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1-Day Acuvue TruEye

Vistakon, maker of Acuvue brand contact lenses, has released a new 1-day disposable contact lens call 1-Day Acuvue TruEye. This is the first 1-day disposable contact lens, made from a new silicone hydrogel material (Narafilcon A) to be released in the United States. Silicone hydrogel …

A Child’s Success in the Classroom is highly correlated to Visual performance

There is a significant difference between sight, vision and vision perception. Sight is the ability to see. Vision is the ability to fixate, fuse and focus on what we see. Vision perception is the ability to interpret what we see. Sight or refractive system issues can be …

A Comprehensive Eye Exam Can Detect Diabetes; A Disease That Six Million Americans Don’t Know That They Have

Diabetes is becoming an epidemic because of the obesity crisis in the United States. In fact, 17 million Americans suffer from diabetes. Of these people, one-third are unaware that they have the disease. With a dilated, comprehensive eye examination, an …

A Contact Lens Breakthrough

Contact lenses are NOT all alike. If you don’t like how your lenses feel at the end of the day, cannot get a full day’s worth of comfort from them, or your vision isn’t as clear as you’d like it, it’s time to visit Vision Source Longmont. There have been …

A Vision Source Longmont Eye Examination

Eye doctors and eye examinations are all alike, right? Don’t tell that to our patients! When you visit our office, from the moment you walk in the door and are greeted with a smile to when you’ve been given your receipt, you’ll appreciate the service and expertise from Dr. Kaminski and staff …

Advanced Therapy for Dry Eyes

Many patients experience the stinging, burning, scratchy sensation that is so common with dry eye sufferers. As we get older, our tear production decreases. Many medications can also contribute to dry eye: antihistamines, decongestants, anti-depressants, hormone replacement therapy, diuretics, …

Air Optix Aqual Multifocal Contacts

Air Optix Aqual Multifocal contact lenses allow you to see clearly at distance, near, and everything in-between. They are made out of a revolutionary contact lens polymer called TriComfort. Tricomfort technology provides a breathable and moisture retaining contact lens platform that also …

Allergic Conjunctivitis

Allergic conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin transparent layer of tissue that lines the inner surface of the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye. Allergic conjunctivitis is an allergic reaction to irritants in the air like pollen and smoke, chlorine …

Allergies of the Eye

Fall allergy season is not quite over, and the spring allergic season will be here before you know it here in Colorado. Eye doctors in Colorado find that most patients with eye irritations will have one of three major conditions. Blephritis: This is …

Allergy Medications

VERAMYST is one medicine approved to treat seasonal nasal symptoms like sneezing, itchy, stuffy, runny nose and seasonal eye symptoms like red, watery, itchy eyes.  See your family optometrist for your yearly routine eye health examination to see if VERAMYST is for …

Allergy Season

Allergy season has snuck up on us again and patients are starting to enter the office with red, watery, and itchy eyes. Pollen, dust and animal dander can all cause symptoms that limit enjoyment of this remarkable time of the year. Fortunately, many of my …

Are Your Sunglasses Right For Your Eyes?

Here in Colorado, we all deal with sun glare, blinding snow, and more than often, melting snow and glare from roadways and cars. The need for sunglasses is huge but when you are purchasing your sun wear, are you getting the best protection and comfort for your eyes? Polarized lenses …

Black Eyes – Ecchymosis

A black eye is a result of a bruise of the lids. The proper term for this is ecchymosis. It is usually caused by getting hit in that region with a blunt object. The eye itself is actually well protected by bones around the eye, so in most cases the object is large enough so …

Cataracts

Cataracts are still the leading cause of blindness worldwide, responsible for 48% of the world’s blindness. While some are born with (congenital) cataracts, they are …

Children and Myopia – There is a good reason for kids to go play outside.

