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1470 Tobias Gadson Blvd #115 |  Charleston, SC 29407  | Phone: 843-556-2020


Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July weekend! And PLEASE remember to use eye protection when shooting fireworks! Read some tips from the Mississippi Valley Health News online:


Eight Ways to Help Prevent Fireworks Injury


1) Determine if it’s legal to shoot fireworks. Laws vary based on where you live. Buy only legal fireworks with a label, manufacturers name and directions. Never try to make your own.


2) Wear safety goggles. Regular eyeglasses are not adequate, and safety goggles won’t prevent other injuries such as burns.


3) If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach 1,800° Fahrenheit (982° Celsius) — hot enough to melt gold.


4) Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents.


5) Back away — fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction. Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even for fun.


6) Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting.


7) Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush and leaves and flammable substances.


8) Light one firework at a time (not in glass or metal containers), and never relight a dud.


Eight Tips To Help Save An Eye:


1) Do not delay medical attention even for seemingly mild injuries. “Mildly” damaged areas can worsen and end in serious vision loss, even blindness that might not have happened if treatment had occurred immediately.


2) Stay calm, do not panic; keep the child as calm as possible.


3) Do not rub the eye. If any eye tissue is torn, rubbing might push out the eye’s contents and cause more damage. Trying to rub the eye is an automatic response to pain, but pressure will only do more harm. Take the child’s hand from his or her face.


4) Do not rinse out the eye. This can be even more damaging than rubbing.


5) Shield the eye from pressure. Tape or secure the bottom of a foam cup, milk carton or similar shield against the bones surrounding the eye: brow, cheek and bridge of the nose.


6) Avoid giving aspirin or ibuprofen (or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, called “N-SAIDS”) to try to reduce the pain. They thin the blood and might increase bleeding. Acetaminophen is the over-the-counter drug of choice. Unfortunately, non-prescription painkillers will not be of much help. It is better to by-pass the drugstore or medicine cabinet and get to the emergency room right away.


7) Do not apply ointment or any medication. It is probably not sterile. Also, ointments make the eye area slippery. This could slow the doctor’s examination at a time when every second counts.


8) Above all, do not let your child play with fireworks without close supervision. If you must attend a non-professional fireworks display, have all present wear safety goggles (which may not prevent all injuries). Regular glasses will not prevent injury, and may break or shatter if impacted by flying debris. Again, the best option is to attend a professional fireworks display.




Smoked Salmon Pizza with Dill & Lemon

Especially rich in: eye-healthy omega-3s DHA and EPA.

Also rich in: iron


  • Cooking spray
  • 2/3 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Black pepper
  • 1 13.8 ounce can refrigerated pizza crust (such as Pillsbury Pizza Crust Classic)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 6 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon
  • 1/4 cup peeled and thinly sliced cucumber


  1. Coat a pizza pan or cookie sheet with cooking spray. Set aside. Heat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a small bowl, thoroughly mix first 6 ingredients (sour cream through pepper). Set aside to let flavors blend.
  3. Remove pizza dough from tube. Knead until smooth, roll into a ball, and spread on a round pizza pan or cookie sheet until 12" round in diameter.
  4. Sprinkle onion evenly over top and bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool.
  5. Spread sour cream mixture over pizza crust, top with salmon and cucumbers.

Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information (per serving): 221 Calories; 13% fat (3.2 g total, < 1 g saturated), 65% carbohydrate (33.7 g), 22% protein (12.2 g), 6.5 mg cholesterol, 1.7g fiber, 6.5 mg vitamin C, 0.5 mg vitamin E, 1,057 mg sodium.



It's raining cute babies here at the DVG today! Nathan and Delaney just had great InfantSEE exams and have received adorable Baby Banz sunglasses!  SO important to protect all babies and children from UV light with sunglasses while outside. We'll be giving out Baby Banz sunglasses to all InfantSEE  exams (while supplies last!)

Why do babies need eye exams??

An InfantSEE® assessment between six and 12 months of age is recommended to determine if an infant is at risk for eye or vision disorders. Since many eye problems arise from conditions that can be identified by an eye doctor in the infant's first year of life, a parent can give an infant a great gift by seeking an InfantSEE® assessment in addition to the wellness evaluation of the eyes that is done by a pediatrician or family practice doctor.

One in every 10 children is at risk from undiagnosed eye and vision problems, yet only 13 percent of mothers with children younger than 2 years of age said they had taken their babies to see an eye and vision care professional for a regular check-up or well-care visit. Moreover, many children at risk for eye and vision problems are not being identified at an early age, when many of those problems might be prevented or more easily corrected. Some 4.02 million children were born in 2004, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In approximately 4 percent, strabismus will develop, and amblyopia will develop in 3 percent-this equates to as many as 100,000 infants born each year who are at risk for serious eye and vision problems.

Call the office to schedule a no-cost InfantSEE exam for you baby!




Macular degeneration is a condition linked to aging, so it is often called Age-related Macular degeneration or AMD. This condition is a leading cause of blindness in people over the age 60. A person with AMD can gradually or suddenly lose vision in the central part of the retina, called the macula. AMD doesn’t hurt, so it’s important to have regularly scheduled eye exams to determine if you are experiencing vision loss. You should be particularly concerned if you are over age 60, have high blood pressure, smoke, or have a family history of AMD.

What causes it?

The exact cause of AMD is not known, but research indicates that the pigment in the macula becomes depleted over time. This may be caused by free radicals, which are found in high concentrations in the macula and can harm cell membranes. Researchers believe that antioxidant compounds found in certain foods (kale, collard greens, spinach, turnip greens, broccoli, yellow corn, persimmons, tangerine) and ocular vitamins reduce the effect of free radicals on the macula. Check out my previously blog posts with healthy eye recipes for ideas how to get these compounds!

Is there a cure?

There is no cure, but the disease can by managed. Our practice is experienced in monitoring your eye health and recommending treatment if it is needed. Good eye health care can minimize the damage that AMD can do to your vision.

What can I do?

  1. Come in for your annual eye examinations
  2. Contact us if you notice that straight lines appear wavy, it’s difficult to distinguish colors, you can’t see details (faces or words in a book) or dark or empty spots block the center of your vision.
  3. Eat large amount of the antioxidant compounds or take ocular vitamins recommended by our office.
  4. If you smoke, quit smoking. Speak to you family physician about a smoking cessation program.

Why are my arms getting too short?? Presbyopia is a vision condition in which it becomes difficult to see up close. It occurs in people age 40 and older and is a natural part of the aging process of the eye. A people age, the crystalline lens of the eye loses its flexibility, which makes it difficult for you to focus on close objects. Presbyopia is not a disease, and it cannot be prevented. The good news is there are many different solutions for you. These include high definition spectacle lenses for all distances with no-lines in them, or contact lenses made for distance and near viewing called multifocal lenses. We can help you find an answer!