients are not aware of it.

BluTech Lenses Protect Eyes from the Dangers of Digital Technology Now Available from Berryessa Optometry, in San Jose

At Berryessa Optometry, BluTech Lenses are offered as a proven, cutting-edge solution to the contemporary problem of harmful blue light exposure.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Chances are it affects you or someone you know. November has been dedicated as a time to spread awareness about the disease, its risk factors and the effects it has on your body, your daily life and the lives of your loved ones.

Don’t Let Fall Eye Allergies Get You Down

Red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids (along with sneezing, congestion or a runny nose)...

How Contact Lenses Can be a Danger to your Eyes

Most people wouldn’t consider contact lenses dangerous. In fact, they are a great alternative to glasses, offering convenience and great vision for those who wear them. However, when not obtained and used according to an eye doctor’s instructions, the consequences can be devastating.   Contact Lenses Need to Fit Like...

The Dangers Of Blue Light and How to Treat It

The Dangers Of Blue Light and How to Treat It Dr. Lim goes back to the "Health and Well-Being Show With Pat Farnack" on WCBS radio in NYC. He reported on the dangers of Blue Light and how to treat it. Listen Now!...

An Active and Eye Safe Lifestyle

90%! That’s the number of sports eye injuries that studies show can be prevented using proper eye protection.  Yet most sports leagues don’t require protective eyewear as part of their uniform or safety requirements.  This leaves it up to athletes, parents and coaches to ensure that proper measures are taken...

10 Tips to Teach Children About Eye Safety

It is important to teach your children about eye health and safety from a young age.  This includes awareness about how your overall health habits affect your eyes and vision as well as how to keep your eyes safe from injury and infection.  Starting off with good eye habits at...

When 20/20 Vision isn’t Enough For Your Child

Since studies show that learning is 80% visual, children with untreated vision problems can really suffer when it comes to school. Most people think that good “vision” means 20/20 acuity but in reality, vision is much more complex.  Your brain is actually what completes the processing of the visual world...

Cutting Edge Eye-dentification

We have all seen the futuristic thrillers that use high-tech eye scanning identification systems but nowadays the technology does exist to use them in real life. A greater number of high security establishments have begun to use iris recognition for identification and security systems.   How does it work? The...

Innovations in Color Blindness

There have been a lot of videos going viral lately of color blind people “seeing color” for the first time using specialized glasses. The emotional reactions of amazement, shock and joy even lead some to break down into tears. The glasses provide these individuals a way to view the world...

Poolside Eye Safety

Whether it is the sea, the sand, the sun or the softball field, summer brings people outside and this creates exposure to a multitude of potential dangers to the eyes.  One risk that is possibly the least obvious is the swimming pool. Swimming pools are the culprit for multitudes of...

Cataract Awareness Month: What to Expect from Cataract Surgery

After the age of 50 most people will eventually be diagnosed with cataracts. Cataracts are when the natural crystalline lens of the eyes become clouded, causing vision impairment that can not be corrected by glasses or contact lenses. While commonly an age-related condition, occasionally there are infants born with a...

Sunwear for a Bright Future

According to the Vision Council’s 2016 UV (Ultraviolet Radiation) Protection report, parents are more likely to wear sunglasses (56%) than their children (only 29%!). Yet children, who spend much more time outside, are typically exposed to three times the amount of sunlight and UV radiation that adults get. This early...

How UV Damages Your Eyes

UV Awareness Month: This article might scare you, and we hope it does - just enough to motivate you to wear proper eye protection against the sun. Most people are aware of the dangers ultraviolet (UV)  light from the sun pose to your skin, while the long-term effects of sun...

What is a stye anyway?

A stye (known by eye doctors as a hordeolum) is an infection of an oil gland which forms a pimple-like bump on the base of the eyelid or within the eyelid itself. Styes can be uncomfortable, causing swelling, pain, redness, discomfort and sometimes excessive tearing or blurred vision if it...

Eye Allergies

Along with congestion, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches and difficulty breathing, individuals with allergies often suffer from eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis resulting in red, watery, itchy and sometimes swollen eyes. Just as irritants cause an allergic response in your nasal and respiratory system, your eyes also react with an...

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses 

If you are over 40 and have difficulty seeing close up, you probably have a common age-related condition called presbyopia which is when the eye’s natural lens loses the ability to focus on close objects. Presbyopia is a natural process that occurs as the eye ages and affects the majority of...

Workplace Eye Wellness: The Dangers of Blue Light

When people think of workplace dangers to the eyes, it is usually machinery, chemicals or construction materials that come to mind.  However, a growing danger to the eyes is one that may be less obvious - exposure to blue light from digital devices, television and computer screens and artificial lighting....

How to Find the Right Pair of Glasses for your Child

Whether you are looking for regular prescription glasses, sunwear or protective sports eyewear, it can be tough choosing the best eyewear for children and teens. On the one hand, they need to be comfortable and provide the optimal fit for improved vision and protection. At the same time, they also...

Preventing Age-related Macular Degeneration

February is AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month in the United States, and it’s White Cane Week in Canada. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in adults aged 50 and older. Awareness about the disease, the risk factors and prevention are critical, even for younger...

