Diabetic Eye Disease

Blog by Ivan J. Srut, O.D. Chief of Optometry for St. Hope Foundation As many of us know, diabetes is a problematic health issue in the United States. What people may not know is that it can have a very dramatic affect on our eyes and vision, and can cause blindness! Since this is Diabetic […]

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What Is A Diabetic Eye Exam?

By: Sabrina Charrier, O.D., F.A.A.O.   To understand a diabetic eye exam, we first need to discuss the root disease, diabetes mellitus. Diabetes is a metabolic condition where you have high levels of blood sugar in your circulatory system. Diabetic Retinopathy is a condition when those levels are poorly controlled or occur over a long […]

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Contact Lenses

Blog by Ivan J. Srut, O.D. Chief of Optometry for St. Hope Foundation  As we continue to add contact lenses to more and more of our St. Hope Foundation locations, I thought I would touch on some of the advantages and disadvantages of contact lenses versus glasses. Contact lenses have come a long way over […]

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Protein

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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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Children’s Eye Health and Safety

Blog by Ivan J. Srut, O.D. Chief of Optometry for St. Hope Foundation     You may or may not know that August has been designated as Children’s Eye Health and Safety month. This was started back in 1995 and strategically done since most kids start back to school in August now, rather than September! […]

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