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Dr. Steven Chung O. D.

Dr. Chung was born and raised in Connecticut. He graduated from the University of Hartford with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and continued to earn his optometry degree at MCPHS University. His externship experience includes Solinsky EyeCare, Providence Community Health Center, and Northampton Veterans Affairs. He then moved to Las Vegas in 2021. During his free time, he enjoys archery, playing tennis, and listening to podcasts.
Dr. Chung sees patients at The Vision Centers – Southwest.

Dr. Doan

Dr. Doan is a native from the city of Chicago and graduated at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for his studies in Integrative Biology. After completing his optometric degree at the Illinois College of Optometry, he moved to Las Vegas in the summer of 2018. Dr. Doan has done his externships at the Panton Eye Center, Gordon-Weiss Vision Institute, and the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System. His area of clinical focus is ocular disease and refractive surgical co-management. He is calm, compassionate, genuine, and is dedicated to providing quality care to his patients. In his spare time, he enjoys attending music concerts, traveling, and exploring exciting restaurants.

Dr. Doan sees patients at the Vision Center in Seven Hills.

Eye Care at Age 40

woman-150x150Eye care is important for everyone regardless of their age, but vision problems can seriously start to affect a person after they turn forty. At this age, a person is more likely to begin experiencing problems such as hazy vision, difficulty seeing at night and overall difficulties in vision. These problems are caused by a number of issues.

A person’s iris is the colored part of their eyeball. The iris contains muscles that can open or close a person’s pupil to allow the right amount of light in. This muscle begins responding more slowly as a person ages. Because of this, a person will have difficulty adjusting to changes in light. This is especially true when they suddenly go from bright areas to dark or vice-versa.

Another structure of the eye that changes with age is the lens behind the iris. There are muscles around this lens that squeeze and bend the structure to allow a certain amount of light to pass to the optic nerve. As a person ages, this structure becomes more rigid. This in turn makes it more difficult for the muscles around the lens to change its shape and control the amount of light that gets through. This is why many people over forty cannot see small print or handheld objects as clearly as they used to.

Cataracts are another huge problem that adults face as they age. Cataracts will cause a person’s vision to progress from hazy to pure blindness. It is important for a person over the age of forty to get periodic eye examinations for this and other reasons. If cataracts are caught early, the condition can be handled before vision deteriorates severely.

There are also other steps a person should take besides seeing an optometrist to keep their eyes healthy. Eating light or dark yellow vegetables (ie. winter squash) puts Vitamin A into a person’s eyes, which greatly increases eye health. Dark green, leafy vegetables contain nutrients that help protect against macular degeneration. A person can also greatly benefit from glasses that help block UV rays from the sun. These simple steps can do wonders in keeping a person’s eyes as healthy as possible.

Most Common Experienced Eye Problems

Everyone has experienced a minor eye problem at some point. Most people are unaware of what causes or how to treat an eye problem and when the problem requires medical attention.

Blurred Vision can occur for a few different reasons. Temporary blurred vision can be from fatigue or from an illness, or cold . If you are experiencing blurry vision that is more than temporary, make an appointment with your eye doctor. Extended bouts or blurry vision can be a result of change in eyesight, cataracts, presbyopia, uveitis, glaucoma or astigmatism. Many of these conditions are age-related as well.

Floaters in vision, are like seeing tiny spots or seeing floating strings that float across the eye every so often. If you are seeing floaters see an eye doctor as soon as possible. Floaters in your vision can be a result of a stroke, diabetes or retinal detachment.

Itchy Eyes. Are your eyes itching, burning and red? Itchy eyes can be a condition treated at home or need a doctors attention depending on the cause. If your eyes are itchy because they are dry or you are suffering from allergies, you can usually treat at home with eye drops. If you are a contact wearer you may want to wear glasses when experiencing itchy eyes to gain some relief. If you believe your eyes are itchy because you are experiencing pink eye or blepharitis, you should see an optometrist for treatment.

Twitching Eyes. While twitching eyes are very bothersome and unpleasant most of the time it is caused by caffeine, fatigue or stress. Try relaxing getting some rest and limiting caffeine intake. Eye twitching can also be caused by tourette syndrome, panic disorders or pink eye. Consult a health care professional if you believe you are suffering from any of these disorders.

Selecting the best frames for your face shape

We all want to look our best. We also want to be able to see clearly. Many people are not happy about the need for glasses because of their vanity. Glasses look great on everyone if you find the right pair for your face. We are going to offer you some great tips to find the nest pair of glasses for your face shape.

Round: Frames with rectangular, horizontal, and angular deign will look best. Avoid small and short frames that accentuate the length of the face.

