Am I Blue?


– By Stephen Cohen, O.D. When we see a rainbow, it is the composite of colors of visible “white light” radiation.  On one end is “blue” light, which comes right after Ultraviolet Radiation (UV).  The potential damaging effects of UV are well known.  It can contribute to skin damage (aging, cancer) and contributes to cataract development in […]

UV Or Not UV? That Is The Question


– By Stephen Cohen, O.D. It’s “that” time of year. As we move from the season that reminds us why we live here, to the one that makes us question our sanity for living here, we tend to pay extra attention to protecting our skin from the potential ravages of Ultra-Violet Radiation (UVR). We consider things like […]

Drying Out After The New Year


–  “Go on that diet.” “Exercise more.” “Spend more time with my family.” “Save more money.” The start of the New Year gives us a clean slate to work with. While you’re “editing” your 2016 list of resolutions, let me add a few small things you can do on a regular basis that will enhance […]

Diabetes Awareness Month


By Stephen Cohen, O.D. –  Although life expectancy is at an all-time high, the current diabetes epidemic is getting much worse, increasing by 27 percent in just the past 10 years. Seventeen million people are diabetic, and about one-third (almost six million) do not know it.  Diabetics are at risk for heart disease, kidney disease, […]

Eat 220 Pounds Of Fish Skin…Or Do This


By Stephen Cohen, O.D. –  Age-related eye conditions will triple in the next 15 years. Macular degeneration alone will account for 50 percent of visual impairment and 20 percent of blindness. It is also estimated that 30 million people will develop cataracts by the year 2020 (due to increased life expectancy, poor nutrition, ultraviolet (UV) […]

It’s All Greek To Me


By Stephen Cohen, O.D. –  Myopia. Hyperopia. Astigmatism. Presbyopia. I have no idea what you’re talking about-opia. If you are like millions of other Americans, one of these terms describes you. Presbyopia alone affects over 100 million people, but don’t worry, it’s not contagious. These are the terms that describe how your eyes work, or, […]

Sports Vision


By Stephen Cohen, O.D. –  “Float like a butterfly. Sting like a bee. Your hands can’t hit what your eyes don’t see.” Muhammad Ali’s words apply for all sports. Nothing happens until the eyes tell the brain to tell the muscles what to do. Most of us equate great vision with being able to see […]

The Magnificent Seven


By Stephen Cohen, O.D. –  Most people cherish their vision more than any other sense. However, like many things in life, we often become most motivated to preserve our vision only when we find ourselves at risk to lose our vision. With deference to the proverbial “an ounce of prevention,” here are seven things you […]

To Protect And Preserve


By Stephen Cohen, O.D. –  While the rest of the country hunkers down for winter, we can relish in the weather that reminds us why we put up with Arizona summers. What we don’t often consider is the full affect the sun has on our eyes, even during the winter months when the daylight hours […]

False Positives And False Negatives


By Stephen Cohen, O.D. –  For most people, vision is their most precious sense. For children, this is even more significant, as about 80 percent of what a child learns is through the visual system. Most parents take their children to the dentist for regular preventative care, but rely only upon obvious signs of a vision problem, […]