Category: Eye Care

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3 Eye Health Updates for 2019

It’s 2019 and our eyes are facing new challenges. 

We heavily rely on our eyes for our daily activities such as work, driving and of course we use them to watch our favorite Netflix shows. 

Try closing your eyes for 10 seconds and imagine a life without vision. It’s pretty tough right?

The visual stimulus we encounter today are much different and can be challenging for our eyes. Visual demands such as digital blue light energy, screen time addiction and increase myopia or nearsightedness can lead to serious visual and eye health problems like macular degeneration and even blindness. 

What can you do to protect your eyes?

Here are 3 eye health updates you need to know in 2019.

1. Blue-Light Protection

Blue light is a color in the visible spectrum. It is considered short wavelength, which produces higher amounts of energy and that’s not good for our eyes. 

Eye Health Updates

Today, our eyes are consistently exposed to “modern digital blue light” from smart phones, computer screens, tablets, and gaming devices. 

The increased amount of blue light exposure is concerning as the average American now spends 37 hours a week staring at digital devices. It’s quite common to hear our patients report staring in front of computer screens for 8 hours a day at work. 

Related blog post: “Can Computer Make My Eyes Worse?”: click here

Researchers have discovered that blue light is “toxic” to cells in the retina and can lead to early onset of retinal degenerative diseases (such as macular degeneration), early onset of cataracts or even blindness. 

As one researcher noted, “Photoreceptor cells do not regenerate in the eye. When they’re dead, they’re dead for good.” To translate, once the damage is done, your vision does not come back. That’s scary to think about. 

If you are a heavy digital device user or have a family history of macular degeneration, our eye doctors highly recommended protecting your eyes with blue light filtering lenses.

Blue light protection lenses filters out blue light energy decreasing the amount of energy entering our eyes. It can also help reduce digital eye strain and fatigue. 

2. Digital Device Recommendation For Kids

The rise of digital technology has penetrated our kids. It’s not uncommon to see children with their own iPad or phone as early as 3 years old.

But is digital screen time healthy for children?   

screen time for kids

A first of the its kind study on how screen time affects children’s brains suggest more than 2 hours a day could do damage. Read the details of this study: CLICK HERE 

The first findings from this study show as little as 2 hours of screen time can be detrimental, resulting in lower scores on tests focused on thinking and language skills. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently came out with a new daily screen time recommendation for children under 5 years of age. Read the full recommendations: CLICK HERE

Here is the summary of recommendations by age:

INFANT (less than 1 year of age): Screen time is not recommended

1-2 YEARS OF AGE: No screen time for a 1 year-old. No more than an hour for 2 year-olds, with less time preferred. 

3-4 YEARS OF AGE: No more than one hour. 

3. The Nearsightedness Epidemic

Collectively, our humans eyes are becoming more nearsighted or myopic. It’s happening at rapid rate with some experts predicting 50% of the world’s population will be nearsighted by the year 2050. 

spend more time outdoors

This is rather concerning because high nearsightedness or myopia can result in blinding eye diseases such as retinal detachment, cataracts and glaucoma.

Myopia is starting to become an epidemic, especially in South East Asia countries such as Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, where approximately 90% of the young people are nearsighted. 

The big question scientist have asked,  “What factor can prevent myopia or nearsightedness from starting in the first place?”

The answer is simple: spend more time outdoors. 

Read of the summary of this study: CLICK HERE

However, if you or your child is already nearsighted, spending more time outdoors will not slow down the progression of your nearsightedness. 

Our eyes help us see what really matters in life. 

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Before you know it 2020 will be here. The start of another decade.

What new challenges will our eyes face in the next decade? 

Only time will time but you can start protecting your eyes today.

Schedule an eye exam with your eye care provider and talk to your eye doctor about these eye health updates and how you can keep your eyes seeing the important things in life.  

Text Bright Vision Optometry: (909)627-1111
Schedule Your Eye Exam Online: CLICK HERE

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Bright Vision Optometry is a family-owned & operated optometry office located in Chino Hills, CA 91709

summer sunglasses 2019

3 Summer Sunglasses Styles For 2019

Summer sunglasses are a must in Southern California. 

Can you smell the BBQ? See the crashing waves of the beach? Feel the sizzling heat? 