Baseball Player Switches His Contacts

What happens when a baseball player struggling with Keratoconus changes his contacts? Its life changing! Read this article and find out more: Pham has a clearer view of opportunity with Cardinals At Berryessa Optometry your eye care comes first. Dr. Lim and Dr. Mac will give you a thorough friendly...

Resolve to Prevent Glaucoma in 2016

This year, make healthy eyes and vision your resolution. Find out if you or a loved one is at risk for glaucoma, and take steps for prevention. Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable vision loss and blindness in adults in the United States and Canada and the second leading...

Why Do We Need Glasses?

The most well-known part of a comprehensive eye exam is the basic vision test. When you have a general vision test, one of the main conditions the eye care practitioner is checking for is a refractive error. A refractive error means there is an abnormality in the shape of the...

Eye Safe Toys and Gifts for This Holiday Season

  ‘Tis the season for giving, and parents, grandparents, family and friends need to know which toys and games to leave off the list because they can pose a risk to children’s health and eyesight. Last year nearly 252,000 emergency visits were due to toy-related injuries, almost half of which...

How Do We See?

Have you ever thought about how vision works? It's an incredible system and process!

How to Prevent Diabetic Vision Loss

Prevention and treatment for eye complications associated with Diabetes

Decorative Lenses Could Cost You Your Vision

Beware this Halloween and think before you blink (in decorative contact lenses that is)! Sure, decorative contact lenses can enhance any Halloween costume, but if not taken seriously, they can also cost you your vision. Whether they are sold as cosmetic lenses, colored lenses or fashion lenses, they are anything...

FLEX SPENDING: USE IT. DONT LOSE IT.)

FLEX SPENDING: USE IT. DONT LOSE IT

Blue Light with Dr. Lim on Popular Science Radio

Optometrist, Tommy Lim, explains the dangers of the blue light emitted by our screens and teaches us how to protect against it.

It’s Time to Be Serious About Home Eye Safety

Home Eye Injury Awareness and Prevention

6 Common Eye Myths Debunked

Over the centuries there have been a lot of old-wives tales circulating about eyes and vision. You know, like the one that if someone hits you on the back while your eyes are crossed they will stay that way. Unlike this example, some of these myths do have roots in...

Protective Sports Eyewear is a Serious Matter

There are thousands of eye injuries a year related to sports. According to the National Eye Institute eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in North America and most injuries occurring in school-aged children are sports-related. Further 99% of sports-related eye injuries can be prevented simply by...

How Pregnancy Affects Vision

The hormonal fluctuations experienced during pregnancy can cause many unexpected changes in your body, including your eyes and vision. Most of these changes are temporary and will return to normal once you give birth.  It’s important to know which vision changes are normal for an expecting mother and which could...

Is Your Baby’s EyeSight Developing Normally?

A baby’s visual system develops gradually over the first few months of life. They have to learn to focus and move their eyes, and use them together as a team.  The brain also needs to learn how to process the visual information from the eyes to understand and interact with...

Guidelines For Picking the Right Pair of Shades

There is a lot more that goes into finding the right pair of sunglasses than just fit and fashion.  While it’s important to look and feel great in your shades, sunglasses also have the very important job of properly protecting your eyes from the sun.  Here are a few facts...

6 Things You Need To Know About Cataracts

Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss in the United States and Canada. Here are 6 things you need to know. 1. Chances are you will develop a cataract!  Cataracts are considered part of the natural aging process so if you live long enough, you will likely eventually develop...

What You Need to Know About Firework Eye Safety

Independence Day may have passed but fireworks season is still in full swing and fireworks-related injury and death is a real and serious danger.  According to the 2014 Annual Fireworks Report, compiled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission there were at least 11 deaths and 10,500 injuries due to...

5 Ways to Ensure Healthy Vision

Your eyes are constantly at work for you, playing a vital role as you navigate through each day. As May is healthy vision month, here are some things to keep in mind: Know your genes While your eyes may be the same color as your father’s eyes, you may have...

What Women Need to Know About Eye Health

According to Women’sEyeHealth.org, ⅔ of blindness and visual impairment occurs in women. Additionally, an estimated 75% of visual impairment is preventable or correctable with proper education and care. With the increased risks for women it’s critical for women to know about the risks and prevention to effectively protect their eyes...

Enjoying Life During Eye Allergy Season

Spring is in the air. But along with the beauty of the blooming flowers and budding trees, comes allergy season. The high pollen count and allergens floating in the fresh spring air can certainly wreak havoc on the comfort level of those suffering from allergies, causing an otherwise nature-loving individual...

Dr. Lim on the Air Waves

Our very own Dr. Lim is a radio star!

How Do BluTech Lenses Help Combat Blue Light?

Dr. Lim has been a proponent of BluTech Lenses with all his patients. Now he has an opportunity to share his knowledge with the others as well. Our optometrist in San Jose was recently featured on the Radio WCBS in NYC with radio host Pat Farnack talking about the danger...

Can you Really Go Blind from Looking at a Solar Eclipse?

