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LOCATION: Citibank Building (white 9-story office building). See photo in the upper left corner of this page. Address, phone number, parking info and directions in the box to the right --------------------------------------->
IS YOUR FLEXIBLE SPENDING PLAN EXPIRING DECEMBER 31? - If your flexible spending plan is expiring on December 31 and if you would like to use those funds to pay for an eye exam, please make your appointment soon. We have fewer than eight full workweeks left before the end of 2013. Every year there are people who wait until the last minute to schedule an appointment and they are disappointed to find that we are already booked through the end of the year. Flexible spending plans usually can be used for eye exams, glasses and contact lenses.
FOOD DRIVE - This holiday season, help stock the shelves of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank! From now through 12/30/2013, our office is hosting a food drive. Our goal is to collect 400 pounds of non-perishable food items.
To thank you for your generosity, you will receive one raffle ticket for every five non-perishable, non-expired food items you bring in to our office. As of 11/01/2013 raffle prizes include: Gift Cards to: Best Buy and Starbucks plus apparel from Smith Optics. More prizes added daily!
Donations are welcome during our normal business hours: Mon-Fri 10-2 and 3-6, as well as on Saturday 12/21/2013 from 10-3 (note that we are usually not open on Saturdays).
GEOFFREY BEENE EYEGLASSES - YOUR PURCHASE RESULTS IN CORPORATE DONATIONS TO THOSE IN NEED - We are excited to have received eyeglass frames from Geoffrey Beene (both for men and women). We think you will like that Geoffrey Beene gives 100% of net profits from their business to philanthropic causes, including medical research (such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's disease research), protection of women and children, veterans' programs, and animal protection. For more information, see: http://geoffreybeene.com/philanthropy.html
ANNOUNCING: NEW ANTI-REFLECTIVE TREATMENT WITH TECHNOLOGY THAT BLOCKS HARMFUL BLUE LIGHT - We are exposed to a tremendous amount of blue light both from digital devices (cell phones, tablets and computers) and also from non-digital activities in the normal environment. Some of these wavelengths are harmful to eye health, and some of them are helpful. Problems that may be associated with excessive exposure to these wavelengths include: sleep problems, increased glare, and even macular degeneration. Hoya Vision has released a new lens treatment (Hoya Recharge EX-3) that selectively blocks harmful blue light while allowing good wavelengths to reach the eyes. This lens treatment has strong anti-reflective and anti-scratch capabilities, making the lens more scratch resistant than glass (per Hoya's literature). Here is a Hoya video about harmful blue light and why it is important to block it:
Here are four articles with more details about this subject:
ANNOUNCING: SYNC LENSES FROM HOYA THAT HELP REDUCE VISUAL FATIGUE FROM DIGITAL DEVICES - This is a new single vision lens (a unique, new design and not a progressive) that is helpful for people who spend a lot of time on digital devices (cellphones, tablets and computers). While it might be nice to put all these devices away and go outside and have some fun, that is probably not going to happen any time soon. Sync lenses help with near focusing, thus relieving our eye muscles from having to work so hard all day. The Sync lens comes in two varieties. There is the Sync 5 lens (designed for children and young adults) and the Sync 8 lens (designed mostly for people in their late 30s and early 40s). This article gives more detail about the Sync lens: http://opticalvisionresources.com/hoya-the-free-form-company-launches-sync-lenses-for-the-digital-life#.UmwDyiSKlwM
EARLY-ISH MORNING AND LATE AFTERNOON EXAM APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE - We now have appointments as early as 8:00 or 8:45 a.m. and as late as 5:15 p.m. available on some days. These are by appointment only.
READERS' CHOICE AWARD - We were humbled to learn that we were voted to be the BEST OPTOMETRY OFFICE by the readers of the Pasadena Independent and the sister newspapers that are part of Beacon Media. Dr. Gore and the staff extend our deep thanks for this award. We will do our best to continue to provide high-quality eye care to our community. To view the Pasadena Independent 2012-2013 Readers' Choice issue, please click here. Our office is mentioned on pages 2, 13 and 27.