So don’t blink because summer is right around the corner. Summer means sunny, bright, long days. 

It’s also a time to protect your skin with sun block and protect your eyes with sunglasses.  Here at Bright Vision Optometry, we geek out when it comes to fashion sunglasses and sun protection.

Here are 3 sunglasses styles that will have you styling and protected this summer! 

1. Tiffany Paper Flowers Butterfly Sunglasses

The 2019 Tiffany sunglasses collection includes the new Tiffany Paper Flowers collections featuring contemporary shapes inspired by the idea of abstract flower petals.

Tiffany Butterfly Sunglasses

Look at the elegant petal shaped sunglasses frame, drenched in rose gold colored metal with a unique mirrored rose gold lenses.

This Tiffany sunglasses is perfect for anyone who wants a chic feminine look for the summer. Can you picture yourself in a summer dress to match these Tiffany sunglasses? 

Because Tiffany eyewear is made in Italy, theses sunglasses feature 100% UV protection and anti-glare coating. Certainly a classic, and contemporary look for the summer. 

The butterfly sunglasses comes in 3 different colors: Rose gold, Silver and Gunmetal. 

2. Ray-Ban Arista – Round Metal Sunglasses

This wouldn’t be a sunglasses list without the world’s most popular sunglasses brand, Ray-Ban.

Ray-Ban Arista Sunglasses

This summer, cruise around the beach or stroll through the next music festival in these round retro styled Ray-Ban sunglasses.

The Rayban Arista’s are inspired by the style first worn by legendary musicians of the 1960’s. If you didn’t know, these ionic Ray-Ban sunglasses have been worn by legendary musicians in the 1960s, where counter-culture first originated.

Versatile, hip and cool, these classic gold sunglasses will fits most face shapes (unisex). 

The Ray-Ban Arista sunglasses comes in 6 different frame and lens color combinations with the Gold frame and Green lens combo being the most popular. 

3. Oakley Frogskins Sunglasses

Finally, these classic retro Oakley sunglasses. Created in the 1980’s, these summer sunglasses are back with a modern twist!

Oakley Frogskins Sunglasses

These summer cool clear sunglasses are comfortable, lightweight and perfect for a day at the beach. 

This pair of Oakley sunglasses features Prizm™ lenses which enhances color, contrast and details to help you see the world with clarity.

Check out the light blue mirrored lenses on these Oakley sunglasses. So unique right?

These Oakley Frogskins sunglasses are available in many different color combination and mirrored lenses. 

So protect your eyes from harmful UV sunlight this summer. Above all, do it your own style! 

summer sunglasses 2019

At Bright Vision Optometry, our optical collection features the newest sunglasses styles for 2019 including brand names like Tom Ford, Prada, Tiffany, Celine and Gucci

So splash into this summer in style, stop by our optical shop to try on your next pair of summer sunglasses! 

Text Bright Vision Optometry: (909)627-1111
Schedule eyewear styling appointment: CLICK HERE

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Bright Vision Optometry is a family-owned & operated optometry office located in Chino Hills, CA 91709

face shape for glasses

3 Tips For Your Next Glasses

Choosing the perfect pair of glasses can be a difficult decision to make. You may have questions like the following…

What size or shape of glasses fits my face? Will my prescription lenses fit in this pair of glasses? What color will match my skin tone or make-up?

eyewear stylists at Bright Vision Optometry

Before you embark on your search for your next pair of glasses, read these 3 helpful tips from our experienced eyewear stylists at Bright Vision Optometry. 

1. Find the right glasses shape for your face shape

“The choice of eyewear is largely a question of personal style and preferences, but for a successful choice, the eyewear should complement the face and highlight its best qualities.” says our eyewear stylist Adriana. 

Here are some general tips for picking out the right pair of eyeglasses to match your face shape. 

face shape for glasses


Rounded forehead and chin – widest at the cheekbones.

Create contrast with rectangular frames; choose a frame with high temples, if appropriate. Avoid round and oval frames.


Elongated face with a round forehead and slightly slimmer, rounded chin. A very harmonious face shape.

Do not choose an oval frame that is too horizontally flat, or a rectangular frame that follows the cheekbones. However, oval faces can wear frames in most shapes.


Forehead, cheekbones and chin area all the same width.

