Dr. Zolman's Blog


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

Do you want some true Specs-Appeal??? We are very excited about our new collection of eye wear that has just arrived from France~ Face a’ Face. This collection comes from Jura (near Lons le Saunier,) in the heart of French eyewear tradition and industry.  Face a’ Face has 12 French craftsmen that handcraft each and every individual frame in the collection. You will notice the quality and comfort with each compliment you get! Face a’ Face designs diffuse audacity, glamour, a charming and pleasant relaxed elegance, as well as a positive energy. Come change your look today!

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We talk a lot about UV light and the eye around here. It does seem to be the “hot” topic these days. UV damage to the eye can cause premature cataracts and is a big risk factor for Macular Degeneration. The UV light goes directly through the pupil, penetrates the lens, and gets absorbed in the macula of the retina inside the eye. Light colored eyes are especially vulnerable- if you have blue eyes, take even more care to wear sunglasses whenever you step outside. Not only does it effect the inner eye, but creates wrinkles around the eyes which we all dread. Also 90% of all skin cancers are on the face, head and neck!! Can we say~ yikes!!! Protect yourself and family with a reputable brand of UVA/UVB sunglasses.

It gets even scarier for children. The lens in their eyes is pristine and completely clear. This allows more UV to penetrate the eye and be absorbed in the retina. Up to 80% of a person’s exposure to harmful UV happens before the age of 18! Therefore it is especially important that parents make sure that children wear sunglasses so that any long-term damage is minimized. According to a recent study by College of Optometrist, 76% of parents surveyed admitted to not making sure their child wears sunglasses when out and about in the sun and of those who do buy sunglasses for their children, almost half put cost ahead of protection. Protection for children’s eyes is imperative in the sunlight. Just as most of us won’t dream of letting children out into the world without SPF protection, neither should we expose their eyes directly to strong sunlight.

We feature all UVA/UVB protection sunglasses, also with polarized lenses. For the kiddos we have Baby Banz (newborns-infants), Kid Banz, Junior Banz, and swim goggles. All which have the UV protection your children need. Let’s not let the sunlight get the best of your eyes, protect yourself and your family this summer!

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How old can kids start to wear contact lenses? According to The American Academy of Optometry, children at age 8 who are able to handle the contact lenses and are to some degree responsible make excellent candidates for contact lenses. The young patient is unique in that they are often dealing with many aspects in life along with being new to glasses. These areas include: school pressures, competition, developing motor skills/coordination, appearance is important in developing self-esteem, variable hygiene, sports, social pressures and most children develop near-slightness during this time between age 8 and 16. There have been two pivotal studies that looked at all of these areas to consider. The CLIP (Contact Lenses in Pediatrics) and The ACHIEVE (Adolescent and Child Health Initiative to Encourage Vision Empowerment) Study looked at the quality of living for children and adolescents comparing glasses wear to contact lens wear. The CLIP study showed there was a marked increase in the quality of living in the areas of: appearance, satisfaction and outside school activities with the use of contact lenses. It also concluded that there were no marked adverse events between glasses wearers vs. contact lens wearers. The ACHIEVE study concluded that the children and adolescents that were wearing contact lenses vs. glasses had an increase in: global self-worth, personal appearance, athletic competence, scholastic competence, and social acceptance. We believe here at the office that if the parents feel their children are responsible, kids make great contact lens candidates! If you are considering the benefits for your children to be fit with contact lenses, call the office and we can arrange a contact lens consultation. I started wearing contact lenses at age 12, and I know that it did make a big difference in my everyday life and sports. Consider it for you children!


Mangos are part of the super food group containing Vitamin A. Active Vitamin A, called retinol, is important for light processing in the eye.

Avocado-Mango Salsa


  • 1 mango - peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 avocado - peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt


           Toss together mango, bell pepper, onion, sugar, olive oil, and vinegar in a bowl. Gently fold in diced avocado, and season with salt.

  The salsa is a great appetizer with whole wheat tortilla chips, or sauté the salsa with orange juice and spoon over cooked chicken to add a fun kick of flavor!

You have heard of cataracts, and maybe even been told you are starting to show early signs of them. So what exactly is a cataract and what do you need to know about them?


A cataract is a cloudy area in the normally clear lens of the eye. The lens is a tissue located behind the pupil that is responsible for focusing light on to the retina (back of the eye.) A cataract usually forms as you get older, as a cataract grows and clouds more of the lens you may find that performing normal tasks, such as reading and driving, become more difficult. Symptoms of cataracts can include:


  • Vision that is cloudy, blurry, foggy and filmy.
  • Sudden nearsightedness or sudden improvement in close-up vision
  • Changes in the way you see color, especially yellow.
  • Problems driving at night because oncoming headlights are distracting.
  • Double vision


What causes cataracts?

Cataracts occur when there is a buildup of protein in the lens which makes the lens cloudy. No one knows what causes the buildup of protein, although research indicates that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, diet, smoking, consume large amounts of alcohol and exposure to air pollution may be some the factors. The most common type of cataract occurs as we age. There are also cataracts that develop in babies (congenital cataracts), cataracts that occur as a result of disease (diabetes, for example0, taking certain medications or exposure to a toxic substance, and cataracts that form after an injury to the eye


How is it treated?

Cataracts are removed during surgery. Cataract surgery is the most common operation performed in the U.S., and is considered one of the safest. Nearly 98% of all cataract surgeries are completed each year without serious complications. During cataract surgery, the surgeon removes the clouded lens and replaces it with a plastic lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL) that is meant to stay there forever. The IOLs implanted today usually provide very good vision. After cataract surgery is completed, you are likely to be less dependant on eyeglasses to see well. Cataract surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia in an outpatient operating room, so you don’t have to stay in the hospital. Surgeons usually don’t remove cataracts in both eyes at the same time. You will be scheduled for separate procedures. We can determine at the office if you will need a cataract consultation with a surgeon. We will follow you in the recovery with weekly visits until the eye is completely healed.


Is there a cure?

Cataract surgery cures this disorder by removing the cataract. However, experts are studying ways to prevent cataracts so that the surgery does not have to be performed in so many people. It is estimated that is the progression of cataracts could be delayed by 10 years; the number of procedures would decrease by nearly half.


What can you do?

1. Come in for yearly eye examinations so we can assess the formation of cataracts.

2. Contact us if you notice changes in distance or near vision, difficulty driving at night, or double vision

3. Protect your eyes from UV rays by always wearing sunglasses when you are outdoors, or wearing photochromic lenses that darken in the sunlight. Polycarbonate lenses have built-in UV, and are recommended for all children.

4. Eat large amounts of kale, collard greens, spinach, turnip greens, broccoli, yellow corn, persimmons, and tangerine, or take ocular vitamins recommended by our office.

5. If you smoke, quit smoking. Speak to your family physician about smoking cessation program.

6. Limit alcoholic intake to one or two dinks per day

7. Have cataract surgery when it is recommended