December is Safe Gifts and Toys Month

As a parent of two young children, I know all too well the trials of the holiday season. First of all is the challenge of getting my kids to appreciate giving as much as receiving. And, despite the best intentions of friends and family, I need to be diligent in inspecting that all toys are safe and appropriate. In 2015, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 254,200 toy-related injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms. Most of these involved lacerations, contusions or abrasions (41%) and most affected the head and face area (45%). In response to this problem that poses such a significant risk to our children’s eyesight, Prevent Blindness America has declared December “Safe Toys and Gifts Month”.

Prevent Blindness America recommends the following guidelines when purchasing gifts:

  • Only buy toys meant for the child’s age and maturity level
  • Purchase toys that meet the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards
  • Read all warnings and instructions on the box
  • Avoid purchasing toys with sharp or rigid points, spikes, rods or dangerous edges
  • Buy toys that will withstand impact and not break into dangerous shards
  • Avoid toys that shoot or include parts that fly off

They also recommend the following guidelines when your children are at play:

  • Keep an eye on your children while they play
  • Keep young children away from toys meant for older children
  • Supervise children’s art projects (particularly those involving glue and scissors)
  • Have children wear the right protective eyewear when playing with toys
  • Store toys properly to prevent slips and falls
  • Fix or throw away broken toys

By following these simple guidelines, we can substantially reduce the number of toy-related injuries and make sure that this is a happy, festive holiday season with less trips to the emergency room.

-Steven Wang, OD


Adult Amblyopia Treatment Study

Adult Amblyopia Treatment Study

Amblyopia is characterized by a reduction in visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and binocular visual functions.  There is very little published on adult amblyopia therapy. This is because clinicians initially believed that amblyopia could not be treated after the end of the critical period.  However, recent studies have suggested that adult amblyopia can be treated. Patching combined with active, near, threshold-training tasks and continuous feedback was employed in these studies.

The purpose of the current study is to use standard amblyopic therapy in addition to an oral supplementation to determine if there is an enhancement in visual performance in the amblyopic eye.

Inclusion criteria/Study specifics:

  • Age > 18 years
  • Best corrected acuities between 20/60 and 20/400 (with E-ETDRS chart)
  • Amblyopia due to anisometropia and/or strabismus
  • A standard amblyopic work up will be performed on all patients to determine if they are eligible for this study
  • Visual acuity and contrast sensitivity function will be measured at each weekly visit
  • Data collection will take approximately six months per subject
  • Prior amblyopia therapy is not an exclusion criteria
  • Subjects will receive amblyopia therapy at no cost

Exclusion criteria:

  • Significant cataract that affects vision
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetes
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Pregnant or expecting to become pregnant during the study period
  • Ocular/systemic diseases that affect contrast sensitivity
  • Renal impairment, liver damage

If you have a potential subject for this study, please contact:

Dr. William Ridder x 714 449 7494                         Dr. Reena Patel x 714 992 7873

(wridder@ketchum.edu)                                         (rpatel@ketchum.edu)

community service

Community Service: 2016 Central-West County Health Expo



EVENT:  Central-West County Health Expo will provide free eye exams and new prescription glasses to over 500 homeless and low income patients. Need volunteer help from optometrists, opticians & students

DATE:  Saturday October 29th & Sunday October 30th

LOCATION:  Concorde Career College

TIMES:  Morning, afternoon and all day shifts (see flyer for times)

To Volunteer Please CONTACT:  Sam Hahn – vision@ifhomeless.org