Draw the attention upwards by choosing a frame with its most prominent features at the top. Avoid angular frames for this face shape.


A long, narrow face, often with a prominent jaw.

Choose deep frames – round or aviator-style. It is a good idea to choose a frame with distinctive sides. Avoid narrow frames and high-placed temples.Modo Glasses


The top edge of the glasses frame should follow the shape of the brows, and should be fully or partially distinct from them. Avoid eyewear where the brows can be seen through the lenses.

The eyewear should reach the outer edges of the cheekbones, otherwise it looks like the wearer has outgrown his/her eyeglass frame.

A short nose can appear longer when the wearer uses eyewear with a keyhole bridge (see picture) or a bridge that curves upwards. A long nose can appear shorter if the eyeglasses frame bridge runs straight across the bridge of the nose or curves slightly downwards. The bridge should ideally sit as low as possible.

2. Understand your glasses prescription

high prescription lenses on metal glasses

“When choosing your next pair of glasses, it’s important to understand your glasses prescription. Why? Because if your prescription is on the higher end, the lenses might not fit your preferred glasses frames.” says Joanna. 

It’s a fact, if your glasses prescription is considered high, your lenses will be thick. Certain eyeglasses frames, especially metal frames will not be able to accommodate higher prescriptions. 

If you have a high prescription, consider an eyewear brand like Prodesign to help hide the thickness of your lens. 

Be sure to consult an optician or eyewear stylist to make sure your next pair glasses is a good match for your prescription. 

3. Don’t be afraid to try something different

3 tips for glasses

Our eyewear stylist Michael doesn’t play by the rules.

He says, “You can pull off any glasses as long as you are willing to commit and WERK those frames!” 

Consider frame colors that pop and contrast your skin tone. Colorful frames such as Woow eyewear is a good place to start. 

Text Bright Vision Optometry: (909)627-1111
Schedule your eye exam online today: CLICK HERE

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions

Bright Vision Optometry is a family-owned & operated optometry office located in Chino Hills, CA 91709

mido 2019

MIDO 2019 – Eyewear Show in Milan, Italy

The world is so big yet so small.

Or is it the other way around? The world is so small yet so big? 

With over 1100 vendors and 59,000 attendees from every corner of Earth, the MIDO 2019 eyewear show compacts the global eyewear industry into one location. Milan, Italy. 

My sister and I flew in on a Friday afternoon. (Poor Sophie, she threw up a lot during the flight.)

Unbeknownst to me, it was Milan Fashion Week.  I looked down.

Sweatpants are fashionable right? 


Simple, it’s for you and your family. Our patients.

mido 2019 map

Sometimes you forget how big Earth is. Here’s a reminder, look at these population numbers: 

Chino Hills: 80,000
United States: 327,000,000 
World: 7,530,000,000

To ensure you and your family are getting the highest standard of care and highest quality eyewear, we explore the world, looking for answers to your eyewear needs.

We don’t just explore what’s new in the U.S. because what’s new in the U.S. could be “what’s old” on a global scale. 

This is why we fly to Italy to attend MIDO 2019, the largest international show dedicated to the global eyewear. 

Carin Eyewear Suzy

See more of Carin: CLICK HERE

Last year at MIDO, we discovered Korean brand, Carin.


When traveling to a foreign country, there are 4 simple phrases that will always help you. 

Hi (Ciao). Bye (Ciao). Thank you (Grazie)! You’re welcome (Prego)! 

mido 2019

My sister and I were riding the Milan metro back to our hotel. It was crowded and luckily we secured seats. 

During a stop, a group of elder ladies entered and one of them made eye contact with me. 

I smiled at her and said “Ciao.” 

She smiled back, “Ciao.” I offered my seat with my hands. 

She sat down and smiled, “Grazie.” 

I smiled back, “Prego.” 

Apparently kindness is an universal language.


Ultra light weight and comfortable eyewear for you.  

Kio Yamato Eyewear

Kio Yamato is an optical industry leader in processing of titanium metals for eyewear. 

Each frame is hand-made in Japan. It’s our MIDO 2019 discovery for Bright Vision Optometry. 

Learn more about Kio Yamato: CLICK HERE 

My sister and I landed in LAX on a Monday afternoon. 

mido 2019 optometry

Jet lagged and tired, we were craving asian food. 

