Skip to main content

Dr. Taylor Bladh, O.D. | Local Eye Exams in Diamond Bar, CA

We’re on N. Diamond Bar Blvd just north of the 57 and 60 interchange

x

We have implemented new Safe Practices to adhere to the CDC and American Optometric Association recommendations. We look forward to serving you and keeping you and our staff healthy and safe. Please familiarize yourself with the following before your next appointment:

1. Please text or call us from your car when you arrive for your appointment and wait for further instructions.
2. Face masks will be required while at our office and we will NOT be providing them
3. Temperatures will be taken before entering the office
4. Everyone will be required to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering
5. All patients will be asked about their health status
6. We ask that patients come to their appointment unaccompanied, so there will be fewer people in the office
7. Patients who need caregivers or minors may be accompanied by one person
8. Social distancing around the office will be observed as much as practically possible
9. Pens will be used once and then disinfected
10. Doctor schedules have been lightened to decrease patient flow throughout the office
11. Increased cleaning of patient areas will be prioritized
12. Car-side or curb-side pickup will be available for contacts or glasses, as well as shipping at no-charge to patients
13. To control the flow of patients in our glasses and sunglasses dispensary, frame selections/adjustments will be done by appointment only. Our staff is also great at doing glasses selection via email!
14. Tele health appointments are available for eye infections or other eye problems, without having to come into the office.
15. If you are new to our office, please fill out our patient forms on our website prior to coming in.

Home »

909-861-3737

Trouble Seeing the Fine Print? Here are Your Options…

 

reading glasses diamond bar

Every good pair of eyes eventually gets old, and with age comes a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia, which usually begins to set in some time around 40, occurs when the lens of the eye begins to stiffen, making near vision (such as reading books, menus, and computer screens) blurry. You may have this age-related farsightedness if you notice yourself holding the newspaper further and further away in order to make out the words, and you may begin to experience headaches or eyestrain as well.

The good news is, presbyopia is very common. It happens to most of us eventually and these days there are a number of good options to correct it. First of all, let’s take a look at what causes the condition.

What Causes Presbyopia?

As the eye ages, the natural lens begins to lose its elasticity as the focusing muscles (the ciliary muscles) surrounding the lens have difficulty changing the shape of the lens. The lens is responsible for focusing light that comes into the eye onto the retina for clear vision. The hardened or less flexible lens causes the light which used to focus on the retina to shift its focal point behind the retina when looking at close objects. This causes blurred vision.

Presbyopia is a progressive condition that gets worse with time. It is a refractive error just like myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.

Signs of presbyopia include:

  • Blurred near vision
  • Difficulty focusing on small print or close objects
  • Eyestrain, headaches or fatigue, especially when reading or doing close work
  • Holding reading material at a distance to see properly
  • Needing brighter light to see close objects

Presbyopia can be diagnosed through an eye exam.

Treatments for Presbyopia

There are a number of options for presbyopia treatment which include glasses, contact lenses or surgery.

cute reading glasses pomona ca

Glasses

The most common form of correction is eyeglasses. Reading glasses adjust the focal point of the target to reduce the focusing demand on the eyes. A side effect of the convex lenses is that they also magnify the target. For some, reading glasses are sufficient to improve close vision. Others, especially those with another refractive error, require more complex lenses.

Bifocal or multifocal lenses, including progressive addition lenses (PALs), offer a solution for those with nearsightedness or farsightedness. These lenses have two or more prescriptions within the same lens, usually in different areas, to allow correction for distance vision and near vision within the same lens. While bifocals and standard multifocals typically divide the lenses into two hemispheres (or more), requiring the patient to look in the proper hemisphere depending on where they are focusing, with an unattractive contour calling attention to the presbyopia portion of the lens, progressive lenses provide a progressive transition of lens power creating a smooth, gradual change. Some people prefer progressive lenses for aesthetic reasons as they don’t have a visible line dividing the hemispheres.

