Blog Archive

Vision Exam Aug 19th, 2019

We read and write using our eyes, so why do only 1 in 10 school ages children have their eyes checked? Why do pediatricians recommend that kids have their teeth checked, but not their eyes? Reading a letter chart at the end of the hall is not enough. An eye...

Improve Your Child’s Confidence Through Vision Jul 1st, 2019

Back to school season is exciting for most kids. However, when your child cannot see the board clearly and is having problems with their vision it can make school difficult. 1 in 4 children have an undetected vision problem, which is why regular eye exams are important. The Hollywood Vision...

Migraine Headaches Jun 24th, 2019

Migraine Solidarity Day is used to raise awareness about migraine headaches which is the third most common disease in the world. More people suffer from migraine HA than diabetes, asthma and epilepsy combined! In the United States, the loss of productivity due to Migraine headaches is between 6 to 17 billion...

How Homeopathy Helps with Eye Problems Jun 19th, 2019

What is Homeopathic Medicine? Homeopathic medicine is a system of natural medicine that works with your immune system to help your own body overcome a wide variety of illnesses and symptoms for over 200 years. It focuses on the use of botanical, mineral, and biological substances to produce reliable and...

The Top 7 Concerns Your Eyes Can Reveal About Your Health May 20th, 2019

  They say eyes are windows into your soul. Well, they are also windows into potential health concerns. There are several indications of how the eyes play a role in your overall health. Here are several concerns to recognize and be aware of.  Cognitive Decline A study completed last March...

Why Vision Problems are Skyrocketing in the Digital Age Apr 29th, 2019

In the digital age, our eyes are doing most of the work, and paying the price for this. We get up in the morning, check our email, go to work and spend eight or more hours working on our computers. After work, we socialize on our phones, work some more...

How to Choose the Right Optometrist Apr 1st, 2019

Does Your Optometrist have a broad clinical background? Dr. Brisco is a Certified Clinical Homeopath in addition to her role as a Doctor of Optometry. Her unique experience and qualifications allow Hollywood Vision Center to provide “best of both worlds” treatments which include natural remedies and homeopathic medicine. Clinical homeopaths...

Are Over-the-Counter Eye Drops Enough? Feb 18th, 2019

When dealing with dry or red eyes, many people resort to utilizing over-the-counter eye drops to relieve their symptoms. Dry eyes can come about due to weather conditions, they can come about from long bouts of sitting in front of the computer, or even from taking certain types of medication...

Why Choose Integrative Medicine? Jan 18th, 2019

Conventional medicine has often been accused of putting more focus on treating symptoms instead of underlying problems. Integrative medicine closes the gap by utilizing both conventional and natural medicine to better help patients restore and maintain their health as they age. Integrative medicine asserts that, in order to truly understand...

sMap 3D: The Most Innovative Contact Lens Technology To improve Clarity and Comfort Dec 15th, 2018

If you cannot see clearly through glasses or regular contact lenses, we now have state-of-the art technology to help you see clearly and comfortably. The sMap3D measures your eyes with the highest level of accuracy technologically possible: up to 1 million points! This allows us to design the most advanced...

Is Video Gaming Hurting Our Children? Nov 2nd, 2018

It’s no secret that in this day and age many kids put in many hours a day (not to mention scores of hours per week) sitting in front of a TV or computer screen. The average age for kids having a smartphone continues to get lower and lower -- it...

See Clearly to Crush It! Scleral Contact Lenses Give Athletes the Competitive Edge Oct 23rd, 2018

Vision has a big impact on sports performance, especially on eye hand and eye body coordination. Yet athletes, both professional and amateur, often tend to place more emphasis on their physical fitness rather than their visual fitness. But big muscles aren’t going to help you hit that ball out of...

Use integrative approach to stress-induced dry eye Oct 21st, 2018

(Published in October 2018 in Primary Care Optometry News)Dry eye is one of the most frequently encountered ophthalmic conditions, with prevalence as high as 87.5% (Fenga et al.) among computer users and 73.5% (Uchini et al.) among the elderly population. Symptoms include fluctuating vision, tired eyes, redness, burning, foreign body...

