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Now Offering Monaco Optos

We are excited to announce that we have recently acquired the Monaco Optos at our practice!

This device is the only ultra-widefield retinal imaging device with integrated OCT. The Monaco Optos has the ability to produces a 200° single-capture optomap image in less than half a second and can also provide cross-sectional 40° OCT views of retinal structures.

Book an appointment with us to learn more!

 

Happy New Year!

To all of our patients, a heartfelt thank you for helping us have a great 2016!!

We look forward to seeing you all back and having lots of fun in 2017!!

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A few quick notes:

We welcomed two new staff members in the latter part of 2016 Sarina and Ashley.

Ashley works at our front desk and helps with scheduling appointments, dispensing glasses, and does our pre-testing.

Sarina is our new practice manager and helps runs the office, does frame styling, and works to help the office run efficiently

Next time you stop in say Hi!!!!

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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DON’T FALL OUT OF FASHION!!!!

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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.

Art and Wine Fair

A quick update on what is going on here at Alameda Eyes.

1) To those who showed up for the art and wine fair at beer booth 4 and saw us pouring beer and said Hi, Thanks!! Next year, I will try to have the Alameda Eyes staff pour beer at a different location and time so I can see more of you guys and gals.

2) We are continuing to work on going live with our new patient management software called eyefinity practice management. This new software, which is cloud based, will allow us to help you more efficiently and also will save time for both our staff and the patient! Look for this to go live in the next few months

3) Along those same lines, we are in the process of going electronic. That means no more paper records!! Once this is completed, all of your information will be stored securely on the net and this will also help efficiency while complying with new obamacare laws and the new coding system called ICD 10 which is coming out October, 2015.

4) I purchased a very nifty machine called a stratus OCT. It is a unique machine in that it can take an ultrasound of the nine layers of the retina in seconds. This will allow me to screen for glaucoma in patients who are highly suspect, and also check for other retinal pathologies. It is another tool I can use to help make sure you get the best care possible!

One Year Anniversary

Hey everyone, just wanted to say thanks for making my first year at Alameda Eyes fun, memorable, and busy!

Thanks so much for your continued support!!

Stay tuned for some changes in the upcoming year with new software, electronic health records, and a very cool machine that helps diagnose glaucoma and other ocular diseases