Why do LASIK Doctors Wear Glasses?

Why do LASIK Doctors Wear Glasses? by Brian Chou, OD, FAAO, FSLS April 18, 2022   Do you find it odd that some LASIK surgeons wear glasses? It seems contradictory – as if these eye doctors do not believe in the very service that they provide. Yet like many things, appearances are often deceiving. The reality…

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Readers, Cheaters and Magnifiers, Oh My!

Readers, Cheaters and Magnifiers, Oh My! by Brian Chou, OD, FAAO, FSLS March 14, 2022 Ever wonder about over-the-counter reading glasses at the drugstore? They go by different names: readers, cheaters, and magnifiers. These ready-made glasses are commonplace for those over age 40. Below, learn what they are for and why they go by different names.…

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5 Things About Eye Drops for Blurry Reading Vision

5 Things About Eye Drops for Blurry Reading Vision by Brian Chou, OD, FAAO, FSLS February 9, 2022 Have you learned about the prescriptive eye drops called Vuity (1.25% pilocarpine HCl, AbbVie)?  Vuity can temporarily help age-related blurry reading vision or presbyopia. Vuity received FDA approval in October of 2021. Here is what you need to…

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The Beauty of Visual Deprivation

The Beauty of Visual Deprivation by Brian Chou, OD, FAAO, FSLS January 9, 2022   A popular assumption is that depriving clear vision is bad. Yet why do some – particularly those that are highly dependent on eyeglasses or contact lenses – value taking off their corrective eyewear and relaxing in blurriness? Blurry Vision is Relaxing for…

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Celebrities and Notable People with Keratoconus

Celebrities and Notable People with Keratoconus by Brian Chou, OD, FAAO, FSLS September 10, 2021 Which celebrities and famous people have keratoconus?  Below is a list with people – both famous and some you may not know – with keratoconus, an uncommon eye disease that causes distorted vision.  Keratoconus usually requires special medically necessary contact lenses…

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Artistic Light Fixtures at ReVision Optometry

Artistic Light Fixtures at ReVision Optometry by Brian Chou, OD, FAAO, FSLS August 12, 2021 The collection of artistic lanterns gracing the ceiling at ReVision Optometry in San Diego are the beautiful handiwork of local artists, William Leslie, and his wife, Alessandra Colfi, PhD.  They are pleasantly mystical, mesmerizing, and whimsical. Acclaim for LightSculptures Leslie created…

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How to Win a Staring Contest

How to Win a Staring Contest by Brian Chou, OD, FAAO, FSLS April 6, 2021 You just signed up to compete in a staring contest.  How do you win?  The world record for staring — not blinking once — is 57 minutes and 24 seconds, set by a Chinese naval serviceman in 2015. That is no…

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Why Does Sunlight Make Me Sneeze?

Sunlight Make You Sneeze?

Why Does Sunlight Make Me Sneeze? by Brian Chou, OD, FAAO, FSLS July 15, 2020   Have you ever noticed yourself or others sneeze when walking out to the bright sunlight?  Up to a third of the population exhibits the “photic sneeze reflex” where the sudden exposure to bright light stimulates sneezing.  First described by Aristotle,…

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How to See Ocean Bioluminescence in San Diego

How to See Ocean Bioluminescence in San Diego by Brian Chou, OD, FAAO, FSLS May 15, 2020 Every few years in San Diego, crashing ocean waves dazzle blue at nighttime.  This has occurred in October 2011, September 2013, May of 2018, and May of 2020.  The single-celled algae called dinoflagellates, bloom in the ocean water causing…

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