Contact Lenses

Like glasses, contact lenses are also available in bifocal and multifocal lenses. Alternatively, some eye doctors will prescribe monovision contact lens wear, which divides the vision between your eyes. Typically it fits your dominant eye with a single vision lens for distance vision and your weaker eye with a single vision lens for near vision. Sometimes your eye doctor will prescribe modified monovision which uses a multifocal lens in the weaker eye to cover intermediate and near vision. Newer contact lens technology is making both lenses multifocal, and therefore doctors are becoming less dependent on monovision. Sometimes monovision takes a while to adjust to.

Based on your prescription, your eye doctor will help you decide which option is best for you and assist you through the adjustment period to determine whether this is a feasible option. Since there are so many baby boomers with presbyopia nowadays, the contact lens choices have expanded a lot within recent years.

Surgery

There are a few surgical treatments available for presbyopia. These include monovision LASIK surgery (which is a refractive surgery that works similar to monovision glasses or contact lenses), corneal inlays or onlays (implants placed on the cornea), refractive lens exchange (similar to cataract surgery, this replaces the old, rigid lens with a manufactured intraocular lens), and conductive keratoplasty (which uses radio waves to reshape the cornea in a noninvasive procedure).

sjogrens syndrom doctor diamond bar

Medication – On the Horizon

There are currently clinical trials with promising early results that are testing eye drops that restore the flexibility of the human lens. It could be possible that in the near future eye drop prescriptions could be used to reduce the amount of time that people have to use reading glasses or contact lenses.

These procedures vary in cost, recovery and outcome. If you are interested in surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Bladh to learn all of the details of the different options.

As people are living longer, presbyopia is affecting a greater percentage of the population and more research is being done into treatments for the condition. So if your arm is getting tired from holding books so far away, Call our office at 909.861.3737 to discuss the best option for you.

Got a Shiner!

 

What Exactly Is a Black Eye?

A black eye, also known as a periorbital hematoma, is usually not an injury of the actual eye (which is why it is called “periorbital”- around the eye). It typically occurs when there is an injury to the face or the eye socket which causes bleeding beneath the skin and bruising. The term, “black eye” comes from the dark coloring of the bruising that occurs underneath the skin around the eye.

When a blunt force hits the eye socket, this can cause capillaries in the area to burst, causing hemorrhaging, also known as a hematoma. This blood can accumulate in the eye socket and as it begins to be reabsorbed into the surrounding tissues, the colors of the bruising begin to change. That’s why you will often notice the coloring of the black eye to go from a dark purplish-red color to brownish and then yellow.

Sometimes along with the external bruising, you might also notice a small amount of bleeding on the white surface of the eye, which is called a subconjunctival hemorrhage. This is when the tiny blood vessels on the white sclera are broken and leak blood. It’s generally harmless but sometimes looks scarier to the patient than the black eye does. This condition will also reabsorb on its own and is nothing to be concerned about.

While most black eyes can look pretty serious due to the dramatic color, an uncomplicated black eye will typically heal within a week to ten days. If it doesn’t, there could be a more serious issue such as a bone fracture or an orbital blowout fracture.This could present with restricted eye movement, especially if looking up or down, and numbness of the cheek and/or upper lip on the same side as the black eye. The eye may even appear sunken in. Further, if there is bleeding within the actual eye (called a hyphema) or floaters or flashes in the vision, then it is definitely advisable to call Dr. Bladh’s office and get in as soon as possible. These could be signs of more serious damage such a corneal or retinal damage and can lead to vision loss. We take these symptoms very seriously and even have an after hours number for you to call if you’re experiencing such symptoms.

Treatment for a Black Eye

Usually, the best treatment for a black eye is to apply a cold compress (or even better, a bag of frozen vegetables, which is more flexible and can conform to the contours of the face) directly on the area. The cold will reduce swelling and constrict capillaries to reduce internal bleeding as well. Apply the cold for about 15-20 minutes every hour. If there is pain, over the counter pain medications can help.

