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Your Options for Cataract Surgery Jun 17th, 2020

Cataracts are primarily an age-related type of vision loss that involves the degeneration of proteins in your eye’s lens. Your natural lenses are extremely important to the vision process because they refract light rays that enter your eye.  As you get older, proteins in your lens begin to break down,...

When to Be Concerned About Floaters in Your Vision May 13th, 2020

Experiencing “floaters” can be confusing and even a little bit scary — what are those strange spots floating around in your vision, anyway?  While floaters can sometimes occur due to medical emergencies such as a torn or detached retina, they’re age-related more often than not. Most of the time, they’re...

Here's Why Pregnancy Puts You at Risk For Diabetic Retinopathy Apr 1st, 2020

When most people think of diabetes, they think of Type 1 (autoimmune) diabetes and Type 2 (adult-onset or diet-related) diabetes. But there’s a third type of diabetes that often goes without the same scrutiny of care: gestational diabetes.    Gestational diabetes is diagnosed when a woman who has never previously...

What Triggers Blepharospasm? Mar 5th, 2020

You’re just hanging out, getting some work done, minding your own business. … And suddenly, your eyelid starts twitching uncontrollably. Confusion sets in — what’s happening?  Although many people experience eyelid twitching from time to time, it’s not always clear why your eyelids seem to suddenly revolt against you. Blepharospasm...

What is Angle-Closure Glaucoma? Feb 14th, 2020

Glaucoma is a serious eye condition, usually degenerative, that can lead to blindness. In fact, glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in people over the age of 60. Glaucoma damages your optic nerve, a very important nerve that transmits images to your brain.  Vision loss from glaucoma...

Botox Can Treat Many of Your Eye Conditions Jan 1st, 2020

Botox® is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments for facial lines and wrinkles. But, did you know that it has other benefits? This injectable medication can treat numerous conditions, from facial tics and twitches to migraines and more. Botox contains a purified toxin, onabotulinumtoxina, which works as a muscle...

Add Some Drama to Your Eyes This Holiday Season With Permanent Eyeliner Dec 1st, 2019

When people look at you, usually the first thing they notice is your eyes. Eyes hold much of the expressiveness of your face, and when made up well, they can contribute to your looking beautiful. With all the festive holiday gatherings coming up, you want to look your absolute best!...

Ditch the Reading Glasses Through Conductive Keratoplasty Nov 1st, 2019

Whipping out your reading glasses at a restaurant to read a menu is a telltale sign of middle age. This age-related vision condition is nearly a universal issue that affects people over age 40.  Many people just accept the fact that having trouble reading medication labels, menus, and more is...

Myths and Facts About LASIK Eye Surgery Oct 1st, 2019

LASIK — minimally invasive eye surgery that can help you see well without glasses or contact lenses — has been around for more than 20 years. The freedom from having to wear glasses or contact lenses can add significantly to your quality of life. Yet despite its long history of...

What You Can Do Now to Combat Macular Degeneration As You Age Sep 1st, 2019

As you age your risk for macular degeneration increases. In fact, about 14 million Americans have the disease right now. While no one knows exactly what causes this condition, our team at Ventura Eye Institute wants to help you decrease your chances of developing macular degeneration.  Living with macular degeneration...

What They Are and What to Do About Them Aug 20th, 2019

Is your vision ever cloudy or blurry, like you’re looking through a foggy window or the world has turned into an impressionist painting? If so, you may have cataracts. Although not dangerous, cataracts can make it hard to go about your daily life as they make common tasks, like driving...

On a Mission: Dr. Huynh Traveled to Vietnam to Perform Eye Surgery Aug 8th, 2019

Vision is a precious gift. It allows us to see the world in vivid hues and provides meaningful context to our life. Vision impairment--whether by trauma, infection, or inflammation--is associated with tremendous loss of human potential and productivity. My mission as an ophthalmologist is to restore vision for those most...

Exceeding the Benchmark: Dr. Huynh Traveled to Jamaica to Perform Cataract Surgery Aug 8th, 2019

Practicing international ophthalmology is my passion. There is tremendous gratitude in volunteering my time and expertise to improve a person's quality of life through vision-correcting eye surgery.  In the spring of 2019, I traveled to Mandeville, Jamaica with a team of 17 volunteers comprised of ophthalmologists, anesthetists, and nurses to perform small-incision,...

What to Look for in Sunglasses and the Importance of Protecting Your Eyes Year-Round in Southern Cal Jul 10th, 2019

Are you from Southern California? Then you know the dangers sun rays can pose on your skin. Which is why you wear sunscreen, hats, and stay indoors when the sun is at its highest point. You probably wear SPF lip gloss, right? But what about eye protection? What are you...

Are You a Candidate for LASIK? If So, What are You Waiting For? Jun 18th, 2019

Have you been on the fence about LASIK? If so, it might help to learn a little more about the procedure and why it’s the choice of vision correction surgery for hundreds of thousands of people every year. At Ventura Eye Institute, Inc., Dr. Michael Ragen performs this safe and...

What Causes Floaters, and What Can I Do About Them? May 21st, 2019

Do you often notice gray or black strings or cobwebs when you look at a bright background? These specks of light are a common occurrence caused by a substance inside your eye that changes its consistency as you age, going from gel-like to watery, causing what are known as floaters....

5 Tips to Help Speed Your Recovery from Blepharoplasty Apr 15th, 2019

Blepharoplasty: It isn’t an easy word to say (or spell), but it’s a relatively straightforward surgical procedure that improves the appearance of your eyes and may also help your vision. As you age, your eyelids may become saggy, wrinkled, folded, puffy, or baggy. When this happens, you may look older...

Who Better to Administer BOTOX Than Your Eye Expert Mar 14th, 2019

When it comes to your eyes, no one knows them better than your ophthalmologist, and that not includes your actual eyes, but everything around them. So when it comes time to improve the wrinkles and fine lines that develop around your eyes with age, who better to turn to than...

What Everyone Over 50 Should Know about Age-Related Macular Degeneration Feb 1st, 2019

Age-related macular degeneration, also called macular degeneration or AMD, can rob you of your vision, and it is the leading cause of blindness among people 50 and older. Unfortunately, there is no cure for AMD. But the good news is that you can reduce your risk for developing this devastating...

Understanding Routine Eye Exams for Glaucoma Jan 14th, 2019

Glaucoma can silently rob you of your sight. It can sneak in without causing any symptoms, discomfort, or vision problems and cause permanent vision loss. This January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, and Dr. Ragen and our care team at Ventura Eye Institute want you to know some essential information about...

Why it Remains Among the Most Popular Cosmetic Surgeries Dec 19th, 2018

There’s a good reason why eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) consistently ranks among the top five most popular cosmetic procedures. The changes made during eyelid surgery immediately make you look younger, more vibrant, and alive. How can one procedure make such a significant difference? Because your eyelids age long before the rest...