Last week, people in South America, Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia and the Middle East saw a solar eclipse. As you may have heard, looking directly at a solar eclipse is very dangerous for your eyes and vision. Nevertheless, this rare event is something that many people want...

10 Steps to Prevent Vision Loss

March is Save Your Vision Month, a time to raise public awareness about how to protect your eyes and your vision. Most people aren’t aware that 75% of potential vision loss can be prevented or treated. This largely depends on patients being proactive and educated about their eye health. Here...

Refocus on the Digital Age with Computer Glasses

Digital devices have impacted our world in so many positive ways, allowing us to connect, work, play and get information at the speed of light. But all of this good brings with it a measure of concern: Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome. Focusing on your vision on digital...

Under Pressure: Are you at Risk for Glaucoma?

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.  Glaucoma is a serious, vision threatening disease. You can save your eyesight, by knowing the facts. Are you at risk of developing glaucoma? The short answer is yes. Anyone can get glaucoma and because of this it is important for every person, young and old...

Know How and When to Treat an Eye Infection

It’s that time of year again…coughs, sneezing, running noses and itchy, red eyes.  How do you know when an eye irritation is something that needs medical attention? First of all, any time an eye infection is accompanied by fever, excessive discharge or pain, you should see your eye doctor immediately....

8 Tips to Beat Winter Dry Eyes

One of the most common patient complaints during the winter months is dry eyes. In the cooler climates, cold winds and dry air, coupled with dry indoor heating can be a recipe for eye discomfort.  Dryness and irritation can be particularly debilitating for those who wear contact lenses or suffer...

“Eye” Am Home for the Holidays – 7 Eye Tips for College Students

Winter break is in a few weeks and, with college students finding their way home for the holidays, it is a good time for parents to check in and make sure their independent kids are taking care of themselves properly.Vision plays a key role in learning as well as extra-curricular activities...

Berryessa Optometry Welcomes Coming Of New BART Berryessa Station

Dr. Thomas Lim of Berryessa Optometry in San Jose, California is excited about the new BART Berryessa Station in construction right now. Located in the Berryessa district of San Jose, Berryessa Optometry is in the main shopping area along with a Safeway Super Market and CVS Pharmacy, putting him right...

Do You Know the Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease?

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Do you know the facts?

7 Things You Should Know About Eyelid Twitches

You may have experienced this before. Out of nowhere, your eyelid starts twitching uncontrollably. While this can be a cause of aggravation, eyelid twitches, spasms or tics are actually quite common. Here are 7 things you should know about this eye condition: Eye twitches are generally caused by a repetitive,...

October is…

October is 'Eye Injury Prevention Month' in the USA and 'Eye Health Month' in Canada. There are about 285 million people living with blindness and low vision all around the world. Children account for some 19 million of them. The vast majority of visual impairment is readily treatable and/or preventable....

2013 Optometrist of the Year

Our very own Dr. Lim has been honored with the COA's Optometris of the Year for 2014. We couldn't be more proud!

World Sight Day Challenge – No More Avoidable Blindness

The World Sight Day Challenge, slated to take place on October 9, 2014 is an annual awareness day that aims to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment worldwide. The day aims to create awareness that blindness can be avoided if there is universal access to quality vision and...

Protect Children’s Eyes During Sports

The new school year has kicked off and you can tick off purchasing all that back to school equipment. Now, it's time to think about what your child will need for after school sports and hobby activities. Making sure they have the right protective eyewear for their sporting or athletic...

Cutting Edge Glaucoma Technology

A futuristic, yet simplistic, eye implant paired with a smartphone app may change the way eye doctors treat glaucoma.

Comfortable Vision for Back-to-school Reading

School is starting: Do you know how to set up your child’s homework and reading spot? Reading and writing are some of the most fundamental skills that your child to facilitate learning in school, so it is important to make sure that your child's eyes are comfortable when they are...

Be on the Lookout for Vision Problems this Summer Break

Summer vacation is well under way, but did you know that even when your child is out of the classroom, vision problems can have an impact on his/her daily activities? Look out for these 4 warning signs during the summer months – they could be a sign of vision difficulties...

Should You Be Worried About Eye Floaters?

Eye floaters are actually more common that you may think. Many people notice specks or cobweb-like images moving around in their line of vision, at some point. Some even report experiencing a "snow globe effect" as if they are swatting at many imaginary bugs. Floaters may be an annoyance, but...

Keeping an Eye on Cataracts

Cataracts affect millions of people nationwide and as the population continues to age, the numbers keep increasing. The good news is, cataracts are often manageable and treatable. As June is Cataract Awareness Month, here are some facts you should know to help you recognize cataracts and prevent permanent vision loss. ...

A Look Behind Sleeping Eyes

Have you ever wondered what your eyes do when you finally close them after a long day of visual processing and stimulation? Let's take a closer look at what happens behind your closed lids when your head hits the pillow. Firstly, once your eyes are closed, they do continue to...

6 Things You Should Know about UV Radiation and Your Eyes

The heat of long summer days is nearly upon us. As the sun's rays intensify and people spend more time outdoors in the sunshine it is very important to be aware of the potential damage exposure to the sun can have on your eyes. May is UV Awareness month. Here...

