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Meet the Maestro

Our latest and greatest purchase is an advanced diagnostic machine that can also be used in wellness exams.

With a few simple touches we can find out about your risks for Glaucoma, ARMD, Hypertensive Retinopathy, Diabetic Retinopathy, and create a photo record of your retina for our files.

Non-invasive and does not require dilation!

Ask for a demonstration or ask any staff member for more information

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  • Receive 20% discount off your second pair of glasses.
  • 20% discount on plano sunglasses when you purchase a year supply of contacts.

Big Summer Blowout!

Hey Contact lens wearers……..

When you buy a year supply of contacts using your insurance we will throw in 20% off a complete pair of glasses and 10% all sunglasses!!

Now you can get the best of both worlds!!!

Enjoy your summer~

New staff and other announcements

  1. We recently were awarded Best Eyeglass Store in Alameda for 2016 for the second year in a row, so for everyone who voted for us a big, heartfelt THANK YOU!!! We will add a link once the magazine issue is posed online
  2. We have a few new staff members we would like to introduce you to:
    1. Javonda: Javonda is a board certified optician with experience in both optometry and ophthalmology practices. She is great at styling frames on people, and has a knack for explaining even the most complicated eye care terms in a simple way. She will make sure you leave the office looking and feeling great!
    2. Ashley: Ashley is a recent transplant from Indiana to Alameda who has experience working in medical offices. She has an inherent understanding of how medical offices run and how insurances work, and is excited to bring her healthcare know-how into the optometry world.

Buyer Beware

A few people have been asking me about online refractions and here are my thoughts

1) An online refraction will never replace an actual refraction from an eye care professional. An online refraction essentially is a finely tuned auto-refraction. It gives you a prescription, but it is a prescription based on one measurement. An optometrist during an exam gathers information such as visual needs and demands, your age, your history of eyeglass wear and your chief complaint, and then performs a refraction and then compares that with your old prescription, your visual acuities, and the auto-refractor results along with the rest of your history to determine the final prescription.

2) Online refractions unfortunately do not screen for ocular disease. One online refraction site called opternative even has a disclaimer saying if you have any eye diseases or medical conditions you should not use their program. The problem is, how would you know? Many diseases that affect the eyes such as glaucoma, diabetes, hypertension, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis among others are silent and therefore would be missed by an online refraction when they otherwise could have been evaluated and treated appropriately by an eye care professional.

Here a few things to keep in mind when purchasing eyewear online

1) A recent study done by ordering 154 pairs of lenses from online vendors showed that….

a) 29% of childrens glasses and 23% overall failed impact resistant testing.

b) 45% of prescriptions ordered had the wrong prescription or were given the wrong lenses (single vision instead of multifocal).

c) 29% of the lenses were missing anti-reflective coatings and anti-scratch coatings that the patient had paid for.

Buyer Beware indeed.