How ODs can help fight the rise of measles

originally published on February 2, 2014 by the American Optometric Association


A recent measles outbreak—believed to have direct links to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park—has health officials and health care providers on high alert.

“The evidence is clear that vaccinations save lives and reduce suffering.”

The disease outbreak, while concentrated in California, has affected 84 people in 14 states since January 1, 2015, according to the latest CDC data.

Preparing physicians for a measles outbreak
With measles cases on the rise, optometrists should know the signs and symptoms associated with the disease. 

The most common ocular complication associated with measles is bilateral nonpurulent keratoconjunctivitis, according to David Ardaya, O.D., member of the California Optometric Association (COA).

Other early signs of measles include fever, buccal rash consisting of white spots, and the classic red, spotted rash that covers the body. Dr Ardaya adds that, in rare cases, ocular signs can extend to retinopathy including edema—both macular and nerve—as well as optic atrophy.

“Optometrists should look for measles-related systemic symptoms in viral conjunctivitis patients,” says Dr. Ardaya, referring especially to ODs located in California.

The AOA has also created a toolkit that member ODs can use to educate their patients about conjunctivitis and the importance of good hygiene practices.

Emphasizing the importance of vaccinations
David Redman, O.D., COA Legislation-Regulation Committee chair, believes many people who choose not to vaccinate their children are misinformed. He encourages his patients to talk to him about immunizations, so he can dispel any misinformation they may have heard.

When speaking to parents and caregivers of children and young adults, Dr. Redman calls immunizations “the single most important health-promoting intervention we can perform as health care providers and they can perform as parents and caregivers.”

The World Health Organization’s strategy to eliminate measles includes a recommendation that all unvaccinated children receive the Measles Containing Vaccine (MCV) between 9 and 12 months of age as part of routine health services.

A second dose of MCV is suggested at 15 to 18 months of age or at school entry, because a single dose MCV will leave people unprotected and will not prevent large outbreaks.

As of January 21, 2015, the California Department of Public Health reported that vaccination status had been documented for 34 of the confirmed cases in the state—with 28 of the 34 being unvaccinated.

“As part of the overall health care team, optometrists should continue to advocate for parents and caregivers to have their children vaccinated,” Dr. Redman says.

Dr. Ardaya agrees. “The best time to inquire about immunization status is during our case history. As a father of two young children, I realize this can be a touchy subject, but the evidence is clear that vaccinations save lives and reduce suffering.” 

In regards to the measles vaccination specifically, Dr. Ardaya suggests ODs educate patients on the importance of receiving two doses.

“Having two doses can reduce the chance of infection to one percent,” he adds.

In addition, Dr. Redman noted that the COA would continue to support legislation that would give optometrists the authority to administer vaccines.

Lens Care and Types – Which Type of Contact Lens Is Right for Me?

Are you considering getting contact lenses? There are all kinds of things to consider…Hard lenses, soft lenses, disposables, daily disposables, etc. So which one is right for you and which are safest or easiest to take care of? Take a look at our optometrist’s take on it  (Dr. Dave Ardaya) and then speak to your eye care professional to figure out what’s right for you.



Eye Care Center of Excellence

For over 50 years, Golden Optometric has been the community eye care Center of Excellence.  Consistent technological investment–a cornerstone of our practice–allows our doctors and staff to practice at their best, giving you state-of-the art care.  Now, with the addition of Dr. Jacob Khoubian, a UCLA Jules Stein trained ophthalmologist, our practices have expert cataract surgery and consultative services included in our office.  All Golden Optometric doctors have advanced certification to treat glaucoma and many have residency experience, which means you are getting the most qualified and experienced professionals providing your care.  With evening and weekend appointments and on-line scheduling through, your next exam is easy to make.

Technology, extended office hours, great doctors and staff, AND a huge eyewear selection are only a few reasons to schedule your appointment today.

Sizzling New Products

Anna Sui Eyewear

Drawing inspiration from Anna Sui’s fashion and accessories, Anna Sui Eyewear incorporates the same fanciful details that have defined the brand since it’s beginning including the signature rosebud, Anna’s favorite butterfly motif and classic fretwork design. Anna herself has always been known for her signature eyewear style and loves incorporating sunglasses and optical frames into her head-to-toe looks, both on and off the runway.

Hackett London and Hackett Bespoke eyewear

The “Hackett” collection presents a range of styles in contemporary designs. Sporting a choice of masculine styles in a collection that offers both metal and plastic frames, each is available in a choice of colours. The result is smart and very wearable, yet always with a twist that lifts them out of the norm!