OD Success is Just a Yelp Away

Dr. Tommy Lim of Berryessa Optometry has some of the best YELP reviews in the industry and he has graciously shared with us some of the secrets to his success. In a managed care environment, you must understand how the patients you want in your practice make their selection of...

Dealing with Your Tween’s and Teen’s Eyesight

It can be devastating for a tween or teen to be told he or she needs to wear glasses, especially if it is sudden. Many tweens and teenagers are concerned about how glasses will affect their appearance, whether they will be made fun of (which unfortunately is a legitimate concern...

9 Tips for Coping With Eye Allergy Season

Spring is on the way. Soon the sun will be shining, the flowers blooming and allergy season will be upon us. If you have allergies, your eyes are often affected by the high pollen count along with other allergens floating in the fresh spring air. Tree pollens in April and...

How Your Eyes Convey Emotion

Your eyes communicate much more than you may realize, in fact they play a huge role in your non-verbal communication. Consciously or not, the way you move your eyes, look at someone, blink or make eye contact can say a lot about what you are thinking and feeling. Here's a...

Protecting Your Eyes From The Desk Job

There are so many people who spend hours a day, if not most of the day working on a computer or mobile device. They usually do so without taking notice of the effect this has on their bodies. Using a computer or handheld device for extended amounts of time can...

New Study Shows How Your Eyes Shed Light on Your Health

It's been said that your eyes are the window to your soul. Well, research is showing that your eyes are a window to a lot more than your thoughts and emotions; it can be an indicator of your overall health.  A study by UnitedHealthcare entitled, “Impact of Eye Exams in...

How to Encourage Young Kids to Wear their First Pair of Glasses

Your child's first pair of glasses will make an important difference in his or her ability to see and interact with the surrounding world. However, a new pair of glasses can also present a big adjustment for both parents and kids as you get used to a new look and...

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma Glaucoma, which refers to a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, is often called 'the silent thief of sight'. This nickname evolved because the disease creeps up unnoticed in its early stages, causing no pain and few, if any symptoms....

New Year’s Resolutions for An Eye Healthy 2014

The New Year is a time to start fresh and renew our commitment to health, happiness and success. It’s important to include eye and vision health and safety in these resolutions. Here are the top six ways you can make your eyes and vision a priority this year. Schedule a...

Fun Holiday Gifts That Are GOOD for Children’s Vision

The holiday season is on our doorstep. With technology so much a part of our lives, the easy go-to gifts for kids often include an enormous array of hand-held video devices and home gaming systems. Did you know that after extensive use these games can be harmful to children’s eyes...

What You Should Know about Diabetes and Your Vision

Diabetes affects people of all ages, races and genders.  An estimated 25.8 million Americans or 8.3 percent of the population suffer from the disease, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2011. In fact, diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of new cases...

Keeping Your Contact Lenses Clean

If you wear contact lenses, you probably know the hygiene routine you should follow when removing your lenses: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry them on a clean, lint free cloth. Remove the lens from your eye and clean the lens immediately (if you wear multi-use...

10 Tips to Protect Your Vision

Did you forget to put on your sunglasses today? Are you constantly sitting in front of a computer screen without taking breaks to look away? Maybe you also skipped your yearly eye exam, again. These are just some of the things we tend to overlook when it comes to our...

Dangers of Blue Light

Dangers of Blue Light By Tommy Lim, O.D. High energy visible light, also known as blue light, is posing a new threat to eye health.  Within the past year, the topic of blue light has become very popular among vision scientists, appearing in many news publications throughout the nation.  Blue...

This Halloween Be Wary of Costume Contact Lenses

As Halloween approaches and costume planning gets more serious, many consider the use of novelty or costume contact lenses as a way to add that extra flair. Whether you are dressing up as a cat, a vampire, or looking for something fun that glows in the dark, dressing up your...

How to Prevent Dry Eyes During Air Travel

Many travelers experience dry eyes after extended travel by air. The dry environment of a temperature- and pressure-controlled air plane cabin can take its toll on your eyes. The good news is there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with travelers’ dry...

Does Chlorine Hurt your Eyes?

Just because the summer is coming to an end, doesn’t mean that we have to say goodbye to the swimming pool. Whether it means a nice refreshing dip on a warm fall afternoon or a winter swim in an indoor pool, swimming is a great activity for both fun and...

Technology in the Classroom and the Eyes

The use of technology has become commonplace in the classroom. So much so that today’s generation of students, from kindergarten to university, navigates computers, smartphones and tablets all the time.  Many schools have even implemented the use of smart boards and bring your own device (BOYD) programs. However, as amazing...

Treating Vision Problems Lowers Risk of Falling in Seniors

For adults over the age of 65, the right pair of vision correcting glasses can literally be a life saver. Seniors aged 65 and up are at increased risk of falling, which is the leading cause of injury, injury-related death, and hospitalization for this age group. According to the Centers...