THE LINK BETWEEN CLEAR VISION AND LIFE SUCCESS Sep 21st, 2018

The benefits of having clear vision is not limited to reading or driving, but extends to almost everything you do. This includes school, sports, and your career. The essence of having great vision is having the capability to fulfill your goals and ambitions, this is why vision is a passionate...

EXCELLENT VISION HELPS CHILDREN REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL IN THE CLASSROOM Aug 24th, 2018

At back-to-school season, it is important to make sure your children have everything they need for a successful year. Almost everyone makes sure their children have school supplies, such as pencils, erasers, backpacks, a lunch box, and new clothes. But how about one of the most important things that your...

EYE ATTRACTION Jul 13th, 2018

One of the first things we notice about a person is their eyes. Think about the last time you met someone attractive. It’s likely that you remember their beautiful eyes, the way you felt when they looked at you. Even in everyday interactions, our perception of a person is strongly...

AMNIOTIC MEMBRANE GRAFTS May 14th, 2018

Have you ever had a recurrent epithelial erosion? If you had, you’d definitely know it. This serious condition is like a scab on the eye that gets torn off when your eyes are dry, you haven’t had enough sleep, or you’ve had too much to drink. It usually occurs after...

SEE BETTER TO LIVE BETTER WITH SPECIALTY CONTACT LENSES May 4th, 2018

With new technology and designs, people have a lot more options to improve their vision, and their quality of life, with contact lenses. If you were told that you cannot wear contact lenses before, now is the time to explore the possibilities of clear vision without glasses and without surgery.Today,...

5 EASY WAYS TO CARE FOR YOUR EYES Mar 30th, 2018

AND ONE EASY WAY TO PAMPER THEM IN A SINGLE TREATMENTWe place a lot of strain on our eyes because we do most of our work with our eyes at the office, school, even home. Are you staring at the computer screen by day, then binge-watching YouTube or Netflix by...

LIVING IN A VISUAL CULTURE AND HOW IT’S NOT SO EASY ON THE EYES Feb 1st, 2018

Read This if You Look at a Screen of Any Kind for More Than 2 Hours Daily How many of you have a job that could be classified as visual? This might mean that you depend on your eyes for a large portion of the work day; maybe you look at...

HOLISTIC PREVENTION OF BLUE LIGHT DAMAGE AND CATARACTS Jan 12th, 2018

Most people don’t know that the majority of eye diseases go unnoticed because there are no pain receptors inside of the eyes. Without symptoms, or “warning signs”, often the first sign that something is wrong with your eyes, is when the disease has progressed to the point that you have...

SPECIALTY CONTACT LENSES Nov 27th, 2017

We thought a blog about the many specialty contact lenses that we offer at the Hollywood Vision Center Optometry would help shed light on the new innovations and exciting options available for those who can benefit from medically necessary and specialty contacts.There many different types of lenses available for a...

VISION THERAPY: SEE BETTER TO LIVE BETTER Sep 12th, 2017

“WE LIVE IN A WONDERFUL WORLD THAT IS FULL OF BEAUTY, CHARM AND ADVENTURE. THERE IS NO END TO THE ADVENTURES THAT WE CAN HAVE IF ONLY WE SEEK THEM WITH OUR EYES OPEN.”~ JAWAHARLAL NEHRUThe more you use your eyes, the more any underlying vision problem is going to...

DEALING WITH DIGITAL EYE STRAIN Jun 19th, 2017

DIGITAL DEVICES SUCH AS COMPUTERS, CELL PHONES, AND TABLETS CREATE BOTH SOLUTIONS AND PROBLEMS.Society as a whole spends more and more time in front of digital devices for work, school, and play. We do everything from spreadsheets, to shopping, to socializing online. You name it: cell phones, personal computers, laptops,...

YOUR EYES AFFECT EVERYTHING YOU DO Mar 11th, 2016

Get a complimentary appetizer from Mud Hen Tavern. Simply mention that you were referred by Dr. Brisco! The offer is good through May 31, 2016.You have the right cell phone, the right computer, the right outfit.You work out, you eat right, but have you taken care of your eyes?Your eyes affect...

