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Your time is precious, so is your eyesight…we value them both!
Located in Grossmont Shopping Center, La Mesa

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New Eyeglass Lenses Provide “Sunscreen” For Your Eyes!

Computer screens, smartphones, tablets, fluorescent bulbs—blue light is all around, and the sun is actually the largest source of it. Some of it is helpful, like Beneficial Blue Light (which is blue turquoise and defined as 465-495 nm on the light spectrum), which helps regulate the sleep cycle, your mood, and cognitive performances.

However, long-term and continuous exposure to Harmful Blue Light (or blue-violet light) can contribute to long-term damage of your eyes. Those at highest risk are people with a family history or exhibiting signs of AMD, and working professionals, children, teens, and gamers.

Crizal Prevencia lenses reduce exposure to Harmful Blue Light while still allowing beneficial blue-turquoise light to pass through. Plus, they provide all the benefits of no-glare lenses. Help protect your eyes from blue-violet light with Crizal Prevencia lenses.




Presbyopia: Managing the Inevitable

When you hit your mid-to-late forties, you might begin to notice that you have trouble with reading. Seeing clearly things that are up close is an age related function of your vision which gets weaker as you become older. Why does this happen? With age, the lens of your eye becomes more rigid, making it more difficult to focus on handheld objects. That, in a nutshell, is presbyopia. And it’s universal.

People with undiagnosed presbyopia may hold reading material at arm’s length in order to focus properly. Additionally, engaging in other close-range activities, such as needlepoint or writing, may also result in eyestrain in people with presbyopia. When it comes to rectifying the symptoms of presbyopia, you have a few solutions, whether you wear eyeglasses and contact lenses.

An oft-used aid is reading glasses, but these are mostly efficient for those who wear contacts or for those who don’t need glasses for correcting distance vision. Although reading glasses are easy to find at pharmacies or drugstores, you shouldn’t buy them until you have been examined by your eye care professional. Lots of people don’t know that reading glasses may be handy for brief periods of reading but they can eventually lead to fatigue with prolonged use. A better alternative to drugstore reading glasses are custom made ones. They are able to rectify astigmatism, accommodate prescriptions that vary between the two eyes, and in addition to all this, the optic centers of every lens can be made to suit the person who wears them. The reading distance can be adjusted to meet the individual’s needs.

If you already have glasses for distance vision, consider bifocal or multi-focal corrective lenses, or the popular progressive addition lenses (PALs). Essentially, these are eyeglasses with multiple points of focus, and the lower part of the lens is where there is a prescription that helps you focus at close range. If you already wear contacts, it’s best to talk to your optometrist to discuss multifocal contact lenses. Additionally, you may be able to benefit from a treatment technique called monovision. Monovision is when one eye wears a lens for distance vision and one eye wears a lens for close vision.

Because your eyesight continues to change with age, you can expect your prescription to increase periodically. But it’s also important to examine your various choices before making choices about your vision; you can be susceptible to presbyopia, even if you’ve had refractive surgery in the past.

Have to chat with your optometrist for an unbiased perspective. We can help you deal with presbyopia and your changing eye sight in a way that’s both beneficial and accessible.

We Can Help With Allergy Eyes!

Do your eyes get itchy, red and watery at certain times of year? We can help you feel better!

Our optometrists will determine if you have allergic eye disease, then recommend safe and effective treatment for you!

Call today (619) 469-0131 for your appointment!

Here are some helpful tips to control your allergies.

Mobile Devices and Your Eyes

Handheld devices, like phones and tablets are great when it comes to being in touch when we’re on the move. However a lot of people have a habit of holding these devices too close to their faces! This causes the eyes to work much harder to focus on text and images.

Symptoms of excessive focusing effort may that can include dry eyes, blurry vision, fatigue, or even headache.

But we can’t all just stop using our phones. So what’s the solution? In order to lessen eyestrain and blurred vision caused by our smartphones and tablets, we recommend that you hold the phone further away, and make the text a little bigger, so you can still read it. It’s also good to remember to regularly take breaks from staring at your phone. We can’t give up technology, but it’s crucial to be smart about how we engage with it, in order to help preserve our vision.

If you or a member of your family believes he/she is experiencing vision related problems related to their mobile devices be sure to call our La Mesa optometrist today to schedule an appointment.