Oval: Most from shapes will look good on this face shape. Square and geometric shapes wull also look great. Avoid frames that look too large for your facial features.

Heart: Bottom heavy frames that add width to the lower face or round and narrow frames that make the forehead look smaller. Avoid frames with decorative temples and are top heavy.

Square: Oval and round shaped frames will look great. Avoid square and geometric shapes and frames with colored accents on the bottom.

Oblong: Braod frames with decorative temples and tall frames work best for this face shape. Avoid small and short frames that make the face look longer.

Diamond: Rimless and oval frames will look great with the cheekbones. Avoid narrow frames.

Eye Care for Children

Has your child been complaining about struggling to see the board in school or have you noticed them squinting and straining to see things? If so your child may be experiencing a change in vision and needs to have an exam by an Optometrist. Some schools do perform eye screening but they are not an in depth exam and can easily miss certain ailments like astigmatisms, different vision in each eye, farsightedness and lazy eyes. An eye doctor will be able to detect these ailments and provide you with a prescription for glasses or contacts so that your child is able to see clearly.

How do you determine if glasses or contacts are the right choices for your child? First, you should ask your doctor which option will provide your child the most benefit. Next, you must determine how responsible your child is and whether or not they will properly clean and disinfect their contacts. Improper disinfection and care will cause eye infections in your child. If you feel contacts are the better choice for your child but fear they will not care for them properly, daily disposable contacts are a great choice. If your child is an athlete, contact lenses are a great choice.

Prevention is always better than correction. Sun protection is very important for a child’s eyes. Have your child wear sunglasses outdoors at all times. And not just stylish glasses, sunglasses with UV protection. Children are the most sensitive to UV rays with the eyes for the first 18 years. UV exposure can lead to conditions like cataracts that will not surface until old age.

Decorative Halloween Contacts and the Scary Truth

As the cool brisk fall air starts to begin and we see pumpkins everywhere we know that our favorite spooky holiday is just around the corner. And as we all begin to put our creativity to the test for a great Halloween costume many will consider purchasing decorative contacts to complete their costume. Most people will purchase these contacts from an online retailer or a Halloween costume store. Before opting for these decorative lenses there are a few things everyone should know.

First you should not that these contacts are not vision enhancing and generally not purchased through an optometrists office. When you get contact lenses from an eye doctor they are fitted for your eye. These decorative contacts are not custom fitted and can cause irritation or minor to major injuries to your eye. If you are not familiar with how to care for contacts, store them and clean them properly there is a risk of causing an infection to the eye from improper disinfection.

However, if you are considering a wild decorative pair of contacts for your Halloween costume this year, consult your optometrist las vegas. Schedule an appointment at your optometrist’s office to have your doctor perform an eye exam. The eye doctor can get the correct measurements and prescription for your eyes and assist you in ordering a pair of decorative contacts that are custom fit to you as well as from a reliable manufacturer. Your eye doctor will also teach you how to properly care for contact lenses.

Be in Fashion with Contact Lenses

In our contemporary lifestyle, contact lenses no longer serve the sole purpose of fashion, but have become an occupational necessity as well. Glasses, no doubt have evolved a lot from the heavy frames with thick glass lenses of the old days to the new and trendy rimless frames and the lighter fiber lenses; but contact lenses still serve a much more useful and versatile purpose in our current times.

At a time, when the majority of the people in the workforce sit in front of electronic display screens all day, it often becomes irritating to have the spectacles on your nose. It is much more convenient to use contact lenses which fit snugly on your eyes and saves you both the trouble and time of adjusting and cleaning your glasses. Also, for people in charge of public relations, wearing contact lenses makes a stronger first impression on the first meeting with a client and give you an extra edge and confidence over the glasses wearer, to close that all important deal. And apart from all these professional needs, you always have personal style statement. Before you start contact lens get you eyes tested from Las Vegas Eye Doctor.

However, because of its close contact with your eyes, you need to choose your contact lenses very carefully, so as to safeguard your eyes from any damage. Also you need to choose the lens that best suits your occupation. Gas-permeable lenses are a better choice for people who have refractive eye problems, as they help with visual acuity. Hybrid lenses are good for people who want the comfort of soft contact lenses but require the extra vision help gas-permeable lenses provide, because of their gas-permeable center with soft contact outer ring.

You should also consider eye health while choosing contact lenses. Gas-permeable lenses are the healthiest for eyes as more oxygen is allowed through them. Hybrid lenses would be the next-best option if eye health was your main concern and soft contact lenses would come in last because they allow less oxygen through.

Thus, having all factors considered, you will be sure to get yourself the best lens available in the market, and the one safest and best suited for your eyes. It is your eyes which are on the line here and their well being lies in your choice of the proper contact lens.

