Can you imagine a smartphone app that can use your eyes to check brain function? Researchers at UC San Diego are working on it! Also, most adults find themselves needing reading glasses as they approach middle age. The reason is presbyopia, and Dr. Rosemary Melrose explains how it affects your eyes, and some ways to deal with the condition that most people will face as they get older. Finally, get to know Tim Quinn, the new CEO of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, as he explains the role of the Chamber in the community, how they're emerging from the pandemic stronger than ever, and what the plans are for the future.
Astigmatism is a seemingly exotic word and often humorously mispronounced. It is a common vision condition in which light entering the eye can’t be focused clearly – in fact over 90% of all patients we see have some degree of astigmatism. Astigmatism is also often described as the front surface of the eye (cornea) being football shaped, egg shaped, or a warped camera lens. The “nerdy” definition is that an image will come to focus in two different meridians either before or after the retina, thus it is associated with nearsightedness and farsightedness, which is obviously why we don’t describe it this way to our patients.