The Great Glasses Play Day 2013

The first weekend of August (August 3rd and 4th) has been marked as the 2nd annual Great Glasses Play Day. The event, which first launched in 2012 was created for parents, eye care professionals, educators and children who wear glasses or have other vision challenges to celebrate and create awareness...

First Aid for Eye Injuries

To ensure that your eyes remain healthy, it is essential to protect them from injury and to take proper care measures if an injury has occurred. As July is Eye Injury Prevention Month, here are a number of practical first aid tips to remember if you or anyone you know...

Good Digital Patient Communication

Established OD.s must be up-to-date in digital communications with current and new patients.

Understanding the Eye Chart

Eye charts of different variations have become a standard in vision screenings and eye exams. One of the most familiar charts associated with vision is the Snellen eye chart, designed by Dutch eye doctor Hermann Snellen in 1862 to measure visual acuity- how well you can see at various distances....

June is Cataract Awareness Month

Cataracts, one of the most common causes of blindness, develop when the lens of the eye, located behind the iris and pupil, becomes opaque or cloudy. A cataract can result in loss of vision as it prevents light from passing into your eye and focusing on the retina. While cataracts...

Digital Communication a “Key” to Practice Growth

Good digital communication with patients is key to growing an eyecare practice.

Dr. Tommy Lim named to the 2013 Optometric Business Innovators List

Dr. Lim was honored to be included in the 2013 Optometric Business Innovators - Digital Media category.

Optometric Business Innovators: DIGITAL MEDIA

We provide our patients with the best overall eyecare experience, accomplished as a team effort, at each touch point.

Age Related Macular Degeneration and Your Central Vision

Did you know that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness among adults aged 50 and above? AMD occurs when the part of the retina responsible for your sharp central vision, the macula, begins to deteriorate. Central vision is the visual field...

How to Choose the Right Sunglasses

Do your sunglasses have what it takes to protect your eyes? As the summer heats up and people spend more time outdoors, it is very important to wear UV blocking eyewear to protect against exposure to ultraviolet rays that can cause damage to your eyes. Damage caused by UV from...

Women’s Eye Health Month: An Eye on Cosmetics

Women's eyes are regularly exposed to potential irritants through the use of cosmetics. As eye shadow, mascara and eye liner can breed unseen dirt and bacteria, it is vital to ensure that the products you use to apply and remove your makeup are hygienic to prevent irritation that can cause...

A Recipe for Eye Health

Did you know that your dietary choices have an impact on your eye health and vision? Opting for appetizing food that at the same time provides you with all the nutrients that are essential for preserving your vision, is taking a major step towards minimizing the risk of eye disease...

Spring Eye Allergies

Spring is right around the corner, as the winter begins to wind down and the fresh, warmer air begins to rear its head. Unfortunately for many, it's often hard to enjoy nature's blooming beauty as the warmer weather also brings about the onset of itchy, watery eyes that come with...

The Right Way to Clean Your Eyeglasses

We all know how frustrating it can be trying to see clearly through a smudged pair of glasses; clean lenses can really make a world of difference. While it may not be something that you pay much attention to, the way you clean your lenses can also make a difference,...

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Dry Eye Syndrome: When Dry Eyes are Chronic

Dry eyes are a common problem for many individuals particularly during the winter months when exposure to dry air and whipping wind is increased. However, if you are suffering from dry eyes that just won't go away, you may have what is known as Dry Eye Syndrome - a condition...

Ski Goggles: How to Choose the Best Winter Sports Eyewear

Ski Goggles are an essential part of proper eye protection when participating in winter sports. In order to choose the best winter sports eyewear for your needs it is first important to know what risks are in the first place. UV protection UV danger is just as much a problem...

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Diabetic Eye Risks

Far too many people are unaware of the fact that diabetes increases the chances vision threatening eye damage. The NIH reports that in individuals between 20 and 74, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness. One of the risks of diabetes is when the retina is damaged by an increase...

Astigmatism Doesn’t Rule Out Contact Lenses

If you have astigmatism and you think you can't wear contacts, you're mistaken. Contact lenses can actually be a way to correct the condition. A normal cornea is round, but the cornea of someone with astigmatism is more oval-shaped, sort of like a football. This ostensibly small detail actually changes...

Focusing on Retinoscopy

There may be various tests that you have experienced at an eye exam and questioned what they measure. Having a bright light shined into your eye may be one of them. Firstly, this test is called a retinoscopy examination, and it's a basic way to assess the refractive error of...

How to be a Safe Smartphone User

Have you ever thought about the effect your mobile device might be having on your vision? In truth, these devices are wonderful, because they allow us to be in touch with whoever we want no matter where we are. Nevertheless because handheld devices have small screens, most users usually hold...

Eyeglasses and Computer Strain

Did you know that a pair of prescription glasses that are fitted specifically for you can help with computer related eye strain? Even if you don’t experience other vision problems wearing a specifically made pair of glasses while working on the computer can significantly change how you work. If you...

Seeing Clearly with Multifocals

Are you experiencing trouble when reading fine print? If you're close to middle-age, you might have presbyopia. It's comforting to know that having presbyopia when you already need glasses for near sightedness doesn't mean you now need two pairs of specs. Multifocal lenses help you have good vision all the...