A recent study published shows that myopia (nearsightedness) not only has a genetic component, but also an environmental one. Several studies examining myopia in large populations were analyzed. They report children who spend more time outdoors have less risk of …

Children’s Self-Perceptions Improve with Contacts

A recent 3-year study found that children’s self-perceptions significantly improve with wearing contact lenses.  Researchers found that 8 to 11 year olds felt more accepted by peers and felt a better ability to play sports.  In addition, the youngsters felt …

Contact Lens Options

The contact lens industry has a come a long way in recent years. We are now able to offer contact lens options to almost every patient that walks in the door! For those with astigmatism or presbyopia (loss of focusing ability), options were once very limited and for the …

Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT)

Corneal refractive therapy utilizes specially designed contact lenses that reshape the eye, effectively correcting your nearsightedness and astigmatism while you sleep. The lenses are removed upon awakening and distance vision will be clear for the day without the need for glasses or contact …

Dakota Smith Eyewear

Dakota Smith is not just an American eyewear brand. It is an attitude. Rich in spirit and conviction, Dakota Smith is about freedom of expression. It defines urban cool. Geared towards 18 to 35 year old trend setting men, Mees & Kaminski Eyecare, P.C., carries the full line of Dakota Smith eye …

Diabetes Affects the Health of Your Eyes

November is National Diabetes Month. In recognition of this, I would like to make you aware of some of the ways diabetes affects the health of your eyes. Diabetes is defined as: “A group of metabolic diseases characterized by high blood sugar resulting from defects in insulin …

Do I need anti-reflective lenses?

Seeing better, looking better, and having a better performing lens are just a few of the benefits. However, selecting the right brand of anti-reflective lens is critical to overall performance. The following are benefits of such higher quality lenses such as Crizal Alize and …

Doctor… Why are My Eyes Watering?

When your eyes begin to water and you’re only working at your computer it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a sympathetic side. There are a number of reasons why our eyes can begin watering. One of the most common causes is Dry Eye Syndrome (DES). …

Dry Eye Syndrome (DES)

Living in Colorado with our low humidity tends to cause many of us to suffer from a condition called Dry Eyes. For those of us wearing soft or Gas Permeable contact lenses this condition can be even worse. If you present with the classic sandy, gritty, burning …

Dry Eye-Related Visual Impairment

We now know with certainty that dry eye diseases affects vision, so that, in addition to ocular discomfort and red eyes, patients may also suffer functional impairment. Dry eye disease can produce visual symptoms by two mechanisms. Fairly early in the course of the disease, growing tear film …

Dry Eyes

Many people experience an occasional bout of burning, irritated, or scratchy eyes but for 3 million American women and 1 million men these symptoms are chronic but not necessarily something that you have to live with. Tears are important for good vision. They lubricate the eye, …

Dry Eyes, a Colorado dilemma?

It has been said that Colorado is the dry eye capital of the United States due to our high altitude and extremely low humidity throughout the year. In the Denver area, this dry eye climate is further exacerbated by increasing levels of smog and air pollutants in …

Eye Bumps

Many people come to our office inquiring during their eye exam about an “eye bump” that they have noticed. They can be different colors, inflamed, non-inflamed and just annoying. The most common eye bump is called a pinguecula (ping-qwek-u-lah). It is a fleshy looking bump that forms …

Eye on Health – Omega-3 Fatty Acids

You may find it hard to believe that fat is essential to your health, but it’s true. Without fat, our bodies can’t function properly. And without the proper kinds of fats in our diet, our eye health also may suffer. Fatty acids are the “building blocks” of …

Eyestrain And Irritation

Many people suffer eyestrain and irritated eyes daily while reading or using their computers for extended periods of time. They may just blame the dry climate of Colorado and not realize that many prescribed treatments are available to allow them more comfort and less fatigue. The first step in …

Flashes, Floaters and Vitreous Detachment

“Doc, what are those spots in my eyes?” In our office we frequently get calls from patients noticing flashing lights or spots or cobwebs in their vision. If you have spots in your eyes, or notices changes to the spots in your eyes, you …

Floaters and Flashes of Light

The back cavity of the eye is filled with a gel-like substance called the vitreous (see diagram). The vitreous serves as a reservoir of molecules for the retina and lens to use and exchange in performing their cellular …

Fun Frame Fashion

Is your look Sassy, Classy, or Flashy? What’s the first thing most people notice when they meet and greet you? Everyone knows the answer to that question…your eyes! Some people have great vision, but millions more are lucky …

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is sometimes called the Silent Thief of Sight. It is an eye condition in which the nerves of the retina are damaged. This damage is partially caused by increased pressure inside the eye due to inadequate drainage of the fluid normally produced inside the eye. Over …

