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, […]

Computer Users: Don’t Forget Your Eyes!


By Stephen Cohen, O.D. –  In the past 200 years, we have gone from hunters and farmers, to industrialists, to “computerists.” Clearly, the physical demands of each of these tasks are different. We now spend much of our waking day in front of a computer, viewing tiny details from no more than two to three […]

That’s Nothing To Sneeze At


By Stephen Cohen, O.D. –  Although allergies can occur year round, we are now entering the prime season…beautiful weather that reminds us why we live here, but a huge challenge trying to fend off the plethora of allergens floating around. Up to 30 percent of Americans have some form of allergy, and itchy, watery eyes […]

Insomnia And Vision Loss


By Stephen Cohen, O.D. –  I recently saw a patient who told me that her prior eye doctor told her that if she didn’t deal with her insomnia, she would develop cataracts (a clouding of the lens inside our eye) and eventually go blind. Perhaps the message wasn’t delivered so harshly, but that’s what she […]

Through The Eyes Of A Baby


By Stephen Cohen, O.D. –  There are few things as wonderful as looking into the clear eyes of a baby and seeing warm recognition in response. While it is easy to see a child’s development in other areas (e.g., walking, talking), we really don’t “see” a child’s eyes develop. Over time, we just recognize that […]

Is The Next Epidemic Already Here?


By Stephen Cohen, O.D. –  Diabetes is considered to become the next epidemic in our country, having increased by more than 25 percent in just the past 10 years. Seventeen million people are diabetic, and about one-third do not know it.  Diabetics are at risk for heart disease, kidney disease, loss of a limb and […]

Are Your Child’s Eyes Ready For School?


By Stephen Cohen, O.D. –  For most people, vision is their most precious sense.  For children, this is even more evident, 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 […]

Vision And Driving


By Stephen Cohen, O.D. –  If you have a child of driving age, you get to experience the pleasure – as well as the anxiety – of having a child out on the road behind the wheel. Sixteen to 19-year-olds are the highest risk driving group, particularly during the first driving year. These vision and […]

Ill Huff, And I’ll Puff


By Stephen Cohen, O.D. –  “Which is better? One or Two?” This question has been associated with eye exams for years, and been the basis for more than one comedy routine. Most people fret over this question (of which, by the way, there is no correct answer!). The other area that people often fret about is […]