‘Hackett Bespoke’ Men’s Glasses and Eyewear

The “Hackett Bespoke” collection has been created with more classic styles and is inspired by Hackett’s “Bespoke” tailoring service. There are many subtle details in the collection, echoing the spirit of bespoke. The “Hackett Bespoke” collection also offers hi-tech polarized and multi coated lenses.

Dr. David Ardaya, Young Optometrist of the Year

Congratulations to Dr. David Ardaya, for being named “Young Optometrist of the Year” and the great article that appeared in the Whittier Daily News, San Gabriel Tribune,and Pasadena Star. The best Doctors are here at Golden Optometric!

Read the full article

Dr. David Ardaya named Young Optometrist of the Year
Young Optometrist of the Year, David Ardaya, OD

Golden Optometric Celebrates 50 Years of Serving the Whittier Community

Father/son team has seen many changes at Washington and Norwalk Blvds. —
WHITTIER, CA (April 30, 2009) — Golden Optometric Group is celebrating its 50th anniversary of serving the eye care needs of the Whittier and surrounding communities. Dr. Sheldon Golden opened the doors of his practice in 1959 upon graduation from optometry school. The practice originally started at the corner of Washington Blvd. and Rosemead in the Cal Store located across from the former Ford Motor Company plant which later changed to Northrop and now Lowe’s and Walmart.

In need of more space, Dr. Golden moved to his current location at 11245 E. Washington Blvd. in 1972. His son, Dr. David Golden, joined the practice in 1987 and they worked side-by-side for nearly 21 years until Dr. Sheldon Golden officially retired in 2008. Though Dr. David Golden assumed the operations and management of the practice in 1997, Dr. Sheldon Golden remains an ambassador and icon of the practice. Golden Optometric’s mission has not wavered in offering outstanding service and the best value in quality eye care, glasses and contact lenses throughout the San Gabriel Valley.

An original patient, Mrs. Frances L. Callaway of West Covina recalls, “I remember the first time I came in to get a pair of reading glasses. Dr. Sheldon Golden had a small office at the Cal Store about 50 years ago and I still have those old frames.” She added, “Dr. David still has the best styles in town and I ought to know after 85 years of shopping for glasses.”

The corner of Washington and Norwalk Boulevards has certainly changed over a half century. Neighbors remember King Cole Square with JC Penny’s and King Cole Market. Stores have come and gone but Golden Optometric has continued to build one of the largest and most respected optometry practices in the San Gabriel Valley. Golden Optometric started with a small 900 square foot single office. The first expansion within the Santa Fe Springs Marketplace took over the pizza store next door, then the food stamps store and finally the shoe repair resulting in an 11,000+ square foot facility featuring nine optometrists and state-of-the-art vision technology.

The practice of optometry has also changed over the last 50 years. In times past, glasses and hearing aids were sold from the counters of jewelry stores. Today, optometrists have become the primary doctors for eye examinations in the U.S. and can treat everything from conjunctivitis, a.k.a. pink eye, to glaucoma and other sight threatening diseases of the eye. Just as the practice of optometry has changed, so have the styles of eyewear.

“In 1962, there were five frames to choose from” said Dr Sheldon Golden. “Now, many designers have a collection of fantastic looking glasses.”

Golden Optometric was quick to recognize the preferences of his patients and arranged his dispensary to prominently display the many eyewear options and offer an interactive experience. Designer eyewear continues to be one of the fastest growing and most affordable fashion accessory. The increased need for sturdy yet attractive eyeware for children has also made Golden Optometric a good choice for families and younger patients.

Golden Optometric continues to serve several generations of patients. Dr. David Golden recalls a patient encounter on the first day he started practicing in 1987. He introduced himself to an elderly gentleman and announced that he would be taking care of his eyes that day. The man quickly responded, “The heck you are, go get your father!” He then proceeded to tell me he remembered how my two brothers and I me would terrorize the Cal Store aisles while visiting my father at work and that it would take Dad nearly an hour to clean up after we left.

“When dad retired, he reluctantly let me examine his 92 year old eyes and I continue to see him every year,” said Dr. David Golden.

Golden Optometric is located at 11245 E. Washington Boulevard and can be reached at (562) 692-1208 or at New patients are welcome at any of the four locations in Whittier, West Covina, South Gate and Playa del Rey.