Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | May 1, 2016

How to Deal with Spring Eye Allergies

Check out this blog form our archives…

Tips for Dealing with Spring Allergens


Bausch & Lomb Opcon-A eye drops are a great way to provide relief from spring allergies.

Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | April 24, 2016

How to Treat Pink Eye

Pinkeye, also known as conjunctivitis, occurs when the conjunctiva, the thin membrane lining the eyelids and the whites of the eyes, becomes inflamed or swollen. The white part of the eye often also becomes red, thus the name, “Pink Eye”. Pinkeye is common among school-aged children because infectious pink-eye can be very contagious and spread […]

via How To Treat Pink Eye — Dr. Michael Bold OD INC. – La Palma

Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | April 17, 2016

The 2016 Amcon Catalog Has Arrived!

The new Amcon Labs catalog is here. If you haven’t received your copy yet you will be getting it soon. We’d love to hear your feedback! Comment on this post with your likes, dislikes and suggestions.

2016 cover

Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | April 10, 2016

Check Out Our Updated FAQ Page

We have been working on updating our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for a few weeks and we are happy to announce it is now up! Visit it here at


Have an idea for a new FAQ? Email it to Courtney at

Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | April 3, 2016

Eye Protection & Safety

March was Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month. Did you know that every day about 2,000 US workers experience a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment (NIOSH)? Many of these injuries can be prevented by taking precautions. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3/5 of these injuries happened when the workers were not wearing eye protection.

So when should you wear eye protection? Anytime you are working with chemicals, UV or infrared radiation, steam, grease, oil or flying debris (wood, metal, etc.) you should wear safety glasses, face shields or goggles. The occupations most at risk for eye injuries include

  • Welding
  • Maintenance
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical Work
  • Chemists
  • Manufacturing
  • Auto Repair
  • Mining
  • Construction

Another and more recent potential eye hazard is Computer Vision Syndrome (aka Digital Eye Strain). One simple way to reduce the strain on your eyes is the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes you are looking at a screen, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If you have difficulties viewing a computer screen because of your sight, consider using computer flip-ups to reduce neck strain and headaches.mp3000

Not only should workers wear eye protection, but they should wear the right kind of eye protection. Make sure your safety glasses meet ANSI standards. If you are working in a dusty environment or somewhere that chemicals are being used, safety goggles may be the best option as they provide protection all around the eyes. Of course, you should always contact your supervisor to make sure that you are wearing the proper safety eye wear, and other protective clothing (like helmets or gloves).

Lastly, make sure that you know what to do in case of an eye emergency. Find out where the eye wash station is located in case you splash something in your eye. If you ever cut your eye or eyelid, cover the eye with a rigid shield and seek immediate medical attention. If a foreign object enters your eye do not rub it; rinse your eye at the eyewash station and seek medical attention.

Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | March 27, 2016

What’s So Great About the Dry Eye Test

Here’s a blog from the past. Don’t forget to check out Amcon’s Dry Eye Test at

In 2006, Amcon introduced the Dry Eye Test (DET), a fluorescein strip test designed to accurately diagnose, monitor and detect dry eye. The Dry Eye Test was invented and endorsed by Doctor of Optometry, Donald R. Korb, and it is manufactured by Amcon.

The Dry Eye Test is unique and unlike traditional fluorescein strips, because it delivers a precise (1 µL) amount of fluorescein to the eye.  The small amount of fluorescein keeps the tear film volume minimized. When traditional fluorescein strips are used, the amount of resulting fluid in the eye is about 17 µL, however with DET – the amount of fluid is only 3 to 7 µL. Less fluid in the eye, causes less disruption to the stability of the tear film, allowing for a more accurate testing.

Another significant difference between DET and traditional fluorescein is that the DET strip is tapered.  It’s tip is approximately 80% smaller than the tip of a traditional fluorescein strip.  A smaller, more delicate tip causes less irritation to the patient, and less excess tearing.

Being able to accurately diagnose, monitor and treat dry eye is a beneficial for a optical practice, and the Dry Eye Test is a great tool to help you in this endeavor.

Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | March 20, 2016

SCCO Installs VRmagic Medical Simulators On Campus

As Marshall B. Ketchum University evolves into an interprofessional institution, it is preparing both its curriculum and technology for the future of medical education in which technology is especi…

Source: SCCO Installs VRmagic Medical Simulators On Campus

Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | March 13, 2016

Prednisone & Cataracts

Many drugs out there can affect the health of your eyes. The corticosteroid Prednisone is used to treat many conditions and side effects. In cancer patients, it is used to keep nausea at bay among other symptoms associated with their treatments. One of the most common side effects with Prednisone treatments is cataracts developing. I currently know two people going through chemo treatments who have developed the eye condition.

After learning of this side effect, it made me wonder why it happens.

Simply put, there isn’t an exact reason currently known to doctors and scientists on why cataracts form in patients using Prednisone. It is known that cataracts start to form in the eye after prolonged use.

While the cause isn’t known, there are several possibilities:

  • Protein Modification
  • Metabolic Disturbances/Insufficient Energy Production
  • Osmotic Regulatory System Failure
  • Free Radical Damage


There are ways to help slow the progress of Prednisone linked cataracts. Cataract removal surgery is the most common way to get rid of the clouded lens. This surgery will remove the defective lens and an artificial one is put in. For many cancer patients this isn’t an option due to their compromised immune systems.

While waiting for cataract surgery, one can decrease agitation by wearing proper eyewear. Glasses for near or farsightedness are important if you need them. This helps with any eye strain. Sunglasses for outside use are just as important. Blurring of the eyes can occur in sunlight due to cataracts. Wearing dark, polarized sunglasses can cut this down and help with life quality.

Whatever you do, know the risks of the medicines you are taking and what can be done for your symptoms.

By Tiffany Kraus



Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | March 6, 2016

Retired Contact Lens Cases – ON SALE NOW

Check out these “retired” Designer Contact Lens Cases. On Sale Now. Hurry, they will go fast!

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Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | February 28, 2016

NEW Punctal Plugs

If you’ve been reading our blog you know that we are bringing in several new punctal plugs for the 2016 catalog.




Also, check out our previous blog post How do you know if your punctal plugs have popped out?

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