Treating Lazy Eyes in Children

Amblyopia, also referred to as lazy eye, is frequently seen in many of our younger patients. A lazy eye develops when sight in one eye is stifled. This may happen if your child can't see as well with one eye because of issues with distance vision, and in some cases,...

What Our Eye Doctors Need to Know

How can you make your next eye exam even more productive? In order for us to guarantee that your exam is thorough and productive, there are several facts we'll need to know. It's of great importance that you keep us updated on any current health conditions or problems you are...

A Closer Look at Night Vision

  Something wakes you up in the middle of the night, or maybe you're searching for a light switch or door handle or phone in a room with the lights off. It's happened to all of us. It takes a couple of minutes for your vision to return. This process...

Changes: Managing Presbyopia

When you reach your mid-to-late forties, you might begin to experience difficulty with reading. Why? As time passes, your eye's lens becomes more rigid, decreasing your ability to focus on handheld objects. This is known as presbyopia. And it's universal. Those with untreated presbyopia may hold books, magazines, newspapers, and...

Safety at Play

Sometimes it's difficult to know which toys are not harmful for our children's eyes. Infants are born with an only partially developed visual system. There aren't many things that encourage a child's visual development more efficiently than play, which encourages hand-eye coordination and a deeper understanding of spatial relationships. Between...

A Strong School Year Starts With Good Vision

The summer's coming to an end. Parents everywhere are going shopping for bags and books, making sure their children have all the gear they need to ensure a good academic year. This is the perfect time to take your child to get an eye exam, if you haven't already covered...

Convergence Insufficiency: Not As Simple As It Seems

When a child has trouble at school, it's not always a learning disability. You may be relieved to know that he or she could be suffering from a hidden condition, which impacts learning, that eye doctors call Convergence Insufficiency (CI). Here's the breakdown: CI is a near vision issue that...

Understanding 20/20 Vision and Visual Acuity

It's safe to assume that you've run into the terms visual acuity and twenty-twenty vision. But do people know what these terms really mean? Really understanding what they imply will give you insight into how an eye care professional assesses your vision during an eye exam. 20/20 actually refers to...

A Fresh Look Just For You

Don't you think you're ready for a new look for your eyes? FreshLook® offers a vast palette of colored contact lenses, which let you subtly boost or totally alter your natural eye color. This range of lenses includes such a large number of options, that you're sure to find just...

Keeping Lids Clean

Inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis, is something that many people suffer from at some point during their lives. It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, certain sorts of skin conditions, or dry eyes. Usually, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the feeling of a...

Fresh Lenses, Clear Eyes

Have there been times when you've left your soft contact lenses in for just a few days longer than your optometrist instructs? It's a basic fact that things are a whole lot better when they're new. You won't be surprised to hear that the same rule also applies to your...

Have You Been Examined For Cataracts?

In the United States, this month is Cataract Awareness Month. Did you know that cataracts are the leading culprit of loss of vision among those 55 and older? Actually, more than half of the population aged 65 and older have at the very least, partial cataract development. So what exactly...

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Protecting Yourself from UV Rays

It's safe to assume that almost everybody is exposed to UV rays on a regular basis. But the possible dangers of long-term exposure to these unsafe rays are not often thought about, to a point where most people barely take enough action to protect their eyes, even if they're planning...

The Importance of a Comprehensive Eye Exam

It's May, and that means that it's Healthy Vision Month. When did you last have a comprehensive eye exam? Getting your eyes tested periodically is one of the best things you can do to be sure that your vision remains in top form. During the session, your eye care professional...

See Clearly with Transitions® Optical’s Vantage™ Lens

Transitions® Optical, manufacturers of variable tint lenses, have just put out a new addition to their extensive range. It's called the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. The company has created an even better version of their impressive light adapting lens with the addition of groundbreaking variable polarization. Sunlight reflecting off surfaces like...

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Recognizing Poor Vision

Often, when either children an adults experience poor vision, it can be due to a number of conditions such as changes in the body or in the eye, diseases affecting the eye, side effects of medicine or injury. Commonly, people also suffer from visual disturbances due to aging or eye...

Some Tips Every Woman Should Know About Health and Vision

April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month. The many stages of a woman's life can have an impact on her vision. Eye disease among women is increasingly common, more notably in middle-aged women. Actually, studies show that most women going through middle age experience some sort of eyesight impairment,...

This month is national Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, as well as more chance to be involved in outdoor sports, comes a rise in the danger of sports related eye injuries. Every year, many children and adults sustain eye injuries as a result of sport play that could be avoided with proper safety measures. Wearing proper...

Vision and Road Safety

When driving, the value of seeing properly can not be underestimated. Actually, safety on the road needs several different visual abilities - for example, the ability to see both near and far ahead, peripheral vision, seeing at night and color vision, plus many others. Being able to see well into...

Workplace Vision Wellness Month

March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month, an initiative by Prevent Blindness American (PBA). The aim of this initiative is to teach businesses and their workers about the relevance of vision wellness, with safety tips on how to prevent vision-threatening eye incidents. Every day, people suffer from workplace related eye injuries...