On the drive back home my sister passed out. I looked at her and wondered, “Where to next?” 

Paris? Perhaps Korea? 

Optos retinal imaging

3 Benefits of Optos Retinal Imaging

A dilated eye exam is a crucial part of every comprehensive eye exam. Optos retinal imaging eliminates the need for traditional eye dilation.

To examine the whole back of the eye or retina, eye doctors traditional performed dilated eye exams. It helps eye doctors detect any eye disease such as glaucoma, diabetes, eye tumors and retinal detachments.

Optos retinal imaging can capture over 85% of the back of the eye in less than a second. All this, without the need of a dilation eye drops. This technology has been proven to detect eye disease early and prevent vision loss. 

It’s understandable why our patients at Bright Vision Optometry love this new technology.

We summarize the side-effects of traditional eye dilation. Then we summarize 3 benefits of Optos retinal imaging. 

Traditional Eye Dilation

Here are 3 side-effects from traditional eye dilation drops:

Traditional Eye Dilation Drops(PICTURED ABOVE: traditional eye dilation sometimes requires a total of 3 different eye drops)

Because the pupils are physically bigger, more light will entered the eyes after a dilated eye exam. Meaning your eyes will be more sensitivity to outdoor sunlight as well as indoor lights.

Sunglasses should be worn after dilation. Sometimes even indoors. This is the reason we always recommend first time dilation patients to avoid driving and bring a driver with them.

Dilated eyes will cause blurred vision especially for reading and computer work. Dilation eye drops will paralyze the focusing ability of the eyes. Yup, this means even reading your text messages on your phone would be difficult. 

It’s the reason why after most dilated eye exam, patients can’t go back to work or kids can’t back to school or do homework.

The effects of dilation can lasts between 4-8 hours. This variation depends on the type of drops used and the color of your eyes. Darker eye color, like brown, will have a shorter dilation period compared to someone with lighter colored eyes, like blue eyes.

Blurred vision for near and computer work will also last 4-8 hours after dilation too. We usually recommended our patients to go home, relax in a dark room, avoid reading after dilation.

Modern Optos Retinal Imaging

Here are 3 benefits of Optos retinal imaging:

Optos retinal imaging

Because Optos retinal imaging can be captured without dilation, no eye drops will be necessary. This also means no blurred vision or light sensitivity for the next 4-8 hours. This is especially beneficial to examine kids’ eye health!

Kid do not like eye drops anymore than they like shots. It’s often difficult to convince a kid to let us put in eye drops.  Usually kicking, screaming and crying ensues, leading to wasted time for both parents and doctors. 

Detecting eye disease and subtle changes is quick and easy with Optos retinal imaging. With detailed digital images, we are able to compared photos year after year to ensure your eyes are healthy. 

optos diabetic retinopathy

(PICTURED ABOVE: a patient that we detected diabetic changes inside the eye)

Just like how parents document how their kids grow with photos, at Bright Vision Optometry, we document how our patients eyes have changed or not changed throughout the years.  

The best part? These digital photos are part of your medical record that we keep permanently. If you or your family members are in another state, we can easily transfer your retinal images digitally (in a blink of an eye) to your new doctor. 

They say time is the most precious resource we have. By using Optos retinal imaging, we are able to save you time. Retinal photos of both eyes can be taken in less than 30 seconds.

There is no need to wait for dilation eye drops to kick it or the need to take time off from work or school because there are no side-effects of blurred vision and light-sensitivity.

Money is time. Time is money. Save time and money with Optos retinal imaging.  


Traditional eye dilation has side-effects specifically, light-sensitivity, blurred vision and has a long recovery time. Optos retinal imaging provides our eye doctors the same quality pictures of the back of the eyes without those side-effects. 

Every patient at Bright Vision Optometry is offered this technology because Optos retinal imaging is more comfort, detects eye disease at it’s earliest stage and it saves time. 

Optos retinal imaging has proven to catch eye disease early and prevent vision loss at Bright Vision Optometry.

During your next eye exam, be sure to ask for Optos retinal imaging. 

