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Prescription eyeglasses are an investment for your vision.  Proper care for your glasses will help protect this investment and keep you seeing clearly.

We’ve  put together a list of some Do’s and Don’ts for caring for your eyewear.


Don’t wipe lenses when they are dry.
Any debris on their surface or dust in the cleaning cloth could cause scratches

Don’t wipe lenses with a tissue, paper towel or paper napkin.
They can have a rough surface

Don’t use any type of window cleaner or other product that can damage lenses and their coatings.

Don’t spit clean your lenses.
Spit may seem like a handy cleaning solution, but saliva can contain oil or something else that can be damaging and therefore is not recommended.

Don’t put unprotected glasses in a purse, pocket, bag, etc.

Don’t regularly place glasses on a sink or counter top.
Spatter, sprays, and cosmetics can soil lenses, while things like hair spray and perfumes can damage anti-reflective coatings

Don’t leave glasses in a hot car.
Leaving glasses on the dashboard can be very damaging, as the windshield will work like a magnifying lens.

Do clean lenses regularly with warm water and a drop of dish detergent and dry with a clean, soft cotton or microfiber cloth

Do use a hard-shell case that is correct size for your glasses

Do use both hands to put on and remove your glasses and keep them on your nose, not your head
This will keep your frames from becoming misaligned. Clean lenses are not as effective if they aren’t positioned correctly in front of the eyes.

Take care of your glasses and they will keep you seeing clearly for a long time.


MEI Presentation at the Braille Institute

Recently, Milauskas Eye Institute Optometrist, Dr. Winston Alwes and Extern Stephen Ridder presented a seminar on the latest research, treatment and scientific findings regarding Macular Degeneration, as part of the Braille Institute’s Low Vision Resource Fair.  This free event saw attendees come from all over the Coachella Valley and provided them classes and information on low vision.

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Eye Facts

Here are few facts about your eyes.


  • Everyone has a blind spot.

Yes: if you have perfect sight, there’s still a blind spot or blank area in your field of vision. You don’t know it’s there because your brain fills in that area with what you expect to see there. Some people’s blind spots are bigger than others, but it’s likely all mammals have them. It’s just the way our eyes are built.

  • You can catch a cold through your eyes.

This is true – Touch a sick person or a germ-covered surface (like a doorknob), then put your hands on your eyes or nose. The cold virus travels easily through the duct that connects your eyes to your nose and throat. It gets into your body and causes infection. If you don’t want to get sick, keep your hands away from your face, or wash them before you touch it.

  • Wearing glasses all the time weakens your eyes.

No – You can’t wear your glasses too much. Yes, your eyes change as you get older, but that’s going to happen whether you have specs or not. Remember, glasses don’t fix your eye problems, they just help you see better in spite of them. The right pair can also hold off eyestrain headaches.

  • If you cross your eyes, they’ll get stuck that way.

Not true – Your eyes won’t stay crossed forever, no matter how often you make faces.

  • Your eyes are full-size at birth.

No – Your eyes grow along with the rest of your body up until you’re an adult. That’s why your vision — and your glasses or contacts prescription — changes over time

  • How do your eyes “see” an image?

As light – All your eyes do is process light. It’s your brain that creates the picture. First, your eyes take in light and convert it into electrical nerve signals. They travel to your visual cortex, the part of your brain that controls sight, which converts the signals into the image you see.



How to use your Tax Refund for LASIK Eye Surgery

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While many people take advantage of tax refunds to travel, build savings, or pay off debt,  why not put yours towards clear vision and LASIK eye surgery?

Step 1: File your taxes
First, file your taxes as usual. Follow your regular system of a brokerage firm, accountant or tax software. The United States processes about 90 percent of all refunds within three weeks. Use this is a benchmark to gauge when you should book your LASIK consultation.

Step 2: Schedule your FREE LASIK consultation
While the government processes your refund, you can use this time to have your LASIK eye surgery consultation. This eye exam is where you learn if you’re a laser vision correction candidate. (For instance, your corneal thickness and tear production will fall into certain ranges.) If you meet the LASIK eye surgery requirements, you can schedule your procedure.

Step 3: Day of LASIK eye surgery
If you complete your procedure during tax season, your eyes will have months to heal in time for summer. Treat yourself to new sunglasses or a vacation, or simply see the world through your corrected vision.

Schedule your FREE LASIK Consultation at Milauskas Eye Institute today.


MEI Welcomes New Extern

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Milauskas Eye Institute would like to welcome our newest Extern, Stephen Ridder.  Stephen is a 4th-year intern at the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University.

Stephen will be completing his final Clinical Rotation with MEI and will be with us until May.

His optometry career has been spent at the Southern California College of Optometry, where he has been studying ocular disease. Previously, Stephen’s clinical rotations were in Atwater, CA and, most recently,  Yuma, AZ.

Welcome, Stephen!  We’re glad to have you with us.