Astigmatism: What You Should Know About This Common Condition

The cornea surrounding your pupil and iris is, under normal circumstances, round. As light hits your eye from all angles, part of the role of your cornea is to help focus that light, directing it at the retina, right in the anterior portion of your eye. What does it mean...

Optometric Insight: Conjunctivitis

Pink eye, formally called conjunctivitis, is one of the most frequently encountered eye infections, particularly when it comes to kids. This infection can be caused by viruses, bacteria or irritation from ingredients in cosmetics, pollen, and chlorine in pools, or other irritants that come into contact with your eyes. Some...

Risk Factors and Signs of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

We are currently in the midst of age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month. Are you aware that age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading culprit for loss of vision in adults over age 65? AMD is a condition that affects the macula of the retina...

Best Contact Lens Care Means the Proper Solution

A study performed by Bausch & Lomb this past summer revealed that an alarming number of people are using potentially harmful lubricants in place of contact lens solution to keep their lenses moist. Products such as baby oil, beer, coke, petroleum jelly, lemonade, fruit juice, butter as well as others...

Winter Dry Eye Syndrome

Tears are necessary to keep your eyes healthy. Tears rinse away any small particles that may be in the eye and maintain moisture. They also contain enzymes that eliminate bacteria that are sometimes present in the eye. When the eyes do not produce sufficient tears, symptoms can result such as...

The Winter Sun and Your Eyes

Winter has officially arrived, which means in some locations stinging winds and frigid rains and sometimes snow are also on their way. You would never even think of leaving the house without a jacket in freezing climates, but surprisingly, a lot of people leave their sunglasses at home. While the...

This Month is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Since this month is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, this post is intended to spread the word about the importance of regular screening for this vision threatening disease. Glaucoma is a class of eye diseases that cause damage to the eye's optic nerve, which may cause loss of central vision and...

Presbyopia and Getting Older

Visit your San Jose, CA Optometrist to Find Out About Treatment Options Presbyopia is a visual impairment that comes with aging in which close range vision becomes noticeably impaired. As people around the world are living longer a significant number of people develop presbyopia, which is an unavoidable result of...

How to Select Children’s Gifts that are Eye Safe

The holidays are almost here and that means toys and presents. Adoring relatives delight in treating the little ones to the newest toys to start off the New Year. The American Optometric Association advises that family members learn and relay to others some restrictions about toy safety and vision. Injuries...

The End of the Year Is Approaching! Use Your Flex Spending Account Dollars

As the year's end advances, so does the end of your flex spending dollars. If you haven't heard of the term you may not be signed up for a flex spending account but you should confirm your insurance plan to make sure. If you participate in a Flex Plan with...

A Differently Colored Life: Understanding Color Vision Deficiencies

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Awareness of Diabetes and Vision Loss For National Diabetes Month

Diabetes is the primary agent of impaired sight among adults between age twenty and seventy-four. As of 2008, over 4 million people in North America suffering from diabetes were subsequently diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy. Of this group, 70,000 were afflicted with advanced diabetic retinopathy, which may result in irreversible vision...

What is Lazy Eye? Treatment in San Jose, CA

To achieve adequate vision, the eyes and the brain must function together. When this system breaks down, a condition called amblyopia, or lazy eye, can occur. With the majority of occurrences of ambylopia the actual eyes are usually in good health however visual acuity cannot be achieved by just lenses....

San Jose, CA Vision Exams: What Does 20/20 Eyesight Really Mean?

  Ever question why 20/20 is the benchmark for ''perfect'' eyesight and what it actually stands for? The phrase 20/20 vision expresses a normal level of clarity of eyesight (visual acuity) calculated from 20 feet away from the object. In other words someone with 20/20 vision can clearly see an...

Fall Eye Allergy Relief in San Jose, CA

  Although seasonal allergies are more frequently heard about in the spring, a large number of individuals suffer during the fall as well. Above nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, eye allergies are often the primary cause of discomfort. When suffering from allergies, the eyes are often itchy, swollen,...

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Computer Vision Syndrome Treatment in San Jose, CA

  The American Optometric Association announced that over 70 percent of the Americans that sit every day at a computer monitor (around 143 million individuals) experience computer vision syndrome or eye fatigue. Excessive periods of working at the computer can result in eye fatigue and effect normal vision development in...

Dr. Lim elected to the Illinois College of Optometry Alumni Council Board

Dr. Lim was just voted into the Illinois College of Optometry Alumni Council Board.  Our job is to work with students interested in going into optometry as a career and representation of our college at professional meetings as well as colleges throughout the country. Each ICO student automatically becomes a...

Keeping the Home Atmosphere Eye-Safe

In honor of Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, we're going to focus on ways to keep your house eye safe particularly in choosing toys that are safe for your children's eyes. It's important to take the earliest opportunity to guarantee your home doesn't pose any series dangers to your...

