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Nearly 30 Years of Improving Vision — the History of LASIK

LASIK surgery is so commonplace today, with millions of patients worldwide opting for the surgery, that it seems the procedure has been around forever. But in reality, LASIK has only been common in the U.S. for just over 28 years. Since we perform thousands of LASIK procedures every year for patients across the Central Valley,… Read More »


Fish Oil and Dry Eye

Summer in California’s Central Valley can be hot and dry. But most of us don’t think of our eyes as being dry. Don’t tell that to our Central Valley Eye Medical patients with a condition known as dry eye. Dry eye is appropriately named for the condition where the eyes don’t provide sufficient lubrication. While… Read More »


Exfoliation Through Mighty Crystals — Microdermabrasion

You know about our eye expertise at Central Valley Eye Medical, addressing every conceivable eye condition from glaucoma to cataracts. But you may not be aware that we also offer some cosmetic oculoplastic services, such as eyelid surgery, Botox injections, and microdermabrasion. These are performed by Dr. Kimberly Cockerham, a board-certified ophthalmologist, who has extensive… Read More »


Removing an Orbital Tumor

When you develop a growth within the orbit, the bony housing that is about 2 inches deep and protects all but the front of the eye, this is an orbital tumor. These tumors are usually benign, but they can still be dangerous for your vision because as they grow, they can place pressure on the… Read More »


Keep an Eye on your Floaters

Floaters are an odd thing about our vision. These see-through lines or strings seem to look like a specimen of pond water put under a microscope. But instead of a petri dish, they’re floating about in front of your vision, hence the name floater. When you’re looking at a detailed background, such as a forest… Read More »


Why You Need to Take Out Your Contacts Every Night

Soft contact lenses are quite technologically advanced. They can correct for large refractive errors; they can correct for astigmatism; and they can actually breathe when on your eye. They are so comfortable that wearers can be tempted to leave them in overnight or sometimes even when taking a shower or swimming. Bad idea. While some… Read More »


How to Decipher Your Eyeglass Prescription

OK, you just had your eye exam at one of our three Central Valley Eye Medical Group locations and now you have a prescription for eyeglasses. Of course, your best bet would be to take it right over to our optical shop right in our offices where we have all the latest frames, one sure… Read More »


Signs of Cataracts

The development of cataracts, the eye disease in which the clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy or opaque, is quite common. By the age of 65, over 90 percent of people have a cataract. Half of the people between the ages of 75 and 85 have lost some vision due to a cataract. Fortunately,… Read More »


Do You Need Computer Glasses?

The need for glasses used to be pretty straightforward. If you couldn’t see stuff clearly, whether at distance or up close, you went to your eye doctor to get your prescription and then you purchased a pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses. Enter the ubiquitous computer screen. Even if you’re not a content writer spending… Read More »


Pterygium Surgery

Pterygium is an eye condition that affects people who spend a great deal of time outdoors. It involves the growth of pink, fleshy tissue on the conjunctiva (white part of the eye), usually on the side toward the nose. The cause of pterygium is excessive exposure to ultraviolet light, dust, wind, sand, and humidity. Put… Read More »


CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Dear Friends,

We at Central Valley Eye hope that you and your families are well. To continue to protect the health of our patients and staff during the coronavirus pandemic, we are taking all reasonable precautions as we provide the eye care that our community needs:

  • All patients and staff must now wear masks within the clinic building. Please bring one from home.
  • Whenever appropriate, we are rescheduling patients with fever, cough, or cold symptoms
  • We have adjusted our schedule to decrease the number of patients in our waiting rooms
  • We have increased our already strict sanitizing practices
  • Whenever appropriate, we are diverting visits to telemedicine (by cell phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop). Please contact us for further details at 209-952-3700.

If you are unsure whether to come in for your visit, please call us.

Following state guidelines, the doctors at Central Valley Eye have recently resumed performing elective surgeries. Our surgery coordinators will be contacting patients to reschedule the surgeries that needed to be postponed. We appreciate your patience during this time.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 209-952-3700.

Warmest regards,

Brandy Simpson
Practice Manager
Central Valley Eye Medical Group, Inc.

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