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Dr. Leila Chow

Eye health tips and information about glasses, contact lenses, Lasik, and more from the doctors of Brookside Optometric Group.

Dr. Leila Chow is a Doctor of Optometry and also has her MBA. She sits on the board of directors for Lions Eye Foundation of Northern California/Nevada, and is a member of Ygnacio Valley Commuter Lions Club. In addition to her regular practice and participating in medical missions to developing nations, she and her husband have a daughter who keeps them extremely busy.

Breast Cancer Metastasis and Eye Exams

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October is no longer just an orange and black month in the spirit of Halloween. October is also a pink month—October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. October is the month when major campaigns to promote early detection of breast cancer with screening mammograms and monthly self-breast exams and fundraising campaigns to fund breast cancer research occur.

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What's the problem with cataracts?

What's the problem with cataracts?
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Normal Vision
Vision with Cataract
An advanced "Mature" cataract

"What are cataracts?” and "Do I have cataracts?” are two of the most common questions asked during an eye examination.

What are cataracts? A cataract is formed when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. The lens is the part of the eye that helps focus light or an image on the retina, the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, similar to film in cameras.

When the lens is cloudy, it will interfere with the light entering the eye and imaging on the retina. Hence, vision will be blurred or hazy. Colors will be less vivid or intense and more difficult to distinguish. There may be increased sensitivity to glare from lights, especially when driving at night and difficulty seeing at night. Reading and other routine activities become more difficult to perform.

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