NEW EQUIPMENT - We have purchased a new corneal topographer. This is a device that makes a map of the cornea, which is the outer lens of the eye. The new equipment will help diagnose certain corneal diseases and also help with contact lens fits. With this purchase, we have now replaced all of our equipment with new models!
SPECIALS FOR CONTACT LENS WEARERS (CONTACT LENS VIP PROGRAM)
When you purchase a full year’s supply of contact lenses from our office, you will get:
• Free shipping to your home or office
• 50% off a pair of non-prescription sunglasses within 30 days of the contact lens purchase.
• 20% off a pair of backup glasses
• Any rebates currently available from the contact lens manufacturer (note that VSP members receive DOUBLE the national rebate on some Acuvue and Bausch and Lomb contact lenses. Ask one of the opticians for more details.
SEE OUR PROMOTIONS PAGE FOR OTHER DISCOUNTS, SUCH AS THE SECOND PAIR DISCOUNT AND CLIP-ON DISCOUNT.
NEW CONTACT LENS FITTING SETS IN THE OFFICE - (1) PROCLEAR ONE-DAY MULTIFOCAL - We have received our fitting set for this new lens. Please let the doctor know if you would like to try it. If you are a candidate for this lens, you may find this to be a convenient and comfortable option. (2) ONE-DAY ACUVUE TRUEYE - This is Acuvue's newest material, and it is available only as a one-day lens. So far, almost everyone who has tried this material has loved the comfort.
WE ARE CLOSED FOR LUNCH
JANUARY 2012 - NEW EQUIPMENT - We are excited to announce that we have purchased a brand new retinal camera and a visual field device (also known as a perimeter). The new equipment will greatly enhance our ability to detect ocular pathology. For more info about the new camera, see the following page and scroll to the bottom:
GREETINGS FROM DR GORE!
If you are looking for a new eye doctor, I invite you to choose our office to provide your eye care. You are welcome whether you are concerned about a specific ocular problem or if you just need a routine eye exam. Our practice includes patients age 9 through seniors.
I aim to be the most thorough optometrist and provide the highest quality eye exam in Pasadena. I do my best to answer your questions about eye health, glasses and contact lenses. Since graduation, I have opposed the factory mentality that is so common in optometry and in health care in general. You are not a number in this office; I like to treat each patient as if he or she were a family member. Also we do our very best to keep to the appointment schedule and minimize your time in the waiting room.
Regarding eyeglass purchases at our office: Before I owned this office, I worked in several other offices and chains. My experience was that in many of those offices, when glasses were received from the optical lab, they were dispensed to the patient without being checked for accuracy. This means that in some cases, various parameters may not be correct, which can cause patients to have blur, discomfort, eyestrain or headaches. I want to assure my patients that I personally analyze every pair of glasses upon receipt from the lab and if I find something out of tolerance, those lenses are returned to the lab for a redo.
I advise an eye exam every year or so even if your vision is good, because certain eye diseases (such as glaucoma) sometimes do not have symptoms in the early stages, and it is better to discover the problem before it is too late to treat. Also, I may be able to improve your vision so that various activities in your life (such as computer work or sports) may be easier and more comfortable.
For mild-to-moderate medical conditions (such as dry eye and allergic or bacterial conjunctivitis), I offer treatment including prescriptions for various eyedrops. If I find or suspect any serious eye disease, damage or degeneration (such as significant cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration), I will refer you to an excellent local specialist ophthalmologist.
I hope to see you soon!
Andrew Gore, O.D.
P.S. UPDATE REGARDING NO-SHOWS, LAST-MINUTE CANCELLATIONS AND OVERBOOKING: We understand that in our busy and sometimes unpredictable lifestyles, sometimes there are unforeseen emergencies that make it hard to keep appointments. However, we wanted to let you know that when you make an appointment at our office, we are setting aside 45 to 60 minutes with the optometrist, time that is dedicated just to you. We do not double book patients. Lately there have been many no-shows and last-minute cancellations. This brings our work to a grinding halt, and we are also unable to help someone else that would have liked to have that appointment. If you find that you are unable to keep your appointment, we would be so grateful if you could let us know at least 24 hours in advance. Thank you so much!
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