Text Bright Vision Optometry: (909)627-1111
Schedule your eye exam online today: CLICK HERE

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions

Bright Vision Optometry is a family-owned & operated optometry office located in Chino Hills, CA 91709

How Are Daily Contact Lenses Different From Monthly Contacts?

If you wear contact lenses, you may have tried both monthly contact lenses and daily contact lenses before. You may have also asked yourself, “What is the difference between a daily contact lens from a monthly contact lens?” 

(Milan, Italy)

In one corner, we have the undisputed champion of convenience – DAILY CONTACT LENSES!

In another corner, we have the undefeated champion of value – MONTHLY CONTACT LENSES!

So exactly how are daily contact lenses different from monthly contact lenses? Let’s explore the obvious and obscure differences. 


Daily contact lenses are worn for just a single day. Pop them open in the morning, wear them throughout the day and toss them in the trash when you are done wearing them. 

Monthly contact lenses are worn for the whole month. Open a new pack to start the month, reuse the same contact lenses by storing them in disinfecting solution each night, throw them out after one month of opening a new pack. 

Daily contact lenses are famous for being more convenient than monthly contacts. Simply open a new packet each day and toss when you are done with your wear. No contact lens solution necessary, no need to keep a schedule or thinking about avoiding over-wear. 

However, daily contacts are more costly compared to monthly contacts. A year supply of daily contacts is equal to 720 lenses for both eyes compared to a year supply of monthly contacts of 24. The quantity difference results in a huge cost difference too. Here is an estimate of price ranges for a year supply of contact lenses: 

Daily lenses: $400 to $900 
Monthly lenses: $200 to $450

Keep in mind, cost for contact lenses can differ depending on brand, package size, manufacturer’s rebate and more.  

Lastly, because daily lenses encourage better contact lens wearing habits and you are not reusing the same lens over and over, daily lenses are the healthiest type of contacts for your eyes. 

BONUS: Here are some ways you can avoid contact lenses related eye problems: CLICK HERE


Back in 2001, Johnson & Johnson the makers of the popular contact lens brand Acuvue settled in a class-action lawsuit. In the end, Johnson & Johnson paid out roughly $860 million to consumers.

The reason behind the lawsuit? The suit claimed Johnson & Johnson had misled consumers and eye doctors that their Acuvue 1-day lenses had some type of special physical property that limited its use to 1 day when, in fact, they were identical to regular Acuvue lenses, which were bi-weekly contacts. 

Acuvue 1-day and regular Acuvue lenses have since been discontinued but the question still lingers, are daily contact lenses physically the same as bi-weekly or monthly contact lenses?

After deep research, the answer is NO. Daily contact lenses are not physically the same as a bi-weekly or monthly contact lens. Here is an interesting example of a daily vs. 2-week disposable (note the same brand name “Oasys”): 

Daily: Acuvue Oasys 1-Day With HydraLuxe vs. Monthly: Acuvue Oasys with Hydraclear Plus

Looking closely at the lens details, there are some obvious physical difference between center of thickness, Dk/t (oxygen transmissibility), BC (base curve) and diameter or size of the contacts. The biggest difference is the technology, which makes up the coating of the lenses themselves. 


There are obvious and some obscure differences between daily and monthly contact lenses as mentioned above. Daily contact lenses are trending up and being prescribed more and more as our visual demands have increased due to technology. I predict by 2030, everyone will be wearing daily contact lens.

Not all type of contact lenses are made the same. Personally, I have tested and tried to wear daily contact lenses for more than one day. After the second day, the contact lenses just do not feel good anymore. 

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If you are extending your contact lens wear longer than what your eye doctor recommends, consider asking yourself this question, “What’s the worst that can happen?

Remember your eyes are too valuable to be put at risk! You only get 2 eyeballs in your life. Enjoy your best vision throughout your life and see what really matters.

Watch Video: Which Contact Lenses Do Our Doctors Wear?: CLICK HERE

Text Bright Vision Optometry: (909)627-1111
Schedule your eye exam online today: CLICK HERE

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions. Bright Vision Optometry is a family-owned & operated optometry office located in Chino Hills, CA 91709.

Computer Eye Strain

Can Computers Make My Eyes Worse?

If you are in front of the computer daily, you may have wondered, “Can computers make my eyes worse?” 

