Written by Cristina L. Morales, MPH RDN LD In my practice, I often talk about plant-based eating and plant proteins. Protein is a macronutrient and used for tissue repair and growth and other processes in the body. The amount of protein your body needs depends on if your male or female, age, body weight, and […]

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How to Reduce Swelling After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Going to the dentist is one of those activities that is seldom on anyone’s list of favorite things. Yet, doing so regularly is essential to preserve oral health. And, while some people put off scheduling routine teeth cleanings, there are instances when certain conditions require prioritizing such a visit. This is the case with wisdom […]


Healthy Aging Month

Blog by Ivan J. Srut, O.D. Chief of Optometry for St. Hope Foundation September is “healthy aging month”, and that is also true for the eyes. As we age we are susceptible to more and more eye ailments/conditions, so it is even more important to get an annual comprehensive eye examination, including dilation. The conditions […]


Breaking the Morning Fast

Written by Cristina L. Morales, MPH RDN LD   Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? If you said yes, you are right! Eating breakfast is a healthy habit and a smart choice too! Breakfast is not just for kids as adults need more than a cup of coffee to get them […]


Why Do We Dilate Your Eyes?

Blog By: Sabrina Charrier, O.D., F.A.A.O. Everybody’s favorite part of the eye exam! The short answer to this question is that even though it can be a nuisance, it is to protect your health. An eye exam includes evaluating the health of your eyes. Dilation helps us get a more thorough look at the entire […]


The Difference Between Eye Care Professionals

By: Sabrina Charrier, O.D., F.A.A.O.   I get asked all the time about the difference between optometrists and ophthalmologists. I’m going to discuss the differences between some eye care professionals you may get confused about.    Opticians Opticians are professional technicians that fill your eyeglasses prescriptions. They take care of all your glasses needs including […]

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Types of Dental Cavities

When it comes to dental care, it is too easy to fall into a routine of doing the bare minimum — brushing your teeth in the morning and at night. But while doing so is better than not taking care of your teeth at all, it doesn’t really do much for your overall oral hygiene. […]


Droopy Eyelids

Blog by Ivan J. Srut, O.D. Chief of Optometry for St. Hope Foundation Droopy eyelids are a topic I don’t believe I’ve covered during my time at St. Hope Foundation, but since my wife had surgery to correct this problem I thought it might be an interesting one to cover. Unfortunately, over time, Mother Nature […]



When it comes to skin rashes, the common perception is to think that they are the result of an allergic reaction. Sometimes, this is due to a personal care product. Other times, it could be caused by being exposed to specific foods, plants, or chemicals. But not all rashes are created equal, and not all […]