If however, you experience any of the following symptoms, you should seek medical attention:

  • Blood on the surface of the eye or a visible incision on the eye
  • Vision changes such as double vision, blurred vision, loss of vision or the appearance of floaters
  • Loss of consciousness, dizziness or fainting
  • Loss of eye movement
  • Persistent headaches
  • Blood or fluids coming from the ears or nose
  • Vomiting
  • Signs of infection such as excessive swelling, pus, redness or a fever
  • Severe pain

In addition to blunt trauma, black eyes can be caused by sinus infections, nasal or eye surgery or other infections in the area such as the teeth infections or cellulitis (a serious infection that can occur around the eyes). A skull fracture can also cause both eyes to turn black, sometimes known as raccoon eyes.

Unless you notice any severe symptoms you can rest assured that your black eye is a bruise just like anywhere else on the body and with a little care, rest and patience, it will clear up in no time.

NATIONAL SUNGLASSES DAY 6/27

We understand the patient-doctor relationship, wherein us as doctors are more concerned about the health of the eyes and the majority of our patients are more concerned about looking good in what they wear. So we have been able to offer the best of both worlds and combine these different ways of thinking with what we do. This is one of the main reasons we are putting such a big emphasis on making sure each of our patients knows about June 27th, NATIONAL SUNGLASSES DAY (I really wish we could have you read it with a booming echo instead of thinking we’re just yelling via this blog post in all caps)! On a more serious note, we are offering 25% off for anyone who comes into the office and purchases sunglasses on 6/27.

All of our frames have UV protection and are ensured to protect you from the sun while still making you look good! With brands like Ray-Ban, Tom Ford, Tiffany & Co and Oakley to name a few, you’re sure to find something that you love. We run a promotion every year giving a discount on Ray-Ban frames only and we have to stock up the week before because of the demand we get for them. Imagine how much more a bigger discount on all brands will have! So make sure to come early and see our selection before it runs too low.

Exposure to ultraviolet rays emitted from the sun has been linked to several types of skin cancer, but for us and the AOA, we’re most concerned about the eyes. Did you know there’s actually a type of sunburn that your eyes can have? A few of the problems that can occur because of over exposure from UV rays are photokerititis, pterygium, cataracts and even macular degeneration to name a few. They are very serious and can lead to more severe problems as you age. Luckily we can prevent a lot of those by making sure we have the best type of protection for our vision. I was thinking about going into detail with each disease I just named but thought I would have lost you if I haven’t already. So here is my last ditch effort to get you into the office. Let us style you with the latest sunglasses trends. Give us a call at 909.861.3737 or stop on by the office June 27th to help us support the NATIONAL SUNGLASSES DAY. See you there!

Sjogren’s Awareness Month – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

 

In honor of Sjogren’s (SHOW-grins) Awareness month, Dr. Bladh’s office is helping to spread the word to increase awareness about this hard-to-diagnose disease.

Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth. Other serious symptoms include chronic fatigue and pain, specifically in the joints, as well as major organ dysfunction. The syndrome also increases chances of neuropathies and lymphomas.

The severity of the disease varies greatly, ranging from mild discomfort to debilitating symptoms that can seriously impair normal functioning in everyday life. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent serious complications and improve quality of life. There is currently no cure for Sjogren’s, yet there are treatments for many of the individual symptoms. On average patients are prescribed upwards of 8 medications to treat the wide range of symptoms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women are nine times more likely to develop Sjogren’s than men and diagnosis usually occurs around the age of 40. Unfortunately, because the symptoms vary from person to person, and the disease often occurs in the presence of or mimics other diseases (such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, menopause, allergies or multiple sclerosis) the disease is often misdiagnosed or overlooked. Further, because the symptoms can affect different parts of the body system such as the teeth, eyes or musculoskeletal system, various health professionals are sought to diagnose or treat specific symptoms (such as rheumatologists, dentists or eye doctors) while the big picture is often missed. On average it takes almost three years to obtain a Sjogren’s diagnosis once symptoms are noticed.

Since dry eye is one of the most common early symptoms of the disease, and Dr. Bladh is one of the top Dry-Eye Doctors in Diamond Bar, there has been an effort to educate other eye care providers to recognize and to be aware to look for symptoms of the disease. Patients also need to be aware and proactive about speaking to their health care providers about potential diagnosis and treatment. Knowing the risk factors and symptoms can be imperative to a faster diagnosis.