Contacts and Makeup: Do’s and Don’ts from your San Jose, CA Optometrist

If you use contact lenses a few guidelines should be followed when using makeup. Below are a few tips on how to ensure your eyes stay lovely and healthy. Which Makeup Are the Safest for your Eyes? To start, we advise you use only cosmetics that are fragrance and oil...

Sunscreen in the Eyes- OUCH!

Those who have unfortunately gotten sunscreen in their eyes know firsthand how much it can hurt. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may compare it to mace or pepper spray. It can take hours until the victim can comfortably open his eyes, especially outside in the bright...

August is Cataracts Awareness Month: Book your Eye Examination in San Jose Today

A surprising number of people aren't aware that cataracts affect approximately 20.5 million Americans over the age of 40. In fact, more than 50% of the population over 65 have some amount of cataracts. What is a cataract? A cataract is when the lens, the portion of the eye that...

School’s Coming… Time for a San Jose Eye Exam

It's that time of year again, when the days start getting shorter, the weather a bit cooler, and kids across the country head back to the classroom. Now's the time to check out your children's eyesight . Proper vision is critical to the cognitive process and a child's accomplishments in...

Why Contacts Are a Good Option for Teenagers

The need to buy eyeglasses is often difficult for a teenager. Just the thought of wearing glasses can send a teenager running in the other direction. In comparison with glasses, kids and teens who opt for lenses feel a significant enhancement in their looks, a newly published report shows. The...

Smartphones May Be Taxing Your Eyes

Combo of small fonts, phones held close to browse Web and text can cause eyestrain, headaches, study finds

Handling Common Eye Injuries

Eye injuries come in many shapes and sizes, some more serious than others. Some may necessitate emergency action and immediate care by an optometrist, while others can be taken care of at home. Follow these guidelines for common eye injuries, to plan out the next step following an accident. Remember...

The Importance of Comprehensive Eye Exams

For those of us with healthy eyes, we might miss the importance of taking preventative action namely, an optical exam. However, timely diagnosis of eye disease is critical to maintaining healthy vision and eyes. And all it requires is a yearly eye exam. Numerous eye and vision diseases are a-symptomatic....

Summer Eye Care Tips

Now that summer has arrived it’s time to safeguard your eyes from summertime hazards. Here are some tips to remain safe in the sun: Get sunglasses with 100% UV Protection – and wear them! If your glasses don’t have 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from harmful UV damage,...

Protective Glasses for Kids

Did you know that every year approximately 40,000 sports-related eye injuries are severe enough to necessitate emergency room care? This is an injury every 780 seconds! Eye Care professionals report that the vast majority of the accidents would have been easily prevented by using proper eye protection. The majority of...

Do Carrots Really Improve your Eye Health?

Do carrots really improve your vision? While eye doctors admit that the orange root vegetables are made up of significant amounts of a vitamin which is known to be beneficial for one's eyes, ingesting enormous quantities of carrots will not eliminate your need for glasses or contact lenses. Beta-carotene is...

UV Awareness Month – Your Eyes and the Sun

  The majority of Americans are aware of the threats of Ultraviolet (UV) light to your skin, (including sunburn and skin cancer) and the need for applying sunblock and avoiding direct contact with the sun when spending time in the sun. But how many are aware that UV and other...

A Guide to Caring for Contact Lenses

  It can be fairly confusing navigating the contact lens care aisle of most supermarkets. But as daunting as it is, it's essential to learn proper contact lens care. Failure to tend to your contacts can cause a number of eye problems including some that may cause vision loss. Improper...

The Benefits of Rigid Contact Lenses

  While you may be more familiar with soft contact lenses, a second, lesser-known kind of contact lens materials exists: gas permeable (GP) contact lenses, also referred to oxygen permeable lenses. In truth, GP lenses involve more modern technology than soft lenses, and they last longer, offer better vision quality,...

Defending Your Eyes During Allergy Season

If you are experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes it could be due to spring eye allergies. For some of us, March is the start of pollen season, which means uncomfortable symptoms such as itchy eyes, watery eyes or stinging, red eyes. Seasonal eye allergies are caused by...

Should You Purchase Your Glasses Online?

In today's world, where more and more consumers have become accustomed to shopping for anything and everything on the Web, eyeglasses are one product that should be carefully considered before you click that buy button. Here's why. Even though web-based optical dealers often promote reduced prices, the benefits of choosing...

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January Has Been Named National Glaucoma Awareness Month

In an effort to create awareness about the ''sneak thief of sight,'' this month has been declared National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the second leading source of blindness, accounting for 9%-12% of all cases of blindness in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people around the world....

Winter Eye Care Tips… Don’t Forget your Sunglasses

Yep, it's true. Sunglasses are not only an important accessory in the summer. Although most of us are informed of the damage the sun poses to our eyes in the summer, how many recognize that it is essential to take precautions during the winter as well? In truth, those ultraviolet...

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New generation of desktop lenses reduces eyestrain

Today’s computer and eyestrain reducing spectacle lenses go beyond traditional progressive-addition lenses to offer presbyopic patients a wider “working distance” area and anti-fatigue designs. “In optometry, it’s critical that we understand the symptoms of [computer vision syndrome] because we are not only involved in the health of the eye, but...

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