February is Macular Degeneration Awareness Month

If you or someone you know is over the age of 50, you should know about the vision risks posed by macular degeneration! Symptoms appear gradually and include blurry or distorted vision. At GVCO, we check your eyes carefully to ensure they are healthy.

See Bright Focus Foundation for excellent information on age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). If you have questions, give us a call, or come in for your eye exam!

Concerned About Cataracts?

It’s a normal part of aging for people to develop cataracts (haziness or clouding of the crystalline lens of the eye) in both eyes. When cataracts interfere with vision significantly, such as making night driving or reading difficult, they can be removed. Cataract surgery typically is performed on one eye at a time, separated by weeks or months between procedures.

But did you know that both eyes can be treated on the same day? Read all about it here:

Grossmont Vision Center Optometry’s eye doctors are expert at diagnosing cataracts and advising patients about their options for improving their vision. If you or someone you know is concerned about cataract treatment, be sure to schedule an eye exam at GVCO and we will be glad to help you out!

New: Avaira Vitality Soft Contacts for Astigmatism

Coopervision is the leader in toric lens technology for patients with astigmatism who want crisp, stable vision and excellent eye health.

The newest toric lens from Cooper is the Avaira Vitality, a two-week disposable / high oxygen lens.

Avaira features the same outstanding vision as Cooper’s Biofinity monthly disposable toric.

Lenses are available for same-day evaluation and prescribing!


Schedule an appointment with Dr. Riggs to see if Coopervision lenses are right for you!


Maui Jim Personalized Sunglasses

Grossmont Vision Center Optometry is an authorized prescription Maui Jim dealer.

We recommend Maui Jim sunglasses because they make the colors shine! Their patented PolarizedPlus2® lens technology ensures brilliant color so every detail is crisper and cleaner and without glare or harmful UV.

Now you can choose from four distinct lens color options to best suit your visual needs:

Neutral Grey offers the highest level of light reduction for those who are sensitive to brightness and glare

Bronze provides enhanced color and improved contrast – ideal for everyday use.

Maui Rose offers the lightest contrast which is perfect for fast-action activities such as tennis.

Maui HT provides enhanced color and contrast for distance viewing – like driving!

Whether you need prescription Maui Jim lenses or just ‘regular’ lenses, come in and try on a pair today!

Protect Your Eyes From Blue Light!

People who use computers for most of the day may be exposed to potentially harmful levels of blue light which can damage the retina over time. Crizal Prevencia is a lens treatment which blocks much of the this light. Click on the link below for more information.

Crizal Prevencia

Computers and Eye Fatigue

Many of our patients spend most of the day using a computer. This type of concentrated visual effort places stress on the visual system and can lead to headaches, fatigue, neck, back and shoulder pain, and dry eyes among other symptoms.

Here are some tips for computer use that will help you avoid problems!

1. Take vision breaks every 20 minutes or so by simply closing your eyes or looking out the window for 20 seconds. That’s only a one-minute break for every 59 minutes you work, but it can prevent eyestrain and help your eyes refocus.

2. Position your monitor properly with the top of the display at or slightly below eye level. This will allow you to view the screen with your eyes in downgaze (similar to reading a book) and it allows you to use progressive or bifocal lenses without having to raise your chin to get the screen in focus.

3. Reduce glare on the monitor by using blinds or curtains on windows to control the amount of light entering the room. If glare is caused from overhead lights, use a dimmer or replace light bulbs with lower wattage bulbs. If you can’t control the light in your office, an anti -glare screen for the monitor may be helpful.

4. Blink frequently to prevent the surface of your eye from drying out. Dry eyes can be a problem with extensive screen viewing because your blink rate decreases when looking at a screen. This is particularly important if you wear contact lenses. If you find that blinking is not reducing your feelings of dry eyes, try over the counter artificial tears. Consult your optometrist about dry eye and artificial tears, because some eye drops may work better for you than others.

5. Computer glasses? Your eye doctor should ask about your specific work tasks and recommend the proper vision correction to keep your eyes as much at rest as possible. Before your eye exam, measure the distance between your eyes and your computer screen. Computer glasses may also use lens coatings that protect the eyes from high energy visible light (HEV).