More than 50% of our adult patients at Bright Vision Optometry report using the computer for more than 6 hours a day. Not to mention, we find that most computer users are not just in front of 1 screen, but in front of multiple screens.

Last week, one of our patients reported working on 4 different screens for 8 hours a day! Now that’s a lot of screen time for a pair of eyes! 

With our increased usage of digital devices, there is a growing worry that digital devices that are helping us navigate our lives may actually be harming our eyes. So let’s answer the pressing question, “Can computers make my eyes worse?” 

Eyesight vs. Eye Damage 

For the purpose of answering our question, we will separate “eyes worse”  into 2 categories: eyesight and eye damage. As we probe to find the answer to our question, let’s explore the differences between eyesight and eye damage.

Eyesight is simply a person’s ability to see. So the question we will answer is, “Can computers make my eyesight worse?”

In other words, can working in front of computers make my vision worse? Will my prescription increase because of my computer use? 

Eye Damage
Eye damage refers to any damage to the overall health of the eyes. Eye damage includes conditions like cataracts, macular degeneration or any other conditions that harm the health of the eyes. 

So the question we will answer is, “Can computers harm or damage my eyes?”

Can Computers Make My Eyesight Worse?
Probably to one’s surprise, the answer is no. Working on the computer does not make your eyesight worse. 

Eye prescription changes are due to natural changes to the eyeball size and shape. Working in front of the computer will not cause changes to your eyeball size and shape. Therefore, computers have little to no influence on changes to your natural eye prescription. 

Computer Eye Strain

Keep in mind, heavy computer use can cause temporary blurry vision when eyes become too fatigued to see properly. 

Parents, there is research evidence that students and young kids who spend many hours working on near-viewing tasks, such as reading textbooks, tend to become nearsighted. Additionally, kids who spend more time playing outside tend to have better distance vision. 

It is now a fact that over 2 hours of screen time a day for children can do damage. Heavy computer or iPad use in kids can increase their risk of becoming nearsighted. It’s still too early to say how long-term digital device use could change eyesight in kids. 

Can Computers Damage My Eyes?
Computers can cause temporary eye damage. However, permanent eye damage is still unknown. 

Temporary eye issues such as eye strain, tired eyes, headaches, dry eyes, eye discomfort, and difficulty focusing are common among computer users. These issues have been bundled into the medical term “Computer Vision Syndrome” or CVS.

Digital devices, like the computer, emit significant amounts of blue light. There is a growing concern among eye doctors about the possible long-term effects of blue light on eye health. 

Blue light can penetrate into the eyes, and research has shown that blue-light can damage cells in the retina. The long term effects of blue light on human eyes are still uncertain. There is a growing concern that blue light damage can contribute to early cataracts and macular degeneration

There are still many questions that need to be answered about blue light and its relationship to our eyes. While scientists work toward the answers, the best thing we can do right now is to protect our eyes with blue light blocking computer glasses. 

Watch Video: Dr. Soong Gives 3 Tips to Reduce Computer Eye Strain: CLICK HERE

Text Bright Vision Optometry: (909)627-1111
Schedule your eye exam online today: CLICK HERE

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions. Bright Vision Optometry is a family-owned & operated optometry office located in Chino Hills, CA 91709.



Are You Nearsighted or Farsighted?

Have you ever wondered, am I nearsighted or farsighted? What’s the difference anyways?

This vision concept can sometimes be tricky to understand. So let’s explain the difference between nearsighted and farsighted. 

An easy way to find out is by  looking at your glasses or contact lens prescription.nearsighted prescription

If your eyes are nearsighted, under “SPH” or “Sphere” the number or power is negative or has a (-) in front of the number. For example, looking at my glasses prescription, you can see I have -1.75 power of nearsightedness for my right eye (OD) and -2.00 for my left eye (OS). 

If your eyes are farsighted, under “SPH”, the number is a plus number or (+) in front of the number. Here is a copy of a farsighted contact lens prescription.

Side note: Looking at your glasses or contact lens prescription, you may be wondering what does the “CYL” mean. It’s short for CYLINDER power which reflects your astigmatism correction. Most of the time, CYL or astigmatism power is indicated by a negative or (-) number. The “CYL” number doesn’t reflect whether you are nearsighted or farsighted but it means you have an astigmatism correction on your prescription.