About Glaucoma

The American Optometric Association in collaboration with Pfizer is embarking on a “Glaucoma Patient Education Awareness Campaign” to help educate the American public, especially those at high risk for glaucoma. Glaucoma quietly and gradually diminishes sight which greatly reduces the quality of …

Glaucoma – The Silent Thief of Sight

What is glaucoma? Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve and result in vision loss and blindness. Glaucoma occurs when the normal fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises. However, with early treatment, you can often protect your …

Glaucoma and New Technology

Glaucoma detection is fast becoming a new science based on high-tech devices that analyze our vision in the greatest depth ever. The Vision Source office of Monument Vision Clinic in Monument, Colorado is leading the way in utilizing this high-tech science. Glaucoma is an eye disease that can …

Healthy Eating Habits and Eye Health

More than 22 million Americans suffer from cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the two leading causes of visual loss and blindness. Because cataracts require costly surgery and treatment options for AMD are currently limited, preventive measures play a particularly important …

How Can Your Children Learn if This is What They See?

Children are often not aware they have a visual problem. They think everyone sees the way they do! Diagnosing children’s vision problems requires a comprehensive eye examination from a trained eye care professional. Pediatric optometrists and technicians make the …

How Long Since Your Last Eye Exam?

You hear that question each time you go to visit your Optometrist. How many of us can honestly say we’ve seen the eye doctor within the last year or two? I’ll bet you see your Dentist once or twice a year for routine oral health exams and teeth cleaning. You probably see your family doctor at …

Is Eye Sight Inherited?

There has been a long-standing debate on what causes people to become nearsighted (myopia). The two leading theories are: 1) Genetic; and 2) Environmental causes. Here I’ll give explanations of both potential causes and why they both factor in to cause changes in your …

Is it true that you get what you pay for?

When it comes to eyewear the answer is yes. A new frame and lenses can be a big financial commitment, especially if the change in prescription seems minimal and that old frame is still in one piece. Asking the right questions of your doctor and optician can help you make the right choice and …

Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a condition in which the normally round shape of the cornea is distorted due to thinning of the cornea. The cornea is the transparent front “window” of the eye, admitting light and focusing visual images as light begins its journey into the eye. When …

Lawn and Garden Eye Hazards

When it comes to landscaping, nothing puts the finishing touches on a tidy garden or yard like a power lawn trimmer. Trimmers are the second most popular lawn implement, behind the lawn mower, with gardeners and homeowners. Unfortunately, these nylon lawn trimmers are now the fifth leading …

Macular Degeneration & Time Domain OCT

Macular degeneration has two types of presentation. In the dry type, the tissue of the macula atrophies or becomes thin and stops functioning properly. Dry macular degeneration is thought to occur as part of the aging process for some people. There is no …

Macular Degeneration And Eye Vitamins

Macular degeneration (MD) is the most common cause of permanent vision loss in Americans over the age of 60. The macula is the central part of the retina of the eye. All your reading vision, or “fine vision” takes place in the macula. Every time you look directly at something, you are …

Maui Jim Sunglasses

Starting in the 1980’s on a beach on Maui, Maui Jim sunglasses have grown to become global leaders in cool sunwear. Maui Jim sunglasses is one of those brands that once you try it, you’ll never be satisfied with anything else. Also, nearly 90% of all Maui …

Medications Can Have Side Effects That Affect Your Eyes

Many commonly used medications can have side effects that affect your eyes. In this edition of our trimester newsletter, I will list the top 10 most commonly prescribed systemic drugs, what they are usually prescribed for, and their potential ocular side …

Monovision Contact Lenses and Presbyopia

As we approach our early 40’s the eye’s crystalline lens loses its ability to bring close objects into clear focus. This is called presbyopia. Presbyopia is not a disease. As part of the natural aging process of the eye it affects everyone. Signs of early …

Non Surgical Vision Correction!