PROTECT YOUR EYES AND SLEEP FROM BLUE LIGHT FROM COMPUTERS AND CELL PHONES Jul 6th, 2015

If you use computers, smart phones, tablets, or flat screen televisions for any significant amount of time each day, you are at risk from the harmful effects of blue light that these devices give off. Fluorescent light bulbs and LED bulbs also emit harmful blue light.Blue light increases the risk...

HOW POOR EYE MOVEMENT CAN INTERFERE WITH YOUR LEARNING Jun 18th, 2015

Can poor eye movement interfere with learning? A definitive yes, because poor eye movements can impair reading ability and cause a lack of concentration that may be incorrectly diagnosed as ADD or ADHD. After all, poor eye movements can often go hand in hand with eye teaming and focusing. Saccades, a...

LADY GAGA EYES: CIRCLE CONTACT LENSES Oct 3rd, 2013

Pop culture trends are creating some dangerous vision problems.Lady Gaga’s fans are putting their vision at risk by attempting to copy her huge, anime-style eyes as seen in the Bad Romance video. Although Gaga’s gigantic peepers were computer generated, fans are copying the look with illegal Circle contact lenses obtained...

WHY IS IT HARDER TO READ AFTER 40? PRESBYOPIA Oct 3rd, 2013

Just when your career and life are really starting to take off, your eyes seem to be slowing down. Reading and viewing close objects becomes progressively more difficult in your 40’s because of a natural aging process called presbyopia.Presbyopia makes reading more difficult because of a decreased ability to change...

YOUR EYES AGE AS YOU GROW OLDER SO DON’T TAKE YOURS FOR GRANTED! Oct 3rd, 2013

Your eyes change as you age, and there are things that you can do at every age to help your eyes gracefully, and see your best. Don’t wait until you can’t see before you visit your optometrist. By then, the problem is probably advanced, and may be irreversible. Most eye...

HOW DOES COMPUTER USE CAUSE EYESTRAIN? Oct 3rd, 2013

Eyestrain associated with computer use, or even prolonged reading and desk work, can be caused by 2 major factors: Eye muscle pain and dry eyes.Eyestrain during prolonged and visually demanding computer work taxes the orbicularis oculi muscle. It’s like doing physical labor for a prolonged period. When you use the same...

MANY DRUG STORE READING GLASSES ARE THE WRONG PRESCRIPTION AND/OR POORLY MADE Oct 3rd, 2013

Many store bought reading glasses are not made or labeled correctly.A recent investigation done by David Elliott and Alison Green, and published in the Optometry and Vision Science journal of the American Academy of Optometry found that 48% of the 322 reading glasses that they tested were wrong. That means 1 out...

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE BALL AND THE OLYMPIC ATHLETES Oct 3rd, 2013

Vision is extremely important for athletes. Vision guides your hands and body, tells you when to reach out, when to grab the ball, when to swing the bat or racquet, and where your teammates and opponents are. Balance and shifts in weight are dependent on visual information.Vision is more than...

DRY EYE AFTER LASIK STUDY Oct 3rd, 2013

Dr. Elise Brisco, O.D., and Dr. Paul Dougherty, M.D. are conducting a medical research study to compare the effectiveness of a new homeopathic dry eye drop to traditional artificial tear drops in controlling symptoms of dry eye in the first week after LASIK.It is relatively common for LASIK patients to...

HILLARY CLINTON’S SPECIAL GLASSES ARE A REMNANT OF CONCUSSION AND ANEURYSM Oct 3rd, 2013

Hillary Clinton is wearing glasses with a membrane called a Fresnel Prism to help her with double vision after her concussion and aneurysm.There is an extremely high incidence (greater than 50%) of visual and visual-cognitive disorders in neurologically impaired patients (traumatic brain injury from sports or car accidents, mild brain...

WHEN TO VISIT YOUR EYE DOCTOR IN LOS ANGELES AT HOLLYWOOD VISION Oct 3rd, 2013

Your eyes are more than just windows to your soul—they are also a good place to look for signs of problems. Even if you think you boast 20/20 vision, it is still important to visit our eye doctor in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Vision Center – Optometry. Eye exams...