To learn the tricky concept of astigmatism – CLICK HERE

But what if you don’t have a prescription on hand? How can you tell if you are nearsighted or farsighted? It’s fairly easy, let’s explains how you can figure it out.  

Artwork by Painter Philip Barlow (WEBSITE)

Nearsighted or sometimes referred as the medical term myopia, means you can see close but not far. Nearsighted eyes have “near sight” but far sight or vision is blurred.

Without glasses or contact lenses, if you can see close objects clearly but have trouble seeing distance objects you are probably nearsightedness. Common signs that you are nearsighted include blurry night time vision and squinting to see clearly.

Farsighted is just the opposite. Shocking right? Farsightedness or sometimes referred as the medical term hyperopia, means you can see far objects but have a harder time seeing close objects. Most farsighted people, especially if under 40 with a low amount of nearsightedness, you can see both distance and near clearly. If you are farsighted, you might notice eye strain and fatigue after long sessions of reading or computer use.

Artwork by painter Philip Barlow (WEBSITE)

Both nearsightedness and farsightedness are easily corrected with glasses, contact lenses and if a good candidate LASIK. In some cases, someone can be nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in another eye.  

Can you figure out whether you are nearsighted or farsighted now?

Still don’t know if you are nearsighted or farsighted?

We have the answer. Just text us: (909)627-1111
Schedule your eye exam online today: CLICK HERE

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions. Bright Vision Optometry is a family-owned & operated optometry office located in Chino Hills, CA 91709.

Debunking 5 vision insurance myths

We agree with you, trying to understand your vision insurance can be frustrating. Vision insurance plans such as VSP or EyeMed can be hard to digest but let us help you understand just a little bit more.

Let’s debunk 5 common vision insurance myths. 

Myth #1
“Vision insurance benefits covers both glasses and contact lenses.”

Vision Insurance Myths

Our optician Michael explains, “Most vision insurances will only cover glasses OR contact lenses but not both. The only time I have seen a patient get covered for both is if someone used two different insurances.”

PRO-TIP: Use your insurance towards glasses, 99% of the time you will save more money by using your benefits for glasses over contact lenses.

Myth #2
Vision insurance covers the contact lens fitting exam completely.

Vision Insurance Myths with Adriana

To this Adriana answers,  “Your comprehensive eye exam and contact lens fitting exam are two separate exam services. Most insurances will cover the comprehensive eye exam (sometimes with a co-pay) but will only give a discount on the contact lens fitting exam.” 

During a comprehensive eye exam, our doctors check the overall health of your eyes and it includes updated glasses prescriptions. 

PRO-TIP: If you are very nearsighted or farsighted or have a big difference in prescription between you eyes, you may qualify for medically necessary contact lens services through your vision plan. Medically necessary contact lens services covers fees for a comprehensive eye exam, a contact lens fitting and a whole year supply of contact lenses.

Learn more about VSP medically necessary contact lenses: CLICK HERE 

Myth #3
“If I don’t use all of my frame allowance, that amount rolls over to cover other optical expenses.”

Vision Insurance Myths with Joanna

Joanna’s reply to this myth, “Unfortunately that’s not true. I wish it was, but unused frame allowance does not roll over.” 

PRO-TIP: Most optometry office offer a wild range of brands and prices, including frames that are close or with in your vision plan’s budget. Sometimes you just have to ask about those glasses frames. 

Myth #4
“I can use my vision insurance benefits to buy non-prescription sunglasses.”

Vision Insurance Myths with Melissa

Our staff Melissa’s response, “Unless you are doing a pair sunglasses with prescription lenses, you will not be able to use your benefits towards non-prescription sunglasses. In order to be considered a “prescription lens”, you prescription needs to be or exceeding -0.50 diopters or +0.50 power.”

PRO-TIP: If you had LASIK surgery or PRK, you can use your VSP frame allowance toward the cost of non-prescription sunglasses. 

Myth #5
“Since my husband didn’t use his vision insurance, I can use his benefits for my glasses or contact lenses.”

Dr. Soong’s answer, “This sounds pretty much like insurance fraud. Sorry but we can only apply vision insurance benefits to the assigned individual.” 

PRO-TIP: Not everyone in the family needs vision insurance. If you know your husband has good vision and eye health with no foreseeable need for glasses or contact lenses, there might not be a need for vision insurance for him.