Did you know that thousands of nearsighted Coloradoans are experiencing clear vision all day long without the need for glasses or conventional contact lenses and there is NO SURGERY involved? It’s true. Utilizing new technology doctors are now able to reshape the front surface of the …

Omega 3 Fish Oils and Dry Eyes

Dry eyes affect 5 million Americans and those numbers are increasing as the number of Americans over the age of 55 increase. There are many causes of dry eye. Some of the causes include ingesting caffeine, hormones, anti-histamines. Systemic diseases such as diabetes, Graves Disease, …

Pistol Shooting and Your Vision

If you enjoy shooting your pistol, and if you want to improve in your abilities, you will want to understand how your eyes perform in this complex task. Good shooting skills require coordination of the motor system and the visual system. Our eyes tell us what and where the …

Polarized Lenses

Yes! In our ever-changing Colorado climate, we need all the advantages we can get! Think about all the glare coming off wet roads after a rain storm. Or the sharp glaring light reflected off a fresh layer of snow. Not to mention those of us who commute into the sun in the morning AND on the way …

Proper Use Of Contact Lens Solutions Is A Must

Several thousand people in Colorado wear contact lenses because our climate is so conducive to skiing, biking and motorsports, and contact lenses allow for greater freedom of movement. But, did you know that as many as 70% of contact lens wearers do not follow recommended guidelines for contact …

Protect Your Eyes From Ultraviolet Light

Living in Colorado has its advantages, the unparalleled beauty of the Rocky Mountains, fantastic summer and winter outdoor activities and 300 days of sun annually. However, our high altitude and sun exposure make us much more prone to damaging our eyes from ultraviolet …

Refractive Surgery In The Mountains

LASIK surgery may concern those of us who live here in Colorado as well as many others who are active at a high altitude. According to the experts and research, the dangers associated with having laser eye surgery (LASIK or PRK), is no greater at high altitude than it is at sea level. Although …

Retinal Detachment

What is retinal detachment? The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the inside of the eye and sends visual messages through the optic nerve to the brain. When the retina detaches, it is lifted or pulled from its normal position. If not promptly …

Rudy Project Sunglasses – Sport Sunglasses

Michellie Jones,  World Triathlon Champion.  Ivan Basso, professional cyclist, Team Liquigas.  Enrico Fabris, world-class speed skater.  What does this world-class triathlete, cyclist, and speed skater all have in common?  They all wear Rudy Project high …

School Vision Screenings – Are They Effective?

A decade ago school vision screenings were more comprehensive and technical than just checking students for the well known 20/20 visual acuity. Students were tested for functional vision problems like poor tracking, poor focusing, and the ability to not only see the chalkboard, but efficiently …

Shooting Sports and Vision

Good vision and visual skills are a vital component in your enjoyment of any shooting sport. Whether you use a bow, a pistol, a rifle, or a shotgun, you need to be able to link your eyes and your target effortlessly to be a good marksman. Hunting, target shooting, personal defense, and …

Sleeping Your Way to Clear Vision

Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) allows you to sleep your way to good vision with Paragon CRT nightwear therapeutic lenses.  This is a safe, non-surgical way to correct your vision without daytime glasses or contact lenses. Corneal Refractive …

SPORT EYEWEAR

Eyewear for sports has two important features: high-end performance and high-end style. Everyone wants to look good in their sunglasses and everyone wants to see well out of their sunwear. Think of your sun eyewear as “sun sporting …

Sports Glasses

Being an avid hunter myself, I appreciate the eyewear needs of other sports enthusiasts. Whether you work outdoors for your living or are the occasional weekend golfer, proper eye protection is critical. With 300 days of sunshine per year, the great outdoors beckons Colorado residents. …

Sports Related & Sporty Eyewear

With the increasing requests for sport eyewear, manufacturers have put aside additional capital for the testing of sport specific products, together in the industry and out in the field. The result has been product enhancements specifically addressing the …

Sports Vision Training

Sports is a big deal in Colorado. Sports vision training can help top athletes get an edge on the competition. When an athlete takes the field of play, many things go through his head. Where is the ball? Where are my teammates? Where are the opponents? …

Sports Vision: See Clearly As You Protect Your Eyes

If you have ever played sports and worn glasses, you know the limitations in doing so. Glasses present obvious mobility and peripheral vision issues. In addition, glasses offer little protection and actually can contribute to damage to the eyes if glass lenses are shattered. Contact …