Dr. Bladh’s Optometrists may be able to detect and diagnose Sjogren’s syndrome from dry eye symptoms as well as other diagnostic tests and review of symptoms. With this diagnosis, the treatment will be different from typical dry eye disease. Since it is an autoimmune disease, lubricating eye drops may provide temporary relief but will not address the source of the problem. Your doctor may prescribe newer cyclosporine drops as well to treat the inflammatory response. If you have dry eyes and typical treatments aren’t working, it may be worthwhile to ask about Sjogren’s.

Sjogren’s patients often feel misunderstood because most of the debilitating symptoms are not visible to others and the disease is often not recognized largely due to a lack of awareness. By increasing both public and professional awareness, the goal is to reduce diagnosis time and to advance research on the cure for this disorder.

ANTI-REFLECTIVE COATING LIKE IN THE MOVIES

There are many different reasons to purchase a pair of glasses with anti-reflective coating ?. The most popular reason will probably come as no surprise, but it’s actually cosmetic. The functionality of the coating has many benefits from light sensitivity, clarity, health and of course cosmetic. One of the most fascinating facts you might not know is that anti-glare coating has been around for almost 100 years! It was really regarded as a trade secret with the Carl Zeiss Optics Company used in WWI before taking mainstream several generations later.

The coatings would be applied to camera lenses in order to pick up clearer pictures of terrain and enemies from a camera point of view, and when you look at any lens today it will have some form of coating on the actual lens to help take crisp and beautiful pictures. What filmmakers found was that applying the coating to glasses actually helped actors engage with audiences more efficiently?. Think about your grandpa’s old pictures with those big, plastic, double bridge glasses and only seeing the light that was flashed instead of actually seeing their eyes. You almost get the feel of why Scott Summers from X-Men has never really had a major movie made of his character. Without seeing the eyes, audiences have a harder time humanizing the character and actually establish less of a connection.

With the use of anti-glare coatings anybody with a camera phone can now take pictures of others with glasses on and still manage to capture the persons full facial expression; thus making a lasting memory with something so small. I’ll save you the boring detail of how AR coating is applied, suffice it to say that there is a cheap process and an expensive process to applying this type of coating to your lenses. We only offer the best quality coatings to our patients, the cheaper products become very difficult to clean over time. I will be the first to admit, if I can buy a substitute product for less I’m all over it, but this is one of those products that is worth the higher price point. It’s easier to clean after a long period of time and is incredibly durable. Come into the office today, or call us at 909.861.3737 to see the demos of this product firsthand. We want to make you feel beautiful!

TIFFANY & CO. CHOOSES DR. BLADH

 

Charles Lewis Tiffany, the founder of Tiffany & Co., mandated that you could only receive one of his patented blue boxes with a Tiffany purchase. The New York Sun brought this idea to light back in 1906 in an interview saying “this was the one thing in stock that you could not buy from him.” Women long for this box and those that have received a gift with the coveted Tiffany Blue will never forget the first time they received it. The affects that Tiffany & Co. have had on the fashion world for almost 200 years has reached across the globe and can now be found right in your backyard of Diamond Bar, California.

tiffany 2Band 2Bco 2Bglasses 2Bdiamond 2Bbar 2Boptometrist

It’s hard to believe the jewelry innovator started licensing its designs to the eyewear industry less than 10 years ago. During this short time they have quickly developed into a leader in the optical industry. Several times per month we get asked if we carry Tiffany, brand recognition has been kind to them. With that being said, they also limit the amount of stores that actually sell their product making sure they are represented by the most competent and fashionable of professionals. For this reason, Dr. Bladh’s Optometry office has been privileged enough to be granted permission to open an account and carry the Tiffany & Co. name. We can’t tell you how excited we are to be the exclusive provider of Tiffany in the area!

