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Eye Examinations - Staff

Laurrine McGowan, ABOC
Dr. Matthew Kent, OD, PA
Dr. Balamurali Ambati, MD
Mariana Springs, ABOC, NCLE
Katrina Boelsma, ABOC
Gigi Groff


Monday - Saturday
10am to 6pm

Sunday (Seasonal)
12pm to 5pm 



With summer around the corner, it's time for one of the indisputable laws of the universe to kick in: the more expensive your sunglasses are, the more likely you are to lose them. If you're prone to plunking your sunglasses in the lake and think it’s better to buy cheap ones instead, think again. Step away from the spinning rack at your local convenience store and take a second to consider the consequences.

The whole reason you're looking at $6.99 aviators in the first place is because it's bright outside. But those premature wrinkles from squinting all day under visible light isn't the biggest threat to your eyes; it's the invisible ultraviolet (UV) light that will hurt you, and you need sunglasses with built-in UV protection to safeguard your eyes. UV light is responsible for burning your winter-pale skin to a crisp, so you can imagine the effect such a burn might have on your un-sunscreen-able eyeballs. Plus, UV rays can damaga other parts of the eye and even contribute to cataracts and macular degeneration.

While super-dark shades might offer some protection against the obviously sunny day, if they are on a 2-for-1 deal alongside the beef sticks at the checkout line, they might not offer the 99 or 100 percent protection against UVA and UVB rays that eyecare professionals recommend.

Suppose you're at the Cadillac of gas stations, though, and those $12 Don Draper-style sunnies boast 100 percent UV protection. Jackpot! Not so fast, mad man. Another trait to look for in sunglasses is durability. Premium sunwear have impact resistance features that keep the lenses from breaking in a way that could endanger your eyes should a big impact occur.

Other considerations when it comes to purchasing sunglasses for your summer adventures is quality of optics — ask your golfing buddies to read a green when the middle of the lens has a wave like the North Shore of Oahu. And also consider the option of polarization. Never had polarized shades before? Get ready for a revelation, especially on the water. The lens technology blocks out a certain kind of reflected light that cuts glare and haze to make for a much more pleasant experience on the lake or the road (two spots where such reflected light waves are common).

On a lighter note, if you opt for mirrored sunglasses you always stand the chance of being mistaken for a big Hollywood star, or at least be able to watch a good-looking reveler walk by without getting a smack from your significant other.


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Spring in Sun Valley

The Lupine and Arrowleaf Balsamroot are blooming all around the 400+ miles of crowd-free, multi-use trails that run up and down the valley. It's the perfect opportunity to ditch the hustle and bustle and find your happy place in Sun Valley!



Limitations of School Vision Screening Programs

According to the American Optometric Association, while school vision screenings can uncover some individuals with vision problems, they can miss more than they find. In some cases, vision screening may actually serve as an unnecessary barrier to an early diagnosis of vision problems. They can create a false sense of security for those individuals who "pass" the screening, but who actually have a vision problem, thereby delaying further examination and treatment. Call us today to schedule your child's comprehensive eye examination.



Introducing Avenova

It is estimated that 23 million Americans chronically suffer from inflammation of the eyelids, known as blepharitis, and another 13 million struggle with the debilitating condition of meibomian gland dysfunction (“MGD”).

For Daily Lid and Lash Hygiene.



Avenova, a new dimension in lid and lash hygiene, is specifically designed for patients with blepharitis, MGD, and chronic dry eye. Avenova functions by clearing debris and microorganisms from eyelids and eyelashes, as well as reducing inflammation.