Six Things You Should Know About AMD

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AMD (Age-related macular degeneration) is the leading cause of blindness among older Americans, but new treatments and protective steps can help people with AMD avoid vision loss.  You should know about AMD, its risk factors and treatment options. Here are the six things I think everyone should know about the condition:

1. There may be no early symptoms.

AMD may not have noticeable symptoms during the early stages, but early diagnosis allows for timely treatment and careful monitoring of the progression of the disease. Although symptoms, in some cases, symptoms may be present, the best line of defense is to get a comprehensive eye exam, even if you don’t need glasses or contact lenses. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends adults with no symptoms have an eye exam at least by age 40, and every one-to-two years after age 65.

2. Treatments are now better than ever.

A decade ago, there was little that could be done to stop the most advanced form of AMD (“wet” AMD) from stealing people’s vision. Today, due to huge advances in treatment, such as the use of anti-VEGF drugs, fewer people are going blind due to AMD.

3. Vitamins can help slow AMD (but not in all cases).

If you have AMD, you may have heard that a specific vitamin formula can help slow progression of the disease. Clinical trials have shown that two formulas (known as the AREDS and AREDS2 formulas), which are high in antioxidants and zinc, can be good in people with intermediate AMD or advanced AMD in only one eye. They have not been shown to prevent AMD in people who do not have the disease.

4. Smoking increases risk.

Numerous studies have found that smoking can increase risk of AMD as well as the speed at which the disease progresses. Smoking cessation is the best action you can take to lower your risk of AMD. If you already kicked the habit, you’ll be happy to know that those who quit smoking 20 years ago have the same risk of AMD as people who have never smoked.

5. Daily vision monitoring at home can help.

The Amsler grid is a simple chart that people with dry AMD can use at home to monitor progression of the disease. All you have to do is look at it once every day! Learn how to use the Amsler grid and do this on a regular basis to help track progression and risk of AMD-related vision loss.

6. Eating certain foods may reduce AMD risk.

Studies have shown that foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are good for eye health and are associated with reduced risk of AMD — but not when taken as supplements. You may also consider adding some other nutrients that benefit your eye health, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, zinc and vitamin C.  Which foods contain these nutrients? Citrus fruits, kale, spinach, corn, broccoli, squash, cold-water fish (such as salmon and tuna) and black-eyed peas are a a few to start with.

While there is little that can be done to improve the eyesight of someone who has AMD, with early detection, the rate of vision loss can be slowed. The keys to slowing vision loss are to understand macular degeneration, monitor your symptoms and visit your ophthalmologist regularly to test your vision.

Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology

Best Physician In The Valley


Dr. Ketover has been voted “Best Physician” in the Desert Sun’s Reader’s “Best in the Valley” poll.

Dr. Ketover is of the premier cataract surgeons in the country and has been with Milauskas Eye Institute for nearly two decades. Over his career, he has performed tens of thousands of cataract surgeries greatly improving the quality of life of his patients. His caring and compassion for his patients is unmatched in the valley.   His practice continues to grow from the referrals of his happy patients.

We’re excited over his being voted Best in the Valley and congratulate him on this outstanding recognition.

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In Memory Of Dr. Albert T. Milauskas


Albert Milauskas, beloved husband and father, passed away December 14, 2016 at age 80. Dr. Milauskas was born in Amsterdam, New York on June 27, 1936 to John and Malvina Milauskas, both immigrants from Lithuania.

Dr. Milauskas subsequently moved to Michigan where he attended the University of Detroit, Wayne State University School of Medicine and where he met his future wife of 54 years Dorothy.

Dr. Milauskas performed his residency as a physician at the prestigious Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He later served for two years in the United State Public Health Service at the rank of Lt. Commander.

In 1970, he and his family moved to Palm Springs where he practiced ophthalmology for the next 46 years. In 1980 he founded the Milauskas Eye Institute which grew to four offices and a surgery center. He was a published medical author and gifted surgeon.

Dr. Milauskas loved to help those who had lost their vision and supported the Guide Dogs of the Desert for many years, as well as later serving as president of its board of directors.

He passed away peacefully with his wife and all four children beside him. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, sons Michael, Kevin and Timothy, daughter Elizabeth (Charleton) and grandson Charles Moore.

A rosary will be said at Wiefels Funeral Home on Monday, Dec. 19, 2106 at 6 p.m. A funeral mass will be said at our Lady of Solitude Catholic Church in Palm Springs on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dr. Milauskas’ honor to Guide Dogs of the Desert, P.O. Box 1692, Palm Springs, CA 92263 (760) 329-2866 or to the Wilmer Eye Institute Development Office, 600 N. Wolfe St., Wilmer 112 Baltimore, MD 21287 (410) 955-2020.


Welcome Dr. Murphy


Milauskas Eye Institute is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Forrest P. Murphy to the Ophthalmology staff.

Dr. Murphy has been practicing medicine since 1985 and was board certified in Ophthalmology in 1986. Dr. Murphy received his medical degree from the University of Kansas. He served his internship specializing in Rotational at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital and served his residency specializing in Ophthalmology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Dr. Murphy has spent 25 years as an accomplished, Board-Certified Ophthalmologist serving primarily in California. Most recently, he spent seven years as co-director of a major refractive center in La Jolla. Now he has given up the beautiful beach weather to move to the Coachella Valley and enjoy the desert heat.

We proudly welcome him to Milauskas Eye Institute.



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