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Dr. Rodolfo L. Rodriguez, O.D., P.A.
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  • Please bring your all your eyeglasses and your contact lenses. Bring a pair of sunglasses since your eyes may be more sensitive to sunlight while pupils are dilated. Bring any eye drops that you are taking, including over-the counter eye drops. Bring a list of all prescription medications and dosages, over-the-counter medications and herbal remedies; it will help Dr. Rodriguez identify any possible drug interactions. Many medications have ocular side effects. Bring the name of doctors currently treating and details about all surgeries. Know the name of your pharmacy, because Dr. Rodriguez can send any prescription medications electronically to your pharmacy for your convenience. Remember to bring your current insurance ID card. Be aware that some insurance require a referral from your primary care doctor to an eye specialist. Dr. Rodriguez will be taking a comprehensive health and eye history to better understand your risk of eye disease and vision problems, bring your health history information.
  • Tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses? Today, several surgical methods can correct your eyesight and, in most cases, give you the freedom of seeing well without corrective lenses.

  • Vision is arguably the most important of the five senses; it plays a crucial role throughout childhood and beyond. Yet many parents don't understand how vision helps their children develop appropriately. Use these articles to proactively care for your child's eyes, spot potential trouble, and maximize the opportunity for crisp, convenient and healthy vision.

  • Today there are more convenient and healthy contact lens choices than ever before. Whatever your vision challenge, it can probably be met with an array of specialty contact lenses for individual vision needs.

  • Whether or not you require vision correction, sunglasses can add an element of comfort and enhanced performance to your activities, while helping you look great as well as preventing your eyes to suffer damage from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiotion.

  • Seeing clearly is just one part of your overall eye health. It’s important to have regular eye exams whether or not you wear glasses or contacts, and even if your vision is sharp. The articles below explain what problems can be spotted with an eye exam, what’s involved in a comprehensive exam, and special considerations for kids and contacts.
  • The struggle between fashion and function is officially declared a tie! Never before have eyeglass frames been offered in so many stylish choices. Yet, you'll be amazed at how many options are at your fingertips to help you see well, and protect your vision.
  • Eye problems can range from mild to severe; some are chronic, while others may resolve on their own, never to appear again. The articles below will give you a basic understanding of some of these problems and their implications. The cardinal rule is if your eyes don't look good, feel good or see well, you should visit your doctor.
  • Often called “alternative medicine” or "complementary medicine" is a health care system that aims at harmonizing mind, body and spirit. It often includes as therapy: proper nutrition, supplements such as vitamins mineral and herbs, physical exercise and other techniques such as relaxation training, meditation, breathing techniques, biofeedback, acupuncture, yoga and/or Tai Chi.

  • If you are among the 85 million Baby Boomers in the United States and Canada (born between 1946 and 1964), you've probably noticed your eyes have changed. Most notably, presbyopia - the normal, age-related loss of near focusing ability - usually becomes a problem in our 40's, requiring new vision correction solutions. Learn about measures you can take to keep seeing clearly for years to come.
  • Just as our physical strength decreases with age, our eyes also exhibit an age-related decline in performance - particularly as we reach our 60's and beyond. Some age-related eye changes are perfectly normal, but others may signal a disease process. It's important to recognize signs and symptoms, and perhaps even more important to mitigate the effects of aging with some simple and common-sense strategies.
  • Sports eyewear can give you the performance edge you're seeking for just about any sport. But make sure you get the eye protection you need as well. And after you're fit for the right eyewear, you might want to take your game up a notch with the same kind of vision training used by professional athletes.
  • It’s not true “insurance” that protects you against unexpected or overwhelming financial obligations. Vision insurance, on the other hand, is a wellness benefit designed to provide routine eye exam, prescription eyewear and other vision-related services at a reduced cost. Learn about types of vision plans, and how they work.

  • Low vision is the term used to describe reduced eyesight that cannot be fully corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses or eye surgery. The primary causes of low vision are eye diseases, but low vision also can be inherited or caused by an eye or brain injury.
  • A pterygium is scar tissue that grows over the cornea (the clear front surface of the eye). It may remain small or may grow to interfere with vision. A pterygium most commonly occurs on the inner corner of the eye, but can also appear on the outer corner. The exact cause is unknown. Pterygium occurs more often in people who spend a time outdoors, especially in sunny climates. Long-term exposure to sunlight, especially ultraviolet (UV) rays, and chronic eye irritation from dusty and dry conditions seems to play a role in development.  Dry eye syndrome may contribute to pterygium growth. When a pterygium becomes red and inflamed, causing irritation, eye drops or ointments are prescribed to reduce symptoms. If the pterygium grows, it can threaten sight it should be removed surgically.
    Even after proper surgical removal, a pterygium may return. Protecting the eyes from excessive ultraviolet light with proper sunglasses and avoiding dusty and dry environments as well as controlling concomitant conditions such as dry eyes and Blepharitis can help control symptoms and prevent growth or re-growth of a pterygium.

  • A pinguecula is a yellowish bump on the white of the eye, most often on the side closest to the nose. It is not a tumor, but abnormal tissue resulting in a deposit of protein and fat (similar to a scar). Unlike a pterygium, a pinguecula does not actually grow onto the cornea. A pinguecula is cause by chronic eye irritation or sunlight (UV light). No treatment is necessary unless it becomes inflamed. When irritation, redness or other symptoms occurs, eye drops are prescribed. A pinguecula does not grow onto the cornea or threaten sight. The use of UV protecting glasses and controlling concomitant conditions such as Dry Eye and Blepharitis can prevent symptoms.

  • A refractive error is when the shape of the eye does not bend light correctly (poor focusing), causing blurred vision. The common refractive disorders are:

    • Myopia– (nearsightedness) is when distant objects appear blurry. The condition is inherited and usually discovered in childhood. As a person grows older, myopia can progress, requiring a stronger prescription to correct vision.
    • Hyperopia (= Hypermetromia, farsightedness) is when close objects appear blurry. Hyperopia is most common in children. It can improve as a person ages.
    • Astigmatismis an irregular curvature on the cornea (front surface of the eye) which causes a person’s vision to be blurred at all distances.

    Presbyopia(=Age Related Focus Dysfunction) is the aging of the lens in the eye, which can make reading more difficult. This usually occurs in people over the age of 40, when people experience blurred near vision when reading, sewing or working at the computer.

    If you experience blurred vision, difficulty reading or crossing of the eyes, it may mean you have a refractive disorder. Schedule a complete eye exam. Refractive disorders are commonly treated with corrective lenses, including eyeglasses or contact lenses. Some refractive disorders may also be corrected by refractive surgery.

  • Insulin is the hormone that causes glucose (sugar) to convert to energy in the body. In Type 1 diabetes the pancreas does not produce insulin. This type of diabetes is seen in children and adults under the age of 30. The most common form of diabetes is Type 2 diabetes, in which the body does not adequately respond to the presence of insulin and doesn’t properly absorb glucose from the blood. When not controlled all forms of diabetes cause eye diseases including blindness and disease of the  heart, kidneys, feet and nerve damage. It is important to maintain a tight A1C control. No smoking. Nutrition and exercise are essential for proper diabetes control, particularly in Type 2 diabetes. Maintaining regular exercise can help to reduce weight and help regulating overall blood glucose. Exercise helps circulation and prevents the complications associated with diabetes.