Consult our doctors and staff if you have any questions about your insurance. We are just a text message away. 

Do you have a vision insurance question?

We have the answers. Just text us: (909)627-1111
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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions. Bright Vision Optometry is a family-owned & operated optometry office located in Chino Hills, CA 91709

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5 ways to maximize your vision insurance benefits before 2019

Not taking advantage of your yearly vision insurance benefits is like flushing money down the toilet. Remember, use it or lose it (flush it works here too).

With the end of the year fast approaching, do you still have vision insurance benefits left for the year? If so, here are 5 ways you can maximize your vision insurance benefits before 2019.

(Still got FSA dollars left to spend? Learn 5 ways to use your end of the year FSA money: CLICK HERE)

1. Computer glasses
It’s true, the digital age is here. About 75% of my patients are using a computer on a daily basis at work. This number is staggering and it’s also increasing.

computer glasses

Heavy computer or phone use can increase risk for eye problems. Like your smartphone, computer screens emit harmful blue-light which can increase risk for macular degeneration and contribute to digital eye strain. Protection with blue-light filters are certainly necessary.

Prescription computer glasses is not the same as your everyday prescription glasses. The prescription powers are usually different and made specifically for your computer working distance.

Pro-tip: Add a blue-light filter to your lenses if you use the computer or look at your phone for more than 6 hours a day.

2. Prescription or non-prescription sunglasses
It’s a little known fact that vision insurance benefits can be used towards sunglasses, even designer sunglasses. Yes, summer may be over but here in sunny Southern California, sun protection a year round thing.

prescription or non-prescription sunglasses

Keep those eyes protected in style with a pair of designer sunglasses from brands such as Tom Ford, Gucci, Tiffany & Co, Prada or Celine. Or consider popular sunglasses brand such as Ray-bans, Oakleys and Oliver Peoples. Just like your collection of shoes, you can never have enough sunglasses.

Pro-tip: If you had LASIK eye surgery, you can still use your vision insurance benefits towards a new pair of sunglasses.

3. Back-up glasses
Using vision insurance towards new prescription glasses may sound obvious. However, using vision insurance for a back-up pair of glasses is an unfamiliar but great idea.

back-up glasses

If you are like me and are constantly forgetting and losing things in life, consider a back-up pair of glasses. For those that dependent heavily on their glasses to see, just imagine a day without your glasses. Imagine trying to drive at night. Sounds terrible and scary right?

So if you still have vision insurance left, why not get some back-up glasses for those unexpected moments in life.

Pro-tip: A solid pair of back-up glasses won’t break the bank. Most vision insurance will cover the basics: frame, lenses and some insurance will even cover anti-reflective coatings too.

4. Prescription contact lenses
If you are a contact lens wearer and still have vision insurance left for the year, it’s a no-brainer to use that benefit to buy more contact lenses.

contact lenses with vision insurance

Most vision insurance will have an allowance of $130-$200 to be used towards buying contact lenses. If you don’t use that money, you simply lose it.

Pro-tip: All contact lens wearers should have a pair of back-up glasses. Use your insurance benefits towards back-up glasses if you don’t owe a pair.

5. Eye health exam
When was your last eye health exam? For a healthy individual, the American Optometric Association recommends an eye exam every 2 years.

eye exams with vision insurance

Eye exams are especially important for children, because 80% of what they learn is through their vision. Remember, vision screenings at school is not a comprehensive eye exam.

Pro-tip: Most vision insurance fully cover basic vision and eye health exam. Co-pays for eye exams can range from $0 – $25 depending on your insurance coverage.

As I am writing this, the weather is starting to cool, kids are fully back to school and more importantly the NBA season has started for my Lakers. Soon the holiday season will be upon us.

Your calendar will start to stack with Thanksgiving and Christmas events. So don’t forget to mark down a day to use your vision insurance benefits before the year is over.

Remember, you either use it or you lose it. Don’t let money flush down the toilet.

Do you still have vision insurance benefits left over for the year?

Text to us find out: (909)627-1111
Schedule your eye exam online today: CLICK HERE

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions

Bright Vision Optometry is a family-owned & operated optometry office located in Chino Hills, CA 91709


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