ITCHY EYES, RUNNY NOSE? IT’S ALLERGY SEASON Oct 3rd, 2013

The main symptoms of Allergic Conjunctivitis (allergies that affect your eyes) include: itchy eyes, red or pink eyes, swelling on or around the eyes, and watery eyes. This can often be accompanied by sneezing (rhinitis), post nasal drip, coughing, or itchy skin rashes.The eyes are often affected because they are...

KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR VISION DURING MAY FOR HEALTHY VISION MONTH Oct 3rd, 2013

During the month of May we want to focus on healthy vision, which means we want to encourage you, your friends and family to make eye health a top priority this month. Healthy Vision Month is the perfect opportunity to learn more about your eye health, while also making sure...

CAN I MAKE MY EYES WHITER? Oct 3rd, 2013

I-BRITE EYE WHITENINGA new process called I-Brite Eye Whitening can make your eyes whiter and brighter by removing the conjunctiva, the thin membrane covering the white portion of the eye. This contains most of the visible red blood vessels, growths of tissue (pinguecula or pterygium), or yellow/brown spots (hyper-pigmentation/ freckles). A clear membrane will grow back...

DOES MY CHILD NEED TO HAVE AN EYE EXAM? Oct 3rd, 2013

This is the number one question that I receive from parents. The answer is YES, by 6 months old, and yearly thereafter. The reason is because 80% of the information taken in while reading and writing is through the visual system, so vision problems can interfere significantly with learning. Early...

WHAT OPTIONS BESIDES SURGERY DO I HAVE FOR STRABISMUS? Oct 3rd, 2013

This is the number one question I receive regarding strabismus. Most surgeons or ophthalmologists will recommend eye muscle surgery, but cannot guarantee their results.Most optometrists will recommend Vision Therapy or a type of physical therapy to work on eye muscle coordination and control.The truth is that there are several options...

IS LASIK OR REFRACTIVE SURGERY RIGHT FOR ME? Oct 3rd, 2013

I am often asked if LASIK or refractive surgery is right for a patient. The answer is, it depends on your eyes, and your lifestyle. Overall, LASIK is very safe. With today’s technology, there are very, very few post-surgical complications so I can recommend it to my patients. I am...

DO I HAVE A VISION PROBLEM IF I CAN’T SEE 3D MOVIES? Oct 3rd, 2013

Research has shown that up to 56% of those 18 to 38 years of age have one or more problems with binocular vision and therefore could have difficulty seeing 3-D.[i] In addition, about five percent of the population have amblyopia (lazy eye) and/or strabismus (eye turn) which makes 3-D viewing...

GLAUCOMA: WAYS TO REDUCE RISK AND KEEP YOUR OPTIC NERVE HEALTHY Oct 3rd, 2013

WHAT IS GLAUCOMA?Glaucoma results from damage to the optic nerve which can impair vision. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness, and is commonly referred to as the “Silent Thief of Sight” because it damages vision so gradually that you do not notice it until the advanced stages.It is usually associated with...

COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME: DOES USING THE COMPUTER MAKE YOU TIRED? Oct 3rd, 2013

Using the computer more than 2 hours a day is hard on your eyes. Your eye muscles have to stay in focus, track across thousands and thousands of words, and work like a synchronized swim team, or you will see blurry or double. If you have astigmatism, are farsighted, or...

CHILDREN AND DRY EYES Oct 3rd, 2013

Dry eyes are often overlooked in children because it occurs less frequently than in adults, but it should be taken seriously because it can be related to an underlying problem. Dry eyes or keratoconjunctivitis sicca is one of the most common diagnoses made by Optometrists and Ophthalmologists.When the cornea, the...

THE MANY CAUSES OF RED OR PINK EYE Oct 3rd, 2013

A red or pink eye — although usually painless — is visually disturbing. When people look at you, they look mainly at your eyes. People judge your health and well being by how your eyes look. Eyes look red when blood vessels near the surface of the eye become enlarged...

EYE TIPS FOR A TRAVELER Oct 3rd, 2013

To minimize vision-related mishaps wile traveling, Dr. Brisco recommends the following:Bring an extra pair of contact lenses or glasses in case you lose, tear or break yours. It is often difficult to find an eye doctor quickly while away from home.Wear glasses, instead of contact lenses, while flying. The dry...