Stress-Relieving Lenses for Help with Reading, Computer and Focusing problems

Multifocal glassesare used to correct vision at three distances – a prescription on top for far away and a different prescription in the middle for midrange and on the bottom for near. Most people think of multifocal lenses as reading glasses for people over forty who lose …

Sunglasses and UV Radiation

Many people wear sunglasses to be fashionable but when buying sunglasses, one should also consider protection from the sun. UV radiation in sunlight causes sunburns to the skin and eye damage. There are three types of UV radiation: UVA, UVB, and UVC. UVC is of little concern since it is …

Sunglasses for Cycling

On the road, on the mountain trail, or even out and about in the neighborhood, good protection from the wind, dust and even tree branches is essential for enjoying the great sport of bicycling. Advances in today’s technologies allow nearly everyone to benefit from the increased safety …

The Colors of Spring – for Eyewear Frames

The fashion world expects the new spring colors to reflect optimism and still maintain a sense of stability. Expect to see the eye care frames and accessories to follow the trend and compliment these colors. “New York’s fashion designers encourage …

The Effect Of Diabetes On Your Eyes

Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by high blood sugar levels due to the inability of the body to break down sugar in the bloodstream. There are two basic types of diabetes. Type 1, formerly called juvenile onset, is due to a defect in the pancreas’ ability to make insulin, …

The Two Types of Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration is an eye disease that is located at the very center of the retina in the back of the inside of the eye. This area is called the macula and the cells in this part of the retina are lost or do not function with this condition. The exact cause of …

Vision and Archery

Whether you are bowhunting, or if you love flinging arrows at a target, you want to make sure your vision is up to the task. Your bow may be “bare”, with no sighting aids at all, or you may have a complex target bow with string peeps and magnification. The visual demands of these …

Vision and Learning

Research has demonstrated that vision is a contributing factor to an individual’s ability to attend and respond to classroom instruction. A major portion of what we learn is taken in through the visual system. There are many aspects of vision which might affect an individual’s ability …

Vitamins and the Eye

The purpose of this article is to highlight how we can use nutrition to support healthy eyesight. The link between nutrition and eye health is not new. The importance of obtaining adequate vitamin A (commonly found in carrots) to prevent nightblindness, especially in …

Vitreous Detachment

What is vitreous detachment? Most of the eye’s interior is filled with vitreous, a gel-like substance that helps the eye maintain a round shape. There are millions of fine fibers intertwined within the vitreous that are attached to the surface of the retina, the eye’s …

What is amblyopia?

The brain and the eye work together to produce vision. Light enters the eye and is changed into nerve signals that travel along the optic nerve to the brain. Amblyopia is the medical term used when the vision in one of the eyes is reduced because the eye and the brain are not working together …

What is Pink Eye and how contagious is it?

“Pink eye” is a catch-all term which describes an inflammation of the conjunctiva (conjunctivitis) of the eye caused by a wide range of conditions. While there are many causes of conjunctivitis, these can generally be grouped into 3 main classes: allergic, bacterial, and viral. It is …

What Is Vision Therapy?

What is Vision Therapy? Optometric vision therapy is an individualized treatment program designed to improve visual function and performance.  It is an approved treatment modality for disorders including, but not limited to: …

Which artificial tear should I use?

Searching for an artificial tear drop to eliminate the grittiness, burning, and redness caused by the dry Colorado air is sometimes an overwhelming task with so many different products available. In our busy lifestyle, we need not only comfort, but convenience as well. The following are …

Workshop Glasses

Dr. Frank Puckett has started restoration of a 1970 Triumph T100 motorcycle in his home workshop. “My most important tool for all my workshop projects is my Hoya Tact lenses in a sturdy safety frame. I need good vision to look at manuals at near, use tools and machines at arm’s length distances, …

Your Child’s First Eye Exam

The American Optometric Association recommends that a child’s first eye exam be at or before one year old. It is best to think of this exam as a “well child exam” just like your routine visits to the pediatrician. We are not born knowing how to see. It is …

Your Eyes are NOT Lazy

Amblyopia is the term we use for one or both eyes that do not see well despite being healthy in every way.  A common term for this is “lazy eye”, but this is not at all the case. When we are born we do not know how to see, we must learn …