Lifestyle, Diet, Nutrition, Exercise…and Your Eyes

How your body functions and how healthy it is, is often effected and dependent on many factors. Genetics plays a large roll in this of course. That we can not control. There are other variables that play a large role in our overall health as well. Lifestyle, diet, nutrition and exercise are all major players in regards to our health that we can control. All of these items do not only contribute to our overall health but also our ocular health.

Speaking of lifestyle exclusively, smoking cigarettes has been identified to be damaging and very harmful not only to our overall health, but also your eyes. There is increased incidence of cataracts and macular degeneration related to smoking. Substance abuse can also lead to certain eye diseases that may also cause permanent eye damage along with vision loss.

Talking diet, what we eat and drink is like the fuel that runs our high performance bodies (including our eyes). My mom always said, “eat your vegetables” and she couldn’t have been more right The green leafy vegetables are the best things to eat when we’re talking eyes. Kale, spinach, broccoli, asparagus and carrots get top billing. These vegetables not only create sharper vision but also help retard the progression of macular degeneration once it’s been diagnosed. The tomato is beginning to become known as the “miracle vegetable”. There may be some positive effects on your eyes from eating tomatoes also.

Good nutrition goes hand in hand with diet to promote healthy eyes and good vision. Vitamin A, Zinc and Lutein get top billing as far as nutrition and supplements is concerned. Zinc and Lutein specifically help fight macular degeneration also. Typically, a minimum of 40 milligrams of Zinc per day (without exceeding 70 milligrams) is ideal for this. It’s not been confirmed but there’s belief amongst some that Ginko Biloba and Billberry may also be helpful supplements for your eyes.

Exercise is of course good for everything in regards to optimal health including your eyes. As you exercise your metabolism speeds up. This is good for more than one reason. As your metabolism speeds up, the more readily your blood vessels can deliver oxygen and nutrients throughout your body along with eliminating toxins rather than them sitting and bogging you and your eyes down.

So as you can see, there are a lot of things you can do to improve ocular health along with your vision. I encourage you to take these steps and always protect your eyes as well. Always have UV protection in all your ophthalmic eye wear and in particular your quality sunglasses to be worn at all times when outdoors. At the Vision Centers, your eye health is our first priority. You only have two; let’s maintain them.

Letter from the Editor…CREATING YOUR BEST VISION

At the Vision Centers it’s our mission “to help you look great and SEE YOUR BEST,” while maintaining your healthy eyes.

  • Aren’t all optical lenses created equal?
  • Why should I pay more for these lenses in my glasses as opposed to going to the place advertised on the TV that will give me 2 pair for a lower cost?
  • What’s the difference?

These are all questions that certainly should be asked and you as the consumer have the right to know. It’s our goal in the desire to create the best customer service available, including the best optical products to provide you (the patient) with your best vision. In our determination to do this, we are only providing to our patients premium lenses.

A premium lens is one that will achieve optimal vision through using the most technologic advanced design. In less than premium lenses the patients would achieve less than optimal vision because of lens aberration and increased distortion. This is not good. Would it make sense not to want your best vision? Take progressive (no-line bifocals/multifocals) lenses for instance -— there are premium progressive lenses and then there are less than premium lenses. A less than premium progressive lens would create a “keyhole” life effect when looking down through the reading portion, enhanced distortion and would be very difficult to adjust to. A premium progressive lens conversely would give a wider field of view, less distortion and be much easier to adjust to. The pinnacle of premium progressive lenses would be the new “digitally surfaced lenses.” These newest progressive lenses are like “HD” in your progressive lenses. These lenses are so advanced they actually take into account posture, head position, distance of the eye to the back of the eyeglass lens and how your eye rotates when you look from side to side. What exactly is a “digitally surfaced” lens? A digitally surfaced lens is one that incorporates WAVE technology. This is a technology that uses and incorporates molds to provide very customized and specific curvatures to the lenses. The lenses are manufactured in a way that creates an infinite amount of curves on any one point of the lens (front and back surface) to maximize your eyesight through the lens in any direction.

In a further effort to provide you with this level of service we have recently teamed up with Essilor (“Varilux” products) to be the exclusive provider of their high quality lenses within our offices. They manufacture the best digitally designed lenses available.

Collaboratively, we are going to be adding a very technologically advanced piece of equipment within each office over the next several months. This machine will not only take into account all of the digital advancement but also the individual frame parameters. These parameters include the tilt of the frame and the “wrap” of the frame to add to the exact customization of your glasses.

We’ve come a long way since the days of Benjamin Franklin. Once again, “The Vision Centers” go the extra mile and prove they’re “quality people providing quality products”.