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Volume 15       October 6, 2008

Innovation. Leadership. Passion for Perfection.

  Fun Eye Facts

The giant squid has the largest eye in the natural world. Squid eyes are very similar to fish eyes. Their eyes, however, are marvelous. Although squid's eyes evolved on a separate branch of the tangle bank of life, they are remarkably like ours, except that they don't have the blind spot that human eyes have. Squid use their eyes to find and capture prey. They have no eyelid, but control the amount of light coming into the eye by opening and closing their slitted pupil. They focus on something by moving a hard, clear lens back and forth within the eye. Some species of squid may be able to see color.

  Eye Health

At Pacific Vision Institute, we are excited to introduce VIP Eye Physical to our patients. To insure excellent vision for years to come, whether or not you?ve had vision correction procedure, your eye health needs to be monitored. Just as an advanced physical is a complement to your doctor?s annual exam, our VIP Eye Physical doesn?t replace your optometrist?s exam. It goes a step further, using innovative technology to do testing, monitoring, and detecting conditions that might not be affecting your vision today but could affect your vision if left untreated. With technology such as Pentacam, Ocular Response Analyzer, and Optical Coherence Tomography, for example, we measure clarity of the optics in your vision system to detect early cataract changes, monitor eye pressure to monitor for glaucoma, and analyze retina to detect even the most subtle abnormalities that may not be detected with during a routine eye exam. Based on the results of your annual VIP Eye Physical, we can recommend what you need to do to keep seeing clearly for years to come. Often, simple changes in nutrition can delay the onset of age-related disease or degeneration. By analyzing the eye to detect any changes early, we can intervene early and give you personalized recommendations to preserve the youth and health of your eyes.

  What's new in vision correction procedures

Developed by a PhD scientist, Dr. Maureen Powers, and optometrist Dr. Gina Day, Pacific Vision Institute uses proprietary software games that teach the eyes to refocus rapidly and work together better. This computer-based vision training can be done at home in 30 minute sessions; at the end of the therapy, we assess your training and pinpoint the precise areas you may need more training. This computer-based Vision Training is especially designed to improve performance for athletes (professional and weekend warriors alike), help kids with reading skills to improve their performance at school, and help professionals to reduce eye strain while working on the computer.

  Tech Corner

Eye comfort and good vision depend on a healthy tear film. To accurately measure tear production, we utilize a novel approach. Touch MicroAssay is an advanced method to assess the level of lactoferrin, a substance produced by the same gland that makes tears. Low levels of lactoferrin indicate low tear production. With this method we can accurately diagnose dry eye and follow the patients to see how well they respond to treatment.

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