UV Protection for Adults and Children

Venus Passes in Front of Sun
Venus Passes in Front of Sun

We all know  about protecting our skin from UV radiation and the dangers of skin cancer  but do you realize that reducing  UV radiation is important to your eye health?  UV causes or aggravates many eye conditions; cataracts, photokeratitis, pinguecula and pterygium and age related macular degeneration.

UV and The EyeIt’s important to keep large amounts of UV from our eyes. One commonly overlooked area is UV protection for children.  One study concluded that over 50 percent of the UV damage done to our eye is done before the age of 17 years old.  Children generally have much larger pupils than when they are adults.   For instance, a  2 mm diameter pupil would  let in light through an opening of about 3 sq mm  whereas just 1 mm increase in diameter to a 3 mm pupil would be an opening of over 4.7 sq mm ! ;   over a 50 percent increase in UV going into the eye with just a 1 mm pupil diameter.

At high altitude such as Lake Tahoe or on the water like the SF Bay, the UV radiation can be 2 or 3 times what is common on low altitude land.  Many offices do not put UV protection in clear lens prescriptions. However,  at San Anselmo Optometry we make sure every sunglass lens AND every CLEAR prescription eyeglass lens provides UV protection to keep your eyes healthy.

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Nano Robots in Future Eye Surgery

Pill Cam

You probably have heard or read about robots helping or performing surgery but have you heard of robots going ‘inside’ the body?

Right now, they are working on tiny nano robotics to go inside the eye.   The nano robot is maneuvered through an intricate magnetic field around the patients head, guiding it to its desired location.  In the future it is hoped that these nano robots will deliver medications directly to the site where it is needed like in Age Related Macular Degeneration.   Also, perhaps one day even repair the arteries inside the eye or a detached retina which most likely would result in much better vision.

Currently, a small video camera called the Pill Cam  (see above) is being used for endoscopy procedures.   You swallow it and it automatically begins wireless transmission of pictures ( caution: real video ) as it goes through your body.  With all this extra information, the doctor can determine the best course for each individual patient.Pill Cam Schematic

                         Pill Cam Schematic

                                 Yay Technology!


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Finding Peace in a Busy World

Waipio Valley Hawaii
Waipio Valley Hawaii

With all the negative high speed internet news we’re bombarded with everyday now, it’s often a bit difficult to stay balanced with family, work and our own lives.  This little saying has survived many years and generations.  From time to time, I find it refreshing to take a few minutes to savor it;  often finding a certain line  is actually so pertinent right at the moment in my life. I hope you find enjoyment also……..


Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.     :-)      ( I added the smiley )

© Max Ehrmann 1927

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Back to School Eyewear Fashion

Children Eyewear from San Anselmo Optometry
The Latest Children’s Eyewear from San Anselmo Optometry

Can you believe it’s almost school again?  I hope you all had fun family vacations.  Along with all the vast amount of school supplies on your list,  remember to add checking your child’s eyes.  All those pencils and paper won’t be too helpful if a child squints to see the blackboard.  It might be a good time to call and schedule an eye exam  before school begins.  Royce Kakar has a knack at helping kids enjoy getting their new glasses.

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