The line is fantastic and the clip above, produced by Tiffany & Co., shows just a small sample of what to expect with perfect craftsmanship and subtlety in the line. The Tiffany Blue is laced throughout the line as well as hand crafted detail in its temple designs. Our initial order has been placed and we are anticipating our first shipment in April and rest assured we will be announcing its arrival so our fans will be the first to hear about it. Come schedule your exam to have your prescription all ready to go for when these beautiful frames arrive at 909.861.3737

EYE DROPS AND TREATMENT FOR SEASONAL ALLERGIES

 

 

 

 

With spring just around the corner, that means our office is about to get real busy with allergy patients coming in. We are the leading dry eye and allergy care eye doctors in the area so there is a lot to consider when talking treatment for your seasonal allergies. We first have to talk about symptoms and differentiate between allergies versus dry eyes. Both manifest in very similar ways, but for purposes of this particular post we will be discussing allergy symptoms only.

seasonal allergy eye doctor in diamond bar

The most common allergy symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Runny Nose
  • Coughing
  • Watery Eyes
  • Itchiness
  • Sleepiness

Most of the time you will experience multiple symptoms at the same time, or one symptom will have a causal effect leading you to experience sneezing fits or the desire to just lay down and let your body recover through sleep. All of these reactions from your body are telling you there is something in your immediate environment that is imbalanced. Luckily for you we have the best Optometrists near you to take care of your needs so you can experience the relief that everyone deserves.

allergy 2Beyes 2Bexpert 2Bnear 2Bme 2Bwalnut

There are different tests we do in the comprehensive eye exam to make sure that we pinpoint an exact diagnosis. We won’t bore you with the scientific name, but from this “allergy” diagnosis we can then determine if an over the counter drop or anti-histamine will suffice or if you need something stronger that requires an actual prescription for your local pharmacy. We’ve tested and prescribed thousands of drops over the years and have extensive knowledge as to which drops we think will be best for your particular case of seasonal allergies. Call the office to make an appointment with our Allergy Expert Eye Doctors at 909.861.3737

BURBERRY EYEWEAR NOW AVAILABLE

burberry eyewear 2Bdr 2Bbladh

Well consider us trendsetters! With news of the Burberry/Coach merger being taken into consideration, we had already pulled the trigger last month to add the historic Burberry brand to our already prestigious list of available fashion eyewear at Dr. Bladh’s; which happens to include Coach. The line is intricately designed with the most recent Burberry fashion pieces in mind. They treat the design and creation of their glasses with the same precision and expertise of their most recent fall releases. It is a very classy and elegant line the can be seen on both male and female patients alike. We are so excited to announce our partnership with this fashion line and encourage you all to come and take a look at the office. Call today to set up an appointment 909.861.3737

burberry 2Bglasses 2Bphillips 2Branch

UNHEALTHY BLUE-LIGHT WAVES EFFECTS EVERYONE

 

 

Over the past several years our eye doctors at Dr. Taylor Bladh, O.D. have been getting more and more questions about how this blue-light exposures is effecting ourselves and more importantly our children. Blue-Light is emitted from our phones, tablets, computers, etc. The simple answer our optometrists could give was “We don’t know” there was just not enough information available, but now there is. I’m sure you’ve seen people wandering aimlessly trying to capture a weak little Rattata on their Pokemon Go App. Anyone know if there’s a gym or PokeStop around Diamond Bar High School? The main point I’m trying to make is that we are surrounded by these devices. For better or for worse, they are apart of our lives and it would be best for us to at least learn how we can protect ourselves for this recent exposure.

blue 2Blight 2Bexposure 2Bchildren 2Bdiamond 2Bbar 2Boptometry

Over the last several months there have been scientific studies completed that show a direct correlation to some of the many eye diseases with the amount of harmful blue-rays. What’s even more alarming is that our little ones are being exposed to this growing epidemic while their eyes are still developing and growing. By the time most of our children reach the age of 17 they will have been exposed to the equivalent of 6 years on a blue-light emitting device (VSP, 2016) and the majority of those exposed have little to no protection!

diamond 2Bbar 2Beye 2Bdoctor 2Bprotective 2Blenses

There have been so many advancements to help keep our ocular health safe from different types of lenses to specific coatings that limit or remove any exposure our precious eyes may receive. Come in and talk to our experienced staff and doctors or call us at 909.861.3737 to schedule an appointment. Help us keep our vision safe!